85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samsung LE40M87 Review
Absolutely fantastic TV, SD quality was better than I expected via SCART and on a par with my redundant Sony WEGA Triniton CRT. HD is glorious from SkyHD and PS3 with vivid images and the blackest blacks you will see this side of plasma.
TV *does* require some setting up to get the best picture, but this is not too hard and there are settings threads on...
Published on 4 May 2007 by N. R. Postlethwaite
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it was !!??
As the previous reviwer commented this TV is not as good as many state (or certainly not in my opinion).
This may actually be because Samsung have supposidly stopped shipping this TV with the 10bit panels due to panel issues and now fit only an 8bit panel (this has been stated in various forums and from part numbers on the back of panels confirms this to be the...
Published on 14 Jan 2008 by P. Hanson
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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samsung LE40M87 Review,
This review is from: Samsung LE40M87BDX/XEU - 40" Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV - With Freeview (Electronics)Absolutely fantastic TV, SD quality was better than I expected via SCART and on a par with my redundant Sony WEGA Triniton CRT. HD is glorious from SkyHD and PS3 with vivid images and the blackest blacks you will see this side of plasma.
TV *does* require some setting up to get the best picture, but this is not too hard and there are settings threads on avforums.com for this. The shiny panel is a bit of a dust magnet, but when the screen is on is not a problem unless you have a light directly shining at the screen - which would look crap on anything !! Freeview EPG is better than everage aswell.
At the £1Kish price point, this is the *BEST* 1080p panel you can get - don't waste your money elsewhere. The TV looks drop-dead gorgeous aswell.
59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STONKING FOR THE MONEY,
This review is from: Samsung LE40M87BDX/XEU - 40" Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV - With Freeview (Electronics)See HDTVtest.co.uk for full reviews, but from a more average customer rather than a videophile the following may be helpful.
Out of the box the picture really is a bit rubbish. You have to get into the controls and set brightness, contrast & colour among a few others. There are loads of things you can tweak which might put some off.
ALSO, there are three picture modes - dynamic, standard and movie. Make sure you know which you are setting if you want to make use of all the modes, or set to standard and adjust that and don't use the others. They explain that really you should set dynamic for a brightly lit room, standard for normal light and movie for a darkened room. You don't need to set dynamic for games etc because you can set the games input independently. This is both a blessing and a curse - see below.
AND then, you find that these settings only apply for the source you were using at the time. SO if you have DVD, Video, game, and the TV itself, that's four times minimum you need to do this, or 12 if you want to set dynamic, standard and movie. If you have more inputs, more settings. Great flexibility, but if your kids play with it and re-set to factory settings - well I won't use the words here! There is a parental lock - I have not checked if this locks these settings.
BUT, once you have spent 2 evenings tweaking you have a most fabulous TV, hence 5*. If you can't be bothered with this, it will be your loss (quality and/or cash) but look elsewhere at something that's reviewed better out of the box.
I am not sure, but I also think it needed "running in" for a few hours - picture seems to improve.
Other than the picture, great things are:-
Looks as small as any TV of this size can in your room.
Swivels on its base to improve view angle - really very useful. It all honesty, the viewing angle is good enough - by the time you've got poor picture you would not want to be viewing at that angle anyway.
Actually looks better with some ambient light in the room. In the total dark, the blacks don't quite cut the mustard (mind you if I played with the myriad of settings a bit more, maybe I could fix this). Oh and its got beter blacks than my 3 year old Panasonic CRT, so it's all relative. With the lights on the blacks look like pitch.
It will show up any poor Freeview source, but actually renders VHS video quite well.
Well worth having even if you don't have an HD source in my view. Looks brilliant with the philips upscale player 5980 and is very much better than a standard TV with a GOOD freeview source (BBC1 etc, but not some of the cheaper channels)
Be wary of:-
Sound is a bit weak, very little bass - if you don't have additional amp or cimema system, then maybe consider something else.
Glossy screen which gives such a great picture could be a problem if it faces a bright light source (ours does not).
It will reveal poor sources, but that's true of any large high definition TV, and quite tolerable for me - not really a reason not to buy, just a warning not to expect miracles.
The other reviewer incorrectly says this is not 1080p - it is, just the amazon spec is wrong.
In summary, don't spend loads on something more "future proof". In 5 years all the current new TV's will be obsolete to some degree (HD freeview should have arrived, and the current Sony HD freeview costs £2K won't necessarilyt be compatible), but this will give great pleasure in the mean time.
Exceeded my expectations.
And then I had a small fault - and it still gets 5*. Why? I shall explain - the optical audio out drops out sometimes. I mailed Samsung - got a reply 4 hours later telling me its a known fault and a firmware update will be broadcast automatically to fix it next month. As I can use the RCA connection for now, I can live with that. Excellent response rate. I was worrying I'd hear nothing or have to send it back.
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's fine,
This review is from: Samsung LE40M87BDX/XEU - 40" Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV - With Freeview (Electronics)A beautiful TV! I've mounted mine on the wall along with a piece of trunking for the various cables and it looks a real treat! The picture is rather good - I've not seen anything better. I'm using phono leads into my Hi-Fi and the sound is glorious! Even the inbuilt freeview pics are much better than expected and the on-screen menus are very easy and user friendly. Nothing better (at the moment) for around the grand mark. You can wait for ever to get that big flat TV and there's always something better coming along, but this one is fine for everything today's technology has to offer with no flaws or missing facilities so take the plunge - I'm glad I did :)
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning picture.,
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samsung LE40M87,
The M87 is BRILLIANT! I used to own a Samsung LE32R88 and it had good picture, but that is nothing compared with this. Buy it now. I have a Toshiba Blu Ray and HDDVD Player with it, plus a High definition DVD Recorder and it makes them look amazing. Using HDMI increases sound quality as well as picture, and the component video is ideal for the Nintendo Wii or Xbox 360 (although I have an Xbox 360 Elite plugged into my HDMI socket). 3 HDMI, Component, Composite, 2 SCARTs, S-Video, VGA D-SUB Monitor for PC, it has far too many ports to use, which makes it great! It took a while to set up the picture as it was a bit odd at first, the factory settings weren't the best. No problems here though Samsung!
I only found one large thing to argue about: No DVI port on the back, you have to buy a HDMI to DVI adapter, which I own, but it does use up a HDMI port which could be put to better use.
I RECOMMEND THIS TV.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a real treat.,
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No complaints whatsoever,
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING,
Then I got a 360 - was fine - only does 720 anyway . But final straw was PS3 - I got some bluray films and thought they looked awful.
Started looking around - ALOT - and found everyone recommends this screen.
I got it promply from Amazon - and I knew it was going to be better than my Hitachi - but I was blown away with HOW much better !
The contrast is amazing , the picture so sharp - viewing angle is excellent . The only slight and I mean slight issue is - as others have mentioned - the sound is not very bass-y. Dont get me wrong its very good - great separation - but no real bass.
I cannot recommend this TV any higher or enough, buy one - you wont be dissapointed !
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Value 1080p 40" by miles,
Also, if you have the sort of room that the TV sits in an alcove, check out a Vogels 6345 mount to allow the TV up to 660mm into the room when viewing and then back against the wall when not in use.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic performance, even better value!,
Picture quality is wonderful - particularly from a source such as SKY HD, Xbox 360 or similar. I use both these products and enjoy simply the best visual experience (currently) available at this size. I did spend some weeks researching the market and found nothing that delivered quite as well as the Samsung. It looks great too!
A couple of really minor things to mention... First, the sound is not as high on the agenda as picture - although it ain't bad as mass market flat panels go - and this (like most other screens) will benefit enormously from an independant amplifier and loudpeaker package. Also, the factory settings for picture are pretty dreadful (as mentioned earlier). You will need to spend a little time adjusting settings for each input you use, but it is well worth it, although you may struggle to put the remote down! This screen is heavily supported at avforums.co.uk where there is a wealth of help available.
Alternatively, I will offer additional advice directly... feel free to contact me: email@example.com.
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