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Comment: It's a great 3D smart TV, with wi-fi & social networking.
Good: It has the best picture ever.... so sharp. Have loved watching it.
Bad: nothing I can say is bad about it!
Comment: And the very best bit, got it on clearance at John Lewis in May (this year 2012) for ......£599 including 5 year warranty..... it did not have a remote or a pair of glasses and was a returned customer item! Went home and downloaded the samsung remote app on my HTC Desire and it does everything... so leaves me £400 to buy a pair of 3d glasses.
Good: video quality
Bad: the remote control and the human interface of ALL the functions
Comment: - keys on the remote control are completely misplaced.
- no direct function to switch the screen format (aspect ratio): every time you should go deeply into menus.
- it's not possible to hide not used external inputs: every time you should scroll almost all the inputs.
- it's not possible to rename as you want the external inputs.
- to get the list of favorites channels you should go deeply inside menus (favorites???).
- the internet browser is practically not usable (very slow).
- if you are on an external input you cannot directly get the channel list: so, scroll all the inputs and go to TV, after get the channel list and browse through analog, digital, terrestrial, satellite...
the day by day operation are a nightmare.
no comparison with the human interface of Sony or simply Sky.
Good: Great picture (especially when you play around with the config, look on AVForums for some good ones). Looks amazing on the wall with the slim mount.
Bad: Urm... makes my other TVs look a bit poor and very bulky!
Comment: If you're in the market for an excellent high end telly then what are you waiting for... especially now there are some great deals available.
Good: Same size as my old Panasonic 42 inch plasma Panel but with 46 viewable screen
Bad: NO MKV on DLNA
Comment: My final choice of TV was between the Samsung UE46D6530, Toshiba 46WL863B and the Samsung UE46D7000 I have decided to move away from plasma as the wife never turns the TV off and LED is the greenest option.
I have finally had to upgrade all my AV kit from Component to HDMI and this is the final piece in the jigsaw and just to give you my perspective on this I was expecting nothing short of miraculous results from any new TV, after all the hype I have been listening to for last few years about new HD and 3D
How I picked the UE46D7000 over mainly the Toshiba was that I could actually see one in Currys and Comets and the fact that they were both really trying to sell the UE46D6530 (which has very few reviews and seems to be a much older model) put me off that model
I was a bit disappointed that only John Lewis do a free five year warranty as I found this out when about to part with cash in Comets they offered me 5 years for £369 and would take £70 off the price of the TV I am now really annoyed as in with the TV is a Samsung extended warranty offer for only £329.
All the reviews are pretty much the same for the Toshiba and the Samsung but I think it was the smart TV features that swung me and the mentioning of MKV playback.
My old xbox will not stream MKV and an ideal replacement would have been a TV that did.
The Samsung will play an MKV file from a USB stick but not from a DLNA server (TWonky) the only reason i can think this might be is because it can't decode fast enough at wireless network speeds although I have a LG BD670 Bluray player that will.
Initial TV setup and Network setup were all simple enough
I couldn't get any of the 3D demos to run on wireless so had to run a long cable to stop getting loading pauses, the Demos seemed good but eyes kept focusing on the glasses frames instead of picture and also noticed that when screen was dark the corners and patches in the middle had a white cloud like glow
I have connected the TV to my Onkyo receiver using the ARC HDMI port and the sound from the streamed content plays back very well through the AMP
I haven't wall mounted the TV yet as the old plasma is going to need a few extra hands to get it off the wall so I have it on it's stand underneath. The thing i have noticed immeadiately (and my wife) is that the picture on the old plasma is much better to look at than the new TV when the first thing she did was type 101 on the skybox for good old standard BBC
I have also bought a SKY HD Box this is connected to my receiver via component and HDMI and as such the TV's are connected via Component and HDMI the only program that looked different was Spartacus everything else looked pretty much the same on every HD channel
Today I am going to go and buy a bluray disk and a 3D movie as don't trust the content from Sky and hopefully will see my miracle rather than the emperor's new clothes I'm seeing at the moment
Good: Just about everything
Bad: Nothing really - it cost a bomb but well worth it for me.
Comment: Previously joneyman. Now own the TV and very pleased with it. Got it from John Lewis with 5 year warranty free. Came with free gadget which looks very impressive but seems pretty superfluous. Now sits forlornly under the TV doing nothing . Can see why they are giving them away - supergeeks to play with only. Also haven't a clue what most of the Smart stuff is for, I just want to enjoy the superb quality viewing. I can browse the interweb on the PC.
Main thing is I've joined Sky and can enjoy almost limitless HD viewing plus 3D if I want. Must get out more.
Good look with the smoking Sonys!!
Comment: First things first, the picture quality. Before calibration, I had the picture settings on Dynamic, and they looked great. But, after I personally calibrated it myself (under the movie settings), the end product is just jaw-dropping. I've recently seen "Lincoln Lawyer" and the "Lord of the Rings Extended Version" on blu ray, and it blew me away. You haven't seen HD until you see this.
Also, this TV is GREAT for gaming! It looks great, and there's almost no lag when playing in "Game Mode." Playing Black Ops on it with no problems. However, when you first switch it to "Game Mode" there's a very noticeable drop in picture quality. But, you can 'fix' it by changing up the picture settings. I was able to make it look like "Dynamic" but with no lag :) :) If anyone wants the calibration I have for "Game Mode" just post a comment.
3D Picture Quality:
First movie I tested was "Open Season" and it looked awesome! There are multiple scenes with great 'pop out' effects. Some movies don't do this well (I'm looking at you Avatar!), but this one does, and it's great. There's this one scene where a flying dynamite is flying off the screen, and everyone watching ducked down to avoid it. (For great 3d reviews I highly recommend you check out Keith Niemeyer 3d Bluray Reviews on Amazon)! I plan on purchasing more 3d movies like Harry Potter 7, and Piranha 3dd in the future.
Don't understand why all the NEW tvs have this?? Seriously? If I wanna check my facebook, or watch a youtube video, I'll go on my Iphone, or console (Ps3, and the 360 have the netflix, facebook, youtube, etc apps, and they're much, much better!) The browser, as I expected is quite awful. The Playstation 3's browser is much, much better, and so is the Safari on the Iphone/Ipad.
My two only issues with this led was the "Game Mode's" picture quality (fixed it), and the clouding (fixed it). The clouding is very easily fixable. Clouding is only noticeable at night. Go to Advanced settings, and put 'shadow detail' to -1 or -2; your choice, and it's gone! Also lowering these three settings in a combination also helps:
Gamma, brightness, and backlight.
*** P.S. If you will buy this SAMSUNG UE46D7000 I suggest at: amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004XKCBSC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=reviews.cnet.co.uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B004XKCBSC
Comment: I've been an audio/videophile for 30 years. This is my 9th HD set. I purchased one of the first CRT HD RCA 39" (275 back-breaking lbs.); paid 5k for a Mitsu projection (big box), and I have a 5k Sony SXRD 60" in the living room. I could talk specs, but I'm not going to bother. Picture and sound quality has reached a plateau in electronics. Sure, you can argue details, but follow me here if you can. This Samsung in just a few words: provides an extremely pleasing entertainment experience. The clarity is stunning, the brightness is immensely satisfying, and the eye-popping color is just beautiful. The TV has a unique feel in a dark room sitting 4 feet from it. The thin bezel makes the picture appear to float and the motion of the characters in scenes is smooth in a very distinct curious was. I was very surprised at how, even a simple made for TV series like Legend of the Seeker, came alive with a vibrancy that I've never seen in a flat panel. In a word this TV is stunning.
The second point is the 2D to 3D conversion. In my opinion it's fantastic. No it doesn't look just like 3D, but it's a very admirable, clean feature that delivers exceptionally well. In fact, I prefer watching 2D with the 3D converter on....it's just brings you into the story. Remember everything any of us are saying is subjective and you can't know for sure that you're going to like something unless you try it yourself.
The final point is 3D. Now I see what this is all about. 3D implementation in today's home theater market is what I'd characterize as somewhat unnatural. What I mean is, it's not like you're in the Grand Canyon while watching Freeman's River At Risk in 3D. It's like you're looking at cutouts at various distances from where your sitting. Don't get me wrong, running the rapids in the canyon was awesome and a very cool experience bringing you way closer to the real thing than standard 2D video. The most important point about 3D that I've discovered is the effort made during the digital processing of the movie. The Canyon DVD had a lot more ghosting in it and it was a strain at times to sort of focus because the technology tricks your eyes and strains them in a weird way. But then, I put Clash of The Titans into the player and it had uncanny definition and barely noticeable ghosting. In fact most of the time, I didn't notice it at all. So from these 2 DVD's, I've concluded that the absolute best program material is required to produce exquisite 3D. COT was an experience that I loved period. So don't get into 3D on the cheap. You need a good set like the 46D7000 and high quality program material.
Good: good design
Bad: bad price
Comment: I have both Samsung LCD Series 6 (656) and Panasonic 42? plasma. I must say after only few years of use, that particular Samsung proved itself as a total mistake. What you normally cannot see in reviews is the internal build quality. Samsung has developed infamous clouding effect just after few months, and it really unbearable sight during the night vieweing, which is when we watch it the most. It’s been a true disappointment and a last Samsung I will ever buy. I wish if there was some kind of durability test to weed out the losers
Good: Picture quality (or at least pleased with it), tuner reception (even in HD), Design... and much more
Bad: Static swivel, Audio output might required a more recent system (HDMI ARC, 5.1 Optical exclude peripheral), remote look cheap
Comment: There is always better (and worst...) nevertheless as a compromise between design, picture quality and energy consumption it is hard to find any better.
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