Samsung LE46A656 review

Combining sultry looks with accomplished picture performance, this is a good but not quite great TV Tested at £1100.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Combining sultry looks with accomplished picture performance, this is a good but not quite great TV


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    Neat ‘rose black’ finish

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    vibrant picture

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    good with movement


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    The top TVs offer greater clarity and even more detail

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What's that? You like this TV's dark red finish? Don't let Samsung hear you call it that. This screen's finish is ‘rose black.' Got it? Get it? Good!

Whatever the official colour, the LE-46A656 and its translucent bezel surely look the part. The subtle hue makes a welcome change to the numerous gloss black models on the market.

And, away from the design features, the Samsung has a lot going in its favour. It's a Full HD design complete with Freeview tuner and comes with a smart, chunky, backlit remote control.

The connectivity count is high and includes four HDMI inputs, component video, a couple of Scarts. And, if you have a digital camera or compatible MP3 player, you can hook them up to the set's USB input.

The LE46A656 is similar to the LG 42LG6100 and Philips 42PFL7603D sets, in that it's packed with picture-enhancing technology. 100Hz MotionPlus for example, promotes a smooth image but some could argue it does so at the expense of realism.

Freeview images are handled confidently. There's a good degree of stability and the set isn't afraid to express its rich and vibrant colour palette.

Having the edge with contrast
Playing the DVD of Snakes On A Plane shows that the Samsung can draw edges very well and has better than average contrast. Step up to Full HD and the Samsung displays the same character traits, including fluidity with movement, striking colours and good contrast.

There's no way you could call the Samsung a bad set, but it's true the top sets in this group can inject even greater detail and clarity.

Given the company, it's difficult to take the Samsung to task over sound quality. Its relatively open and expressive sound is on par with the better performers.

What you have here, then, is a fine set that impresses in various departments and is aided by that all-important appealing price tag.

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