Originally Posted by jeffkad
So I didn't get to watch the football game yesterday on the 65f7100, but I did get to watch the NY Rangers game on MSG a bit. I went back upstairs to finish watching on my trusty old Sammy 55C650. No comparison. UGH! I can see that this is going to be a long process. The 65F7100 does look better after firmware update and after utilizing Pirate Cove settings, but only on Movie. Dynamic is an abomination, Standard fluctuates too much between dark and light, even within the same scene. Natural isn't bad, but a bit dark. Movie is best, but a bit washed out. I also looked at CNET's settings, but they are very close to Pirates' settings, so no big changes there. More bothersome: I still don't get anywhere near the clarity of the C650, and I see picture occasionally going in and out of focus/clarity, and some "haze" or "mottling" in dark portions of the picture. Also, the color push can be high or low from scene to scene, channel to channel, and even with different camera angles in the same ballgame.
Really not sure if this is all the set is capable of, and if these are simply the artifacts and limitations of the new breed of edge lit LCDs and the larger screen size (65 vs 55, from 10-12 ft viewing distance). I am tempted to get it calibrated, but hate the idea of throwing away $300+ only to find out the TV is either broken or incapable. I have 45 days to return to BB, so maybe I should try to switch it out for another and hope the next F7100 is better (although I do have the TH02, which I believe is a sammy panel, so I'd be playing the panel lottery again).
Question: did anyone else here on avs go from a Sammy C-6/7 series to this F7100? Anyone able to compare the two and comment?
So I had decided to keep this set with it's flaws because maybe I had gotten used to it and it really wasn't bad for movies. BR was actually very good, and cable/streaming could be very good, although highly dependent on the quality of the feed, which is very inconsistent. So I placed much of the blame on the cable feed and perhaps the size of the screen (65 compared to my older 55, although I'm at least 10 feet from screen). Basically, I made excuses because I had my trusty old c650 in the den and could watch sports up there. However, the inconsistency in picture quality is finally wearing me out, especially the "mottling" as I call it, for which I'm sure there is a term but I can't figure it out ( by mottling, I mean the picture, mostly in darker scenes with some movement, gets a mottled effect somewhat like when you paint a wall by dabbing it with a sponge, if that makes sense? Hazy too would be a good adjective, as if you're watching through a dirty window.). In addition, two other problems: thin vertical "zipper" or railroad track lines appear every once in a while but only on cable feed (of course, this is the majority of the viewing now that blockbuster/Hollywood video are gone). Finally, and the last straw, the picture just dims out without reason. This is not just on movie mode, but any other mode I switch to. When I switch modes, the picture brightens up again, only to dim to darkness within 10-15 seconds. It's as if someone turned off the lights in the studio. You can still see the picture, but it's very dark and dim.
Anyway, this is very frustrating. Any ideas on what could be causing the dimming? I'm going to guess that's the micro dimming function gone haywire, since it isn't supposed to be active in movie mode, right?