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Samsung LE40C650 review

Digital-savvy LCD TV with Freeview HD and great pictures

Our Verdict

For

  • Digital media playback
  • Depth and smooth movement
  • Colour

Against

  • 100Hz introduces flicker
  • Internet@ TV lacks must-have services
  • Average sound quality

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Like many flat TVs, this Samsung employs various sound modes from the SRS labs. Under the SRS TheaterSound banner, presets include amplify, standard and Clear Voice.

Engage 'amplify' and it seems to lessen volume and narrow the soundscape somewhat, while Clear Voice simply increases the treble levels and almost completely removes background sound. The 'standard' setting proves the best option.

It creates a reasonably wide soundstage with decent low frequency sound and some quasi-surround effects with SRS TruSurround HD switched on. If you need it, there's another dialogue push feature called SRS TruDialog, which can be engaged simultaneously, though it appears to flatten audio and undo most of the good work.

Overall sound quality on the LE40C650 is acceptable, though that's judged against other flatscreen TVs that, as a genre, don't exactly impress. Here, sound is more powerful and nuanced than usual, though a separate sound system would be preferable.

Just as the remote lacks dedicated controls for this set's many picture settings, the same applies to audio – it could definitely do with a toggle button for SRS TruSurround HD.

Good value?

Samsung has successfully augmented LCD tech to produce excellent picture quality without resorting to LED side-lighting. That helps keep the price low and has enabled Samsung to include a few nifty extras such as Internet@TV and, of course, that integrated Freeview HD tuner.

The inclusion of hi-def channels will make the LE40C650 seems a good value way of buying a bigscreen TV and perhaps ending a subscription to Sky+HD or Virgin Media V+, though to be considered a true success, Internet@TV needs to include the much-publicised app for BBC iPlayer.

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Until then, the LE40C650 remains a good value, versatile LCD TV that competes well with similar mid-range screens from the likes of Sony and Panasonic.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family650
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17.70 kg
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption134 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Height with Stand659.30 mm
Width with Stand976.20 mm
Depth with Stand255 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height614.9 mm
Width976.2 mm
Depth80.4 mm
ColourRose Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series650
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelLE40C650
Product NameLE40C650 LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberLE40C650L1WXXC
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung 650 lets you escape reality with its unbelievably vivid LCD display. The HyperReal engine enriches the sharpness and clarity, while the Wide Colour Enhancer and Ultra Clear Panel creates truly breathtaking images.

Package Contents
  • LE40C650 LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Book
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Controller
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)14.30 kg