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Great basic LCD TV,
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This review is from: Samsung LN46D630 46-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV (Black) (Electronics)I hesitate calling this a 'dumb' tv, but that seems to be the option given the moniker Smart TV that is applied to so many higher end products these days.
Maybe the LN46D630 isn't as much dumb as it is ignorant. Which isn't a bad thing. Indeed, that's why I bought it. More on that in a bit.
Before I get to saying what I like about it, let me respond to some of the negative comments I've read. I can't answer for their experiences, but I can share my own. The picture quality is quite good. I don't have any issues with light leaking or other problems. It is a very consistent image that allows for a great variety of adjustments. If you look in the discussion under the 40 inch version of this model, you can find some added pointers about adjustment. I also got the Disney WOW! dvd which helps for much more precise adjustment.
Some others have noted problems with shipping. I had no problems at all. Amazon shipped this tv through Pilot Shipping, with a scheduled appointment set when I purchased this. Very professional service. It did take a bit longer than my usual prime shipping, but everything was handled quite well and everything arrived in perfect condition. Two men carried the television into my living room. They didn't set it up, but I didn't want them to anyhow.
When I did set it up, everything turned on quick and easy. The size means that unless you're big and strong you might want help setting it up, as it is a bit awkward to maneuver to attach the base.
I bought this model because I was wanting a television that allowed for good multimedia connections but was not loaded down with a lot of extraneous features I wouldn't want or need. I don't need a television with its own browser or apps. I have it hooked up to a pc, which gives it all those functions. Indeed, with so many game systems, blu-ray players, etc. with their own ways of connecting to media sites, paying a lot more for a television that does the same seemed plain silly. The newest models offer 3D, but that's much more of a gimmick than something I really wanted. The technology isn't advanced enough to use it without thinking about it, and when I'm watching a show or movie, I want to think about what I'm watching, not how.
So, this 'ignorant' television allows me to connect whatever I want, and have a great image when I do. I have an over the air antenna connected to it as well as a PC, playstation, and dvd player. The reception is good with the antenna, and living near Los Angeles gives me about 70+ channels to choose from (though a large percentage of those are in languages I don't understand). I connected my PC to the TV with a HDMI cable, and that provides both high quality image and sound. It's like having a much larger monitor with all the same functions, but I almost exclusively use it for multimedia.
The sound is good, but not great. We live in an apartment now, though, which means that great sound would bother the neighbors. We can have a fan on, and still keep the volume about 15 (out of 100), which means the speakers work sufficiently and are indeed better than the model we had before.
The image quality is superb. Deep blacks and bright whites. There does tend to be a bit more shadow in these Samsungs, so you have to think about whether you want deeper blacks or more washed out images that show more detail. I've yet to be bothered by it, myself, so it is far from being a major issue. Color is great, and the extensive adjustments that are possible make it very personalized to your own preferences.
Each of these preferences have to be adjusted for each source, however, which makes for a bit more work. I wish they had a universal setting to adjust every input the same.
But that's a minor issue among many other very great attributes. I wanted a TV that functioned more as a screen for my other media products, not a TV that replicated all those other functions. I wanted a TV with high quality picture, a lot of inputs for both new and older components, and that would allow me to customize what I needed without having to pay for a lot of stuff I didn't need.
This has fulfilled and exceeded in parts my expectations.
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Initial post: Oct 15, 2011 12:49:45 PM PDT
Ed D says:
This is a great review as I myself are wondering about going with a smart tv setup. I always heard samsung is the best of the tvs. So this tv like this review makes me go along with how this person felt and make the tv do what I need it to do not be subject to built in internet which will probally be old news next year when they figure a better system out.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2011 1:01:26 PM PDT
Ed, I think there's a market out there for this kind of TV, but TV manufacturers would rather people pay more for a lot of the extra features most don't really need. From my research and my experiences, this one totally fits what so many people would really want. It's a great image and overall quality, allowing for all kinds of different setups to other media sources.
There's just no reason for most people to pay a whole lot more for padded features. But the trouble is that most televisions with all those extra features also have much better overall screens. This is the one exception I found. And I still love it!
Posted on Oct 27, 2011 11:04:08 AM PDT
What is best:
wall mount, or, some kind of stand/shelf ? Couch is approx 12 ft. from wall
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 12:32:54 PM PDT
Well, it depends on your setup. The base on this television is extremely sturdy and allows the television to tilt to the right and to the left. That's pretty convenient if you have a wider viewing area in which you might be sitting in different places. That's the setup I have and it works pretty well.
My impression is that it works great mounted on the wall too. Though, you should note that it's not quite as thin/light as some of the higher end models, so you'd want to make sure your wall mount is very secured.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 12:39:25 PM PDT
"sturdy base" on floor?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 12:51:29 PM PDT
Oh no, not directly on the floor. You'd need some kind of tv shelf or stand. But not a very big one.
We're using a temporary stand that's about 18' high and 15' deep and 25' wide until we find a nicer one we like. Pretty small.
The swivel base on the television is about 10.5' deep and 19' wide, and the television sits about 2.5 inches high.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 1:01:00 PM PDT
Really appreciate your input. We are not exactly TV addicts. Also considering Samsung PN51D7000, though, TV is low priority for us. Frankly, if actual Apple TV set becomes reality soon prefer to go APPLE route: have never viewed Appple products as overpriced, on the contrary, see non-Apple products as underjunked. Thanks, again.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 3:48:03 PM PDT
You're welcome! We're totally the same way as far as priority. We lingered a long time with our old one, because it was good enough. When it became clear we wanted to move into this decade, we didn't want to spend a lot, but at the same time since it isn't something we upgraded at all regularly, I wanted to make sure it wasn't bottom of the barrel.
So far I couldn't be happier, and have recently added an XBox which gives us all the netflix and Windows Media extender service, so there's nothing really that I'd want from a more expensive tv. As far as I can tell, and maybe this is worth looking more into, the screen quality itself is on par with the higher end models. This television just lacks all the added features.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2011 5:46:13 PM PDT
you're a person after my own heart: so many wrap their personality (what it is) and, identity, into a PRODUCT, perhaps there's the origin for "Get a life....". We're hoping that tv CONTENT improves. I watch a couple of weekly futebol games, Spanish, or, English. That's IT. Be well.
Posted on Jan 9, 2012 9:53:42 AM PST
Could you tell me how does it compare with an LED model?