Pros: HD picture, light weight, price, looks, low height, DVD picture
Cons: SD "can" look poor, auto focus OK, S-Video on side of TV, user guide
3 weeks of ownership
After extensive research into the HDTV world (gosh its crazy out there) I decided on the Samsung HC-R4755W and Im very pleased with my choice. I did not feel good about spending 1.5K on a TV (heck they go up to 4K normally) but I did not want to get a 32 inch (in 16:9 screen format 32 inches really does look small) either.
Enters the HC-R4755W
HDTV looks great on this TV and it honestly looks just as good if not better than DLP/LCD/LCOS HDTVs. There is some graininess at times but I blame the source more so than the TV itself. The reason being that it seems not all HDTV is real HDTV. Its like some of it is SD film cleaned up for HDTV duty but does not use true HD film.
HD in NFL games looks amazing and Discovery HD looks great also.
Standard TV looks OK and you really have to find the right connection combination to make it look its best but remember HDTVs make SD look like trash and having a big screen and stretched 4:3 dont help the matter either.
DVDs on the other hand look near HD and its great watching 16:9 without any black bars running across the top and bottom of the screen.
This TV not only looks good but only weighs 87 pounds and compared to my 32 inch tube TV (130 pounds) its a feather weight. I can move it around without much of any effort and when moving time comes I wont have to worry about such a heavy TV.
This TV also comes with a ASTC HD tuner which allows you to enjoy HD without paying a monthly fee for it. So, your local stations that broadcast in HD will bring you many smiles.
The user guide is slim to say the least and its really my main disappointment. Also, auto focus (while good) does not really make things perfect. You will still have to do manual convergence to get your reds and blue aligned. Dont get me wrong, auto convergence is perfect for the normal TV person but for the tech nerds out there they wont be using it much. Also, the placement of the S-Video connection on the side of the TV ONLY is not ideal. They should have added one more S-Video connection in the back.
Another complaint (really all TVs) is that I wish they would add more than one DVI connection, maybe one more component connection (it has two), and throw in a VGA connection for your PC. But, I guess they still have to support the old style connections (S-Video, Composite, etc).
I connected my HTPC via DVI and for gaming or media center applications it looks great. Text is not perfected yet but I hope to have it fixed soon. Right now its just usable for quick work.
Overall this TV does a great job at HD a good-fair job at SD (depending on how you connect it), a great job at DVD and for the price it has no competition.
This is the HDTV bang for your buck KING at this screen size and I can honestly say that Samsung hit a home run with this TV. No, its not perfect but for the price its a great deal.
Remember your picture quality is only as good as the source. Also, dont trust what you see at the store I learned that the hard way.