Originally Posted by boondongle
Another new PN51E7000 owner throwing my experience on the pile.
I've had the TV for a little over a week now. Fantastic picture. Blu Rays look amazing. HD comcast through HDMI is very very good. I was watching a concert on the palladia channel last night and it just blew me away.. Really, a very nice TV.
I notice very little buzzing with mine. If I am in front of it, changing a DVD or something I'll hear the buzz. Or, every now and then if the audio is off or very very very low and I turn my head just right while standing up I might notice it, but it's a non-issue. No problems with image retention. I've skipped the 100 hours of slides and have just made sure to use varied content. I've watched movies with bars with no issues. Watched some football last weekend (looked great!) my wive watches the Sprout channel with our son and the stupid logo hasn't stuck. I don't think IR will be a problem.
The box on the TV says Version: TS02 I'd be curious to know if earlier adopters have a TS01 and if so if/when a changeover may have occurred.
How does one tell the manufacturing data of these TVs?
I don't use the Smart Hub much. Some of the apps are ok, I guess. But every time I try a Netflix membership I always remember what lousy movies they have available online and cancel my order. I don't think Hulu offers anything I can't watch On Demand and I really just hate having a bunch of $7.99 a month recurring charges (they add up fast!).
Family Story might be a neat idea but I don't see any apps for iPhone or iPad to integrate with my Samsung TV at all, let alone the Family Story so I don't know how I'm supposed to use it. I worked for Apple for 8 years and am pretty invested there, not going to switch to PC/Android anytime soon. I'm agnostic on what others use, but I have my own preferences. Too bad. Anyone hear any rumors about Samsung introducing decent Apps for iOS?
Sound seems ok. We use the built in speakers for regular primetime viewing. However, when I watch a movie or sports I'll turn on the AV Receiver. I use the digital optical audio out into my HK AVR247 if I want to have the Cable audio output through the AVR. Otherwise my Apple TV and current Blu Ray player (non 3D) are audio into the AVR through HDMI. Also, I have some movies on a portable hard drive and if I watch those the sound comes through the optical audio out on the TV and it seems good.
My HK AVR 247 only has HDMI 1.3 so when I get a 3D Blu Ray player (which needs 1.4 pass through) I'm thinking I'll probably hook it up directly to the TV via HDMI for video and either run Digital Audio from the BluRay 3d player straight to my AVR. Or possibly use the same Optical Audio out from the TV to the AVR. Not sure which will give the best sound. Will have to experiment with that when the 3D blu ray gets here next week.
I'm going to try to add a picture of the setup.