Originally Posted by BLACKTOOTHGRIN
I've never seen that 1/4" is acceptable, but thanks for that info.
As far as I'm concerned, none of it is acceptable when you've just dropped a couple G's on a TV. The damn thing should be perfect for that kind of money.
However... below is a picture of what I ended up settling for. *Note: This is on the 5687.
My geometry with this tv is off by about 1/4" - 3/8". I'm not to happy about it, but this one I can live with. The last one was off about an inch or so, and was cocked in a counter-clockwise setting. So when I went to exchange it, this time I took my test image on a USB Drive to plug it in and test it in the store. Needless to say, the sales manager was not happy looking bad in front of everyone when I made him open up all 5 of the TV's he had there, and showed him and everyone else in the store that there were problems with every single one of them.
I ended up taking the one with the least amount of problems.
At this point, I think what I'm going to do is make some dumb excuse up to get a tech over here via my warranty from the store. Then, I'll have him make whatever adjustments that are needed, and hopefully I will finally be satisfied. I too am a very picky person, but sometimes you just have to be.
Hope this eases your mind.
I wanted to do the same as you - view the test image on individual TV's at the store until I could find one that I could live with, but I could not get the store(s) to agree since they had to get the TV's from their warehouses.
Yesterday my latest salesman claims that he contacted his Samsung rep about my "concerns". Apparently it was determined that I probably won't ever be satisfied with ANY 6189 and then he tells me the store will be picking up my 2-day old 6189S TV today and refunding me my monies, thus terminating the transaction!
So I walk into CC last night trying to determine my next path (LCD, Plasma perhaps?) and I see all the TV's displaying the same picture - the blue DirecTV Guide . For those that are unfamiliar with the DirecTV Guide, it is a great indicator of geometry (or in the case of some of the HLT's, a lack thereof) since it has a grid pattern to it. I literally was shocked that every one of the HLT's (at least a half-dozen) all had the horizontal lines "cocked" by as much as 1-2"! This was really noticeable on the very bottom of the Guide. Unbelievable to say the least!
I, like you, can not believe that for a couple of grand one can't get a TV that can show straight horizontal and vertical lines. I just don't get it...
Please keep in mind I am a previous owner of a Sammy 56" HLN series which I absolutely LOVED for 4 years! IMO the picture quality of these sets are awesome, but unfortunately Samsung has lost my DLP allegiance. I hope I am not making a mistake, but I have decided to switch camps and go down the path of the plasmas.
Good luck to you and all others. I really wished I could have been lucky enough to have received a 6189 that would have kept me satisfied.