Reviews and Problems with Samsung LN40A550 / LE40A550 / LA40A550
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Fantastic LCD TV
Jayant J., Newegg
27 January 2009
Summary: Buy it. You know you need it.
Pros: Starting off, the color and brightness of this TV is spectacular - its almost TOO bright, I actually had to cut the brightness, contrast, color, and backlight down to half before I could watch without squinting. Blacks are great, and there's no need to use the black enhancer. Colors pop so vividl...
Cons: Believe everything you've read about the built-in sound being horrible - it's flat, underpowered, and sounds like it's coming from a tin-can. I'm sure most (smart) buyers will run audio through a stereo system anyways, so I just recommend turning the TV speaker off. Another thing to consider is S...
Summary: Newegg had a phenomenal deal on this with free shipping to boot. Got it for $150 less than what the major retailers sell it for. It was a toss up between this or forking over an extra $3-400 for the 120Hz model and I'm happy with my decision.
Pros: Great picture, nice remote, good menu options. Movies, HD Channels, and PC games all look phenomenal on here! Works great with my HTPC hooked up via HDMI. Contrary to some reviewers, I think the speakers are just fine for TV speakers (actually better than what came out of my last TV). Nothing min...
Cons: PIP feature is useless if you use an HD set top box. PC input is VGA, not DVI-D.
Summary: The price is right on this one. Go to any store, and you'll see that Samsung TV's are by far the best. The 650 line doesn't give too much improvement, so I'd recommend this to any casual user.
Pros: Blacks are black, whites are white, colors are vibrant, definition is sharp, response time is fast. Also, the shipping was super fast. HD Cable, my Wii, and Laptop all look great on this screen.
Cons: Could use a few more component inputs, but no big deal.
Summary: I've seen a lot of people getting the error "hd content has been compromised, please use ypbpr" and then the screen goes green. Happened to me yesterday. This is 99 percent of the time not a problem with the tv.
Pros: Decent picture out of the box but beautiful once you have a professional calibrate it. I suggest you have them set 3 different settings. One for day, night and gaming. The tv itself is aesthetically pleasing as well.
Cons: Dust and fingerprint magnet big time. Do yourself a favor and buy micro fiber towels.
Pros: The TV picture is very clear and the HD Tuner is great. It is a bit difficult to tell the difference between standard channels and HD channels because the picture on the standard channels is enhanced so much by this TV. Very Impressive. Such a bargain for this quality viewing.
Cons: The speakers are terrible. I would definitely recommend shutting them off and hooking up a sound system. ( I took away 1 star for this issue)
Summary: If you want to enjoy the full potential of the tv don't be a cheapo if you can afford it. I suggest paying for professional calibration. It's normally no more than a couple hundred bucks. There are more settings that the average person won't be able to find.
Pros: Where to begin. As others say this has a beautiful picture. It was ok right out of the box but when you start changing the the many settings it gets better and better. I have an xbox 360 and the picture continues to blow me away. It actually makes it more fun to play. Now when I'm playing Gears 2...
Cons: I gave it 4 eggs because the sound leaves a lot to be desired. I have an older Samsung tv(last year's model) that has much better sound because it has the speakers on each side of the screen firing out not down like this one. I have a 5.1 surround system that more than makes up for it. Even thoug...
Summary: Overall - oustanding!. tv was bought for multipurpose, so i could watch tv and movies for when we go to bed. i also use it for my daily work on the computer and gaming such as cod2, and ect.
Pros: *Its 40" and being only 2 feet from it makes me feel like im in a movie theater. *found my pc connection easily. all i had to do was plug it in, the tv set its own resolution which is still adjustable (see cons though) *the swivle works out great from transitioningg from my desk to my bed (pc pla...
Cons: *Black, and i dust this thing every 3 minutes it feels like *Ive have been trying to set my resolution accordingly to the manual at the highest resolution and htz but it wont accept it for some reason, possibly my video card *Most of the high resoultions only allow up to 60htz wish this could at ...