I am a professional musician, own a recording studio, years of experience with A/V equipment, am a computer/tech expert, and have been blessed with a wonderful family. Thank you Jesus!
I have owned this TV for about a month now. Having viewed and compared several other TVs, we decided on purchasing this one. It was a great decision. I've gone through all the features, settings, and tried out its capabilities. Here are my findings.
The most important thing on any TV should be its image. Day one, the size and resolution just impresses. By day two, I started to really scrutinize. After viewing different channels, I thought the images looked as if it were an oil painting. I tried different color/picture settings, and then realized that compared to other TVs that enhance and alter the image on the screen, the Samsung actually reproduces a very natural (realistic) looking picture. As if you are there in person.
Our broadcast reception is over-the-air, roof-top antenna. We do not subscribe to cable TV or Satellite service. This is a 1080p HDTV, and after researching and discovering that OTA broadcasts are transmitted in 720P, it answered a few questions as to why some shows looked better than others. When pressing the "Info" button, some shows state they are in 1080, others 720, ("i" or "p" resolution fluctuate according to the broadcast). Among the various types, some did look better than others, but I discovered this had nothing to do with the TV, but rather, the networks transmission. I still need to connect a BluRay to test out its true 1080P capabilities, since right now BluRay is the only device that is capable of tue 1080P resolution.
Features are plentiful. I would have like that some of the features in Samsung's "Smart" series would have been included, but it does have many. The USB port is so convenient, and works great with my mp3 files, most video formats, and pictures. I tried the Samsung PC Share Manager on a Windows XP Pro-SP3 computer via the ethernet port, and it worked fine. I did notice that accessing the computer media files via the TV was a bit slow, but once selected the file(s) would play with no problem. It might be my computer, not sure.
The timer is also a great feature, whether to turn on/off on any given day/hour any channel, at a set volume, a file on the USB flash drive, etc. One convenient feature is the ability to turn off the actual screen without turning off the TV itself. If I want to listen to music with the screen off (saves power consumption), I can. Would like if this feature could be included in the timer programming rather than having to go into the menu setting for it, though.
The sound is really clear, but I did notice that even with other brands costing much more, you have to keep raising the volume almost at maximum. A surround sound system is almost always needed with any TV if you want a better sound experience.
Overall, after trying out almost all of the capabilities of this TV, we are very satisfied with its beautiful picture and numerous features!