I recently hooked up my HR44 to my Samsung UN40EH6000 and am noticing black crush that can't be improved by simply turning up the brightness and also color that isn't nearly as vibrant as before even after turning up the color setting. Before the HR44, I had an old HR20 and overall picture quality seemed much better. Maybe I just have a defective box, but I wanted to know if anyone else was experiencing these issues with the HR44.
When I got my Sammy plasma two years ago, I set the color controls to what was recommended by —IIRC— CNET's website.
Perhaps since then I've gotten used to loss of detail in the dark range, but you've raised my curiosity! Are there some movies that have egregious black stuffing? Of course, it's not all the TV or DIRECTV's doing when blacks are crushed, but can certainly be a large factor.
If someone can site a movie or TV show where this is quite apparent, I'd appreciate it. Gives me an excuse to mess with settings again!