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Samsung 40" LCD 1080p

We have just bought a new 40′ Samsung 1080p LCD, but we’re disappointed in the picture quality on standard signal.
We get small vertical ‘venetian blind’ lines in the dark areas on satelite chanels, but more annoyingly we get a motion blur on slow moving objects. If someone shakes their head for instance, even slowly, their facial features, i.e. eyes, nose and mouth seem to follow a little later resulting in a sort of slurred, double image, and the colours seem somehow soft and pastel like. Is this normal when viewing with non-HD signals?

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  • Ruperto Dec 05, 2007

    The model is the LE40M86BD 40" HD Ready 1080p digital LCD TV, apparently one of the best around!
    Just to be clear, these problems are evident only from a standard signal (via satelite tuner), we are not hooked up to any HD source yet. Some programs are much better than others.Connections at present are via scart leads. I'm just about to buy an upscaling DVD player to get a better result (with HDMI connections) as the output from our standard DVD player is awful.
    Do we have to live with such poor quality until the day every program is transmitted in HD?

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Yes, it's not uncommon. It also depends a bit on the TV. Some are better than others. There is a connection between price and quality, although it is not absolute. What kind of equipment are you using? DVD, satelite tuner etc, and how is it connected? (scart etc)

Colors can be adjusted from the menus (se your manual for reference). I've never seen a TV that don't need color adjusting before it gets good, as color experience will vary with room coloring and light, etc.

Posted on Dec 05, 2007

  • Christian Ramsvik Dec 06, 2007

    I'm no expert in this field, but I 'm afraid I think you do have to live with it. Like any hain (yes, it's that same old cliché again) it's only as strong as it's weakest link, and since your TV is a high end, your signal is that link.



    Here in Norway there have been several articles in different magazines about how people should think about upgrading tleir TV, as the result often seems to be worse than what they had.In the shop they shoew the TV with the bes source available, and when people take the TV home an d hook it up to their old tuner (not to say the old, worn down VHS video) it's nothing like in the store.

    Things are going one way, though. More and more comes in HD format. You could go for a HD DVD player, or perhaps even an XBox 360 with the optional HD player or the PlayStation 3 if you're into gaming as well. Or perhaps you have kids.

    I don't think there is much youi can do to improve picture quality with what equipment you've got (without me knowing what that equipment may be). The last thing I'd try would be to reduce the picture size on the TV. It may seem a strange onthing to do, since you have probably bought it to get the big 40" screen and all, but hear me out:

    On my laptop, the screen has a fixed physical resolution (as do your LCD TV). Whenever I adjust this to be something else, the screen has to "fake" this resolution. The result is a blurry image. This may be the case for you. The resolution you get from your source (tuner, DVD whatever) is for a different physical resolution, and the TV has to "fake" the resolution, causing it to be blurry. Same goes if your source outputs 4:3 images and the TV resamples it to 16:9.

    If you experiment with the aspect ratio you might be able to get a crisper image, but you will probably have to sacrifice some size. The best solution is of ourse to get peripherals that match your TV.

  • Christian Ramsvik Dec 07, 2007

    I have noticed a difference in quality on different shows as well. I believe they use different compression to get more shows through the air. Some shows look like they have been filmed with a cellphone camera, while others are pretty sharp.

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