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These lights are killing me.... I know it's a dumb reason to return a player (and since it's the only BD game in town untill October, I dont want to return it).


For now, I've covered them in black masking tape, but even then tons of light gets though.... it's the only piece of equipement in my rack that is objectionable - it lights up the whole damn room :( All of my other gear can blank it's display - including the HD-A1 and my receiver.
 

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I actually had similar annoyance with my 65" Hitachi Ultravision.. I went with the tape method myself..


Sorry, don't know the answer other than things that may void warranty so I wouldn't remove it or break it.
 

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You can always open it up and disconnect one leg of the LED. I kinda like the light though. My receiver, printer and power block have blue lights so it matches them.
 

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You can always open it up and disconnect one leg of the LED. I kinda like the light though. My receiver, printer and power block have blue lights so it matches them.
IN that regard, I could also take the cover off and wrap the LED's in a bit of electical tape, then replace the cover. That would be easier to reverse later... The problem is I'm not sure what tamper-proffing is on the samsung and I have no inclination to void the warranty on a $1k player :-/


Guess I was hoping I'd missed a button or menu option somewhere to turn the lights off.


In a 100% light controlled theater, that blue glow is by far the broghtest thing in the room -- to the point of major distraction and even loss of contrast!
 

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It's a long shot, but you could contact Samsung and ask if there's a technician's code that turns off the display lights. I have a Roady2 XM receiver, and if I enter an unpublished 3 digit code before I press the power button, it turns on without the backlight. Very useful for when I'm running on battery power.
 

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If you don't use the controls on the machine and only use the remote (like me), you could get some clear polycarbonate (plastic) sheets at a hobby store, cut them to size (glue together to make a shape, whatever you need) then paint them and use blue tak (poster adhesive) to attach them to the front of the device.

I have done this using clear polycarbonate and smoke colored paint to dim the display on many of my components. They were too bright, but I still wanted to see them.

Looking at the player, you could cut one large piece that covers everything but the drive tray and open/close button, then cut a separate piece for the drive tray to cover up the glowing logo. Paint the clear polycarbonate black and look at it from the front side. It will be great looking shiny black plastic. Now just use the blu tac to attach it to the front of the player and wha la, no light. Of course, you will want to make sure you mask off the area where your ir sensor is before you paint, that way your remote will work.

If you do it well, it should look great and your player will just look like it is all black. I can't even tell my pieces are covering the displays on my devices. Post some pictures if you try it.
 

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If you don't use the controls on the machine and only use the remote (like me), you could get some clear polycarbonate (plastic) sheets at a hobby store, cut them to size (glue together to make a shape, whatever you need) then paint them and use blue tak (poster adhesive) to attach them to the front of the device.

I have done this using clear polycarbonate and smoke colored paint to dim the display on many of my components. They were too bright, but I still wanted to see them.

Looking at the player, you could cut one large piece that covers everything but the drive tray and open/close button, then cut a separate piece for the drive tray to cover up the glowing logo. Paint the clear polycarbonate black and look at it from the front side. It will be great looking shiny black plastic. Now just use the blu tac to attach it to the front of the player and wha la, no light. Of course, you will want to make sure you mask off the area where your ir sensor is before you paint, that way your remote will work.

If you do it well, it should look great and your player will just look like it is all black. I can't even tell my pieces are covering the displays on my devices. Post some pictures if you try it.
Interesting project... does the adhesive come off easily? Any mods I make, I'd like to be able to reverse. What I'm using in the mean time is matte-black masking tape. Works like a charm, but not too pretty..... my HT is so dark it doesn't really amtter though :)
 

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The blue tac isn't a permanent adhesive and it can be removed from plastic with no marks. It is just the stuff that is often used to hang posters, here is an example from the duck company . I just roll it into small balls or lines and put it on the plastic, then press it to the surface.

Of course any other adhesive that will not leave marks on plastic could be used.

It is also handy to sand the edges of the plastic to get a finished look. The technique of painting the clear polycarbonate from behind is the way an RC car body is painted, so you can get some pretty good looking paint jobs. For instance, you could mask off a BR logo on the plastic, paint it black, remove the masking and paint blue. Then when you look at the clear side of the plastic, you would see black with a blue BR logo.


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The Blue lights bug the heck out of me too and the funny thing is that the front display can be dimmed via the menu but not the blue lights which are far brighter and basically completely useless. The Blue lights look like they were grafted on by some marketing guy at Samsung. I have a couple of other Samsung products (DLP TV and newer LCD flat panel) and with each successive product Samsung adds bigger and more intrusive blue lights. Talk about Ghettoizing a good product lol.
 

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If you don't use the controls on the machine and only use the remote (like me), you could get some clear polycarbonate (plastic) sheets at a hobby store, cut them to size (glue together to make a shape, whatever you need) then paint them and use blue tak (poster adhesive) to attach them to the front of the device.

I have done this using clear polycarbonate and smoke colored paint to dim the display on many of my components. They were too bright, but I still wanted to see them.

Looking at the player, you could cut one large piece that covers everything but the drive tray and open/close button, then cut a separate piece for the drive tray to cover up the glowing logo. Paint the clear polycarbonate black and look at it from the front side. It will be great looking shiny black plastic. Now just use the blu tac to attach it to the front of the player and wha la, no light. Of course, you will want to make sure you mask off the area where your ir sensor is before you paint, that way your remote will work.

If you do it well, it should look great and your player will just look like it is all black. I can't even tell my pieces are covering the displays on my devices. Post some pictures if you try it.
This is a great idea. I'm guessing that there is a large market for people who want a nice looking solution for this problem. If you want to run a few prototypes off I'll be happy to buy one from you :) PM me if you are interested.
 
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