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If you are looking at buying a new TV at the moment then be careful as things can get a bit confusing. As things stand you can currently get a HD ready TV or a Full HD TV. The Full HD Tv will do a 1080 resolution in progresive scan (1080p) whereas a HD ready TV will say (1080i). This may seem a very fractional differance and I admit it is. However this could prove very important depending on what you want the TV for.
Firstly if you have Sky Hd then a HD ready TV will work fine with this as currently Sky can only broadcast in 1080i. Freesat is the same. The only thing currently on the market you will need Full Hd for is for the Playstaton 3 or a blu ray dvd player. You may want to bear in mind the new 3D HD Tv's that will be available soon. These will be very expensive but will offer unprecedented picture quality and obviously the power to watch things in 3d! Sky will soon be offering some 3D programmes to its customers.
Now that I have the confusing part out of theway let me tell you about the TV in question. This is a sixth series 40 inch TV from Samsung. I believe Samsung are on the 8th or 9th series TV's at the minute but they get more expensive whilst doing the same job. One of the only differences is the new super thin Samsungs and the LED backlinght technology. In my opinion however this TV will deliver nearly the same quality as those TV's for a lot less money. Just as a side note this review could be usefull for the Samsung LE40a650 also. The 652 has seemingly replaced the 650 but is the same TV in a different casing.
This TV then is infact Full HD and I would definately suggest you get this TV or a similar one from Samsung if you want to play your playstaion 3 on it. However whilst it may seem good for games it isn't too good for playing wii on. Well thats not strictly true, the actual case is that th wii isn't good enough for this TV! Due to the wii only playing in 420p the quality when stretched across such a big TV isn't as good as on a slightly smaller TV. If you are playing wii then a 32" TV would suit you better! If you are buying it for Sky Hd then you wont do much better. Watching a football game in HD on this TV is like being there. The freeview function on this TV is also great quality. The menus are easy to navigate and again the picture quality is great. Installation is also really easy. All you have to do is turn it on and sit back! Lovely.
Picture - Samsung boast a contrast ratio of 50000:1 on this TV which may sound a bit over the top. Truthly it possibly is a made up figure! Contrast rations on TV never make much sense. ALl you need to know is that contrast ratio is talking about range of brightness. The lightest colour on this TV will be 50000 times lighter than the darest dark colour! If you look out for anything from around 30 000 to 50 000 then your getting a high spec TV. However all manufacturers seem to hae a different method for testing contrast so don't worry about it too much. The newer Tv's that offer 3D are claiming a 1000000:1 contrast ratio ..... now thats just silly! In my opinion this TV has a great bright picture with amazing colours. There are better TV's in this area but as I keep saying they are more expensive! The Tv also has 100HZ technology. This just refers to the refresh rate of the screen. 100 HZ is quite typical of most TV's at the minute. An older LCD TV may not have a refresh rate this high but many do. It simply means the TV you watch is less blurry and there is less distortion giving a picture that is easier on the eyes.
SOUND- The sound quality as with all Samsungs seemingly depends on where you have it in your room. Personally I have never had a problem with the sound quality on any Samsung I have had. The speakers however are on the rear of the TV. This means if you have you tv in acabinet or boxed in any way you could experiance a drop in quality. This however can easily be resolved with some surround sound speakers. Samsung do have some that match this actual TV but they are prices at £200.
PRICE- Speaking of price this TV has come down dramatically recently. When it was released it was around £1100. Now however you can pick one up for around £700. The 650 which I mentioned earlier is cheaper still. You have to be carful where you buy from however. Some stores will have a Tv that looks similar "on offer" but it will be an earlier model. It may even be only Hd ready. I would suggest Amazon for this TV if you can find it (not amazon market place though). You may well find it at somewhere like John Lewis however for a good price. They also offer a free 3 year warranty. Your best bet is to have a good look around. Id suggest a Samsung to all other models of TV for sheer quality of build and durability, not to mention how good the picture is. Look for the product code. For example this model is LE - 40 (screen size) b 6 ( six series ) 52 (model of six series) . Some may look similar but be something like LE40450. This is an old model and not as good.
LOOK - The look of this TV is quite unique. Samsung have developed a technology where the entire casing of the tv is one piece of moulded plastic. This makes the TV look really clean and impressive. Samsungs "crystal" technology also adds to this giving it the trademark shine. They really make it look sexy. I kow that a TV should be rated on picture and sound but when you go to such lengths to decorae your home you do not want something ugly taking up an entire wall!
INPUTS- This TV has many inputs to suit your need. There are 3 HDMI inputs which is two more than most peopl need. Sky HD and PS3 use HDMI cables. Do not be fooled when buying a HDMI cable. You do not need one that costs £60 as some stores will tell you. A cable that costs £5 will do exactly the same job!There are component, scart and AV inputs for a wii, dvd player etc. Also there is a USB input so you can view images or listen to songs on your TV from a mass storage device! You also have the inputs for surround sound options. Also you can connect this to a Pc and use it as your monitor if you wanted too. You can still watch Tv whilst doing this thanks to Picture in picture! Also you have a headphone input just incase
Overall I would give this TV my approval. It is full Hd so it is future proof for a few years it least. I do not think they will spring anything like "super full Hd" on us anytime soon. Obviously there are better TV's out but you are looking at nearly £1000 for the newer range. The newer Samsungs are about as thick as a pound coin cut if this doesn't concern you then do save some money!
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