Remote Control, Measurements & Benchmarks
I liked the styling of the Samsung 7000-series remote. It has a gloss black face and a nicely curved back that fits well in the hand. It is completely backlit save for the four colored multifunction buttons. You can engage the backlight and then have it automatically come on when you press the buttons on the remote. To save the batteries during the day the backlight feature can be turned off as well. The remote is organized into three main sections, though this is organizational in nature and not via any specific defined breaks. The top section is for the numeric keypad and power. The middle handles and menu functions and the lower part is for navigation, volume and channel controls.
What made this remote intolerable, however, was its absolutely horrendous responsiveness. Pressing buttons was painstakingly slow as you had to allow nearly a half second between each press. In addition, none of the keys seemed to repeat, so scrolling down a list was mostly impossible. I don’t think there is any good reason for this and Samsung should take a long serious look at the processing involved in remote operations as it takes a really good experience and puts a very negative overlay over the entire thing.
Video and Audio Measurements & Testing
We again utilized SpectraCal's CalMan software (v3.5) and an X-Rite Chroma 5 meter. This is an excellent combination for reviewing LCD flat panel TVs and the Chroma 5 is now LED-ready so it will deliver correct color measurements. Calibrating grayscale on this set was like playing tug-of-war. Adjusting the Gain also affected the Offset, and dramatically so. This was so much the case that I actually wondered if the controls were truly separated or if there was just one Siamese control for each color that turned up the Red Offset along with the Red Gain. In contrast to this, the Color Space controls are extremely sophisticated and we were able to dial in the color perfectly. This set comes pretty well calibrated out of the box with a few key exceptions, but the calibration options are sophisticated enough to get you where you need to be.
Grayscale tracking was much better after calibration, but the controls
were very awkward and Gain and Offset appeared to be connected
Luminance response was good and users have the ability to tweak Gamma if desired
HQV HD Perfect Score is 100
Samsung UN40B7000 HD Benchmark Score: 95 (excellent)
|Test (via PS3 Slim @1080i)
|Video Resolution Loss||20||20||Pass|
|Film Resolution Loss||25||25||Pass*|
|Film Resolution Loss Stadium||10||10||Pass|
* Requires Auto1 mode to be set (default is Auto2)
Comments on Testing
Another interesting thing to note is the Screen Fit mode, which we found eliminates all pixel artifacts but does leave an additional few pixel spaces around the image for maneuvering the image up, down, left or right. The Video Resolution Loss pattern allowed us to easily view pixel distortion and see how it went completely away with this mode engaged.
The Film Resolution Loss pattern initially failed until we placed the Samsung’s Film mode into Auto1 (default is Auto2). This test pattern also accentuated the quirks associated with using the various Auto Motion Plus 120Hz modes. Clear mode was the only one that didn’t mess up the pattern and we figured it barely implemented Judder reduction (corresponding to a Custom setting of 1 or 2).
Sharpness on this TV should be set to 0, with anything else adding artificial edge enhancement. Unlike several TVs we've tested, the control actually works and will truly mess up the edges of high contrast objects if you have it turned up (the default is 20).
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Excellent ! I like it very much.
I decided the widgets were not worth that much to me, others may find them useful (you wait for the widgets to load, longer if they are doing an update). I have a laptop by my chair and can get news and weather faster with it. Still no NetFlix as the latest update..... yet. That would be worth it I think.
Your review was informative, but why no mention of the power use? After the California flap on green sets. I thought you might just test that. I did (with a inexpensive "Kill A Watt" meter) a had about 85 watts depending on content and or brightness level. I measured my my 5 year old JVC 40" and it was over 240 watts, same inexpensive meter. I think that California may have rushed another regulation that the industry (Plasmas are getting better, but often higher in power demand) is responding to but short term may hurt local shops as people will just buy out of state and they Cal will loose the tax from the sale.
I wonder if the mention of the speakers being tinny (from another responder) was due to the mounting location? I have NO problems with normal viewing. I of course "need to get MY head examined" :-) as my set is in an entertainment center (for now) the swivel base on this unit is nice(most are fixed) but my speakers are not reflecting directly off the wall so the sound on mine and my cousins may be fine because of that. I use the AVR for sound for DVD and movies. A matching sound bar can be used for a wall mount and you can kill the TV speakers in setup and add a wireless sub if you want for better sound without an AVR.
I plan to get rid of the EC and move this set to the bedroom at some later date, when LED Back-lit sets drop in price maybe .
The new 9000 series will be wireless except for the 120 Volt connection...sounds interesting..but expensive for now, I bet real cool looking though. I am very happy with the set so far and ordered on line from Audioholics. Thanks for the good service and delivery!!! Audiohilics price was very competitive.
One thing I did not see mentioned in the review is how HORRIBLE the built in speakers are. *Anyone* considering this display will definitively want an external sound source. The built in speakers are atrocious. The sound is harsh and tinny and the cabinet tends to resonate and create an odd warbling effect. My laptop has better sound.
The thinness of the display is it's most compelling feature. I will admit, it looks awesome. However, I could never bring myself to pay over $2,000 for it when I can get a Panasonic 42 G10 for $850 or even a 50 G10 for $1,200 that offers superior picture, infinitely superior viewing angles, and far better glare reduction (the super glossy Samsung screen has absolutely no anti-glare qualities). I can live with the extra inch of thickness.