I have spent the last 12 months searching for a suitable flat screen TV to replace my Toshiba CRT TV. The problem has been that not one TV that I've viewed in retailers (and I've viewed hundreds) has been able to match the standard definition picture of my CRT... until now. Whilst I do have Sky HD, I needed a TV which was capable of producing a great SD picture, as like many people I have hundreds of VHS cassettes and DVDs (and also dozens of Sky channels which are still broadcast in SD). The SD picture produced by the Samsung LE32C650 is superb. In some instances, it is approaching HD quality. Needless to say that in HD mode, the picture is stunning - beautifully crisp and clear. Add to this a myriad of options to tailor the picture to your taste in terms of contrast, brightness, colour and motion handling, and you have in my opinion the best flat screen 32inch TV on the market for an unbelievably low price. The Samsung even beats the current flagship TVs of Philips and Panasonic which cost in the region of £1000.
Don't be fooled into thinking LED is necessary. Apart from offering a slimmer TV (and the Samsung is hardly chunky at 7.5cm at its deepest point), it adds no other benefit. In fact, I had an edge-lit LED costing over £1000 which I ended up returning as the LEDs caused uneven lighting of the picture and the sound was incredibly poor. As the C650 has a deeper cabinet than an LED TV, it has allowed Samsung to incorporate more substantial speakers which produce a much better sound than any other flat screen TV I've tested.
The online capabilities of the TV are also very good and are constantly being expanded. BBC iPlayer looks absolutely stunning.
The only drawback of the C650 is that the factory settings are not the best so you will need to spend some time callibrating the TV to get the best out of it. Just by using the THX Optimizer found on dozens of DVDs (the Star Wars movies for instance) you can get a much more natural picture. Also, having messed about with the Motionplus settings for about the first 2 weeks trying to find the optimum setting, I finally found it - switch it off! There is no blurring or judder with it off - in fact it was Motionplus which was causing judder (strange)!
I thoroughly recommend buying the Samsung LE32C650. It is a hidden gem as there have been hardly any reviews of it in the AV press. In fact I only came across it when I had gone to a showroom to look at another rival manufacturers TV which cost twice as much, and which the Samsung knocked spots off. I came home and ordered it from Amazon as it was £110 cheaper than the lowest high street price. Buy it now!!!