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Can't tell a difference from dvd and Blu Ray on my 7000 Samsung plasma.

mbec2
06-21-2011, 11:13 PM
I bought the 51" 7k series Samsung plasma (first hdtv), viewing from 8 feet, and I can't even tell a difference from watching dvds and blu rays. I have blu ray connected to tv via hdmi, and made sure the blu ray player was outputting 1080p in the settings. Everything is setup correctly. Was I expecting too much? Is blu ray not that big a difference because I sure can't tell any difference the blu ray is MAYBE a tad sharper, but thats it.

Loves2Watch
06-22-2011, 12:06 AM
I bought the 51" 7k series Samsung plasma (first hdtv), viewing from 8 feet, and I can't even tell a difference from watching dvds and blu rays. I have blu ray connected to tv via hdmi, and made sure the blu ray player was outputting 1080p in the settings. Everything is setup correctly. Was I expecting too much? Is blu ray not that big a difference because I sure can't tell any difference the blu ray is MAYBE a tad sharper, but thats it.

Many things come into play here.
It could be that your Blu-ray player does a great job at upscaling SD DVD.
It could be that the Blu-ray movie you watched was not of the best quality/transfer.
It could be that your plasma TV does an excellent job of decoding and upscaling.

Don't be too disappointed yet because when you do see an excellent Blu-ray transfer the details will stand out with a noticeable difference.
You have one of the top plasma displays that delivers a truly fine picture so you should have no complaints there.

I would recommend getting a calibration disc and using it to optimize the TV settings. That in itself will make things become more evident when watching SD vs. HD.


Hope this helps.

DoctorCAD
06-22-2011, 05:52 AM
My guess is calibration.

Kevin T Miller
06-22-2011, 06:48 AM
I would agree that a full professional calibration may help differentiate the two formats. Also try some true reference Blu-ray material like The Dark Knight or Star Trek and see what you think.

DoctorCAD
06-22-2011, 10:32 AM
I would agree that a full professional calibration may help differentiate the two formats. Also try some true reference Blu-ray material like The Dark Knight or Star Trek and see what you think.

Even a TweakTV.com settings change or a DVE calibration disc would make enough of a difference I would think.

Loves2Watch
06-22-2011, 11:33 AM
Even a TweakTV.com settings change or a DVE calibration disc would make enough of a difference I would think.

That could make the situation worse as no 2 TV's are alike. A calibration disc would be the best solution.

dsskid
06-22-2011, 01:05 PM
I bought the 51" 7k series Samsung plasma (first hdtv), viewing from 8 feet, and I can't even tell a difference from watching dvds and blu rays. I have blu ray connected to tv via hdmi, and made sure the blu ray player was outputting 1080p in the settings. Everything is setup correctly. Was I expecting too much? Is blu ray not that big a difference because I sure can't tell any difference the blu ray is MAYBE a tad sharper, but thats it.

I find it comical that you posted the following in the 2011 Samsung thread, and then went out and bought a 2011 Samsung.

This display turned out to be a disappointment.

1) The large sizes only improved a mere .001 in mll (.0068 vs .008)

2) This display has terrible fluctuating gamma.

The 2010 models had basically the same blacks, with stable blacks (NO FLUCTUATING).

They have went backwards in PQ. I would rather have a 2010 model.


Either way, enjoy your new display, it's a nice one. :thumbsup: