Reviews and Problems with Samsung LN40A550 / LE40A550 / LA40A550
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Screen goes dead but sound remains
8 July 2011
Summary: This was our first foray into the HDTV market and it was a poor choice. We did our research online and "haunted" the tv stores looking for the best HDTV in our price range (around $1,000) with good quality, sound, and picture. We were able to get this on sale on Black Friday in 2008 for around $900. Up until a month ago we have had zero problems with the tv, then one night as the program went to a commercial, the tv blacked out but the volume stayed on.
Summary: I had bought this TV in Oct 2008. It worked fine until last week. It was taking a long to turn on and finally it didn't turn on at all. I couldn't believe that I was having this problem with a SAMSUNG TV after paying $1000. So I called SAMSUNG and they told me that it might be a know internal problem. They said that although my warranty has run out they would fix it for this one time.
Summary: There are a ton of complaints about power issues and a handful of other things. It seems that most last for only 12 to 24 months. I have had mine for three years and it just started to have problems. It really irks me because I don't watch a lot of TV. The only thing I can get to work when it does final power up is coax cable TV. None of the HDMI inputs work and if you try to check and see, the TV will freeze and you will have to unplug it from the wall to turn it off.
Summary: This tv was good for about 1 1/2 years.Afer the red light started to blink each turn on for about 20 times and the picture wanted to come on but shut off Started this sequence over and over..Now it would cost as much as a new lcd tv if I got it fixed. To have this problem all over the USA and Europe, Samsung is going to the bank with their profits is a rip off and criminal.They should recall all their known junk and step up in this bad economy and fix for free...........
Summary: This TV is great, and worked very well for about 24 months. Then it began having trouble turning on. The led light in the front would just turn on and off. You could hear a bit of noise as the TV tried to turn itself on. Eventually it would turn on... after about 4 minutes of this nonsense. Obviously, I'm about a year past the warranty. I did a Google search and realized there is an entire of community who now hate Samsung TVs.
Summary: This product has a defect. People writing good reviews about it just haven't had their TV break yet. The power will eventually cut on and off, and you get green static. Apparently, the TV uses 10V capacitors in the power supply, which are inadequate. My TV lasted 18 months. If you are set on buying this TV, get an extended warranty. This is the second and last TV I will buy from Samsung. Both broke under two years of ownership.
Summary: I had this TV for less than 6 months when it died. The problems seemed to start when I got Verizon FIOS and the techs connected the FIOS set-top box to the Samsung with an HDMI cable. Turns out that Samsung has moved ahead with the their HDMI input standard, while Motorola (who makes most set-top boxes) has not. Both Samsung and Verizon recommend only using component cables to connect such boxes (which is a whole other problem).
Summary: I've had the TV for a month now, and I can honestly say that I'm not impressed with it. Part of the problem is that my TV has one of the known Samsung defects - it switches itself on and off without my input. That problem is actually getting worse in that it keeps doing it repeatedly (off on off on...) until I unplug it. Sometimes I can watch for as much as 30 minutes before it starts this behavior, but I know it's coming.