Originally Posted by davidjschenk
Wow. "Like crap"??? Those are strong words, especially if it's a BluRay. Can you say more about where you saw problems?
Was it the colors? (an unsolved problem for Johnny and others.)
The depth? (solved.)
Backlight artifacts? (kinda sorta solved--sorta.)
Shadow detail? (solvable but tricky, it seems.)
Motion blur? (solution unknown.)
Reflective glare? (no solution short of controlled lighting.)
Something I left out?
Looking forward to your input,
In a word, Superman(the new one) looked "blah" on the 4081. The colors were really really drab. But isn't that the movie? They claimed they couldn't connect the TV to the store feed that was showing Saturday's college football games on every other TV in HD. It doesn't help that a 40 inch TV is already small to being with, but then you cut out the huge black bars on the top and bottom, and the amount of viewing space for Superman was really tiny. They had a 40 inch Samsung 4061 nearby showing the HD football feed and it was stunning in comparison. I was really let down...more so with the choice of movie they were using to show off. The guy that helped me stated that Samsung was probably "3 iterations away from actually making a TV worth buying using this technology". I have no idea if he's right or not, but Superman left wanting to see more, and unfortunately I could not.
I did get access to the remote, and there was some demo thing running that showed the motion stuff on the left, and that setting off on the right. The difference, at least to my eye, was that the image on the left was brighter than the one on the right. The images being shown looked the same otherwise. I don't get it. Suffice it to say, I did not walk away thinking that this technology was worth spending hundreds of more dollars for.
The difference between the 71 and 81 for me was that the 71 looked much nicer, and it's motion controls were available on all TV settings, whereas I couldn't adjust it on the 81 in anything other than movie mode...a mode I didn't particularly care for. The colors were much nicer on the 71 as well. But again, the 71 was viewing HD content whereas the 81 was showing a bad movie. The 71 was a 52 inch, whereas the 81 was a 40. So then I compared the 71 to the 5265, and came away knowing that they 71 was worth the extra couple of hundred bucks, so I made the call to buy the 5271 today.
Take everything I said with a huge grain of salt. I'm no expert. I just know what I see, and I know what I like and don't like. I really liked the 5271. Fans of the 81, or future owners, should realize that I only saw what Best Buy intended for me to see, which wasn't much tp speak of.
Forgot to respond to some of your direct questions:
Glare is not a problem. I love it, and would never choose matte over the glossy. And no, I don't watch TV in a cave. But I do know how to use blinds and curtains (well, my wife does).
Motion blur wasn't an issue.
Shadow detail looked fine.
Backlight artifacts = none.
Depth...disappointing to say the least. The depth, like the colors, felt flat. I don't understand their choice of movie to use to demo this thing. Perhaps because its a movie they deemed appropriate to display in an area accessible to kids? The thing is, the colors really popped when the movie ended and the Blu Ray returned to the movie's options menu.