I did a little experimenting and this is what I can determine on how it doesn?t work.
When entering your speaker distance settings, whatever you enter for Center ends up going to Front Left and whatever you enter for Surround Left ends up going to Front Right. All the remaining distance settings are forced to 10ft. This weird corruption occurs anytime you make any changes to the speaker distance settings and then power the unit into standby mode.
Now knowing how it works, you can use this a little to your advantage to compromise with some settings that will be ?good enough?. The listening delay is based on about 1ms per foot of distance. The speakers that are nearest to the listening position will receive more delay. The speaker that is the farthest away will receive no delay because you want to get the sound to the user quickly because it has to travel the greater distance.
So knowing this, the distance numbers really don?t mean anything, but after making any changes to the settings, we understand that the CT, SL, SR, and SW will all be set to 10ft. You can use this fixed number in a relative fashion to create a compromise for the FL and FR delay. For example, if you enter 15ft. for the FL and FR (entered into CT & SL as already explained above), then you are essentially saying that the FL and FR are 5ft. further away than the CT, SL, SR, and SW which have now all been forced to 10ft. due to the bug. This means that the CT, SL, SR, and SW speakers will receive 5ms of delay. Conversely, if you make FL and FR smaller, for example 7ft., then you are indicating that the FL and FR speakers are 3ft. closer than the CT, SL, SR, and SW. Thus, the FL and FR receive about 3ms of delay.
Again, the numbers don?t mean anything in absolute terms, but they can be used relatively. All that you can do here is indicate the relative difference between FL and FR together vs. CT, SL, SR and SW. You can create a compromise by using this relative method and by moving the speakers around the room a little bit if you can.
This appears to be a common problem with every unit made. The speaker distance settings are not retained after entering power off standby mode. This may not be obvious to the casual user because the speaker distance settings are very subtle. To the power user, this is an annoyance.
This issue is wide spread all over the Internet. Samsung has no solution other than to give you your money back, but only after you send the whole package back to them. They claim there is no fix. Many customers have tried to send the unit in for repair only to find that the firmware update or whatever they did does not work.
Does anyone have a solution to this problem or know of a workaround? I have personally tested five units in several store demos and they all had the same problem. I have also returned three units that all have the same problem.