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This review is from: SAMSUNG Samsung 7000 Series 51" Class (50.7" Diag.) 1080p 600Hz Full HD 3D Plasma Smart TV PN51E7000FFXZA
Pros: The Stand:
It lets the TV swivel which makes it very easy to access the ports on the back without having to move the TV itself.
It is well laid out and easy to use. The buttons are soft and do not stick. Most of the important buttons are backlit. It is also a universal remote that can be programmed to take the place of other remotes you have. I have not tried this yet, but it is a nice feature to have.
2D to 3D Conversion:
I tired this on a couple of different type of image sources (animation, live action) and it actually works pretty well. Video with large amounts of contrast in it seems to produce the most depth of 3D effect while video with mainly bright elements produces almost no 3D depth.
So far I have only watched Avatar in 3D, but this TV performs well for 3D effects. It did make me feel a little dizzy at first, but that went away after the first five minutes of watching the movie. The recommended settings for movies seems to be lower brightness and contrast, but as the active glass reduce the brightness I find that I like watching 3D on the "dynamic" picture setting which is the brightest preset.
The glasses that come with it (two pairs of SSG-4100GB) are very light-weight and they don't cause any discomfort for me while wearing them even though I do have a slightly larger than normal head.
I ordered this TV over a weekend (2/16/13) so that added a day or two to the delivery time. That asside I had my TV on 2/25/13, just a little over a week later. The delivery driver also helped me carry the TV up to my second floor apartment and then had me open the box to make sure the screen was not damaged before I signed for it. The tracking updated for AIT through Newegg can be vague, but if you go to AIT's website they are a little more clear.
I read in many user reviews that their E7000/E8000 TVs had a buzzing sound when turned on. Mine does have this sound as well and it seems to get louder when there is a lot of white on the screen. That being said, I really can't hear the sound when there is any sound playing. In a quite room you can hear it and it can seem kind of loud, but it does not detract from using the TV while there is sound playing.
The surface of this TV is fairly reflective so if you have a light source directly behind you while viewing you will probably see it's reflection. I have three windows in the room that I have this TV in, but only one is directly behind it. I can leave the blinds open on the other two windows and the TV is plenty bright enough that the non-direct light (both windows are to the side) doesn't bother me. I am getting a blackout curtain for the window in front of the TV though as the mini-blind does not block enough of the light. I do also have a table lamp that will cast a reflection if I leave it on while viewing, but other lights in the room are fine if they aren't directly in front of the TV.
The 3D glasses suffer from the same reflection problems that the TV does. If you have any bright light sources behind you, you will seem them reflected in the lenses of the glasses. It does not make it any more difficult to see the TV itself, but it is distrating. For this reason I turn off all the lights in the room when I watch 3D. I have white walls and even the light from the TV on the wall behind me is visible in the glasses, but it is no where near as annoying as having a light on behind you.
There are only three HDMI ports on this TV so beware if you have more devices than that which require HDMI. The only audio out is optical which I can't use with my rather dated receiver so I am upgrading that as well. Just be aware of this if you want to connect the TV to a sound system.
Other Thoughts: I did notice some minor image retention when I first got the TV. I briefly watch a video that was in 4:3 format and I could see where the black bars on the sides were when I went back to a 16:9 source. I have been running a free break-in DVD that I found on the net as much as I have been able to since I setup the TV and it has completely eliminated the retention issue even though I have not made it to the recommended 100 hours yet. I have even played a few video games that have static HUDs and I have not noticed any burn-in.
I feel I should also mention that there is an odd smell that developes in the room after having the TV on for awhile. I believe it is just the smell of materials in the TV volitalizing after it heats up. I expect it to go away after the TV is properly broken-in. It isn't a bad smell, but I don't now how to descibe it. It is kind of like a "new-car smell" for TVs.
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