Hey y'all! New to the AVSForum and to LED LCD TVs. Previous tv was a 50" Sony XSRD from 2005 on it's second bulb. I've been stalking the 55" 7100 since it's introduction comparing it to various models from LG and Vizio but never being able to pull the trigger. It just never seemed like the right time to buy.
Well, this past weekend we went to Best Buy to browse and look around and saw that they had the 55" 7100 on sale for $1299. The lowest price that we had seen it since it came out. Realizing it was too good a deal to pass up we decided to get it. The salesman at Best Buy told us they didn't have any in stock, nor could they order any. We were bummed. We decided to check out Sears right down the road. Sears didn't have the 55" either but they said they could order it. They did however have the 60" for $1599. I couldn't pass it up.
We brought he tv home hooked it up and waited for it to acclimate to room temperature as per the salesman's advice. Whilst that was going on I found these forums. Let me first say that the amount of knowledge and advice in this thread is amazing! BUT, as I am reading I'm coming across all these stories of bad panels with flash lighting, clouding, and banding. (I had to take a crash course to see what all these terms meant LOL) I started to dread what I might find when I turned this display on for the first time.
After setting it up and figuring out the HDMI-CEC communication issue with my Yamaha AVR, we put it through it's paces. To my shock and surprise, I have yet to notice any flash lighting, clouding, banding or other flaws in it.
It appears that we may have won the "Samsung Panel Lottery" (another term I learned from this thread
) We immediately put in Avatar 3D and were blown away!
I have it on the media center that my XSRD was on, but I'm looking forward to mounting this monster above my fireplace. I already purchased a Cyron LED light strip to bias light it and that seems to make the blacks blacker and the colors pop more! Sorry for the wall of text. I'm just excited about this new tv!