Upon opening the box, I noticed a little bit of oily slime on the table-top glass stand. It came off with some glass cleaner and a paper towel, but it stank a little bit. After getting it set up by myself (it's a LOT easier with two people) it fired right up as it was supposed to. Set up was fairly easy, though once I got into fine-tuning video and sound settings, I found the main menu quite complex. There were times when I felt Samsung could have programmed this with an interface that required less rooting deeply through menus to get to what you want. Although I will say that every setting is in an appropriate category and the options are clearly defined.
Picture quality is very good although the contrast ratio is not superb if viewed from anywhere beyond 30 degrees off-center. Colors are quite vivid and the preset picture configurations are ideal. The Auto Motion Plus works great, however I don't like using it with anything except sports (matter of personal preference). I wish it could be set for certain channels, but that's not the case.
Audio quality is, as many people agree, dismal. I HIGHLY recommend changing the equalizer in the sound settings...increase the lower frequencies and it will sound much less tinny. S/PDIF works great, but I'm not sure why they included a 1/8" analog audio out instead of RCA audio out.
I have yet to hook it up to my router via the ethernet connection, but I have plugged my external hard drive and flash stick into the USB port. I love this feature. Music and video are quickly recognized and playing the media is too easy. Navigating folders is very intuitive, although I suspect this same software is on most of Samsung's televisions.
Overall, this television is a great value. For less than $1000, few televisions have the same picture quality and general ease of use.
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