Samsung UN50EH5000 User Reviews
Samsung UN50EH5000 ReviewsI am going to have to go out on a limb here and say that this is the most delightful TV I have had the privilege of owning. Samsung UN50EH5000's only my 2nd flat screen but I can still attest that this one is a keeper. The colors are great, the picture is crisp and you will find Samsung UN50EH5000 to be an overall very pleasant viewing experience. I have not yet tried all of Samsung UN50EH5000 features but I did do some tweaking. There's not an overwhelming amount of options to choose from in the picture menu but it is definitely adequate. I would recommend this tv if you like the "set it and forget it" philosophy. It certainly makes things simpler and you get a great picture with the built in presets. If you do like to tweak then you can find a few things to play with but it is just not extensive. I like the music setting on the audio menu. I prefer the music preset. Let me advise you that this is the tv to beat in terms of audio quality. It is EXCELLENT in that department. The thing gets plenty loud at a low level but at the same time the lowest volume is not overly loud at all. I love it. There's a rich deep bass inherent to the set that I find difficult to eq out. At times it sounds a little odd but you get used to it and most of the times you will find yourself enjoying it. I have Comcast cable and this tv brings the music channels to life. I don't think I could have made a better choice for the money I paid. The screen works equally well as a computer monitor. You're going to have to go into the source menu and hit the tools function to change the name of the connection to PC or DVI to get it to look its best. I'm kind of bummed about there only being two hdmi connections but you can work around that with an hdmi switcher. I actually am only using one hdmi connection at the moment but I plan on getting a blu ray player soon. Good thing I moved this screen out of my computer setup and put it in the living room by itself. I can see the connections getting full really fast. By the way, the remote is awesome. Samsung UN50EH5000 compact and actually has a back light. I love the way the buttons smell too. TMI? Maybe. I do have to say that this tv is quite a bargain and there is not much that you will not like. Highly recommended.
Samsung UN50EH5000 HDTV ReviewsI was having a hard time choosing between this Samsung and Panasonic TC-L32E5, but in the end I chose Samsung and have no regrets. TC-L32E5 is thinner, but Samsung is lighter in weight and has a very narrow bezel. In addition, my primary purpose is to use UN50EH5000 with a PC, which is really easy to set up on a Samsung (you just edit the input name to PC-DVI). I also set backlight to 18 and contrast to 85 as did another reviewer. I mostly play video games, and UN50EH5000 looks amazing from about 6 feet away. If you are going to sit further than that I recommend that you go with 40" and higher. The surround HD sound mode is great.
My only minor complaints are that UN50EH5000 not as thin as the more expensive ES series, and that the base mount is like that of older models (attached with screws and cheap-looking comparing to the TV itself). My guess is that this is the best they could do in this price range.
UN50EH5000 HDTVIf you're anything like me you see that this TV is labeled as LED; then you look at the picture and see a lot of fat for the usual Samsung LED depth. Make no mistake this is an LED TV. I got this for my bedroom to replace my 23 inch Samsung Syncmaster. I use this TV mostly for 1080 mp4 movies and blurays (I download what I want to watch instead of waiting for Samsung UN50EH5000 on cable), and my Xbox and PS3.
I learned 2 things about the TV right off the bat. If you have Comcast, you cannot fully customize the TV's picture. An essential feature called HDMI black levels actually looks much better when its set to low. I have 2 different Comcast HD boxes and since neither of them broadcast at 1080, this feature is locked out. Long story short, Comcast had me thinking I purchased my first dud from Samsung. Seriously, the colors look washed out and none of the channels really had that crisp clear picture I was hoping for. If you plan to use this solely for Comcast, I can't really recommend Samsung UN50EH5000. In fact, I've always found blu ray quality to be so much better than cable that I've stopped using cable for anything but football and cartoons. Movies MUST be in my PS3's blu ray player or my own 1080p files.
The second thing I learned about is what the depth is for. Samsung didn't advertise this (or maybe its just my TV), but I have absolutely NO BACKLIGHT BLEED. When Black Ops goes to the loading screen on my Xbox, it gets so dark that I think the TV is off! The only indication that it is on is the Black Ops logo in the corner spinning. There isn't even the SLIGHTEST inkling of white anywhere! I'm not exaggerating. The obvious second reason why this TV is fat for an LED is that Samsung made an effort to improve the sound. When I turn on the HD surround coupled with the movie option, there is much more bass than I thought it would be. THe explosions in my games and the soundtracks in movies sound vastly better than I thought they would. Granted, I am not the type to go out and spend 600 on some Bose speakers, but the sound is NOT a con for me this time around.
NOW ON TO THE PICTURE
As I said, I was not exactly thrilled with the picture RIGHT off the bat. It looked like my old 23 inch Syncmaster, just a lot bigger. Let me tell you, this is not one of those TV's that look great right out of the box. You have to toy around with the settings a bit to get the optimal picture. I wanted sharpness coupled with colors that pop like crazy.....and I got it. Dynamic is the brightest setting, but I coupled this with the HDMI black levels set to low (option not available for Comcast cable box) and voila, moving photographs! I'm not a pro but this is my setup:
TInt: G/R 50/50
Standard color tone with screen fit in the additional options, with HDMI black level set to low.
My games and blurays look AMAZING. The picture is easily better than my mom's 46 inch Samsung up front. REMEMBER that some of the good options are cut off from Comcast and the use of component cables. In games, I do have to up the brightness or gamma a little, but it ends up looking BRILLIANT. I am going through my entire library of games and they feel like entirely new experiences! There is a 32 inch 720p option as well, but I just was not comfortable with 720p max. The new game consoles are gojng to have native 1080 so that's what I wanted. BTW did I mention I'm a big gamer?
Well I saw this TV up on Amazon before it was on Samsung's website. Yeah, WOW. Sometimes I wanted to see the TVs specs from Samsung directly before I made my buy. Make no mistake this is NOT a 120 HZ tv although it is labeled as one. I have no idea what clearmotion 120 is, but it makes my TV much darker. The feature is entirely useless and does nothing to the picture or add the "soap opera" effect like I had hoped (it looks great for games).
WITH A COMCAST CABLE BOX I could see no difference between HDMI and component. I kept switching back and fourth, but since the max output is 1080i, there were no differences in picture.
The last iteration of this TV had 4 HDMIs. What happened?
With a lot of tweaking, I got the picture to look beautiful. I will use my Comcast box sparingly, but I might move to FIOS if the support full 1080. Watching movies on my PS3 and playing games on my Xbox stopped me from returning the TV. I will not be surprised if this set gets bad reviews from Comcast users (even though Its not Samsung's fault). I'm a "videophile" and this passed my personal test with vibrant colors.
FEEL FREE TO ASK ME ANYTHING!
Samsung UN50EH5000 HDTVI received this TV yesterday to add a TV for our bedroom. I own another Samsung LCD so I knew I would be happy with this one.
Since UN50EH5000 was going into the bedroom, UN50EH5000 didn't need to be fancy or have all the bells and whistles. I figure I'll add a Roku or Apple TV to it and be all set.
While this TV is LED, UN50EH5000 not as thin as you're used to seeing. I believe UN50EH5000 just over three inches thick in the rear, but it has a very thin bezel up front. It has minimal connections in back, but all I'll ever use is HDMI, so that doesn't concern me. Picture quality out-of-the-box is great and became even nicer with a little tweaking. That's usually the first thing I do is try to eyeball calibrate it at first. It's too new to have any good calibration settings posted on the net; I figure I'll use last year's 'D' model as a guideline and wait until settings are posted. I did not notice any flash-lighting with this model -- something that plagued last year's 'D' lineup. I have yet to play any 1080p material on this to really test it (only watched a few minutes of HDTV ((720p)) broadcasts), so I'll update this post when I do.
Note this year's 'EH' line is Samsung's basic model lineup, with the 'ES' being the more expensive, feature-laden models. This is a great set if you want a basic, quality LED with a nice pricepoint.
EDIT 3/5/2012: Update 1080p content. I've set up my streaming process to this TV with some 1080p material and it is gorgeous. We recently watched Toy Story on this set, and I was blown away by the color depth and detail this TV displayed. A small caveat: with all TVs, the speakers could use some improvement. Set on the 'standard' audio output, the sound is fine. If you set it to 'music' or 'movie', the audio sounds much better, but can rattle the TV's enclosure if the volume is set high.
UN50EH5000 ReviewsUPDATE: 8/3/2012 *massive* changes and deletions made to reflect the Eco settings and how to get the best picture possible with no regards to power consumption. Equally massive changes made for picture optimization with new discoveries.
UPDATE: 6/28/2012 (various changes)
Let's just start off with what really matters: The only thing wrong with this TV is the unique "LED Motion Sensing" technology. In theory, this allegedly causes the backlight to have a "strobe" effect so as to enhance motion in a way similar to higher refresh rates, and, in theory, help with the problem of HDTV blurring. This is simply misleading marketing, as Samsung UN50EH5000 does not, in fact, do that at any point, no matter how much I test with Samsung UN50EH5000 on whatever scene. If it is indeed happening, I don't notice it.
Now, if you've ever seen a high-end, larger TV, you can't help but notice the so-called "soap opera effect" (I'm not sure why Samsung UN50EH5000 called that--it just means the fluidity of the picture is far superior to a standard 60Hz rate, and is certainly impressive to look at). I, personally, was under the impression that I was practically stealing for this "LED Motion Sensing" with its variable 120Hz rate. Obviously, this isn't anywhere near the case, and it still operates as a smaller, more budget-friendly TV with a lot of good things about it.
So what does LED Motion Sensing do? Well, it darkens the picture. That's as far as I notice any difference at all. However, on the bright side, it reduces power consumption very significantly. More on that in a bit.
But, hey, Samsung UN50EH5000 cheap for a reason, right? A 1080p TV with a lot of other bells and whistles, often very easy to get at $400, which is the same price as the widely hailed king of mid-range TVs, Panasonic. I actually had returned a Panasonic Viera in favor of this, due to an obviously defective unit that had serious issues of constantly turning itself off and then only a specific hard reset for turning back on.
One thing you can't knock this TV for is every other thing it houses. The picture quality, if tweaked correctly, is simply gorgeous. Blacks are so purely dark with no hint whatsoever of a washed-out picture. The option that allows the TV to detect flesh and boost its color works surprisingly well without looking ridiculous, even at the highest setting. I enjoy using this setting.
You get a wealth of options at your fingertips, from tweaking the picture to obscene levels and changing various levels of whites, darks, colors, and dynamic contrast, as well as a variety of eco-friendly settings for those who care about energy consumption, like me. Let's run down the important settings, the first being an "optimal" picture with no concern for energy consumption, the second being for everyday use with energy consumption in mind, and also to prevent overheating.
Okay! When it comes to generalized settings that work for pretty much any signal, but are best for 1080p HDMI 1.4 pictures, such as in Blu-rays, this is what I've come up with (if something is missing, consider it totally unchanged from default settings)
Brightness: 45 (this is *just* when the picture is about to become noticeably too bright, and darks no longer look dark enough.)
Sharpness: 100 (incredibly, this TV can handle it without that horrible ultra-static and deformed picture effects--the native 1080p versus 720p can probably be given a hat tip for that)
Color: 100 (This is actually important. See, the more a TV can give you color before it clearly becomes over-saturated is key in how vibrant the picture is and the TV's ability to process the colors. To my blessed surprise, a setting of a maxed-out 100 does not over-saturate, and things seem to look exactly as they should. However, your results may vary, and personal preference is part of this setting.)
Dynamic Contrast: Maxed out
Black Tone: Dark (the first setting below normal, not Darker or Darkest, which will make dark scenes far too difficult to see)
-> All Eco settings turned off, including LED Motion Sensing.
Color Space: Native
Dynamic Contrast: High
Flesh Tone: +15 (has no apparently deleterious effect on emphasizing picture, but it does make it more vibrant)
Color Tone: Mostly preference, but Warm1 seems to be best for me. Warm2 is too much red and Normal doesn't seem to be enough, although sometimes it does look better, depending on what's on the screen.
Digital Noise Filter: High (DO NOT keep this at Auto. The TV AI does not do a good job of determining when this feature should be on and to what level. I see no problem at all with keeping this on High at all times, which drastically reduces noise, which is present on even 1080p sources.)
LED Motion Plus: Off. As much as I want to say to keep this on, as it was a strong factor in my purchasing decision, I just can't find a real reason to. It sounds so good on paper, sure, but it just doesn't deliver what it promises at all. The drop in picture quality from keeping it on just isn't worth it, and I see absolutely no noticeable difference in fluidity due to the alleged "strobe" backlighting.
FOR ECO-CONSCIOUS USERS: This is how you configure the most eco-friendly setting, "Standard", as opposed to "Movie". Be sure to switch these modes for practical reasons, and also because "Movie" does not allow for certain settings.
Some of us just can't have our cake and eat it too. With the TV running at absolute max settings through and through, it's going to burn energy really, really fast. With regular use, your electric bills will reflect it.
Now, the Eco features present here seem a lot more complicated than they really are. But ultimately, you can turn everything off except a couple of things.
Note: There is the "Auto Eco" setting that does absolutely nothing but darken the picture, but even one notch below off is a strong difference. It's better to simply lower the backlight manually.
To be conscious of your energy usage, keep the backlight at ten or lower instead of a constant 20. Turn LED Motion Sensing on (you might as well, since the picture's going to have less backlight, anyway), and, depending on how it works for you, choose whether or not to use motion sensing. Sometimes this setting can make the picture weird, like it's fading in and out way too fast to adjust to lighting. Sometimes it's not even noticeable. I, personally, keep it off. Really, the backlight is where all the energy consumption comes from, and simply lowering it, either manually or through the Auto Eco system (set to either Low or Medium is the farthest you can go while still seeing the picture--I can't imagine anyone tolerating lower than the Low setting, which I just can't stand)
1. Do not use auto leveling of audio between inputs. The TV's way of handling this is very poor, and will give you distorted sounds all over the place if you use this. Just keep volume leveling options off.
2. Game Mode doesn't really do anything except make the picture darker and less detailed. It also makes the screen have a strange but deliberate shaking motion, I guess to...I dunno, make explosions more realistic for your screen? I'm not sure. Either way, even if you're gaming, keep it off. The vast difference in picture quality definitely is not worth the sacrifice for the occasional screen shaking, its only apparent use.
3. Don't forget to disable the inputs you don't use and to label the inputs you do use to prevent any confusion. Only 2 HDMI inputs is downright cruel, but thankfully, that's all I need. Anyone who needs more, though, shouldn't be looking at a 32" in the first place. What else do you plan to hook up to it besides maybe an HDTV box and a Playstation 3?
4. While I can't confirm this myself, I've heard rumors that updating the firmware via a USB stick--including official firmware straight from samsung.com--voids your warranty, as it's considered tampering. Yeah, that sounds a little weird. I had already updated it before I read that, but someone else could probably clarify that much better than I could, if it's true.
5. As of right now, the official firmware for the TV has not changed since I first purchased this. No need for any updating unless you haven't done it since June.
Alright, that's that. Considering how much I got it for (about $400), this is truly an outstanding television with a spectacular picture quality, not to mention full 1080p support. For a display this small, the jump from 720p to 1080p is not all that significant, and unnoticeable unless you're specifically looking for it. Don't be fooled into thinking that, by default, 1080p means a much better picture than 720p. It doesn't, unless your television is at least 40 inches in size. However, what it *does* mean is that you can max out sharpness, color, contrast, and pretty much anything that benefits from a native 1080p resolution, which is unlike a 720p needing a downgrade, and subsequently requiring far different settings.
I'll say it again: Good luck, fellow TV shoppers and consumerists.
Samsung UN50EH5000 LED HDTV: 50-Inch , 1080P , 60Hz ReviewsI have a 5 year old Panasonic Viera plasma TV in my home theater and purchased this as a secondary set for the bedroom. And after much research, multiple viewings at various stores, and deliberation i had narrowed my search down to Samsung and they happened to just release this new EH line and I took the plunge on impulse (no reviews or information was available on the new line) and... All I can say is, I am completely blown away by this televisions picture quality, clarity, and color reproduction... I enjoy watching this one better then my main TV.
I am now looking to replace my main TV, mentioned above, with a larger new Samsung model... keep in mind that as both other reviewers have mentioned the connections are very limited (2 hdmi, 1 composite, 1 optical audio out, 1 usb), So if you need more then that you should look at Samsung's higher end line. Personally, I have no need for all of the other bells and whistles, as if you use a receiver you don't need all of the connections anyway...
Simply, Samsung saved some money on adding unnecessary goodies to this TV and instead focused on giving you an amazing LED lit, LCD screen that just beautiful and really performs... which, in my opinion, is the absolute most important aspect of purchasing a television.
Samsung UN50EH5000 ReviewsPicture is great. I picked this television out in a showroom because the picture was just as good as the plasma tvs. And the price was half as much as some other LED tvs that don't have half as good a picture. Also, this tv does not produce that dreaded soap opera effect when watching celluloid films. Not as thin as some of the other LED tvs, but the bezel is very small and the tv is thin at the ends. Unless, you plan to hang this on a wall and super thin is your priority, this is an unbeatable tv. No bells and whistles though.
Samsung UN50EH5000 HDTV ReviewsWas looking for a 32" or 40" for my room. I had a 23" samsung 720p lcd for around 6 years. UN50EH5000 was great, but was ready to upgrade. Had a $100 amazon gc so decided to give this model a chance. Wow, UN50EH5000 has been great so far. The blacks are so dark, that you would swear the tv was off. Since it is an LED tv, it is very light weight, although it is much thicker than you would think for an led tv. The bezel is very thin, though, so all in all, it looks great (from the front). Only has 2 hdmi connections, but since it is in my room, I only needed 2 max. It is perfect for my needs and I am glad I purchased it.
UN50EH5000 HDTVI am pleasantly surprised with the TV. The sound is a lot better than I thought Samsung UN50EH5000 would be and after a few tweaks, the picture is good in SD and great in HD.
I like the added touch of being able to play movies, music, and pictures with the USB drive. Another quality product from Samsung. Makes a perfect bedroom TV.
Samsung UN50EH5000 HDTVI am very happy with this tv. The picture is excellent, UN50EH5000 has the inputs/outputs I wanted. Movies look great, bright colorful scenes are almost painful to look at (I had the brightness set too high). Overall set up was easy. I plugged my laptop into the tv via an hdmi cable and UN50EH5000 looked great and was very easy to calibrate the size of the window. The speakers sound better than I thought they would, I think I will actually use them in addition to my stereo speakers. The tv itself is a nice design, the front is very seamless, giving it a smaller impact on the living room. I also really like how it is uses LED backlighting, which uses less energy and is much less toxic than ccfl backlit tvs. This was the only tv in this price range that I could find that used LED backlighting and also had good reviews on picture quality. I just wish they made a 37 inch version, I would have paid more for it.
Samsung UN50EH5000 Specs
- Model: UN50EH5000
- Display Size: 50 inches
- Display Technology: LED-lit
- Image Aspect Ratio: 16:09
- Brand Name: Samsung