Originally Posted by retired1
Just bought the Samsung - in home warranty for samsung vs take in for Panasonic. Samsung gave me 3 more months for registering online. The previous post helped me decide. I'm hooked up to an SD Directv box and DVD player. What I notice is that DVD's, recent movies and some stations have superb picture, but other stations have a 'smoky' appearance, as if some sharpness is missing. (I've already updated the firmware) My old prior TV, a Toshiba CRT, didn't have any of that smokiness on any Directv channel. (both tv's hooked up using component cables) So I'm wondering, is this tv 'better' than my old CRT and showing the poor quality of some stations or is it not able to display all the stations clearly ?
That "smoky appearance" for SD channels, analog or digital, is very common for Samsung Plasmas (if you use TV´s internal tuner or if you do not upscale picture with an external decoder), I purchased a 2010 model and I hated that part and also the fact that it has less contrast and less blacks than Panasonic. My parents purchased a 2011 Panasonic and it is a difference like night and day. Samsung panels have a softer picture than the Panasonic. I am comparing 42 inch budget models, not sure about higher end models.
I will probably compare current models in order to purchase and have a "backup" Plasma since OLED panels are not going to be available to the masses soon. But I am 99% sure Panasonic gives better picture quality.
Edited by figo123 - 11/21/13 at 7:50am