I can't believe how prominent the (I don't know the term) macroblocking(?) is. I have a 5678w Samsung 1080P 56" etc, and with all settings on the TV to default there is some serious black boxes in the dark areas of movies. I have read about this plenty, but I was lead to believe that this was minimal and not really noticable. My default setting for brightness on the TV is 50, but if I set it to 37, I don't notice the MB anymore. The screen is noticably darker too though. The TV is notably very bright so it doesn't bother me too much having the brightness turned down, and it will make the bulb last longer right? Anyway,Is there a way to have this fixed?
I had arguably the worst DVD player according to a few review sites dv-434 (pioneer), but it's been good to me until I got my Sammy. The difference in picture quality and sound was everything I hoped it would be and more. I don't have the best ear for audio, but I knew I was in for a treat when I popped in my first dvd "Star Wars III" and was immediately blown away at the improved sound quality just from the opening music. I could distinctly hear where the intruments were in the recording.
I'm so happy I did some research on this purchase. Though my MP3's sound better than before, this dvd player has opened my ears/mind to what MP3's lack. At Magnolia I had the salesman show me the difference in sound between the 2910 and 3910. I didn't think I would notice much since the 2910 sounded as good as I thought possible. Then switching to the 3910 the sound enveloped the room more and with more warmth and depth. Once I hooked it up at home I found the same experience, and for once my wife agrees with a purchase!
Also, I notice when switching from 480P/720P/1080i the resolution on my Sammy is pretty much the same. I don't notice much of a difference between them except that 1080i has visible horizontal lines in it (interlaced?). The TV automatically upconverts the signal to 1080P so I'm assuming this is the reason?