Originally Posted by Njmurvin
You guys are spooking me a little regarding these bowing and blob issues. Mine is still in its box in the garage waiting for me to finish the ent. center. Has anyone actually spoken to Samsung about these issues? Is there any official response yet? I looked pretty closely at the demo at Costco and didn't notice any blobs. I didn't see the bowing because it was an HD signal and no lines were present to judge by. If they all do it, I have no reason to expect mine to be any different. So, I just hope it's nothing that bothers me enough to return it. I've already promised the stand to a friend (as I won't need it). Now, I'm gonna have to make him wait.
I have had my set for four weeks. I do have bowing on the 4:3 mode and as you have read, this is an unfortunate "feature
" but to me is a non-issue since I watch HD TV almost exclusively at the 16:9 mode. Some of the commercials on these HD broadcasts are in 4:3, but I could care less how the commercial looks. I have looked hard and cannot see any bowing at this setting in the 16:9 mode even though it could be there. I watched the football game yesterday and everything looked fine. I truly tried to see a defect and couldn't. I think most owners will tell you they can't see it in the 16:9 mode or if they can, it is so minor it is a non-issue. I am not saying this is not a problem. Some people may have a TV that is much worse than mine.
As far as the smudge, mine does not have that either. I feel sorry for anyone with that issue. The pictures posted on a previous message were using what appeared to be a test pattern (worse case scenario). I am wondering what it looks like during a broadcast and if you can still see it. That doesn't excuse the quality problem, but I'm wondering how it looks in use. I am also interested in what Costco or Samsung has to say on that issue. It could be a shipping problem if the units were stacked up with the screen pointing down. Just a guess. I sincerely hope the others who have recently been posting about the smudge problem can get a replacement or have Samsung fix it. This is too good of a TV to have something like that detract from the performance. I also hope in the future Samsung can have some kind of software change that could rectify the bowing problem for those people that are bothered by it.
If you were to ask me to rate my TV on a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 9.5. The only real detractor to me was the 2 HDMI ports instead of 3 or 4 like most TVs come with. I can easily solve that with a HDMI splitter switch for $30-$50, thought I wish i didn't have to go that route. I also would say that the bowing contributed to the less than perfect rating but while I wish it were a 10, I can live with 9.5
Bottom line, I bought this TV to watch High Def, and when I do, the picture is incredible. I hope you are as lucky as me when you turn on your TV. Enjoy!