Originally Posted by soldonandy
Here are highlights from the CNET review of the Samsung:
"The Bad Lighter black levels and uneven picture uniformity lead to a mediocre home theater image; bad sound quality; Smart TV design can be overwhelming.
The Bottom Line Despite picture quality that's just average, the Samsung UNH6350's high-end features and design for a midrange price will win plenty of converts."
I don't disagree with the sound quality but I can tell you my copy of the Panny had terrible black uniformity. RTINGS.COM says the black uniformity on the Samsung 6350 they tested was nearly perfect as is the one I own in my family room. Heck, if the Samsung's black uniformity was not so good, I may not have not noticed how bad the Panny was. I am not sure that I have been able to pick up on uniformity problems when a actual picture is displayed. So, I am not sure what that looks like.
So 2 hours ago, I am standing at BestBuy with my packed up 55AS680 deciding if I should reorder the Panny (from the warehouse) or get a second Samsung 6350 pricematched to Amazon for $749. The manager was willing to do either and the Samsung was in stock. The manager (who was clearly a home theater enthusiast and an owner of a ZT60 Panasonic plasma herself) told me that her training led her to believe that the Panny 680 was always intended to go down to 799.99 and that she didn't believe a reorder would help (implying that the Panny was feature packed but skimping on total quality a bit).
In the end, I reordered the Panny because of how amazing the picture was (aside from the black uniformity) and features were hoping that my unit was simply defective. And, in the process, lost a chance to get the Samsung 6350 for $749 at BestBuy.
. If you could have seen the 680 side by side with my ST series plasma and holding it's own playing Avatar, you would have done the same thing!!!!
Praying for a good panel!!!