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post #91 of 657
I just bought my first big screen tv (pn60e550) and am super excited/nervous, hoping I made the right decision.
I was hoping if someone can share their calibration settings because I have never done it before. Also, would different sizes of the e550 share the same calibration settings?

On another note, the st50 was cheaper at best buy buy but had a very "grainy" picture when a blu ray was being played. The employee said that the panel if the st50 was sooo good that it showed imperfections from the camera. I think it is a load of bs, that is why I chose Samsung. Can anyone confirm this?
post #92 of 657
Congrats Drew!

I have found the default Standard and Movie settings are close to spot on. I prefer Standard to Movie in most cases. I do have a calibration disk and will share my settings after this weekend when I have some time to dig into it. Mostly would be adjusting brightness and contrast to get the most of whites and blacks given the light level in my room. The color has been perfect out of the box.

In my experience the folks at Best Buy are full of BS. I had one guy tell me to not buy a plasma because they only last like 2 years. I chose Samsung because I have been happy with their TV's and monitors for over 10 years and see no reason to change now. I think you made a great choice!
post #93 of 657
X2. I have 2 Samsung LCDs that have been great for the past several years as well as friends and family with them. Congrats. My new 64" gets here Saturday.
post #94 of 657
Thanks for the feedback guys.
I am looking forward to those calibration settings you are gonna share zinger
post #95 of 657
From the specs of this TV - Video: 1920 x 1080 (Black & White) Resolution.
What does it Black & White mean? We here, on russian forum, cannot understand it. One guy called to support and was told that normally for color picture this TV shows 1366х768 resolution. Is this true? Can somebody download some test images including color ones and make a test of this TV?
post #96 of 657
I just recently purchased this 51E550 from Amazon and I'm running into some problems while watching sports, mainly Hockey. I noticed the screen brightness will auto adjust when the camera does close ups of the players or when following the action on the ice. I double checked my settings and made sure that all eco/energy start/auto motion settings were turned off....and they were. Looking for some help or suggestions on how to resolve this issue. Sources are TimeWarner cable Motorola DCX-3200 box + HDMI using "Standard" settings.

I'm enjoying the set so far, I have not noticed any buzzing, love the features and settings for tweaking.
post #97 of 657
This is probably the peak white clipping, it's normal for plasma TV when on the screen is a lot of white color. Try lower the contrast setting a little.
post #98 of 657
I calibrated (and then tweaked some more) using the awesome Spears & Munsil disc and the OPPO blu ray player. Settings are:
Cinema/movie mode
Contrast 82
Panel brightness 15 (or 16)
Brightness 42 (this is for a darkened theater room
Sharpness at 10 or less
Don't touch color or tint
Screen size should be screen fit
Turn off all Eco modes, etc.
post #99 of 657
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Originally Posted by bhoier View Post

I calibrated (and then tweaked some more) using the awesome Spears & Munsil disc and the OPPO blu ray player. Settings are:
Cinema/movie mode
Contrast 82
Panel brightness 15 (or 16)
Brightness 42 (this is for a darkened theater room
Sharpness at 10 or less
Don't touch color or tint
Screen size should be screen fit
Turn off all Eco modes, etc.

I understand you have the 51 inch. Would different sizes share the same calibration settings?
And do you use these settings when you watch normal HDTV from your box?
I am gonna try these settings when I get home.
post #100 of 657
Just got this set a few days ago. My first plasma (previous set was a 40" Samsung LCD)

Having some slight issues with buzz. Just telling myself it goes with the territory and trying out different seating and set placements to reduce it. Any other help about how to deal with it would be appreciated. It's not a deal breaker, but it's there when I sit dead center.

Anyway, it looks great and am just now digging into all the features.

As far as picture tweaks, bhoier's settings look the best out of what has been posted in this thread so far. Nice contrast and blacks.
post #101 of 657
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Originally Posted by jingi7 View Post

Having some slight issues with buzz. Just telling myself it goes with the territory and trying out different seating and set placements to reduce it. Any other help about how to deal with it would be appreciated. It's not a deal breaker, but it's there when I sit dead center.

Heya! I had a buzz when I first got mine E550 as well. A week or two later with moderate use and I am having trouble hearing it now. I tried to show a friend last night and could not hear the buzz at all.
post #102 of 657
Hey bhoier, what Color Tone did you use during your calibration?
A lot of Samsung users reach for Warm2, but curious which one fit your settings.
Thanks
post #103 of 657
Sorry. Yeah, I use warm 2. Again, larger sizes have occasionally had slightly different settings in some past models. I have the 51" and watch via hdmi in a darkened basement theater room.

Love the picture on this compared to my old 720p projector and upstairs 40" LCD. No light bleed and better viewing angles make a HUGE difference.
post #104 of 657
Thanks, bhoier. Warm2 is what I used on my old Samsung LCD, but it looks a little greenish here. Standard, looks too blue... that would be cool if someone tried tweaking the colors for even more calibration fun.

Also, I ran into the dreaded "fade to black flicker" last night while watching a movie. It occurred between the final short of the film and the beginning of the credits. Looks like bumping the Brightness up to 45 cleared this issue up, but still kind of concerned and seriously considering if I really want to compromise anymore with this TV or if I should just return it and go back to LCD. Sad, because I want to love this set because of the image and features, but the buzz and flicker are sort of killing it...
post #105 of 657
Just got my PN64E550 delivered and set up. WAY, WAY better than the 3 LG plasmas I tried before. Picture is beautiful. Motion is much smoother. No panel defects. There is a minimal buzz but no more than any other plasma I have ever owned. You have to be right on top of it to hear any buzzing with the sound off. I was second guessing myself while waiting for delivery the past few days. Seems stupid now. For the cost, this set is perfect. I haven't even tweaked any setting. Just running out of the box movie mode.

3D is better than the LG plasma but not as good as passive. I can tell that I will get some eye strain from it where passive didn't bother me at all. Overall, very pleased. But where is the amazon app?
post #106 of 657
I am considering getting a PN60E550D1F as a replacement for my old PN58B550 under a warranty with BB. The specs for Native Resolution state 1920 x 1080 (black & white) and the Resolution states 1080p Vertical. I do not see "black & white" or "vertical" used in the resolution specs of any other comparable Samsung plasma tv. What is the significance of the "black & white" and the "vertical" modifiers or qualifiers?
post #107 of 657
Haven't a clue. Email Samsung. Maybe they can help
post #108 of 657
I've had the PN51E550 for about 1 week now and I've not had the buzzing problem but I am having the fade to black flickering problem which I noticed towards the end of Super 8 when the the credits transitioned from all black to text the back to all black. Another annoying problem is the auto brightness when watching Hockey. Someone pointed out a fix for the fade to black so I'm gonna try that tonight. I contacted Samsung support regarding the fade to black and they told me it was my PS3.

I was also annoyed that the set does not have analog audio out - Amazon does sell converters for Digital Audio to Analog, looks like I will have to fork over another $80+ dollars. Suck.
post #109 of 657
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.
post #110 of 657
I used that as an excuse to buy a nice peachtree DAC, but I had a little extra money.

Optical out is a better way to get audio from a plasma anyway - they are plagued with electrical interference, which an optical cable will isolate.
post #111 of 657
Some pics of my PN64. Sorry. Shot in low light with iPhone. I'll try some with the SLR later. Looks nice with my Paradigms.
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post #112 of 657
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Originally Posted by cjsiv View Post

Haven't a clue. Email Samsung. Maybe they can help

I spoke with Samsung (customer service) by phone and by live chat. They have no clue either. They both tried to blow it off as meaningless, but as an engineer I have written and read many technical specs, and I feel there is a reason. I also sent them Emails but no response yet.
post #113 of 657
Picked up a 51e550 yesterday to replace a broken screen 50c500 that I got a few years back. Wow, what a difference a few years makes. Out of the box the 51e550 blows away the older model. No buzzing, no streaks, just a perfect picture out of the box. Love the all play from samsung galaxy phones - added bonus. Golf, racing, hockey - every looks fantastic. Could not be happier.
post #114 of 657
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Originally Posted by tcokea View Post

I am considering getting a PN60E550D1F as a replacement for my old PN58B550 under a warranty with BB. The specs for Native Resolution state 1920 x 1080 (black & white) and the Resolution states 1080p Vertical. I do not see "black & white" or "vertical" used in the resolution specs of any other comparable Samsung plasma tv. What is the significance of the "black & white" and the "vertical" modifiers or qualifiers?

I wonder if it means luma resolution, which is the only part of the video signal encoded at full 1080p anyway. Chroma (color) is encoded at much lower (25% I think) resolution to save space or bandwidth because the eye isn't as sensitive to it. Still strange they would specify, but 1080p is technically a vertical resolution.
post #115 of 657
Ok. So I have found my first and so far only drawback to this set. Apparently it is a lot more sensitive to source material. Bluray looks amazing. My bluray rips to mp4 look pretty good. Now I can see flaws in my directv programming which kinda sucks. Specifically some blocking in the shadows during dark scenes. Watched mad men tonight and it actually looked pretty bad although AMC HD always looks worse than others IMO. SD looks horrible. Part of this I am sure is because I got the 64" model. My 92" front projection was unwatchable with SD content. It does look better when I am further back. I may need to relocate my seating position from the 9' I'm at now. This is my first large 1080p display and the added resolution definitely shows the flaws I didn't notice on my 50" 720p plasma.

Like I said, I know it's not an issue with the set itself. 720p bluray rips look great from my Apple TV. A 720p or 1080i feed from my Directv box shows some artifact. I'm assuming this is from compression?
post #116 of 657
Probably compression artifacts, but if your brightness is too high or your sharpness is too high it will definitely accentuate the problem.
post #117 of 657
HD content from anything (except OTA and FiOS for the most part) will contain compression artifacts (like macroblocking). The bigger the screen, the more you will notice. Bluray is generally the only truly pristine source. Also, 9 feet is a little close for 64".
post #118 of 657
Thanks for the advice guys. I never really notices it on my other sets. Both were 720p. This large 1080 panel with its sharpness definitely shows the defects in the source. But like I said, bluray is amazing. Makes me hate directv now though. I see imperfections now in my 720p bluray rips as well. Maybe I should have stuck with the 60".
post #119 of 657
Ok. After some reading, I think I may be having false contouring/posterization?? Only seems to happen with directv though. I can only describe it as an artifact usually in the background in darker scenes. Sometimes the texture to people's faces look kind of waxy?? Like I said, bluray looks perfect. Is this an issue with the set or the source ?
post #120 of 657
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Originally Posted by cjsiv View Post

Ok. After some reading, I think I may be having false contouring/posterization?? Only seems to happen with directv though. I can only describe it as an artifact usually in the background in darker scenes. Sometimes the texture to people's faces look kind of waxy?? Like I said, bluray looks perfect. Is this an issue with the set or the source ?

I'm going to say you have a defective unit. I had similar problems where dark scenes seem weird and not sharp at all, and you can also notice it on blu-ray, though very rarely. I got a replacement and the new set is MUCH MUCH better even on Direct tv..No extra noise/grainy faces, clayface etc... Everything looks sharp.
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