Received PN43F4500 today. Everything works as advertised :) All screws included and no apparent red sparkles. $404
Unpacking & mounting took the most time - aside that now I need become familiar with YAR (yet another remote) and feature set.
Connection discovery to Comcast cable tv was automatic from the initial power up SET-UP
The tv was manufactured in Spring 2013. The firmware is v. 1022.0 which supercedes the downloadable version on the Samsung website *scratching head*
This tv replaces an RCA 43" plasma which had a fatal heart attack followed by a stroke after only 18 months.
... the COMCAST remote code that worked is 10812
Since there are only 2 hdmi connections, I'll be getting a hdmi switcher so I can hookup the computer
e.g. Portta PET0301S $10 on amazon or eBay
I really don't like the cables running down the left side (not aesthetic), nor do I like the cable weight supported by the hdmi connection. For now I just duct taped the cable to the tv cabinet to take the weight off the connector.
To my eye, colors & tones are very nice using out-of-the-box factory settings. Maybe I'll boost the cells up after a while. No problems with any reflection (ECO off)
I have the PN43F4500 for 6 months now so it's safe to say it's past the break in period, Should I update to the current firmware or keep it at the older original one that came with the tv? and is there any noticeable difference between both firmwares? If not then that's okay since I don't want to brick or mess anything up.
I would upgrade. It was a pretty significant update. Besides improving HDMI picture quality, it also fixes a power issue on some sets.
Now I'm thinking of buying the G10 off my mom for about $200 so she can buy the F4500, which retails for under $400. Will she be happy with the F4500 over the G10. I know the G10 has the elevated black levels (I'm aware of the fix), so I'm guessing the F4500 should produce deeper blacks.
I'm having one issue though. Sometimes when turning the set on the picture will start flickering/flashing. Most of the time it turns on without any issues, but about 10-20 percent of the time I get the flicker. When it does occur, turning the tv off and on again seems to fix it. tried different HDMI cables and it did not help. The flicker also seems to be rhythmic (two quick flashes, then a short pause, which keeps repeating until I turn off/on). Has anyone experienced this issue?
btw, all the eco/energy saving settings are off.
The problem was apparently my cable box and not the tv. I hooked the STB to another TV and was able to duplicate the issue. it seems to happen when the cable box switches from 480p to 720p (or vice versa), which I guess occurs when powering up the tv.
Vic12345, thanks for the heads up. I didn't realize that about powering on/off.
Let's say I powered on/off a couple dozen times in a short period, while testing the problem I was having. Do I need to be concerned? either way I'll be more careful in the future.
The sales guy where I looked at the 51 and 43 brought that up but it didn't bother me after a few minutes. The more expensive model $900 looked a little better but I don't want apps built into it. I'll do that with a Htpc. So for me it's fine. When will Samsung release the new model year? That would be my only concern.
Nobody knows the future is for plasma. Panasonic just announced they are no longer making plasma tv's after next month, pretty much leaving Samsung as the only one still making them.. I haven't seen anything about what Samsung plans on doing for 2014.
Very happy right out of the box, would recommend.
Thanks for all the information guys,
Question regarding audio passthrough: I'm considering adding the Sonos Soundbar to the setup, but have heard some sets don't pass the full 5.1 signal out of the optical port. I don't know enough about reading the specs to know if this set support that.
Anyone know if I can get full 5.1 output from the optical on this tv from HDMI input?
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