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After spending a ton of time reading here, CNET, and customer feedback elsewhere on the web, I picked up the Samsung 4095 today. The tv is pretty amazing, but I'm having some difficulty dialing in the settings (I've used some of the ones I found in the Owner's Thread).

The biggest question I have though, is regarding weird sort of blotchy colors that appear in a lot of scenes--for example, a wall behind the actors that should appear as a flat white color has swirling shades of white. I'm sorry if I am not explaining it properly, but I hoped there might be a term for this effect.

These color swirls don't appear in all scenes, but in most of them. Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 6
This sounds like a backlight problem. If you tune in a blank black picture, do you see unevenness in the backlighting? - DR
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Originally Posted by dr0s
This sounds like a backlight problem. If you tune in a blank black picture, do you see unevenness in the backlighting? - DR
I switched the input to a No Signal black screen and there were no backlight issues that I could see--it was uniformly black.

I didn't think it was backlight issue because the problem appears at different points on the screen, seems to be more an issue with how the images were being displayed.

I neglected to mention that this appears to be mostly an issue with SD programming. I did see it in some limited DVD watching however. Unfortunately my HD feed appears to be out of whack, so I cannot tell how HD is displayed on the screen.
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So I suspect the culprit for my problems is bad feeds to the tv--they weren't kidding about garbage in, garbage out.

My HD cable feed is weak, and I don't even think it is outputting HD anyway, so that accounts for the bad SD/HD. This is attributable to the poorly laid out cable in my apartment, which is split at least twice before it reaches the Samsung.

Secondly, I noticed all of the same color contours and swirls in PS2 games like Final Fantasy XII and very grainy, gritty screens in Resident Evil 4, and DVDs played through the PS2 exhibited much of the same problems. But when I played the same DVD (Matrix 2) in a different DVD player, the picture was great. Guess I either need a new PS2 or the PS3, or maybe I can improve the picture with an optical lens cleaner disk.

Lastly, I did notice that when I did PIP with a DVD playing, the cable picture was much much better in that tiny little window--almost looked like HD. I wonder why the discrepancy between that and the full screen cable picture.

Thoughts?
post #5 of 6
The SD channels just dont look good on new panel TV's. Even on the best sets SD can be vomit-inducing. Thats why we have HD right? ;)

So, if the set is performing well with DVD, video game, and HD channels.... rest assured that there is nothing wrong with the TV set!
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Originally Posted by s2mikey
The SD channels just dont look good on new panel TV's. Even on the best sets SD can be vomit-inducing. Thats why we have HD right? ;)

So, if the set is performing well with DVD, video game, and HD channels.... rest assured that there is nothing wrong with the TV set!

Sorry if I was confusing earlier--but the PQ with my PS2 games and DVDs through PS2 were also very splotchy and grainy so that was why I was concerned since the problems weren't limited just to SD programming. I don't believe I have had the ability to view HD content either so I cannot make a determination on that.
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