<p>Since our current Samsung LN-T4066F LCD TV has begun showing some signs of wear, 2 service requests in less than a years time, we decided it was time to begin looking into LED TVs similar to what we saw when we were at CES this past January. I should point out that at the time we were at CES we were really looking to purchase one of the new Sharp Aquos with Quattron due to the addition of the 4th color, which when we saw the demos, made the TV just that much more vibrant. Anyways, I’m getting ahead of myself, the first service was last last year, the TV was beginning to experience the power related issues that are notorious for this model. Pink dots on the black background and the LCD panel beginning to take up to 2 minutes to actually show an image. Repair dude replaced 4 capacitors on the power board with larger ones, as the originals were clearly beginning to bulge from wear. Then during the BBQ is was pointed out how pink the display was starting to look on parts that should otherwise be white. We then began noticing how RED the reds were, almost blindingly red. We tinkered around with the settings and got the red turned down and blues and greens turned up to the point that the TV was watchable, but it didn’t look quite right. Repairman came on Tuesday and replaced the component board that houses all the connectors, HDMI, VGA, Coax, etc. That cleared that issue up, so all appears well now.</p><p>While waiting for the repair to occur for the LCD we decided to go shopping and began comparing the Samsung’s with the Sharp’s. As previous indicated, earlier this year we were really looking towards abandoning Samsung for the latest Sharp Aquos w/ Quattron, but in the end we came purchase the Samsung UN46D6000S LED TV. It wasn’t to say the Sharp wasn’t a pretty TV, but the demo’s they were showing in the stores and comparing the stats with the prices, the Samsung just fit better with our budget and us. That said, when doing comparisons in the store you do have to remember that you won’t be comparing anything when your at home. If it looks great in the store, even if it doesn’t look as good as the TV next to it, it will still look great at home.
</p><p>As for the Samsung, well this TV is BRIGHT and I mean like WOAH bright. This thing is amazing. The picture is gorgeous, colors and vibrant and whew, sound is fantastic. Its not to say the LN-T4066F was BAD, but Samsung has definitely showed that it is progress its TV development. One of the first things I noticed upon unboxing the TV was the energy star sticker. The TV fits rather snuggly into the entertainment center, hardly a finger tip fits on either side of the panel. Its super thin, about 1/2″ thick. It runs COOL, the other LCD, after being on for an hour was a little warm to the touch, this thing is still cool. The picture is the thing that I am still getting used to. Its so clear and crisp and so real looking that its unbelievable. Its almost hard to describe how real looking the image is, but I definitely recommend a 120Hz TV to anyone out there that is looking for a new TV. The picture is almost as if your looking through the camera lens yourself. It appears to real and lifelike, doesn’t look like there’s been any processing done to the image what-so-ever. And this is even when watching a moving that’s been up-converted to HD from 1993. Yes, even Cool Runnings looks AMAZING after being up-converted to HD. I could go on and on about it, but I’m telling you, what you see on the TV when its in the store is NOTHING like what you will experience once you get it home and unbox it. I was a little concerned due to the lack of component connectors on the TV, but since it had 4 HDMI ports, I thought I would just purchase a new HDMI for the Wii. Well, Samsung really has thought of everything with this TV. Yes, its true there is no traditional 5 connector component and 3 connector composite+a/v connectors on the TV, what they have done is created adapters for each. I can’t find the model or a picture of either of them, but they are amazing little adapters and they work flawlessly. Its fantastic, keep up the good work Samsung.</p><p>That said, the LN-T4066F has already been migrated to the basement and has replaced the old 80lb Sony CRT that has been running since what, 2000 I think. I’ll have to check it when I get home, but yeah, its been running for at least a decade and has finally been retired.</p>