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post #121 of 657
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Originally Posted by cjsiv View Post

Use this one

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005K2...8078823&sr=8-8

Works great. I use it to change optical to RCA out for my apple tv to zone 2 on my receiver.

$25

It's a digital world. Analog is almost dead.

Does this converter work for a 5.1 system?
post #122 of 657
Turn off all noise reductions - macro blocking, digital noise reduction, etc. all should be off or they wipe some detail and it all looks smooth and sometimes "waxy" like you describe.
post #123 of 657
when looking directly at the screen which side of the tv are the hdmi ports? i'm thinking about switching out my LG LED for this and want to know if i need to do some rewiring or not.
post #124 of 657
Looking for some help with the PN51E550 auto brightness issue when watching Hockey.

For some reason the sets brightness auto adjusts even though all the energy saving, eco settings, motion brightness settings are set to off.

I've tried different picture modes but have not been successful in finding a fix for this problem.

If anyone has any suggestions or settings I should try, please let me know.

This is a good test for anyone that has just purchased this set, turn on a hockey game and pay attention to the brightness; this can help me determine if this a global issue with this model or if I have a defective unit.

Thanks an advance.
post #125 of 657
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Originally Posted by bhoier View Post

Turn off all noise reductions - macro blocking, digital noise reduction, etc. all should be off or they wipe some detail and it all looks smooth and sometimes "waxy" like you describe.

cjsiv, did you try this fix? Did it work?
post #126 of 657
Yep. I tried it all. I think it is just the source. My directv has more defects at 64 inches. I'm going to guess that the e550 doesn't have the best scaling chip either. I ultimately got tired of the buzz that I was hearing and decided to exchange it. I have a new PN60E7000 coming Saturday. Hoping it makes me happy.
post #127 of 657
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Originally Posted by cjsiv View Post

Yep. I tried it all. I think it is just the source. My directv has more defects at 64 inches. I'm going to guess that the e550 doesn't have the best scaling chip either. I ultimately got tired of the buzz that I was hearing and decided to exchange it. I have a new PN60E7000 coming Saturday. Hoping it makes me happy.

Good luck, I also have Directv, hope the 7000 works out for you. I'll be searching that thread to find out.
post #128 of 657
From what I was reading on the 7000/8000 forum, it is supposed to do a phenomenal job with pay tv HD sources. There was a discussion about the Panny GT50 only looking good with bluray. That's how I feel about the 550. Bluray is great. Others not so great. The 7000 I'm hoping is better. I'll update after I find out.
post #129 of 657
I've had the PN60E550 for two days now. Mixed feelings. Generally, I'm happy with it. Setup, apps, wifi all are fine. The only disappointment right now is the quality of my DirecTV HD signal. I might need to mess around with the TV some more... bhoier's helpful numbers and all the eco settings off did help quite a bit. Blu-ray looks GREAT. But watching ESPN HD, major networks HD, CNN HD is showing up a touch smoother than I would have anticipated. Animated shows (kids stuff) looks pretty good, but channels with real humans more iffy. I have a low end Samsung 51" (one year old) and a six year old Panasonic 51'' 720p that seem to be crisper on the same channels. As mentioned previously in this thread it might have something to do with a bigger TV? We watch the 60" about 10 feet away. Usually daylight. If this is the best I get I will be okay... it's not hard to adjust my own perceptions. Blu-ray is so good looking that I'm sure when we get to 3D it will make me not regret this at all.
post #130 of 657
I use mine for streaming Netflix, DVD, blu ray, wii and Xbox 360, so I can't really comment on television viewing.

Maybe the settings on your cable/satellite boxes are messed up. It probably has its own smoothers, noise reductions, etc. Also, some cable companies give you non HD cables or component when they hook you up. Maybe check that?

Sorry I'm not much help with this.

For the record, all of the above sources I watch look GREAT!
post #131 of 657
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Originally Posted by getbigg21 View Post

when looking directly at the screen which side of the tv are the hdmi ports? i'm thinking about switching out my LG LED for this and want to know if i need to do some rewiring or not.

can anyone help me with this?
post #132 of 657
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I have had the pn60e550 for about 2 weeks now. The picture quality is excellent. I am returning this tv though because I just can't take it anymore!!! BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. I sit about 13 feet away from the tv and it rests on a tv stand in a 1 bedroom apartment. I tried to get used to it but I can't. I can hear the buzzing when the tv volume is at 20. Also, the people without the buzzing problem probably have the tv on a wall mount 5 feet above there ears. If that is the case for you, buy this tv. If it is going to rest on a tv stand in a 1 bedroom apartment Stay Away!
post #134 of 657
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Originally Posted by drew3821 View Post

I have had the pn60e550 for about 2 weeks now. The picture quality is excellent. I am returning this tv though because I just can't take it anymore!!! BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. I sit about 13 feet away from the tv and it rests on a tv stand in a 1 bedroom apartment. I tried to get used to it but I can't. I can hear the buzzing when the tv volume is at 20. Also, the people without the buzzing problem probably have the tv on a wall mount 5 feet above there ears. If that is the case for you, buy this tv. If it is going to rest on a tv stand in a 1 bedroom apartment Stay Away!

Sorry you got a dud, but don't lump everyone into one boat. My 51" is at eye level (when sitting) and about 10 feet away. If the room is silent and the volume is off, I can hear a SLIGHT buzz at about 6 feet IF I AM SEARCHING FOR IT. With any background noise or when watching material with sound I hear no buzz. Love the tv.
post #135 of 657
Can anyone post Pictures of TV? I want to see how this TV looks like in Action, tried at local store they didn't had it on display for demo.. Also can anyone tell me how's 3D and IR on this TV? I'm going to buy this tv within a week's time.

Thanks
post #136 of 657
I've had the bars ir on me after a long movie, but I run the built in black/white screen washer for just a few seconds and it is gone (literally after just a couple swipes). 45 minutes of gaming showed nothing. And this is all within the first 100 hours, so it will just get better.

Watched Tintin in 3D and it was fantastic. Samsung usually gets higher marks for 3D than Panasonic.
post #137 of 657
I take back what I said about the absurd buzzing on my set... The reason it buzzed so loud was because it was on 720p. When I put it back to 1080 it still buzzed but it was not horrible or anything. And as others mentioned I probably have a dud.
post #138 of 657
Does this TV have HBO GO? I couldn't find it anywhere.
post #139 of 657
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Originally Posted by bhoier View Post

I've had the bars ir on me after a long movie, but I run the built in black/white screen washer for just a few seconds and it is gone (literally after just a couple swipes). 45 minutes of gaming showed nothing. And this is all within the first 100 hours, so it will just get better.

Watched Tintin in 3D and it was fantastic. Samsung usually gets higher marks for 3D than Panasonic.


Thanks for your prompt reply, did you compared this TV with ST50 by any chance? I'm confused between ST50 and this one also if you could post some pics would really appreciate it.. Does glossiness of screen bothers you? I've seen people saying its extremely glossy compared to Panasonic Plasma.
post #140 of 657
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Originally Posted by alljunkie View Post

Thanks for your prompt reply, did you compared this TV with ST50 by any chance? I'm confused between ST50 and this one also if you could post some pics would really appreciate it.. Does glossiness of screen bothers you? I've see people saying its extremely glossy compared to Panasonic Plasma.

If you are comparing with a ST50, the closer Samsung equivalent model would be the PNxxE6500 which has a screen filter like the ST50.
The PNxxE550 is more comparable with the Panasonic UT50 model, which also has no screen filter.
post #141 of 657
I was in the same boat about choosing the st50 vs the e550. If you are not worried about the reflective lens, I would go with the e550. It has a better picture IMO coming from an owner of an LCD for many years. Only thing with the samsungs is you take a chance with the buzzing sound
post #142 of 657
So aside from the anti reflective coating, is the E550 essentially the same as the E6500? What are the other differences if any (excluding design)?

Cheers
post #143 of 657
I just got this tv yesterday via an exchange at best buy. I'm coming from a P50ST30, which I LOVED, but it had an issue and I had to settle with another tv since they no longer produced replacement panels for the ST30.

I noticed right out of the box that this tv was better than the ST30. The picture was way more clear and motion was smoother. I compared the ST30 with this one using Avatar BD. One thing I noticed was the picture of the Samsung is way less grainy than the Panasonic. When a white screen appears, you can easily notice the grain on the panny but the samsung doesn't show it. (note: Panny was set using D-nice's break-in slides and his settings and Samsung with no break in and movie/cinema mode with minor adjustments)

The 3D on this tv beats the ST30 because it's not as dark, less crosstalk, and smoother motion. The glasses are also very comfortable and light weight compared to the usb-powered panasonic glasses. There's also less glare in the glasses themselves. NICE!

I'm still fiddling with the settings and stuff. Does anyone have any setting recommendations for the tv? This one is viewed 70% night/ 30% day. I tried the ones already posted in this thread but felt they were a bit too dark. I'm currently coming up with my own settings but wanted to see if anyone had something that worked well for my needs.

I was also wondering if there was any break-in procedure I should do with this tv?


Thanks!


Chris
post #144 of 657
Hi All....sorry if stated elsewhere, but wondering if some if you with the e550 have found settings that allow this tv to be at its best? Im flying blind and am hardly a videophile so am relying on the knowledge of those with more experience. Thanks!
post #145 of 657
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Originally Posted by Muddeprived View Post

I just got this tv yesterday via an exchange at best buy. I'm coming from a P50ST30, which I LOVED, but it had an issue and I had to settle with another tv since they no longer produced replacement panels for the ST30.

I noticed right out of the box that this tv was better than the ST30. The picture was way more clear and motion was smoother. I compared the ST30 with this one using Avatar BD. One thing I noticed was the picture of the Samsung is way less grainy than the Panasonic. When a white screen appears, you can easily notice the grain on the panny but the samsung doesn't show it. (note: Panny was set using D-nice's break-in slides and his settings and Samsung with no break in and movie/cinema mode with minor adjustments)

The 3D on this tv beats the ST30 because it's not as dark, less crosstalk, and smoother motion. The glasses are also very comfortable and light weight compared to the usb-powered panasonic glasses. There's also less glare in the glasses themselves. NICE!

I'm still fiddling with the settings and stuff. Does anyone have any setting recommendations for the tv? This one is viewed 70% night/ 30% day. I tried the ones already posted in this thread but felt they were a bit too dark. I'm currently coming up with my own settings but wanted to see if anyone had something that worked well for my needs.

I was also wondering if there was any break-in procedure I should do with this tv?


Thanks!


Chris

Thanks for Positive review, can you please take picture of tv and glossiness of screen? Would really appreciate it.. Also did you got chance to compare it with 2012 Panasonic models
post #146 of 657
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Originally Posted by Muddeprived View Post

I just got this tv yesterday via an exchange at best buy. I'm coming from a P50ST30, which I LOVED, but it had an issue and I had to settle with another tv since they no longer produced replacement panels for the ST30.

I noticed right out of the box that this tv was better than the ST30. The picture was way more clear and motion was smoother. I compared the ST30 with this one using Avatar BD. One thing I noticed was the picture of the Samsung is way less grainy than the Panasonic. When a white screen appears, you can easily notice the grain on the panny but the samsung doesn't show it. (note: Panny was set using D-nice's break-in slides and his settings and Samsung with no break in and movie/cinema mode with minor adjustments)

The 3D on this tv beats the ST30 because it's not as dark, less crosstalk, and smoother motion. The glasses are also very comfortable and light weight compared to the usb-powered panasonic glasses. There's also less glare in the glasses themselves. NICE!

I'm still fiddling with the settings and stuff. Does anyone have any setting recommendations for the tv? This one is viewed 70% night/ 30% day. I tried the ones already posted in this thread but felt they were a bit too dark. I'm currently coming up with my own settings but wanted to see if anyone had something that worked well for my needs.

I was also wondering if there was any break-in procedure I should do with this tv?

Thanks!

Chris

How was the ST30 when you were watching regular HD from your box? Was the picture that grainy? I am thinking of getting the 65st30
Since it is on sale right now. Also what was the issue you had with the panel?

For the e550, you don't "have to" do a break in procedure. I just ran the tv on a HD channel with no icons for a few days. Like minimax.
post #147 of 657
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Originally Posted by drew3821 View Post

How was the ST30 when you were watching regular HD from your box? Was the picture that grainy? I am thinking of getting the 65st30
Since it is on sale right now. Also what was the issue you had with the panel?

For the e550, you don't "have to" do a break in procedure. I just ran the tv on a HD channel with no icons for a few days. Like minimax.

I heard ST30 had real bad PQ compared to 2012 model, I'd say for with E550 instead of ST30.. If you are going to ST50 that's another story.
post #148 of 657
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Originally Posted by alljunkie View Post

Thanks for Positive review, can you please take picture of tv and glossiness of screen? Would really appreciate it.. Also did you got chance to compare it with 2012 Panasonic models

Will do tomorrow. I did not get a chance to compare it to the 2012 models. I was in the store for less than 10 min for the entire exchange. Best Buy was pretty awesome handling everything.
post #149 of 657
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Originally Posted by drew3821 View Post

How was the ST30 when you were watching regular HD from your box? Was the picture that grainy? I am thinking of getting the 65st30
Since it is on sale right now. Also what was the issue you had with the panel?

For the e550, you don't "have to" do a break in procedure. I just ran the tv on a HD channel with no icons for a few days. Like minimax.

HD cable seemed to be fine. It was mostly noticeable during movies or blank screens. It wasn't anything major, but you could notice it if you focused on it.

The issue I had was a bad pixel right in the middle of the screen. It was flashing red and annoyed the heck out of me.

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post #150 of 657
Yeah, you really can't compare this to the Panny ST50. Different beasts entirely. I'll admit that I wanted the Panny, but the $300 difference (plus Panny's overpriced glasses and none in the box) swayed me to Samsung.

Having sold hdtvs at Sears for 3 years I always felt Panny had better blacks and anti-reflection while Samsung had much better color and a sharper pic. Just my two cents. The pic is still watchable with lights on, VERY good in dim lighting, and AWESOME in a darkened room.
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