I have recently bought the 40" version of this tv for £650 because it has been discontinued apparently and i absolutely love this tv
The blacks are deep, it has good colour and sharpness, and brilliant texture even with standard def movies ayed on my xbox through HDMI.
The 3d effect is also alot better than i thought it would be with the 2d to 3d conversion actually doing a better job of call of duty black ops than if i set it to the supported stereoscopic side by side 3d. And fifa 11 looks stunning with you actually able to see the players in 3d and the depth is excellent
200hz makes the motn smooth with plenty of options and a custom mode to make it exactly how you want it, although iersonally prefer most movies with it switched off.
Overall i completely agree with the five star review and am well impresed with this set
We bought our TV with a Blu Ray player thrown in just for good measure. It is currently running just Freeview which mostly is fine but we live on the edge of the Sandy Heath transmitter so we suffer with loss of signal and pixelation at times.
Picture is quality running DVD or Blue Ray is exceptionally good and the speakers are fine for every day viewing.
Set up is also really easy.
Internet TV means you can use Iplayer among a host of other available options.
I'm seriously considering getting one of these, probably in 46 inch version. It would be usefull to know what picture settings the WHS&V team settled on for the review, so that when demoing the tv I might have a chance at seeing it in all of its glory and not blinded by one of nasty preset settings which always seem so false.
I bought one of these from Richer Sounds back in August, tempted by the fantastic price - £859 - the sort of money that would buy a good HD 2D set, so the added bonus of 3D capability was a massive temptation. I must admit to being slightly suspicious of the low price, but having found several very good reviews for the TV, I took the plunge. Richer Sounds were advertising it on their web site as being available in store only, and I had to make quite a few phone calls before I could finally track one down.
Once home and out of the box, it was incredibly easy to set up and produced fantastic HD pictures via my Sky set up. The picture settings can be adjusted and recalibrated to suit almost every viewing requirement, but I've found that either the 'Natural' or 'Standard' settings perform well in most viewing conditions, with the quality of the picture being just stunning. It's sharp & clear, the colours are excellent & it produces very good blacks - something that many LCD screens seem to struggle with.
The sound is very good too, considering the size of the speakers in the unit. A lot of people will probably use an alternative sound system, but for those that don't have one the sound quality of this set is perfectly acceptable for everyday watching.
I wasn't sure what to expect of 3D - I already wear glasses & the thought of putting on extra spex was a concern - I also felt that it might be a bit of an anti climax, but at this price the additional option of 3D was too much to ignore. There was a pair of 3D glasses in the box, and you can obtain a second pair free once you've registered your set on the Samsung website - these only took 3 days to arrive.
The 3D performance of this TV is very impressive, although you do have to make a few adjustments to the picture settings to allow for the slight darkening of the picture when viewing through the 3D spex. I've also found that it takes approx 20 mins for the 3D image to completely 'settle down' - this might be the set or it may be just my eyes (!), but when first viewing a 3D broadcast, there is some distortion at the edges of the screen - I've seen this referred to as 'cross talk' in some reviews & it seems to be a fairly common occurence on most 3D sets - however, after 20 mins everything settles down and the 3D effect is really impressive - my advice is to switch the TV to 3D mode 20 mins before you want to start viewing. So far, I've only been watching the Sky 3D broadcasts, no 3D Blu Ray player yet - football is totally different, with a better appreciation of depth and the size of the grounds. As for other 3D programs, the computer animated films are probably the most impressive - Sky are currently showing Monsters v Aliens in 3D and having watched it on playback from the Sky+, I can say that I'm now totally hooked on the 3D experience!
Overall, an excellent TV - it might not be as super slim as the latest sets - this one is approx 8cm deep, but it looks & sounds great and I can't recommend it enough, both as a 2D HD set and as a 3D set....if you can track one down, buy it!
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This entry-level McIntosh is a solid and entertaining performer that offers plenty of functionality
Fine sense of timing and plenty of excitement makes this a fine buy
As a low-cost option, the Samsung isn’t a bad shout – not the best in class but still competitive
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