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OUT OF THE BOX


The PN50C8000 is remarkably similar to the UN46C7000 in design, except that it gets a much sturdier base. Once again, the finish around the bezel and on the stand is a shiny silvery color, while I still prefer darker bezels that are less distracting.


I will say that this is extremely lightweight plasma, tipping the scales at 63 pounds with the stand. It wasn’t that long ago that 50-inch plasmas weighed over 100 pounds, and that was without a stand! 63 pounds is well inside LCD TV country, so if you were hesitant to buy a plasma TV because of its weight, let that put your concerns to rest.


Samsung has provided plenty of input connections on this TV. There are four HDMI inputs, all of them version 1.4a compatible. Input #1 also supports connections to a personal computer, while Input #2 is the audio return channel (ARC) connection for an external AV receiver.


There’s also a single analog component video (YPbPr) connection, the ‘Y’ (luminance) connection of which doubles as a composite video jack. Unlike the UN46C7000, the PN50C8000 uses full-sized RCA jacks for these two inputs. But there’s a catch – you need to chase down small-diameter RCA connectors to use these connections as they are so close to the rear wall of the plasma TV. The provided F-style RF connector is the normal, threaded type, so leave your adapters at home. There’s enough space around it to screw in a normal F plug.


 

Here’s what the back end of the PN50C8000 looks like. All of the connectors are on the right side.


 


All of the HDMI connections support CEC, so when you turn on your Blu-ray player, the TV also powers up and switches to that input automatically. Samsung’s also included a Toslink output jack so you can feed digital audio from TV programs to your AV receiver, but you’ll need to come up with the cable. HDMI input #2 will also provide an audio return path to your receiver.


MENUS AND ADJUSTMENTS


Menu adjustments are very similar to those on the UN46C700, so I’ve retained those descriptions from my earlier review of the UN46C7000.


Samsung’s menus are easy to navigate.  There are six image presets, labeled Dynamic, Standard, Relax, Movie, ISF Day, and ISF Night. Stay away from Dynamic mode, as the pictures are extremely bright and over-enhanced. Standard, Natural, and Movie modes all work well for everyday viewing, but if you are into calibration, you’ll need to use Movie mode. You’ll also find it to be one of the brighter modes. ISF Day and Night modes can’t be adjusted by the average user; only a calibrator can tweak those.


You can select from four different color temperature settings, five different aspect ratio settings, and a host of ‘green’ energy setting modes called Eco Solution. Seeing that this is a plasma TV, you can also adjust cell brightness (separate from black level and contrast) at levels from 0 to 20. Cell brightness has to do with how hard the plasma pixel are driven, and you will see a big change in overall brightness playing with this control. (I set it at 15.)


There is also a screen protection sub-menu that activates pixel orbiting at preset intervals. Or, you can turn on a scrolling feature to rid the screen of any ‘stuck’ images. (It’s just like an electronic Sham-Wow!)


There are other image ‘enhancements’ that Samsung has included, including three different black levels, three settings for dynamic contrast, and a shadow detail enhance/reduce adjustment. My advice is to leave them all off, particularly Black Tone and Auto Contrast.  Generally, these settings mess up gamma performance, and if you are into quality pictures, that’s a must to avoid.


For calibrators, there are two Expert Patterns (grayscale and color) for basic brightness, contrast, saturation, and hue calibrations. You can also select red, green, and blue-only modes, as well as Auto, Native, and Custom color spaces. The Custom mode lets you define your own x,y coordinates for primaries.


For color temperature calibration, Samsung provides two-point and ten-point RGB gain and offset adjustments. The theory is to do most of the calibration in two-point mode, then go back through a multi-step grayscale in ten-point mode for fine-tuning. Other adjustments include Flesh Tone enhance (leave it off), xvYCC mode (leave it off as well, no one currently supports extended color in packaged content), and the usual edge enhancement (peaking) stuff. As I’ve said before, HDTV doesn’t need enhancement!


There are a couple of noise filters that have some effect on image quality. The MPEG noise filter attempts to use low-pass filtering to get rid of mosquito noise and macroblock (excessive compression) artifacts. Be warned that low-pass filtering softens high-frequency image detail, so go easy on these controls. For HD programs, you probably won’t need them, unless you happen to be one of those unfortunate subscribers to U-Verse (720p and 1080i HDTV @ 5 Mb/s looks pretty awful).


Samsung’s Auto Motion Plus corrects for 24-frame judder by pulling the frame rate up to multiples of 60 Hz. In the case of the PN50C8000, the corrected frame rate is probably close to 240 Hz, the same speed at which it operates in 3D mode. What this actually does to images is to make filmed content look like it is live, or shot at video rates.


The result is a very smooth presentation, free of flicker and judder, but it just doesn’t look the same as a movie. The motivation behind Auto Motion Plus (and every other TV manufacturers implementation of it) is to get rid of motion blur and smearing, something that all LCD TVs suffer from to various degrees. Try it – you may like it, you may hate it.


I’d be remiss here in not discussing any of the connected Samsung apps, which let you stream movies and TV shows directly from YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu Plus. While this is a handy feature, don’t expect picture quality to come anywhere close to that of a Blu-ray disc, or even an HDTV channel. Watching Netflix movies over the Internet is more akin to looking at VHS tapes, or composite video from DVDs – the resolution just isn’t there. So use these features more for their convenience than their quality. ESPN updates are also accessible, and if you are addicted to ‘tweeting’ and ‘friending,’ you also have one-touch access to Twitter and Facebook.


3D MENUS


Samsung 3D TVs automatically recognize the HDMI v1.4a frame packing format. This format, which delivers movies at 1920x1080p @24 Hz resolution, is so unique that if you start playing a 3D Blu-ray disc, the PN50C8000 will automatically switch into 3D mode – no further adjustments required.


The two frame-compatible 3D formats (1080i side-by-side and 720p top+bottom) require some help from you to be shown correctly. Once you’ve established that you are indeed seeing the unprocessed 720p or 1080i 3D program from your content provider, go into the PN50C8000’s 3D menu and turn 3D mode ON.


Your will then be presented with a menu of 3D frame compatible formats to choose from, including side by side (1080i) and top & bottom (720p), plus other formats. Aside from frame packing and side-by-side/top & bottom, you are most likely to run into the checkerboard format when playing back 3D games and other non-standard media.


Samsung also has 2D to 3D conversion algorithm built-in to all of their 3D TVs. My advice is not to try and add synthetic 3D effects to everyday TV shows and movies, but stick with content that has been specifically formatted for 3D.


ON THE TEST BENCH


Unlike the UN46C7000 and its persistent auto-dimming feature, I was able to tune up the PN50C8000 quite nicely with basic menu adjustments, plus some assistance from the 10-point white balance menu. I used AccuPel HDG4000 test patterns and ColorFacts 7.5 to perform the measurements.


After my best calibration, I measured brightness in Movie mode at 80 nits (23.4 foot-Lamberts). That number didn’t vary by much, ranging from 73 nits in Relax mode to 83 nits in Movie mode with the Cell Light setting at maximum (20). Why so low?


 

After calibration, the PN50C8000 produced this beautiful 2.3 gamma curve.


 


Apparently this plasma TV employs a front-surface vertical polarizing filter to improve black levels and cancel out reflections. It’s an old trick – Pioneer KURO plasma TVs also used it – but it reduces the vertical viewing angle. You can verify this by walking right up to the TV and looking down at the screen; a you get closer, you’ll see image brightness drop off dramatically.


That additional polarizer (or patterned glass filter) reduces overall brightness, too. While 80 nits is plenty at night, it’s a little dim when viewing under high ambient lighting. But there’s only so far you can push image brightness on this TV.


Fortunately, image contrast doesn’t suffer from the additional filtering. ANSI (average) contrast measured 815:1 in Movie mode with cell light set at 15. Boosting cell light ‘to the max’ at 20 kicked that number up to 913:1. Peak contrast in normal cell mode was 939:1, while with maximum cell lighting, it was just shy of 1000:1 (991:1). Black levels measurements were impressive at .09 nits in Movie mode – that’s deep, bro.


White balance uniformity was outstanding. I measured a maximum color temperature shift of 215 degrees Kelvin across a full white field, which is reference monitor performance.  The PN50C8000 also tracks a rock-steady color of gray, varying by just 245 degrees from 20 to 100 IRE.


 

Color temperature tracking on the PN50C8000 is rock steady.


 


Gamma performance is also noteworthy. After some tune-up (and disabling auto contrast and black tone), I was able to come up with an almost-perfect 2.3 gamma curve, which emulates the classic CRT gamma response and provides great low-level shadow detail, except for some pulse-width modulation noise.


The RGB histogram shows why. Red, green, and blue track each other very closely from 20 IRE on up to full white, with most of the variation coming in the blue channel. I’ve seen this erratic blue tracking in Panasonic plasma TVs as well and it’s not anything you can correct easily – outboard color gamut and gamma correction hardware and software would run about $6,000, so don’t lose any sleep over it!


Like most plasma TVs, the PN50C8000 has two much cyan in its green phosphors, pulling the color space towards blue for a brighter image. The yellow and blue coordinates are on the money, while cyan is shifted too much towards blue (predictably) and red is a bit over-saturated when compared to the BT.709 standard gamut for HDTV signals.


 

Hre’s how the PN50C8000′s color gamut compares to the BT.709 HDTV color space (dark outline).


IMAGE QUALITY


It doesn’t matter whether you are watching 2D or 3D programming, you will find the pictures this TV produces very pleasing to the eye with excellent color shading and contrast. Those attributes come in real handy when viewing 3D content, especially if you are sitting off-axis. Interestingly, my calibration of the PN50C8000 was the brightest, not to mention very accurate. So I didn’t need to switch out of Movie mode to kick some more photons to the 3D glasses.


Watching How to Train Your Dragon in 3D is a real treat. I thought this was the best 3D movie of 2010, and it was evident that a lot of care went into designing and executing the 3D effects. The flying sequences are just amazing, particularly when Hiccup and Toothless the dragon are swooping and skimming above the ocean, dodging and twisting through rock formations and around cliffs.


In fact, I think it actually looked better on this TV than in the theater (Sony SXRD 4K projector and RealD glasses). Just for fun, I set the TV up in the concessions lobby at the Ambler Theater’s annual Oscars Party (Dragon was nominated for best animated feature and best score, two awards it should have walked away with IMHO) for the 400+ attendees to test-drive. Most of them were predictably wowed by the flying sequences in 3D.


As I mentioned in my review of the UN46C7000, the 3D experience using frame compatible formats isn’t quite as impactful as a 3D Blu-ray disc. The latter format has more detail, more contrast punch, and is just a lot more satisfying to watch. Because the two frame-compatible formats are half-resolution, 3D coverage of sports and other programming – even movies – leaves a bit to be desired.


That unusual low gray noise I mentioned appears to be sub-field sampling noise. It’s evident when playing Blu-ray movies in low-level scenes and on  occasions it can be pretty distracting. Panasonic and LG plasma TVs also exhibit this pulse-width modulation (PWM) noise to varying degrees, but I didn’t notice it as quickly as I did on the PN50C8000. Apparently operating in 1080p/24 mode seems to aggravate it; I didn’t notice it much at all while watching prime time programs in the 720p and 1080i formats. If you spot it, make sure the sharpness control is set to near zero and experiment with the MPEG noise reduction, as that can help minimize this artifact.


My only other negative comment is that you will sometimes notice ghost images on the PN50C8000 after even short periods of operation. It doesn’t matter what brightness level you are running, or even if the display is calibrated – the ghost images still appear when you are showing a dark gray to 50% white screen.  What I’m seeing is not burn-in, as you can turn off the TV, turn it back on, play back different content, and observe an entirely different ghost image.


What I would suggest is to ‘wear in’ the TV when you first get it out of the box – leave a full white test pattern on screen for 200 hours, or use the internal scrolling pattern for the same length of time. That will ‘settle down’ the blue phosphors (which naturally age the fastest) and any subsequent calibration should hold nicely for a long time.


CONCLUSION


Samsung’s PN50C8000 is definitely on the cutting edge of plasma TV design. The performance of this TV (aside from the low-level PWM noise) approaches Pioneer’s late, lamented KURO sets. It is a strong performer with excellent color quality, grayscale shading, and color temperature tracking. You’ll have plenty of contrast and deep, rich black levels to enjoy, even if the overall brightness is on the low side for a consumer TV product.


As far as plasma goes, there’s simply nothing better for viewing 3D – no off-axis contrast flattening or color shift, no crosstalk (common on LCD TVs), and if your head isn’t perfectly level, don’t worry – you won’t see any double images. From my perspective, 3D on a plasma TV comes closest to watching 3D on a DLP Cinema projector of any home theater experience so far.

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Today’s Gear Deal brings us the 46? Sharp AQUOS LC-46LE620UT 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV. As Sharp explains



Enjoy a breathtaking viewing experience with the AQUOS® LC46LE620UT 46-inch LCD HDTV from Sharp®. It features an ultra-clear full HD 1080p resolution and an elegant new edge lit LED design. This HDTV utilizes a high-performance LCD panel providing ultra-dark high Dynamic Contrast Ratio and response time of 5.5ms. Incorporates 120Hz fine motion advanced for virtually blur-free motion. Additionally, the built-in ATSC/QAM/NTSC Tuners provides access to DTV and available analog TV channels. Plus, it also comes with six 1080p compatible inputs including 4 HDMI® and 2 HD Component inputs. With all such impressive features and more, the Sharp LC46LE620UT is an ideal choice to complement your digital lifestyle.

3D ready rather than 3D-equipped, this step-up set from Sony is nicely positioned for anyone after a top draw, future-proof flatscreen – and it comes complete with Freeview HD tuner. Part of Sony’s Network range – we’re not sure why when most of its Bravias have a notable online dimension – this NX713 screen differs from its NX813 brethren only in the hertz department; this model has Motionflow 100Hz Pro scanning, the other Motionflow 200Hz Pro.


This 40-inch example is constructed around an Edge LED panel that has “GigaContrast”, a strong clue that the panel itself is constructed by Sharp in Japan. Attaching the desktop stand could be easier; an Allen key is included, though a screwdriver is also needed.


Its use of edge LED tech helps Sony achieve a 32mm depth inside a rather drab, basic gloss black shell that Sony insists on trumpeting as “monolithic” design. You could make a case for its clean lines being considered “classic”, though it really isn’t anything special close-up.


The other zeitgeisty feature is 3D, though much like before you’ll have to add a separate 3D sync transmitter to enter another dimension. That will set you back a fair amount since the transmitter alone costs ?49 and that’s before you add ?99 glasses, though it’s worth searching online for the best prices for both transmitter and glasses. With such a dearth of 3D material to watch if you’re over the age of 12, the novel 2D-to-3D conversion option is one we like, though it’s far from perfect.



If you’re buying a TV that’s merely 3D-ready, you’ve probably already decided that 3D isn’t on your hit list anyhow, and of more interest to most will probably be the appearance in spades of Sony’s online ambitions, especially since the KDL-40NX713 has Wi-Fi built-in. Its Bravia Internet Video is peerless at present, with its silky control (via the Xross Media Bar) the icing on a service that’s stuffed with content; BBC iPlayer, Eurosport, Five On Demand, rolling Sky News, YouTube, Lovefilm and Qriocity (Sony’s new online streaming movie and music service – the former is limited, the latter has almost as many genres as it has actual songs) star, but the effect is watered down slightly by US-centric clutter such as Ford Models, Singing Fool and an array of pointless Livestrong streams.


This particular Sony TV also has Bravia Internet Widgets onboard, which means Flickr, Twitter, Betfair and other Yahoo-provided Apps, though these “apps” caused us real problems; activating any one of them caused the TV to hang despite using a wired internet connection.


Digital media is handled with mixed results; we managed to get the TV to playback DivX (though not DivX HD’s MKV files) and MPEG/MP4 variants from a USB stick, though this “network” TV is much less versatile at fetching files from a PC or Mac; just AVC HD files, as used on Sony camcorders, can be played. That’s poor – did no one test this prior to sale?



Still on video, the KDL-40NX713 makes up for its disappointing 3D performance by issuing frame after frame of sublime high-def. What impressed us most about 2D Blu-ray images wasn’t the smoothness (MotionFlow 100Hz earns its corn though does visibly reduce brightness as you scroll through each of its four settings) or the consistent high detail, but the colour; imbued with just enough contrast, colours are viciously powerful and are the finishing touch on an immaculate picture. During dark scenes it is possible to see how uneven the array of LED lights are, with a blotchy blue-and-black image instead of complete blackness, but it’s probably not going to spoil your movie.


The story is much the same with Freeview HD, while the KDL-40NX713 also makes a decent stab at standard definition channels. Detail plummets, but it’s clean and perfectly watchable.


Audio from the underslung speakers is thin, so we’d argue strongly for a separate sound system. For both this screen and others in the NX713 and NX813 ranges, Sony makes a special AV stand with a 2.1 sound system in its base.



Verdict


Yet another strong screen from Sony, with decent pictures across all sources and its best-in-the-business Bravia Internet Video service. A superb all-rounder for 2D, there is an option for a 3D add-on but that will set you back a few hundred quid at least. Our advice is not to bother – just enjoy this Bravia’s ballistic Blu-ray pictures.

Big in microwaves and calculators, few go shopping specifically for a Sharp TV, but they often end-up with one; you’ll find panels from the planet’s biggest LCD manufacturer inside the TVs of a lot of other, bigger brands.


So how does the original square up? Like a lot of Sharp’s budget LED-backlit screens in the last couple of years, the 32LE210E’s picture quality is excellent. In fact it’s one of the best behaved with contrast, producing inky – and believable – black as well as plenty of detail within. Put to work on a Blu-ray disc, the 32LE210E manages to extract and display a lot of information within dark areas of the image, which is unusual for an Edge LED (i.e., LED lights are studded around the TV’s sides) set such as this – though it’s no quite up to the standard of a decent plasma. In this department, the 32LE210E is helped, no doubt, by its relatively small size.


There’s also an excellent boldness to colours, though neither that nor its skill with black is immediately obvious; the pre-calibrated levels for both brightness and colour are some way off the mark out of the box, so take some time to fine-tune it to your preferences. Even after the screen had been calibrated, we observed a slight softness to Blu-ray playback as well as a touch of blur (so even more loss of detail) when objects rush across the screen.


If the 32LE210E would really benefit from a 100Hz mode, it could also do with another major update to bring it into contention – a Freeview HD tuner. Bereft of one here, this 32-inch TV does seem a tad outdated, though it’s seemingly got some catching up to do anyway; standard definition pictures on the 32LE210E often appear drab and somewhat dirty.



That’s a shame because for all of the minus points immediately obvious about this Sharp LED-backlit TV, it does have one feature that other sets lack, and that’s built-in recording. Well, kind of built-in; you’ll need to shove in a USB stick. Sets further up Sharp’s Aquos line-up do indeed have integrated memory banks to store such recordings, but on this budget set it’s a completely DIY affair. It’s not just recording; this novel TimeShift function allows you to rewind and pause live TV as well as make copies of TV programmes, though only for a few minutes – most of your USB stick will be used to make recordings. Incidentally, recordings are stored as BUK files – good luck finding somewhere to play those back on anywhere but this TV.


Count on around 25 minutes of SD recordings per gigabyte of storage used, and half that for HD. Using that maths, a 4GB USB stick will provide around 100 minutes of SD and 50 minutes of HD, but bear in mind that the 32LE210E will set-aside 500MB-or-thereabouts for pausing and rewinding. Actually using the interface to set recordings straight from the 8-day electronic programme guide is child’s play, though its limited talents make this an emergency feature that will only really come into its own if you have to suddenly leave the house but don’t want to miss the end of a programme.


This media-savvy feature appears to be a characteristic of the 32LE210E, for the next feature to catch our eye is DivX HD playback. The list of files its USB slot will playback is too numerous to list, but includes the likes of DivX, MOV and AVC HD video files, as well as WAV and AAC music. Playback is stable and DivX HD looks impressively smooth, though the interface for controlling digital music needs some polishing. No matter; the speakers on the bottom of the 32LE210E are similarly basic.



Verdict


Decent, if hardly reference-level, picture quality from a Edge LED-backlit screen meets useful USB recording, though we feel this 32-incher’s lack of an integrated Freeview HD tuner might hamper its progress – and it could also do with some 100Hz scanning.



The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) commissioned a study of energy use by flat panel HDTVs, covering 13? to 65? LCDs and 42? to 65? plasma sets. According to a press release, the results indicate that power consumption of LCD sets when in use dropped 63% from 2003 to 2010. Standby power use for LCDs dropped 87% from 2004 to 2010. Plasma posted impressive gains as well, dropping 41% of active power and 85% of standby power use from 2008 to 2010.


Some of the gains for LCD sets can be attributed to the growing use of LEDs as backlights instead of the traditional fluorescent tubes. Plasma technology has improved so that more ultraviolet light is produced in each cell, resulting in more light for less power.


Now, you need to consider the source when looking at these results. The CEA is an unabashed cheerleader for the manufacturers, so it would be a surprise if the report didn’t paint a favorable picture. For example, the press release states that “the power consumption of the average TV sold in 2010 consumes less energy than a 100 watt incandescent light bulb and less power than what is needed to light a typical living room.” Now, that may seem impressive if you’re thinking about a 42? HDTV, but I suspect that the “average TV sold in 2010? was somewhat smaller than that, and the 100 watt draw would seem reasonable for something like a 32? set. I also did not see an explanation for why the LCD figures started with 2004, but the plasma figures didn’t start until 2008. If you want to check out the report for yourself, here’s the link: http://www.ce.org/PDF/PowerConsumptionTrends.pdf.


Even considering the source, however, it’s clear that great strides have been made to cut down the energy consumption of flat panel HDTVs. And no matter how you slice it, that’s a good thing.

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The BRAVIA EX400 features 4 HDMI inputs, USB port, ambient light sensor, BRAVIA Sync compatible and more.


As Sony explains-



Offering a resolution of 1920x1080p, this LCD HDTV ensures content that is displayed with sharp details. This flat panel HDTV features Ambient Sensor and LightSensor™ technology that adjusts power to the screen in response to room lighting for power savings and crisp, vibrant images. Supporting professional scale and professional type venues the BRAVIA Professional television was made for you. With the RS232C control module, TV’s can quickly and easily be set-up and remotely controlled. Now, connect a USB drive and share your favorite photos and music with family and friends. Besides this, it comes with Bravia Engine™ 2 a fully digital video processor by which you can enjoy life-like images while optimizing color and contrast and significantly reducing noise. Incorporated with Bravia Sync™ compatibility which allows you to operate and control all the Bravia Sync compatible devices, all with one remote control. Featuring 7 HD inputs allows you a versatile HD connection option, including four HDMI™ inputs to connect a BLU-ray disc player, PlayStation® 3 gaming console, or any other HDMI-capable equipment. With all these impressive features and more, the BRAVIA Flat Panel HDTV let you enjoy sports, action movies and your favorite television show in life-like imagery.


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Olevia VCF-32FDV1U 32? 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV with HDMI Specs and Price [ 0 ] February 3, 2011 | JenMer You are here: Home » HDTV » Olevia VCF-32FDV1U 32? 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV with HDMI Specs and Price


The Olevia VCF-32FDV1U 32? 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV with HDMI is a high resolution LCD television. It is a Full HD 1080p LCD TV which is better than the Philips 32? 720p LCD HDTV (32PFL3505D/F7B).

Olevia VCF-32FDV1U 32-inch 1080p LCD HDTV with HDMI


The Olevia VCF-32FDV1U 32? 1080p Widescreen LCD HDTV’s technical specifications and features can compete with the Vizio VOJ320 32? 1080p LCD HDTV.


Olevia VCF-32FDV1U LCD HDTV Specs and Features List:


32-inch screen HDTV1920x1080p maximum resolution16:9 aspect ratio4,000:1 contrast ratioDolby Digital audio systemIntegrated stereo speakersIntegrated ATSC/NTSC/QAM tunerHDMI connectivityClosed captioningEnergy Star 3.0Headphone jackSleep timerVESA wall mountable (mount not included)

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Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”)Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him.

This LED from Samsung falls into the all-new TV category of “affordable high-end”, and is likely to appeal to anyone after the latest and greatest slimscreen tech, but who can’t actually afford most incarnations.

It is this everyman approach that has helped Samsung reach the heights of Number 1 TV seller in the UK, though this set comes with some shortcomings. The brushed metallic desktop stand might be nice, but it supports a TV with a rather plasticky transparent frame, taking away some of the wow factor created by the TV’s 29.9mm depth.

That startling figure comes from Samsung’s use of Edge LED backlighting, whereby lights are strung around the sides of the panel to fire light across the back. Also inside the set is 100Hz anti-blur engine, four HDMI and two USB slots, as well as the promise of media streaming and networking.

That’s an excellent haul for ?600, though there are some cut corners: there’s a no-show for Samsung’s ever-improving Internet@TV feature, while Wi-Fi is only for those prepared to pay through the nose for a USB dongle. The rest of us will have to rely on Ethernet LAN for network streaming, though we would argue that most users won’t bother exploring that dimension at all unless they happen to have a broadband router alongside the TV. Should we still be in the age of the dongle? By now, Wi-Fi should really be built-in as default.

On the rear are ins and outs for Ethernet LAN, PC (VGA), PC audio, Component video, Composite video, stereo audio ins, and Scart. It’s here where the slimness of this TV starts to play havoc with its usability. Ins and outs on the rear, however all encompassing, and somewhat squeezed into position, with some traditional ports sacrificed for custom-made adaptors. Those for Component video, Scart and Composite video are supplied in the box, so it shouldn’t make too much difference, but do bear in mind that not only will you have trailing cables if you wall-mount (and at 29.9mm, you should do), but there could be bulky – and unsightly – connections to be made directly beneath the screen.

A side panel houses the Common Interface slot at its top, while below are two USB slots, an optical digital audio output, and, oddly, four HDMI slots. We do wonder why these are placed on the side because anyone with half decent cable will see them protruding from the sides of the TV. Yuck.

Samsung’s electronic program guide is one of the best in the business; when you press the guide button on the otherwise cluttered remote control, a colourful timetable pops up while the program you are already watching continues underneath, complete with sound. There’s also a thumbnail of the live TV channel in the EPG’s left-hand corner.

Picture quality is a mixed bag. There’s clear evidence of the high-end heritage of this Edge LED TV, but images can sometimes look as flat as the TV itself. Otherwise vivid and as nuanced as you could hope for on any TV, colour is aided by some decent contrast, but can occasionally appear a touch ripe. Cue red faces all round.

Black areas of the image are about as deep as you’ll see on any LED TV, though there is a black hole approach, with little detail within. We also noticed a lack of uniformity when it comes to brightness, with some blobs of light in dark screens creating a slight bluish tone.

After tuning in quickly, Freeview HD pictures appear very detailed, very clean and very watchable, while SD channels are almost as good – clear evidence of some excellent upscaling tech.

Another positive characteristic of the picture is a lack of motion blur, and although this feature can introduce a little flatness to proceedings, it’s definitely worth experimenting with – we preferred it left switched-off for all but the most frenetic films.

MP3, DivX, XviD, WMV and MKV (DivX HD) files can all be played via USB, though in our tests no JPEG photos were recognised. When streaming from a PC or Mac, AVC HD files (in MTS format only) proved playable, too, though we couldn’t get the UE32C6000 to recognise MKV files.

The remote control has large buttons, but otherwise fussy labelling; it more closely resembles a bus timetable than the touchscreen controllers we’re increasingly used to operating our gadgets with. That said, it does have a nice orange backlit option that will placate anyone planning to use this in a home cinema. And a home cinema might not be a bad addition; sound is weak, with a range of presets flattering to deceive.

Verdict

If you want a flatscreen that lives up to that moniker, but don’t want to pay for frivolous features, Samsung’s UE32C6000 will appeal. Highly capable with SD and HD, but missing Internet connectivity (and 3D compatibility), decent file support via USB ensures reasons to buy this Edge LED set other than pure vanity.