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post #2701 of 2843
Oh that's ridiculous.
post #2702 of 2843
Well had a Best Buy tech come out today, took one look at the slimfit and said yeah that thing is a POS. I have never been able to properly fix one of those. The geo problems are insane as well random degauss issues. He is going to try and replace the board to go through the paces, but in the end I'm just gonna have to ge a new set. Are Samsungs LCD's any better?
post #2703 of 2843
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Originally Posted by squallsan View Post

Well had a Best Buy tech come out today, took one look at the slimfit and said yeah that thing is a POS. I have never been able to properly fix one of those. The geo problems are insane as well random degauss issues. He is going to try and replace the board to go through the paces, but in the end I'm just gonna have to ge a new set. Are Samsungs LCD's any better?

Ok, let's see if we can recap and continue discussing what we we were talking about before since our posts got lost. Before, you mentioned something about a strobing light on your Slimfit. Months ago, I was complaining about flickering on my Slimfit set, but very few people had anything to saying about it. Since you mentioned about a strobing light on your set, I'm assuming you're experiencing some flickering or flashing of some sort.
post #2704 of 2843
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Originally Posted by xraffle View Post

Ok, let's see if we can recap and continue discussing what we we were talking about before since our posts got lost. Before, you mentioned something about a strobing light on your Slimfit. Months ago, I was complaining about flickering on my Slimfit set, but very few people had anything to saying about it. Since you mentioned about a strobing light on your set, I'm assuming you're experiencing some flickering or flashing of some sort.

Yeah it is flickering but only seems to happen on the upper right side. It really shows through during light colored scenes. I'm waiting for Samsung to send me a new board, and then have the BB tech come and install it. He told me he really doesn't think it's going to work but company policy pretty much demands it. So we'll see what happens. I'm thinking of replacing it with this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1202648740213
post #2705 of 2843
Quote:


I'm thinking of replacing it with this:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1202648740213

Nice TV! You know, I was looking into buying that exact TV. It's a nice size, it's not as expensive as other HDTVs, and the reviews are excellent. If you have the money, I say go for it.

But with me, I will probably stick with my Slimfit until it dies, if it ever does. I paid for that things, so might as well get some use out of it. Even though I'm experiencing issues here and there, it doesn't look like it would die anytime soon. Besides, by the time my Slimfit dies, HDTVs will be dirt cheap and it would be worth the wait. At least for me, anyway.
post #2706 of 2843
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Originally Posted by xraffle View Post

Nice TV! You know, I was looking into buying that exact TV. It's a nice size, it's not as expensive as other HDTVs, and the reviews are excellent. If you have the money, I say go for it.

But with me, I will probably stick with my Slimfit until it dies, if it ever does. I paid for that things, so might as well get some use out of it. Even though I'm experiencing issues here and there, it doesn't look like it would die anytime soon. Besides, by the time my Slimfit dies, HDTVs will be dirt cheap and it would be worth the wait. At least for me, anyway.


Yeah, the 32A450 got really good reviews at CNET. Samsung should give him a credit if he is going to get that tv. Just for the simple ridiculous fact that he is going to have to get a BLU-RAY player just to match the quality of a cheaper priced CRT on DVD.

It's a crying shame that companies like Sony got out of the CRT biz and then Samsung cashes in on those potential customers with a cheap ass product that they know is cheap, that is why they made it disappear from their website. Then they charge over 50% more for a decent LCD at the same size. If Samsung doesn't want to give a credit to buy one of their LCD's, I say screw em, buy one from somebody else.
post #2707 of 2843
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Originally Posted by googleme7 View Post

Yeah, the 32A450 got really good reviews at CNET. Samsung should give him a credit if he is going to get that tv. Just for the simple ridiculous fact that he is going to have to get a BLU-RAY player just to match the quality of a cheaper priced CRT on DVD.

It's a crying shame that companies like Sony got out of the CRT biz and then Samsung cashes in on those potential customers with a cheap ass product that they know is cheap, that is why they made it disappear from their website. Then they charge over 50% more for a decent LCD at the same size. If Samsung doesn't want to give a credit to buy one of their LCD's, I say screw em, buy one from somebody else.

Isn't that the truth. I have an HD DVD player and while the format is now dead I still can't wait to see Constantine and Beawulf on a proper HD set. I was actually going to go with the M series Sony BRAVIA but have heard of tons of clouding and ghosting issues. I can't believe I went from a Trinitron to that junky Samsung Slimfit. But really I doubt the slifit will day anytime soon, I just am not happy with all the issues. It produces a nice image but with MANY flaws. I really do wish that Sony was still making HD CRT's but at the time when I bought my slimfit they were IMPOSSIBLE to find.

PS: I wish Samsung would give me credit, but alas they won't, instead they sold me a hell of a lemon.
post #2708 of 2843
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Originally Posted by squallsan View Post

But really I doubt the slifit will day anytime soon, I just am not happy with all the issues. It produces a nice image but with MANY flaws. I really do wish that Sony was still making HD CRT's but at the time when I bought my slimfit they were IMPOSSIBLE to find.

PS: I wish Samsung would give me credit, but alas they won't, instead they sold me a hell of a lemon.

You're in the same position as me. I want to replace my Slimfit with an LCD, but the question is: What do I do with my Slimfit? Throwing it out would be like throwing hard-earned money in the trash. And if you sell it on Ebay or someplace else, we could get in trouble for selling a lemon. If I knew what to do with my Slimfit, there would've been an LCD sitting in my house at this moment.
post #2709 of 2843
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Originally Posted by googleme7 View Post

If Samsung doesn't want to give a credit to buy one of their LCD's, I say screw em, buy one from somebody else.

I agree. Samsung screwed a lot of people with their Slimfits. But the problem is, what other good HDTV brand is there. I heard Samsung was the best. And based on what I see at the store, the Samsung LCDs look the best on display. And in my opinion, they even look better than the Sony Bravias. It looks like we're forced to give Samsung another chance, even though they don't deserve one.
post #2710 of 2843
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Originally Posted by xraffle View Post

I agree. Samsung screwed a lot of people with their Slimfits. But the problem is, what other good HDTV brand is there. I heard Samsung was the best. And based on what I see at the store, the Samsung LCDs look the best on display. And in my opinion, they even look better than the Sony Bravias. It looks like we're forced to give Samsung another chance, even though they don't deserve one.


Well, actually there is the 32" Panasonic LCD that got a higher rating than the Sony and only slightly lower than the Samsung. Realistically the only thing the Samsung does better is be a computer monitor:

http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-t...-32903787.html

My guess is that they will continue to come down in price and I have seen other reviews on this site stating that they liked the 1080p Panasonic 32" over the Sony XBR and Samsung 5 or 6 series.

And if you can fit it in your house, the Panasonic 42" 720p models can often be seen on sale for under $1,000 and maybe they will come down a bit next year or better yet make a 32-37" Plasma. I would still rather have one of those than any of the sub $1,000 LCD's.
post #2711 of 2843
Just got a call this morning from Best Buy, and they just received the board. The Tech is coming back next week to install it, I doubt it's gonna fix the overscan or anything else but hey what the hell.
post #2712 of 2843
It seems like the slimfits are inconsistant. That being said, I bought the TX-3082 in August of 2006. Very, very sexy looking unit and the connectivity was second to none, esp for a sub $1000 unit.

Naturally at first, I fell in love with it simply because im a dork, and new electronics excite me haha.

Now after initial reactions, I did notice some of the problems others mentions. The geometric distortion (although not terrible), some color issues, etc.

It was extreme, but apparent. After a little bit of research, I'd come acrossed the service menu. I spent a few hours tuning and adjusting, and finally got it to where I wanted. Two years later, there is little to no distortion, overscan is at a minimal, and the tubes are still in great shape.

I don't know if I got lucky, but my 3082 is awesome. I have it hooked to an Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD (Time Warner), using HDMI. SD quality is very good for an HD set, then thats the nature of the CRT which is what I wanted.

HD Quality I honestly have little complaints about. After calibration, it's one of the better HD pictures I've seen. It's not quite as sharp in resolution as some of the other sets, (or the awesome XBR series) however it make's up for having an extremely accurate and natural picture. Color is very film like, and features excellent black levels. Contrast levels are also very good on high bit rate HD viewings (as low-bit HD/SD compresses everything..blacks look more gray and grainy) HD-DVD/Blu-ray looks freaking outstanding on this set.

I honestly love this TV, and call me old fashioned...but I love CRT's. Granted higher end plasma/LCD's are finally reaching/bettering the overall PQ of CRT's and thats a good thing.

I don't think the slimfit is cheap, I think it's just the design as a whole that makes it difficult, LG's TV has the same issues (maybe not as wide), and honestly I don't think the LG's PQ is quite as nice all thing considered and working.

Thats my weird little review
post #2713 of 2843
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Originally Posted by Michael Barrett View Post

It seems like the slimfits are inconsistant. That being said, I bought the TX-3082 in August of 2006. Very, very sexy looking unit and the connectivity was second to none, esp for a sub $1000 unit.

Naturally at first, I fell in love with it simply because im a dork, and new electronics excite me haha.

Now after initial reactions, I did notice some of the problems others mentions. The geometric distortion (although not terrible), some color issues, etc.

It was extreme, but apparent. After a little bit of research, I'd come acrossed the service menu. I spent a few hours tuning and adjusting, and finally got it to where I wanted. Two years later, there is little to no distortion, overscan is at a minimal, and the tubes are still in great shape.

I don't know if I got lucky, but my 3082 is awesome. I have it hooked to an Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD (Time Warner), using HDMI. SD quality is very good for an HD set, then thats the nature of the CRT which is what I wanted.

HD Quality I honestly have little complaints about. After calibration, it's one of the better HD pictures I've seen. It's not quite as sharp in resolution as some of the other sets, (or the awesome XBR series) however it make's up for having an extremely accurate and natural picture. Color is very film like, and features excellent black levels. Contrast levels are also very good on high bit rate HD viewings (as low-bit HD/SD compresses everything..blacks look more gray and grainy) HD-DVD/Blu-ray looks freaking outstanding on this set.

I honestly love this TV, and call me old fashioned...but I love CRT's. Granted higher end plasma/LCD's are finally reaching/bettering the overall PQ of CRT's and thats a good thing.

I don't think the slimfit is cheap, I think it's just the design as a whole that makes it difficult, LG's TV has the same issues (maybe not as wide), and honestly I don't think the LG's PQ is quite as nice all thing considered and working.

Thats my weird little review

So how well were you able to overcome the Overscan issue? I'm missing 2 inches from the bottom and about half an inch on the left hand side. Is that fixable with a new board and some tweaking? I just wonder because the image when it's good IS GOOD on this set. Just these other problems are really turning me off.
post #2714 of 2843
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Originally Posted by squallsan View Post

So how well were you able to overcome the Overscan issue? I'm missing 2 inches from the bottom and about half an inch on the left hand side. Is that fixable with a new board and some tweaking? I just wonder because the image when it's good IS GOOD on this set. Just these other problems are really turning me off.

On CRTs, it's normal to have parts of the picture get cut off. That's just the way CRTs are. I have yet to see a CRT TV that displays a FULL picture.

On my TV, the only complaint I have is the strobing light. All other issues are minor and can be overlooked. But flickering is totally unforgiveable.
post #2715 of 2843
How bad is the flickering on your set? Mine isn't that bad but not that good either. The horizontal scan lines that flutter across the screen during light scenes is worse.
post #2716 of 2843
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Originally Posted by squallsan View Post

How bad is the flickering on your set? Mine isn't that bad but not that good either. The horizontal scan lines that flutter across the screen during light scenes is worse.

It's some slight unsteadiness in the picture. It's very noticeable when a picture cuts from a very bright scene to a very dark one. That's the best way I can describe it. What's funny is that all the issues that are present on my Slimfit I've seen on the display model on two Best Buy stores. So, I know that my TV isn't the only one with this problem. Yet, I seem to be the only one that notices it. Maybe I have a special eyesight that can detect the slower refresh rate. I don't know.
post #2717 of 2843
Haven't checked this forum in a while, but I can say that I'm quite pleased with my Slimfit. People who come to my house say that in terms of sharpness and color fidelity, it's the highest quality picture they have seen on any television.

Based on what I have read here, I guess I was lucky with my set. Then again, if people plunk down their money and they are unhappy, they're much more likely to sound off about it than they would be to say "Mine is just great!"

It looks as though Samsung has bailed out on CRTs. Pity: They seemed to be the last manufacturer trying to keep mass production of the tubes going. Maybe they just decided that continuing R&D on CRTs was less than cost-effective; consumers are nuts about big flat panels.

I have a feeling that just as hard-core stereo aficionados have clung tenaciously to vinyl, some videophiles will always prefer CRTs, and good ones may be highly prized (read expensive in a specialty market). I have read that the truest color calibration & signal tweaking is still left to CRTs, and I find that easy to believe.

I predict that CRTs won't disappear altogether. Good ones will just get really expensive.
post #2718 of 2843
Well the problem is these issues are distracting. Instead of enjoying the content of what you're watching, you end up getting all concerned and annoyed over the issues on your TV set.
post #2719 of 2843
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Originally Posted by xraffle View Post

Well the problem is these issues are distracting in. Instead of enjoying the content of what you're watching, you end up getting all concerned and annoyed over the issues on your TV set.

Exactly!
post #2720 of 2843
It seems my board is on backorder now and won't be in till Sept 12. Lovely.
post #2721 of 2843
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Originally Posted by squallsan View Post

It seems my board is on backorder now and won't be in till Sept 12. Lovely.

That sounds like a fun wait.
post #2722 of 2843
The Tech says that the SSB card is broken. It's the card with the HDMI ports on it. I want to replace it myself but I can't find the card anywhere. Does anyone know where I can purchase the card? Samsung wont sell it to me.

Sincerely,

Pio.
post #2723 of 2843
Just got a call from BB, told me that I've been approved for a TV exchange, aka I get my monies back and get something new. Nice try Samsung with the slimfit but it was an epic fail. I'm no debating if to get a Samsung LCD or not>

The reason why my exchange was approved was because the part had been delayed again till the 22 of Sept. AND IT WAS STILL NOT A GUARANTEE.
post #2724 of 2843
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Originally Posted by squallsan View Post

Just got a call from BB, told me that I've been approved for a TV exchange, aka I get my monies back and get something new. Nice try Samsung with the slimfit but it was an epic fail. I'm no debating if to get a Samsung LCD or not>

The reason why my exchange was approved was because the part had been delayed again till the 22 of Sept. AND IT WAS STILL NOT A GUARANTEE.

That's interesting that you had your TV for over a year and they're willing to give you your money back. Lucky you!!
post #2725 of 2843
Well I bought their $89 stupid PRP, so I guess that helps.
post #2726 of 2843
Hi! im new to these forums.
I have a question.
I have the panasonic slimfit hdtv don't remember the model(2xhdmi,2xcomponent, etc)
I bougth it for 250us.
The image is not that greath(compared to my sony and panasonic hdtv)
the problem that i have is that is not saving my seetings, whenever i change them they go back to VIVID with cool temp color , after 10+ minutes.
Do you guys know if this is expensive to fix?
i dont like cool temp on tv's(or warm)
Also do you guys know if there is any purpose in the USB port on the back of the tv(upgrade firmware?)
post #2727 of 2843
Sorry if this has been answered already, but I'm having an issue with my Samsung. The set itself has a little tune it plays when I turn it on and off, but it makes this zapping like sound when I turn it on and then does the tune. It has been doing this ever since I have had it. It doesn't seem like it's messing anything up, but it's a little annoying. Has anyone else had this issue and what can you do to fix it?

Also it's still under warranty, but I don't want to make a service call. I'm sure the day will come when something goes wrong with my set and they can't fix it. Then they will give me something else. Which is exactly what I don't want.

thanks for any help.
post #2728 of 2843
You can always turn the melody off altogether in the menus.
post #2729 of 2843
thanks. I'm not worried about the melody though. It's the zapping sound when I turn it on that bothers me.
post #2730 of 2843
Here's some not-so-surprising news. Samsung no longer advertises any Slimfits or CRTs on their website. The Slimfit product pages are now only in their support sites. A week ago, they only had the small 20" TXT2082 advertised in the now-defunct Slimfit page.

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Originally Posted by delukard View Post

Hi! im new to these forums.
I have a question.
I have the panasonic slimfit hdtv don't remember the model(2xhdmi,2xcomponent, etc)
I bougth it for 250us.
The image is not that greath(compared to my sony and panasonic hdtv)
the problem that i have is that is not saving my seetings, whenever i change them they go back to VIVID with cool temp color , after 10+ minutes.
Do you guys know if this is expensive to fix?
i dont like cool temp on tv's(or warm)
Also do you guys know if there is any purpose in the USB port on the back of the tv(upgrade firmware?)

The resetting settings sound like it's stuck in Shop Mode.

Shut off the TV, wait a few seconds, then point the remote at the TV and push Mute, 1, 8, 2, then Power.
In one of the Option menus look for an option named "Shop Mode" then push Enter on the remote to change the mode from On to Off.
Push Menu to go back to the main service menu, then push Power on the remote to turn off the TV, then push it again to turn it back on.
This should stop the TV from resetting its settings every half-hour.

Yes, the USB port in the back is for potential firmware updates. I really doubt there will be an update anytime soon.

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Originally Posted by reppa View Post

Sorry if this has been answered already, but I'm having an issue with my Samsung. The set itself has a little tune it plays when I turn it on and off, but it makes this zapping like sound when I turn it on and then does the tune. It has been doing this ever since I have had it. It doesn't seem like it's messing anything up, but it's a little annoying. Has anyone else had this issue and what can you do to fix it?

Also it's still under warranty, but I don't want to make a service call. I'm sure the day will come when something goes wrong with my set and they can't fix it. Then they will give me something else. Which is exactly what I don't want.

thanks for any help.

Does this zapping noise occur when your tuning to an analog channel, digital channel, or both?

My TV has an odd electric sound whenever I turn it on and it goes to a digital channel. Occasionally it'll say "Searching for Signal" for a second then go to the channel. Other than that I've had no TV problems relating to that noise.

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Originally Posted by squallsan View Post

You can always turn the melody off altogether in the menus.

Useless fact : there is an option in the service menu to increase or decrease the volume of the melody. Unfortunately, this option doesn't affect the melody volume in any way.
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