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Poor picture w/ Samsung HCP4241W

by karamjot / October 24, 2005 12:10 AM PDT

Hi everyone - I get poor picture quality with my Samsung HCP4241W. The picture is brown hazy (grainy) and has equi-distant vertical lines.

Samsung sent a technician who to my horror told me that this is a problem with all Samsung sets of this model. Huh!? Is that true? Anyone else out there having similar problems.

Please help!

Karam (my first post!)

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Suppose to be exact same electronics for AKAI PT4299HD
by Rx_ / November 6, 2005 8:37 AM PST

According to the industry e-rags, this is suppose to be the exact same electronics sold under a different brand name. They do look the same on the photos.
I found mine to be bright and colorful.
Now, from a 60 degree side view it does turn gray as I expect any rear projection sysem would.
It is not as bright as a plasma to be sure.
But, Circuit City, when they carried them, sold them for $655 after rebates. Not bad for a 1080i 42" screen!
There are no vertical lines.
I use Comcast digital cable box with the multi-wire component wires in the side. The "AIR" input using the standard TV coax is a much poorer quality.
I use my X-Box with the "component" multi-wire output adapter to play DVD's. I am very impressed.
Hope that helps

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Photograph of picture quality
by karamjot / November 6, 2005 9:07 AM PST
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That is much poorer quality than I have
by Rx_ / December 4, 2005 2:14 PM PST

I use Comcast digiatal cable with the multiple cables in the high def port. I also use the X-box (old one) with the HDTV module in the second input.

Don't think expenisve cables are worth the money (for short distances) but those should not be bad.

Are you sure the source is on the high def setting? I put my component VCR into an input, and the banding reminded me of what I see when it is there.

I will try to get a photo posted later this week.

This was a great $750 set.
Some other sites indicate that they either work well out of the box or they don't, and that the service is not all that great.

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Poor picture w/ Samsung HCP4241W
by karamjot / December 4, 2005 11:08 PM PST

The photograph is that of DVD picture quality. I'm not sure what HD picture looks like yet. I've ordered the HD set top box from Cable provider here in Canada.

A technician replaced the video PCB and that's made a little difference.

I'd like to see what your picture quality looks like. Thanks for replying!

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Your Picture Shows A DVD Input...Same On Other Inputs?
by Psych Doc / December 5, 2005 12:45 AM PST

...If not, it may be something to do with the way you have your DVD hooked up.

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Re: Your Picture Shows A DVD Input...Same On Other Inputs?
by karamjot / December 5, 2005 6:21 AM PST

i'm using monster component cables. anything specific you were looking for?

i had the connections verified by couple of technicians.

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Poor picture w/ Samsung HCP4241W
by jcrobso / November 7, 2005 12:01 AM PST

I saw this model in a store a few months ago and the picture look very good.
What are you using for a source?? John

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Poor picture w/ Samsung HCP4241W
by karamjot / November 7, 2005 1:25 AM PST

Thanks for your reply John.

I've seen HD signal on the same model at Future Shop (Canada) and there were no problems.

The poor picture quality is with BOTH DVD playback and cable. I'm using Monster Component Cables between the TV and the (Panasonic) DVD player.

The Samsung/RayJac technicians have said that the power supply or the cables are not the source of the problem.

I've posted a photograph of the picture quality at

I'm completely dumbfounded. :S

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