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Old 05-04-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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I have an aging 51" Sony CRT projection 1080i HDTV and it's about time for me to upgrade, I'm considering a new Panasonic 58" Plasma.

But....my question is a little difficult to describe so please be gentle!

I was at my local Big Box Retailer and watched parts of King King on a new Samsung LCD and was surprised at how the picture looked. The quality was fantastic but the picture had quite a different look than I'm used to, it looked "too real" for lack of a better word. It looked more like a super hi-res video than a film and everything had an animated look. It was very distracting.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Is this a normal look with the new HDTVs or is it a setting that I can turn off?

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Old 05-04-2009, 02:50 PM   #2
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no, this what new HD sets are supposed to look like compared to what you've got.

the Panasonic Plasma will really blow you away if you like the Samsung LCD.

most people on this forum will recommend Panasonic 7 days a week and twice on Sundays.
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:09 PM   #3
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no, this what new HD sets are supposed to look like compared to what you've got.

the Panasonic Plasma will really blow you away if you like the Samsung LCD.

most people on this forum will recommend Panasonic 7 days a week and twice on Sundays.
Actually, "looks to real, not film-like' is often what folks say when some displays are using motion enhancement settings instead of normal settings.
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Actually, "looks to real, not film-like' is often what folks say when some displays are using motion enhancement settings instead of normal settings.
that's exactly what I expected, it's a motion enhancement setting.
When I watch films projected in the theater they don't look the way it does with the motion setting so why on earth would people use it?
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I have an aging 51" Sony CRT projection 1080i HDTV and it's about time for me to upgrade, I'm considering a new Panasonic 58" Plasma.

But....my question is a little difficult to describe so please be gentle!

I was at my local Big Box Retailer and watched parts of King King on a new Samsung LCD and was surprised at how the picture looked. The quality was fantastic but the picture had quite a different look than I'm used to, it looked "too real" for lack of a better word. It looked more like a super hi-res video than a film and everything had an animated look. It was very distracting.
Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Is this a normal look with the new HDTVs or is it a setting that I can turn off?

thanks

What you are experienceing is called Auto motion plus. (AMP)

This is samsungs implementation of motion enhansement (or interpolation).
It makes normal movies look like they were recorded by a home video camera.
Looks kinda like a soap opera.

These LCD's have these enhansers to battle the motion blurr inherit with LCD technology.

Plasma and CRT do not need really need these enhansers.
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that's exactly what I expected, it's a motion enhancement setting.
When I watch films projected in the theater they don't look the way it does with the motion setting so why on earth would people use it?
Because some people do not want the picture to look like film despite that being the intention of the Director. It is a personal preference so neither way is wrong, but I myself prefer it to look like the Director intended. I may not always agree with the Director's choices, but that was as it was intended so I live with it.
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excellent, thanks for answering my question.
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lol, i know what you mean, at BB you were looking at the blu ray videos, it looked so real you could see through the special effects. is that what you mean? lols
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Old 06-06-2009, 01:35 AM   #9
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Well to start please all be kind I don't know too much about all this but I had an 9 year old CRT Samsung which I loved but being it was 9 I figured to go with a new one. I started with the 58" Samsung Plasma last week and it was great except for a low pitched buzzing or humming type noise which apparently is normal esp at close distance. So I then just switched it with a Samsung 55" LCD. My issue is the same the quality is great but almost too great looks to unreal to me at times. I could not see this at BB so it was a bit of a surprise to me when I got it set up. I'm still undecided if I like it. I feel lost I have researched a lot but did not encounter these problems til I specifically searched for them. I have messed with the settings and turned of the motion plus but it still look weird to me. I've only had it a few days but wonder if my feelings will ever change on this I feel like I'm loosing it.. LOL I don't know what to do. I don't want a humming noise but don't wanna feel like I'm watching a home movie in HD. Any suggestions? Or anyone else having this problem? Did the feeling go away after a bit and it seem more normal? I want my screen to be clear but look like an actual movie like I'm used to. Please any comments would be helpful thanks.
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Old 06-06-2009, 04:26 AM   #11
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The Samsung LNxxB750 series LCD HDTV's have a feature called "Film Mode", its does what it says. Film Mode really does look like film when set-up right, you can easily adjust the AMP setting to get that film like picture.
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Check out the Panasonic plasmas also since i own one and there is zero humming with mine. Panasonic has consistently had the highest reliability ratings for a few years now.
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I actually just became accustomed to my Samsung LN52A650, and now when I watch TVs elsewhere, I really want to be in front of mine!

I had the same feelings when I got it, but now I love it.
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My issue is the same the quality is great but almost too great looks to unreal to me at times. I could not see this at BB so it was a bit of a surprise to me when I got it set up. I'm still undecided if I like it.
In addition to turning off the Motion Enhancer or AMP, it may also help to adjust the backlight, contrast and color settings... a too vivid setting actually "adds" too much to the picture.
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Just got a HDTV concur with other comments, it's too real and not film like, I find it very distracting. Help! Will I get used to this?
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