Originally Posted by UCSB
Color banding does not seem to be a problem on my HLR5668W ... can you be more specific? I don't think that color banding is a known problem on the HLR series (like AV sync, gaming lag, etc.).
Color banding: the appearance of subtle, but distinct bands or rings of color where there should be a smooth and seamless gradation of color. Imagine a street light on a foggy night. In reality, there would be a halo of light around the lamp that transitions smoothly from light to dark. On the Samsungs I've seen, there are bands of gradually decreasing light emanating from around the lamp.
There are numerous posts about "banding", "dithering", and "macroblocking", and "artifacting" in the Samsung 1080p 2005 thread. Coincidentally, the "banding" was the one fault (other than the lack of a 1080p input) with the 2005 sets that kept me from buying one.
I was just at Magnolia AV last night to see if they had any of the xx87's on display. They didn't, but I decided to check out the picture quality of the HLR's (again) while I was there. The Sammy's had the most natural color rendition of all of the sets on display, but on the HD feed they were running, (a documentary on forrest fires) I could see banding around the flames and other parts of the image. The same flame shots looked smooth on the plasma sitting next to the Sammy.
I'm not trashing the Sammy's, in fact, I really want either the xx87 or xx88, but I also want the image to look as good or better than my current CRT RPTV and / or a plasma (which I can't afford in a 61").