UPDATE TO THE BUZZING:
Originally Posted by ls1dreams
Quick question on audio/speakers:
I just picked up the UN46EH5000 for black friday (46" LCD) for $400. For the money, not a bad deal, though I'm not super thrilled with the picture. I'll get into that more later.
One main concern: Has anyone noticed a weird buzzing/vibration sound at certain points in movies
For example, I'm watching Scandal right now on Netflix, and in several tense moments with background music the TV makes a loud buzzing sound. I'm thinking it could be one of 3 things:
1. Maybe just a resonant frequency or something with the TV? Either way, it's happening a lot at least on this series.
2. If not a resonant frequency, maybe just too much bass makes this particular chassis vibrate a lot? (volumes are at very moderate levels)
3. Possibly bad speakers?
4. Perhaps it's just this netflix series that might have problems with audio
I just went through about a dozen songs on my USB drive, but didn't notice any vibration on those. It could just be that the bass doesn't kick in then. I also have not noticed it yet watching TV. (Fios).
Has anyone else noticed this?
Recording of the buzz here:
This is recording is around the 30min mark of Scandal Season 2 Episode 8 (among MANY other places). Buzzing is around the 7 sec mark of this recording (taken from back of the TV so you can hear it clearly).
On the phone, Samsung was clueless. The first rep had me play the sound test which plays a little chime and obviously did nothing. When I explained it was the bass causing it, she told me that because my TV didn't have a "subwoofer" my TV did not have bass and it couldn't happen. UGH. Finally got put through to someone competent who sent out a tech.
The tech said that this was actually happening on all the TV's and it's more noticeable when using movie mode for sound (as I noticed as well).
Their solution? They replaced the speakers. I asked him how a new speaker would help since the panel was rattling - he just said they would work.
Turn back on the TV, and now I know why: They are WAY quieter than the old ones. So, clearly, samsung didn't attempt to fix the real issue, but rather just made the overall sound worse on my TV but resolved the rattling. I don't think they just added a low-pass-filter either, since the new speaker is quieter even in normal voice ranges.
He said that they used to add some foam to the back, but no longer do that because a customer's TV caught fire from it. Unfortunately, he wasn't allowed to leave me the old speakers either, so I can never swap them back in if I want.
Oddly, he told me that over time the speakers will get louder. I don't believe that for a second.
So, overall, I'm not happy with the results. I'll continue to use the speakers for a while and see how I like them. I'd consider a sound bar, but for a $400 TV, it's kind of weird to spend $200+ on a sound bar.