Reviews and Problems with Samsung UN55B8000 / UA55B8000
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Great PQ on full screen scenes, and bright color values.. terrible in dark scenes or letterbox
Corey M. Pelton "vustadumas", Amazon
11 August 2009
Summary: Purchased this set 2 weeks ago, after haggling down BestBuy a few hundred more off their sale price. TV was wall mounted and it looked incredible. Samsung has outdone themselves on the craftsmanship of this set. It is a stunning work of art. I fired it up, threw in Coraline on Blu-ray (playing thru a ps3) and was amazed by the picture. The factory calibration looks great. Colors pop, blacks look decent, I was very happy. Then it happened.
Summary: I bought this TV because the overall picture quality is good and it's unbelievably thin. However, there are some inherent problems with the set which are driving me nuts. The backlight is extremely uneven at the corners. In dark scenes (like credits, or the entirety of letter-boxed movies) you will see little searchlights coming from the corners. Once you see it (and you will see it), you won't be able to NOT see it. The autodimming feature is also poorly implemented.
Summary: I was able to view this TV this afternoon and I got to tell you; Wait! Don't buy this TV until you have viewed it in a darkroom. It doesn't have to be totally dark, but dark none the less. Make sure you look to the corners of the TV set. There you will notice light pumping whether it is a dark or light picture it is always present. I am truly surprised that this is the same company that produced the LN55A950 would sacrifice picture quality for a super thin format.