I just purchased the UN65KS8000 this week and set it up on Thanksgiving (with the help of a couple guests). I decided (late) to order the Kanto FMX3 from Costco and am stuck waiting for it to be delivered; in the meantime, I have it set up on its two legs using the inner slots. I upgraded from a 46" 1080p Sharp Aquos non-LED LCD that I bought nine years ago. (It still made 1080p content look very good [to my eyes], although it had a dark patch on the far right probably from a child throwing something at it.) I'm using the embedded apps (Netflix, Amazon, Play Movies) as well as displaying a Sony Blu-ray player and a home theater PC (HTPC) running Windows 7 Media Center that is pushing 1080p at 60 Hz over HDMI.
I have a few questions for the more experienced forum members:
1.) Any recommended settings for a HTPC? The cable channels look OK, not amazing. It's likely I just need to thrown down for an HDMI 2.0 video card to output 4K, since the CPU and mobo are five years old. My PPI (per online calculator) actually increased from 47 to 67, but I realize that I'm displaying 1080p. I connected it to HDMI 2, which it seems to recommend for PC source. Currently I'm using Standard picture with backlight 10 (room-dependent, I know), 45 brightness, 100 contrast, 0 sharpness, Smart LED off, HDMI UHD color on, color tone Standard, gamma 0. I have no Special Viewing Mode enabled, but I see Sports as the only option not grayed out.
2.) More troublesome is that I think I have six dead pixels that look like a tiny line -- a family member said an "eyelash" -- when viewed from the couch. From the bottom right, it's about 1/6 to the left and 1/4 up. I've attached a couple shots. One close-up is with the blue Media Center background, the other with a white background. Is anyone sure what kind of defect this is? Does anyone think these are pixels you can resuscitate? I ordered online through Samsung, so it's not like I can throw it in the back of my SUV and exchange it at the store. Would you accept a small defect like this or go through the return/exchange or warranty process? It's only noticeable when that area over the frame is uniform and static, although I might have developed the unfortunate habit of looking for it, since I know it's there.
Thanks to all for the feedback and advice.
Edit: I did pull up some 4K/HDR content on the embedded Amazon app, and it did look quite stunning. I'm really glad for the smart TV apps so that I can enjoy it without depending on the cable and broadcast networks (which don't seem to be in a hurry to upgrade to 4K).
Edit (Dec. 5): It's ten days later and I'm enjoying the TV. I still am not sure whether these are dead pixels -- most evident on the white background -- but possibly a mark beneath the top layer. My FA01 panel is really good otherwise -- minimal light bleed, no weird waves like I've seen on other panels. The power cord is loose, but I'll probably put some electrical tape over the back after I (finally) mount it. I have the FMX3 brackets secured to the back with four M8-1.25 x 50mm hex-head bolts, and they're a perfect fit when combined with two washers that came with the mount. (Unfortunately, Kanto only provides up to 40mm M8 bolts.) I bought mine at Home Depot.
Last edited by Hoogineer; 12-05-2016 at 08:30 PM.
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