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Extremely happy with this TV - great Freeview HD pictures!,
This review is from: Samsung LE40C580 40-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p Allshare LCD TV with Freeview HD (Electronics)I purchased this TV at the same time as the Sony EX503 40 inch & my plan was to compare the two & decide which one to keep. The Sony had got all the rave reviews in What Hifi & TV & on other review websites, but there were only one or two reviews of this Samsung TV. I already owned a 32 inch Samsung I bought 4 or 5 years ago & I loved that TV for every second I owned it. I wanted to upgrade to a Freeview HD TV & a bigger screen at the same time. I tried out both TVs & I generally liked this one better. It's over a hundred pounds cheaper for a start. But apart from the price, I generally felt the picture was sharper & clearer on this Samsung. In particular the Freeview HD channels come out crystal clear. On the Sony I had to study the Freeview HD pictures much more to notice any difference to standard HD. Eventually I did & the Sony is a good TV. But with the Samsung the Freeview HD just seemed much clearer to watch. Also standard Freeview on the Samsung is good too & clear & not fuzzy at all. But on the Sony standard Freeview was quite fuzzy. I expected the sound on the Samsung to be really weak with no bass & distortion like the 32 inch model i had before. But Samsung definately have improved the sound on this TV. It's still not booming bass. But it is very clear audio & very good stereo. It has very light bass - much better than models from a few years ago. But the sound is still a bit light compared to the Sony which was much richer. But after watching this TV for a few weeks now i'm used to the sound & it sounds great to me now all the time. I can plug it into my hifi if i want & it sounds much more powerful & bassy on there.
Also I just preferred the design of the Samsung as it looks slim, sleeky & expensive. The Sony's design was OK & i'm sure i would have got used to it. But it did appear to be much bulkier at the back & was completely made of cheap looking plastic. Whereas the Samsung's screen looks convincingly like glass (even though it's plastic) & the rest of back is metal & the plastic is well designed & expensive looking.
This Samsung does not have an internet platform and you can't use it by itself to get onto BBC Iplayer, etc... But it has 2 USB ports where you can connect your digital camera or any media usb stick & it plays video files, mp3's, etc... Plus at the back it has an ethernet socket to connect it to the internet. But you can't get on the internet using the TV alone. You can connect it to your home internet connection and stream media from your laptop for instance but you can't surf the internet on it. The Sony had a proper internet connection & some brilliant applications like BBC Iplayer, Five on demand, You Tube, etc... and it was very impressive. But I thought on balance, that wasn't a huge necessity as my laptop has a HDMI so i can connect to TV & surf internet whenever i want. Plus all the manufacturers are developing internet on tv on an ongoing basis, such as Google's Android TV, etc...
I also played games on my PS3 on the Samsung & they played great with great sharp pictures & sound.
My only gripe was Blu ray playback which was just ok & not as sharp as on the Sony. I watched Blu Ray on both & the Sony Blu Ray playback seemed much clearer & sharper. The Samsung Blu Ray playback is good but not as good as the Sony.
So if your main use of the TV is to watch Blu Rays maybe the Sony's a better buy. But as I'll only watch the odd Blu Ray & would be watching Freeview HD more. So the Samsung was overall a better buy I felt.
So I summarised overall this TV was better value for what you get & overall quality wise compared to the Sony (apart from Blu Ray playback wise). So I kept the Samsung & returned the Sony for a refund. I thought I may regret doing so. But one month later i'm very happy I made the right decision & have no regrets.
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Initial post: 10 Nov 2010 20:14:35 GMT
great review,wonder if you can help me.i also have this tv and have connected a lan wire to my modem.i cant seem to access any online content though or stream stuff from my comp ( as i can thru my bluray player!) i notice you mention the internet connection above,can you tell me how to set up,i perform connection test and tv is connected ok? what do i press to access comp media? did you get a disk with yours to stream media? i didnt,wonder if this is prob.many thanks
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2010 03:54:19 GMT
R. E. Bond says:
This Samsung does not have an internet platform, so you CANT acsess the internet.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2010 09:19:57 GMT
no i gather that now,but i understand you CAN access your comp and stream media that way,but you need software to do so,sorted now,thx anyway
Posted on 29 Dec 2010 14:29:55 GMT
T. FOSH says:
you really bought 2 tvs to compare them. Really? Do you workl for what hi fi? Sounds like an expensive way to choose a tv to me.
Posted on 16 Jan 2011 03:54:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jan 2011 04:10:13 GMT
Hey guys..i got questions. does this tv come with uk and european power sockets? cos i live in finland so we have different sockets here.. its 2 pin here.. same power tho.. thanks in advance! oh and please tell me whats the difference between LE40C550 and this model LE40C580? They dont sell this model here where i live.. ps. almost forgot is this digital cable tv ready?.. all broadcasts here are digital..
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2011 10:20:27 GMT
BUT - who's going to be palmed off with the 'used' TV you returned? I wouldn't be happy to get a TV someone else had used as a test set. I bought a Sat Nav from Amazon that had obviously been tested and returned by someone else - I kept it because of the hassle of mail order returns.
Your post has put me right off buying this TV from Amazon, just in case I get somebody else's cast-off - one reason I never shop at Argos either.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2011 12:44:44 BDT
queue monkey says:
Good review. What concerns me most is that you had to "study the Freeview HD pictures much more to notice any difference to standard HD". Surely Freeview HD should be a massive leap forward on any HD TV.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2011 14:37:29 BDT
M. S. Parkinson says:
550 as far as im aware has 3 x hdmi and the 580 has 4x hdmi... the 550 might only have 1 usb too... basically the 580 has a few more connections on it for more inputs... that's it.
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