Originally Posted by Padrino
The only other negative for me is that the brighness and contrast are not directly accessed from buttons on the remote. You need to go into the "Picture" menu and then to "Mode" and then navigate to them. This is very annoying because you will need to adjust these all the time. My last TV did not have them direct on the remote but there were codes out there that worked with the Harmony remote and it was great to have that little feature.
There is a (colored!) button on the remote for Picture Modes, so one easy answer that will work for a lot of people is to set those up as presets, with settings for the main types of different sources, and flip between those by toggling that remote button. That's essentially what it's there for. It might not be perfect, but it's quick and easy.The main thing new owners need to know
is to use the Energy Savings button as a backlight control, to adjust for the darkness or brightness of the room. The default is way too bright for a dark room. Though it's great to have it for a bright room, or a variable one, which is what I have.
Given the complexities, it's set up better than most OOTB. The most genius thing they did was have a setup wizard that immediately asks whether it's for a showroom or a home, so it preumably adjusts the settings and avoids the whole problem of the OOTB settings being lurid settings only suitable for a showroom.Angle viewing
is excellent, you can easily watch it from any angle you'd realistically want to, and beyond.Remote
is good if a little busy; could be better but it's OK.Menus.
The CNET review of the 4096D
complained about the slow menus; they need to switch to decaf, they're fine. And the transparent menus not only look cool, and let you keep an eye on the show - but most of the settings also seem to let you preview the result, so you can try an adjustment, see how it looks, and adjust again without going in and out of the menus. No real problems for me with the menus, other than I'd always like more adjustments.Design
obviously rules, and it's very space-efficient - my stand is a little high, and I didn't want speakers adding any more than they needed to. The aluminum strip on the 4095D (vs. glass on the 4096D) is a little disappointing, but if it's lighter or more durable, that works better for me, so I'll rationalize it that way.DNIe
- I sense a massive lemming effect on the DNIe, as with so many things at AVS - people already have their minds made up, it's what they're suppposed to say. As a couple non-lemming people have noted, on some sources it doesn't make that much difference, and for some sources DNIe does improve them. And it couldn't be easier to turn on and off, or use the demo mode to see the effect - just toggle the button on the remote. Not even remotely worth all the comments here.
Obviously it would be great if it could tune channels faster, but that's the way it is. My wife will probably like that I can't flip 120 channels a minute ...
I've only heard "clicking" once, maybe it depends on temperature variations in your room or something as it warms up.
Also, AVS needs a new HDTV owner FAQ to explain a couple things. As noted, a good 1080p will let you see the poor quality of even many so-called HD broadcasts. And a basic understanding of digital broadcasting and video compression would probably help a lot of new owners figure out what's the source vs. connections vs. display.
What would be truly awesome is if Samsung did a firmware release that fixed two things:
- Ability to turn on or off overscan by source, to allow 1:1 PC hookup via HDMI
- Ability to use the zoom on digital sources. As it stands, you can only use the zoom on the analog channels. But some of the digital channels are broadcast (I guess) with letterboxing on all four sides, so they would benefit from zoom.
I don't know if Samsung ever actually does firmware upgrades, I guess I'll poke around their site and see if they have.
P.S. Seems that's wishful thinking:
Note: Unless there is a general problem with the firmware for a TV, or a major change in broadcast protocols, Samsung does not offer firmware upgrades for its TVs.
I guess I'll re-read the comments about a fix for the first item via a service call.