Amazon Review by BH
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Great picture, good sound, impressive design, 100% satisfied with this TV
I'd actually rate this TV a 4.5 but I'll round up here. Overall I am 100% satisfied with my purchase but I'll go into some details. Long review coming up here... TLDR: IT'S GOOD!!!!
I thought the picture looked fantastic right out of box without any settings adjustments. After awhile though, I noticed that when watching some shows, depending on the lighting, the colors could look too bright and made people appear washed out and unnatural looking. I started poking around in the settings and I think I’m finally happy. Here are my quick/simple recommended specs, which are taken from rtings.com’s setting, with just a couple minor changes.
-Reset all settings to default
-Change picture to Movie
-Digital Clean View Off (supposedly makes low res content look better, not sure about this, can’t tell you the last time I played a DVD)
-Auto Motion Plus Auto (I hated Auto Motion on my old Samsung but the KS8000 handles it really well and looks great, imo, this one is divisive. if the picture seems to be moving too fast or smooth, turn it off)
-Smart LED Low (when on High you can noticeably see the brightness shifting in scenes, Low is more subtle)
-Dynamic Contrast Off (I don’t notice much of a difference with this, I turn it off, that’s what looks best imo)
-Color Tone Warm1 (I think Warm2 looks too dull/yellow)
-Color Space Native
I don’t mess with the more in depth color settings, that’s beyond my understanding. Oh, and turn off the power saving modes, it will dim your picture randomly, or based on the brightness of the room, which never seems correct to me.
Overall I think this gives a beautiful picture no matter what is on the screen, whites are bright and blacks are black, and every color in-between is gorgeous. And Game mode works great for video games, I don’t notice any lag whatsoever, on Game Mode it’s supposedly around 20ms. Just make sure you adjust all the picture settings again for Game mode because it initially makes the picture look super bright and grainy. All the settings I described above work in Game mode and looks pretty much identical to Movie mode.
I expected such a thin TV to have terrible sound, but on the movie setting, this thing puts out some really surprisingly full sound with good bass. I normally watch stuff on only volume level 10-15 and it fills the room, I think if I went past 20 my neighbors would be complaining. Now people who are used to high-quality surround sound aren’t going to be impressed but if you are used to TV speakers, I don’t think you’ll have any complaints with this. Just make sure to use the Movie sound setting, standard sounds kind of dull.
This TV looks beautiful. Even the delivery guys that set it up asked me what kind of TV it was because they were amazed at how good it looks and how thin it is. From the side, the TV practically disappears. The only issue I could see is if you have limited space, the stands are about 4 feet apart on the 55", so you need quite a long TV stand if you aren’t mounting it
Wide viewing angles are not the best. I have no complaints about this because I sit eye-level, straight in front of the tv, but if you have a large room with furniture all around, you might have some issues. You can still see the image clearly from the side but it loses some of the color.
The only real complaint I have with this tv is there are two dead pixels up in the top right corner. I’m counting this as an extremely small con though because I can only notice them if I am literally 2 feet away from the TV, and that doesn’t bother me enough to pack it up and ship it back. Which brings me to my next complaint (which has nothing to do with the TV)… If you are buying this TV from Amazon, please be aware that they use “specialty” shippers for large items. My delivery company was XPO, and if you haven’t heard of them, it’s for good reason. They broke my first TV during shipping, and I didn’t even get a call or email about it. The only reason I found out is because the day before my scheduled delivery, I checked my tracking and it said “Package was damaged during shipping and will not be delivered”. I then had to speak to Amazon to schedule another shipment for a week later. The package should have been delivered on a Friday, and at 10PM thursday evening, I got an email saying my package was delayed and will not be delivered. The email said they’d call me to schedule another delivery but I didn’t want to wait any longer so I called them. Thankfully, they were able to get it to me on Saturday. I have no idea why it was delayed because my package has just been sitting there at the shipping facility for 2 days. I will say though that the guys who brought were very friendly, but I thought it was really strange that they showed up in an Enterprise truck… What kind of delivery service uses rental trucks???
Not much to say here, you’ve got Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, and Amazon, and a bunch of other stuff you’ll never use. It all works well, no complaints, the interface is good, and so is the remote.
I can say with all honesty that this is not THE ABSOLUTE BEST on the market, and video fanatics will probably have several complaints about it (as noted by all of these unreasonable 1 star early reviews) but if you’re just an average person like me who enjoys streaming video, and playing video games, you will be really impressed with this TV, and for the price, I don’t think you’re going to find much better.