Originally Posted by PeninsulaMark
Just some comments on the setup, which was done by looking at the nearly useless diagram for five seconds. It took about five minutes to set up. Have not read the manual, either printed or electronic. Used the large remote from the 8550 to perform the setup.
1. At startup there's a beautiful parade of icons with music, maybe lasting five seconds. I wanted top see it again, but despite turning the set off and unplugging it, could not make the Intro restart. Anyone know how to bring it back on ?
2. There are four black screws and four silver screws, not labelled. Cannot tell which four attach the stand to the TV and which four attach the base to the vertical piece. Anyone here know ? Used the black screws to attach the stand to the TV. Silly that they are not labelled, nor can one tell from the diagram.
3. It said it could not connect to the home network, but it did connect fine.
4. It asked for my zip code, accepted it, then asked for the time zone. Duhhhhhhh. The zip code determines that.
5. Set it to search OTA/antenna, it found 108 channels, but still searched for cable channels. My 8550 didn't do this.
6. As for the panel, no defects yet, but I'm not skilled like many of you. What should be examined ?
7. As for the picture of this 8500, despite the glorious praises of the 8500 in this forum, unadjusted in Dynamic, I much prefer the 8550 picture. Colors might be more vibrant, but the picture of this 8500 looks cartoonish, over-saturated, blurry, and milky. I see where to set the picture mode, but not where to adjust color, brightness, backlighting, etc. Somewhere in this forum there must be optimal settings for the 8500. I have the Disney and Monster DVDs somewhere.
8. Samsung Blu-ray player connected to any of the HDMI ports on the One Connect fails to show connection on the screen. The DVD cannot be played. What's the secret to attaching a DVD player ? On my 8550, when the DVD player is started, the set automatically switches over to the HDMI port.
Comments are invited.
Dynamic is not really designed for long term use, it's more a of "pop" setting to impress your friends and family, or buyers in a showroom.
I had the same problem you did - Dynamic looked great in one scene, but they completely milky/white/over-saturated in another. Realistically, you cannot use it to watch even a single episode of a TV show, much less an entire movie.
You should just calibrate one of the other settings, like Standard or Natural. It will have less pop but be a lot more watchable. In theory, the 8500 should be better than the old 8550, but it sounds like your 8500 set is very poorly calibrated out of box. Poorly calibrated colors can be the cause of all the issues you are having, and certainly the 8500 is capable of displaying rec709 perfectly.
Also, for you, it sounds like you wished the TV just looked good with default settings. In that case, you may want to consider a Sony, which has great pre-calibrated settings. You mentioned you didn't want a curved set, but the 930c and 940c Sony are all flat, and have much better PQ than the 8500. In your price range, the 850C will have a different set of problems, but maybe you won't mind them as much (I'm fine with my x850c, and I don't really notice the dark corners). I ended up spending a lot of time calibrating the Sony, and ended up just using cinema pro.