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Good: Excellent dark levels, bright screen, easy to use menu system, multifunctional with other samsung hardware
Bad: difficult to get the screen settings right, confusing remote, Poor sound from tv speakers
Comment: Excellent tv for all use with full 1080p for viewing HD and PS3/Xbox 360. Great with Blu ray movies, however the various colour options, i.e. entertainment mode can leave the screen darker than you would expect.
As always with a samsung sound is an issue, however with a decent surrround sound system this is not a problem.
Connectivity is good with 3 HDMI sockets, pc connection and IR link for connecting stereo equipment.
All in all a great tv and well reccommended.
Good: Picture is excellent. Needs a little adjustment to get it right but what TV dosent?
Bad: The sound quality is quiet poor. Speakers facing back into a wall cause too much reverberation.
Comment: Quiet honestly, I took it out of the package and mounted it on the table, plugged in my surround sound via optical, my Toshiba HDDVD via HDMI cable and connected in my Sky-box. Done a little adjusting of the picture (I left the picture mode in movie) and hey presto. I really don't see what all the adjustment concerns are all about. At least its easily adjustable. More than I can say for some of the other LCD's I looked at.
HDDVD's provide super on screen quality and with the 5.1 surround sound, I couldnt ask for more. DVD's also came through the screen via the HDDVD player in exceptionally good quality. Overall I'm seriously happy. However, if I didnt have a quality surround sound system or a HDDVD player, I don't think I'd be so happy.
And by the way, when all that was done, I had a look at the manual but it wasnt that much help. TV was easy to set up.
P.S. I am an ex Sony fan. Now all I have left is my VAIO Laptop and my surround sound system. For the money, Samsung is much better value. The wife even bought a Samsung fridge freezer.....
Good: It looks good switched off
Bad: It looks bad switched on
Comment: I've just purchased the 37" version of this TV, & I regret it.
The price for 1080p was excellent, and delivery of bright pictures is excellent, but when more demanding pictures are transmitted, this TV is awful.
It arrives with all the Samsung 'magic tricks' buttons switched on, which is why the original picture is awful, and all the reviews state an hour of tweaking is required. Switching all their toys off should have been done at the factory (they don't improve the picture, they ruin it).
In daylight it delivers a picture as washed out as a clapped out Rear-Projection TV.
After hours of adjustments, the picture in a dark room can become very good.
However, feed it a dvd with any amount of movement, and it fails like a tricycle in a Formula 1 race (I played Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, for the amazing cinematography; but the scenes in the dark produce a totally black screen. If you boost the brightness it decides that the 'blacks' are psychadelic purple, and as for the fast moving fight scenes... they'd be comical if it wasn't for all the money I'd spent. The moving bodies leave such a vapour trail they're almost a total blur. You really need to see it to realise had bad it is).
Samsung advertise these TVs as having amazing black, and that would be great, but only if it's combined with amazing whites (I dont want to stare at a totally black rectangle for night scenes! My previous Sony CRT TV used to show me what was happening in these scenes, the Samsung doesn't). Their idea of 'amazing black' is to turn any shade other than illuminated by bright sunshine, into a blackness.
As for Freeview, it delivers what I can only describe as a 'picture hiccup' every minute or so (a picture freeze, and jump-back, for a split second). You know it's coming, so you can't ignore it.
The remote control is the most ridiculous I've ever seen!!! 8 inches long, with many buttons too small to press, on the very bottom edge (so it's a 2-hand job to operate it).
You also do not have the option to reorganise/renumber the stations (unless you first create them as 'favourites'... why? I want to reorganise all my stations, so I can change channel using the numerical buttons, not by going into different folders & scrolling through).
The Movie Mode (to reduce juddery images) should be renamed The Button That Does Nothing Of Any Use At All (which at least is different to the other Samsung Magic Features, as they totally ruin the picture altogether).
The expert reviews have been mixed for this set (although they all agree about the poor set up from delivery).
This is my first HD tv, so my opinions aren't compared to other LCD TVs (unlike the expert reviews, and this TV may compare favourably to others), but for Joe Public, who's excited about their first HDTV, this TV will turn that excitement to disappointment very quickly.
Good: Looks absolutely amazing - even when its switched off!!!
Bad: Picture settings out of the box - need to spend time fine tuning them
Comment: I've been looking to buy a 1080p television for about 4 months now and i'm so glad I waited for this model to arrive! As soon as you get it out of the box it looks amazing, the piano black finish really sets this apart from most other models out at the moment. I'm using this to play my Xbox 360 on and there is absolutly no juddering and the picture quality is fantastic. The standard definition picture quality is excellent for a tele of this size, the only downside to this is it took me about an hour to adjust the settings to get the right look. High-def picture quality on this is excellent - King Kong looked absolutely amazing. The only other slight downside is if you really do want a cinematic experience while watching a film you will need a surround sound system - its ok for watiching normal television. To round this off I think this is "the" best 1080p television out at the moment (the Sony Bravia KDL-40W2000 is the only one that comes close - the only reason I dont like this is because it doesn't look as good when switched off!). For any one buying this you wont be let down - Enjoy.
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