I just recently purchased a 40" Samsung Smart TV, 120Hz LED (NOT 3D) to upgrade our bedroom tv (a Philips LCD). We have a 55" Samsung Smart TV in our living room that has amazing picture quality, so I didn't hesitate to buy another Samsung for the bedroom but.....
The picture quality is TERRIBLE. Even though it's 120Hz, it looks like a 60Hz and the contrast downright sucks. It's blotchy and pixelated, and the color is off. It doesn't look much better than our old LCD, and I paid almost $700 for it!
I've switched all the settings on the receiver, made sure it was on 1080, etc. Is there anything that would cause this? (like the HDMI cable?) I'll try to tweak the settings tonight, but if I can't get it to look good I plan on returning it.
Also, for the first week of ownership it randomly switched sources in the middle of watching TV...but it doesn't do it now? (And no I wasn't sitting on the remote, lol)
I run my TV with it set to Dynamic mode and then adjust the brightness and backlighting and color intensity down from there. If you look at the specs they all brag about the Dynamic Contrast. If you are not in Dynamic Mode you do not get that benefit. On my TV those settings for Black levels, etc. are grayed out when it is on Standard or Movie modes.
If the Sharpness is set to high it makes the picture very grainy. If the color is too high it almost creates a glow and bleed over effect for me. I have my Sharpness down to 20 and the Color to 42, the Backlight is on 85 and the Brightness is 50 and the Contrast is 85.
All TVs and all settings are different for each user. Where ever suits your eye the best.
My friend got a 55" Samsung LED recently. I was over to her house and she was bragging on how good her TV picture was. I told her to get a pen and paper. We then scrolled thru the available settings and she wrote down what they were. I then adjusted it. The first thing I did was turn on Dynamic mode and then reduce color, backlighting, brightness, color and sharpness. She then called her husband from the next room to come see what I had done to their TV picture. Both were very happy with it.
I also carried a center speaker for the system to go with the 2 external speakers she was using. Hooked it up to the Yamaha AVR and set it for the surround sound, etc.
Then we played the same thing back and she was thrilled with the surround sound.
Edited by jimmie57, 23 March 2014 - 07:46 AM.