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post #61 of 79
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Originally Posted by BoilerJim View Post

"It's just a frickin' TV."

Absolutely! We've all been there. eek.gif Don't stress over it. Good luck and happy hunting.
post #62 of 79
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Originally Posted by Schwacker View Post

BoilerJim,
Ha!! You think?? Yes. I know I'm analyzing WAY too much but after reading your comments, I had to laugh. You're right. I'm guilty. It is, after all, a freakin' tv!
Happy Black Friday...
Right back at you!! As an aside, human nature being the way it is, if we had a thread about flyswatters or mousetraps, nobody could agree on the perfect ones of those either. biggrin.gif
post #63 of 79
Analysis paralysis. We've all been there as noobs, and even some not so noobs. Just take the plunge. There is no perfect TV, and as the other's have said....it's just a TV.

Youve gotten excellent advice from 3 well informed AVS Forum members. You cant be doing too badly.

I think that Samsung 40EH5000 should do you well, no matter which panel you get. There is a lot to like about it, and it fit's well with your needs. The Panasonic Blu Ray player will give you WiFi, Internet Streaming, and Blu-Ray and DVD as alternative sources. A great combo.

Just get them and start enjoying!
post #64 of 79
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Originally Posted by EscapeVelocity View Post

Analysis paralysis. We've all been there as noobs, and even some not so noobs. Just take the plunge. There is no perfect TV, and as the other's have said....it's just a TV.
Youve gotten excellent advice from 3 well informed AVS Forum members. You cant be doing too badly.
I think that Samsung 40EH5000 should do you well, no matter which panel you get. There is a lot to like about it, and it fit's well with your needs. The Panasonic Blu Ray player will give you WiFi, Internet Streaming, and Blu-Ray and DVD as alternative sources. A great combo.
Just get them and start enjoying!
^^^^ +1
post #65 of 79
Thread Starter 
Well, I thought I'd post a quick follow up on my hunt for a Samsung UN40EH5000 in Denver that has a Samsung panel (TS02). I left around 1pm and just returned at 5pm. What a joke Walmart is. I mean, I had my doubts about buying a TV at Walmart but after today........

The first 3 stores didn't even have the eh5000 on display. The last 2 did. Better yet, their display models were TS02! However, as you probably guessed, they were both sold out! They even had the old, higher price as well. What really had me was that the one store called the other store to "hold one" for me. So after driving 30 minutes, I arrived at the store and they had no clue on holding one for me and had been sold out for a while.

So who knows...I may switch to another brand.
post #66 of 79
Check these out...

Vizio E420VSE
Panasonic L42E5
post #67 of 79
Thread Starter 
Thanks Escape. I'll definitely take a look and research on these....
post #68 of 79
Thread Starter 
Well my obsession nightmare is over. I was able to find the Samsung model that I wanted at a local Sears store. Man, haven't bought anything from Sears since I was a kid (my dad loved this place) and it was somewhat depressing place. However the TV section was actually pretty cool and not only did they have my model in stock, but I got the "correct" panel version.

I tell you....just like the other store...that sales associate was really shoving the extended warranty on me.

Now I can't wait to install it this weekend and calibrate it.

By the way, I had to laugh....one of the perks for the warranty (according to the associate) is that it would be calibrated for me!!
post #69 of 79
Persistence pays off biggrin.gif Congratulations Schwacker! Extended warranties aren't a bad idea depending on what it covers (calibration aside) but that's a whole 'nuther discussion. I have one on my LG (great price from LG about 2 days before my original expired). Calibration is your call but there is some great advice and help here if you decide to DIY or use a disk for the basics. Now, enjoy your tv.
post #70 of 79
Sweet!!! I've been following this thread since you posted it and glad you finally found what you were looking for.

I'm in the same boat as the OP actually, was at Costco yesterday and noticed they had the Samsung 40EH5050 there for $419.. am I correct in assuming that it's the same thing as the EH5000 ??? and if so how do you check to see which panel it has on it??? although I'm wondering if I should wait till late dec or jan to see if the prices drop on it any more
Edited by wormraper - 11/26/12 at 5:05pm
post #71 of 79
Congrats Schwacker! You are a serious A/V nerd now. Anybody that has some inkling of what a TS02 panel nomenclature is and seeks one out at stores across town is certified A/V nerd. Welcome to the club! cool.gif
post #72 of 79
Thread Starter 
Ha, yes. I admit it. I'm an AV nerd. You should have seen my coworker's reaction when I tried to explain to them my search for a TS01 or TS02 panel on a Samsung box. Plus the fact I drove all over Denver on Sunday to the lovely Walmart stores searching for the elusive EH5000 TVs.

If only I had this intense focus on my career.....ha.
post #73 of 79
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Originally Posted by wormraper View Post

Sweet!!! I've been following this thread since you posted it and glad you finally found what you were looking for.
I'm in the same boat as the OP actually, was at Costco yesterday and noticed they had the Samsung 40EH5050 there for $419.. am I correct in assuming that it's the same thing as the EH5000 ??? and if so how do you check to see which panel it has on it??? although I'm wondering if I should wait till late dec or jan to see if the prices drop on it any more

Typically, the prices on tv's are better the two weeks before Christmas or from about mid-January to mid-February. The reason being that most mfrs are clearing out the current year's stock for the new year's models. If you find a particular model at Costco (or elsewhere) but can't find the exact same model number on the mfr's website or elsewhere it's probably a "retailer model" which may or may not be exactly the same as another model. They do that so you can't price compare.
post #74 of 79
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Originally Posted by Schwacker View Post

If only I had this intense focus on my career.....ha.

You're not alone tongue.gif
post #75 of 79
Ok gotta ask. So in my quest to also be an a/v nerd. What is the difference in the ts01 and tso2 panel, and is it that big of a deal?
post #76 of 79
It signifies the presence of an Samsung S-PVA panel on Samsung smaller sets. Many manufactuerers for the past few years use different panels on the same model LCD televisions especially in 42" and smaller sets.

Interestingly enough, Ihe Samsung S-PVA panels Ive seen on the 40EH5000 are 8th generation, which is fairly old. I think Samsung is up to 11th generation factory with different LCD subpixel structures.

It looks like this...



These were new about 2006-2007.
post #77 of 79
How goes it with the Samsung 40EH5000 and the Panasonic BluRay player?
post #78 of 79
Thread Starter 
Hey Escape,

Talk about timing....I'm scheduled to receive my Panasonic Blu Ray player today which will complete my installation project. over the weekend, I installed my Samsung 40" on my wall-corner TV mount and hooked it up to Comcast. Wow. Nice screen. I used the calibration on various websites (since the settings are very similar) on the TV and not sure if I like the settings. I think they could be a little light/soft but hey.....if they use calibration software for the settings - who am I to argue?

It's weird watching TV in my bedroom. Now I look for a reason to crawl into bed 'somewhat early' to gaze at my new Samsung TV!

I took a picture of my progress over the weekend.....maybe I'll post it.
post #79 of 79
I find calibrated settings to be somewhat blah myself.

Drop the backlight a bit, go down a tad on the Brightness (black level), and punch up the contrast a bit, then boost the Color saturation a notch or 2 on a 100 point scale (dont know what Samsung uses as a scale) from the calibrated settings. This adds some punch to the picture, without introducing too many negative effects.

Turn off any Dynamic Contrast Ratio type thing. Turn off Ambient Light Sensor thing. Whatever Samsung calls those if it has it. Noise reduction circuits should be set to Low or Off.
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