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Samsung WS 32A116D - 32" PLANO CRT TV - 100Hz - widescreen

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      31.08.2010 00:01
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      Worked well and was a bargain

      The Samsung WS-32A116D was our main tv for several years. We bought it when it was on an amazing promotion, where by it was reduced to £89. At the time that was a really good price. It was a 32 inch CRT tv which had a good looking modern and minimal appearance when you looked at it head on.

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      At the time when we purchased the Samsung WS-32A116D we were very happy with the bargain price we paid, though it did take some time to work out how to fit the enormous box which protected it into the boot of the car.

      Once out of the box the Samsung WS-32A116D looked very nice when we compared it to the old matt black Bush CRT tv we were replacing. The screen on the Samsung WS-32A116D had a good flat look to it and was enclosed by a very nice silver toned surround. The speakers for the tv were set at each side of the surround and this made for a nice neat looking finish.

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      The picture display on the flat glass screen gave a nice clear effect, it was much better than the previous tv we had and at 32 inches in size, it was also much larger. The fact that this was a wide screen tv was something that we were amazed with, as we managed to get the Samsung WS-32A116D for such a cheap price.

      The main fault we found with the Samsung WS-32A116D was due to the large amount of space it took up on the tv cabinet. This was mostly down to the rear of the tv, with all its bulky bits and pieces that were needed in order to make the tv function. Whilst the front of the tv looked sleek and modern, its J Lo rear seriously let it down. It was a magnet for dust and rather difficult to get behind to clean properly.

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      We had the Samsung WS-32A116D for 4 years before it started to play up and we thought we had gotten very good value for money with the purchase. After all at a total cost of just £89, 4 years viewing worked out at just £22.25 per year. That was incredibly cheap for a 32 inch tv, even if it was a CRT model.

      The Samsung WS-32A116D had teletext which was very handy as you could check news and weather and see what was listed as being on tv that night. The stereo sound was rather good at the time, although it wasn't up to the standards of the sounds we get from the surround sound set we run with our current tv. There was a built in digital tuner which we found very handy when setting everything up. The tv was a 100 hertz model which was an improvement over our last tv too.

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      The tv worked very well without any problems until the colours went without warning. The problems we had were with the colour tube, which seemed to almost over night turn everything a bewitching shade of vivid green or stormy purple. One minute the tv was fine, the next after a loud pop, the centre of the screen had a kind of large star burst flash of the two colours, right in the centre of the picture.

      After half an hour or so the star burst softened and then the whole screen was just a riot of silly colours. The effect was rather fun at the time as Jeremy Clarkson and his lads were on tv at the time, so we watched Top Gear in mad shades were J C had a green face and James May appeared in a fine shade of purple. We did keep the tv working like this for a week or so before we decided it was time to look for a replacement mostly for comedy value.

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      The overall size of the tv was 910 cms wide, 555 cms high and 600 cms deep. The viewable screen size was 32 inches. The viewable screen format was 16:9 or 14:9. The tv had Virtual Dolby sound with audio leveller. There were 2 x 10 watt speakers. The tv had integrated digital terrestrial tuners and you could view more than 30 additional channels.

      The tv also came with a remote control that worked well enough and there was a sleep timer facility although we didn't use it. There was a rear RF connector and a headphone jack. The whole thing was a heavy beastie and weighed in at over 55 kg, so it wasn't something you could easily move about.

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      To give the Samsung WS-32A116D a rating I feel it ought to get 4 stars. It was something we bought very cheaply that lasted for a full 4 years. It had a few useful features and was modern looking at the time of purchase. The picture quality was rather good and the sound was decent enough too. For £89, I feel we had a good deal and you cannot ask for more than that really.

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    Samsung has built a stellar reputation in the fine art of television manufacturing. Besides offering an incredible amount of value, the product itself easily competes head on with similar products costing hundreds of dollars more. How? Simple. Being one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world has its benefits. Utilizing a high percentage of Samsung's own parts allows it to focus the attention on high quality throughout the design. Result? A world-class product that truly dazzles the eye.