Thanks! Blooming looming large across Samsung LCD line?
If you don't write headlines as a hobby, you should. I had to chuckle a little at the "Blooming Looming" headline.
I think I can make a brief comment, but it is by no means "official", but for discussion purposes instead. Thousands of these sets have already been sold, and there are a few issues that end up here or other forums *because* of an issue or perceived defect presses them to find a solution, either by us or other forum members.
The Samsung LED Televisions are supposed to have a lower level of screen uniformity issues (flashlighting, as some call it) because the design is different from the CCFL design, where some screen uniformity issues can occur, regardless of manufacturer. There's a whole technical explanation that I just don't want to get into, because I know I will be challenged to a game of "Stump the Tech". I'd rather address concerns on the forum.
I guess what I can say is that while the chances of this being an issue is much lower, it's not non-existant, and we see a few examples of that here. And service deals with those on a case by case basis, as do the retailers.
I'm not trying to play PR word games, but words mean things. "Rate of Failure" is completely different from complete customer satisfaction, or meeting strict expectations. I don't really have figures for either.
Regardless, I don't think instances of strict expectations are a result of being "too picky", and I never discount or minimize the reaction or opinions of that perception on this forum. But if it's not something you like, then get something that makes you happy. I have no desire for you to be unhappy with your purchase, and advocate that openly, even if the solution doesn't result in a Samsung sale. I think our products are compelling and competitive, both feature wise and priced, and will fit the needs of the vast majority of consumers. But not all. I'm okay with that.
Okay, onto plasmas.
I can't speak for the plasma pricing. There are some upgrades this year that add value to the overall ownership, such as the 4-Series being 3-D ready, and some of the higher series having the Medi@2.0 DLNA capabilities. Everyone wants more features and better picture for less money - Samsung plasmas deliver big this year.
Plasmas are good units to have if you're going to watch in rooms where you can control the lighting, or watch in dark rooms. Dark rooms are where most people would typically detect LCD screen uniformity, so it may be a worthwhile option to consider.
Heavy-use gamers might think twice about plasma, but otherwise, it's a good choice.
Let me know if you have any other concerns, and I'll address them where I can.
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