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I must admit, looking around the house right now, I'm actually surprised at how many old TVs we've gone through. It seems to be a tradition now that when the new Living Room TV is bought, the old one gets shunted into the parents' bedroom and their old TV ends up in mine. While my current TV is still working very well (a Toshiba) and handles all my new consoles and gadgets it is about 14 years old! The newest TV we've got is this lovely Samsung which we bought from Comet not that long ago!
Well where to start with this TV? How about size? As stated above the TV size is 23" which offers astounding quality to the viewer, especially when watching on HD channels which the TV is capable of. I first noticed the high quality difference compared to the older TVs when watching a game of darts and being able to see all of the dart holes in the board in astounding quality! The game just looked beautiful on screen and actually did it more justice than it probably deserved! As it's a flat screen TV, it's relatively easy to place in your living room compared to my old Toshiba which is stretches for about two miles behind the screen! It's also possible to hang on the wall if you buy wall holders which are not provided. My Aunt has used this for a different model and it does work well, especially if you have a cramped living room.
Behind the TV, I have to say I am not the expert - I look for just one thing personally and that's the Scart sockets. There's no shortage of them here so connecting up Freeview boxes or videogames consoles are a doddle as they are easy to reach and fit in. Unlike my old Toshiba!
What I have to say though is that for all this luxury and convenience there is one overriding issue that might stop many potential buyers from purchasing this in their local electronics store. Ours cost not far off £800! For this size of TV, you can get models from other companies which are far cheaper than this model. Maybe we just bought ours at the wrong place but you might want to shop around for the best deal rather than just buy it at base value. Although they say that you get what you pay for, I think that this Samsung is just too expensive for its own good.
At the end of the day, this Samsung is an incredibly high quality TV that while a little too expensive for its price is capable of delivering TV to your home in astronomical HD beauty; better than most other HDs I've seen. If you can afford it and see one around, this wouldn't be a bad purchase at all!
I write this review not to tell you how great this telly is and it is, also to tell you about what I think they could have done better. You can google the specs but at the end of the day, if you can't have a trial run you will have to rely on reviews and your gut!
Choosing a TV is an investment. I picked this one because of the price point £349 but I think you can get it cheaper now. Bought it for my bedroom, 32" is large enough to appreciate but not outrageous enough to upset any partner. I use the stand rather than a wall mounted bracket just because it's easier.
So 1080 vs 720... I thought this was not relevant in a cosy environment in my room but hindsight and all of that; given that price of 1080p's are dropping, invest in one. If you like me have a blu ray player (PS3) and a HD box (V+) I want a 1080p now :(
The TV is great don't get me wrong but with 720, I am finding myself wandering if it could be better.
A huge bug bear is the slow scroll through inputs. It takes ages to get to PC (SVGA) input. If you have a PC plugged into it, this is an annoyance; maybe a personal one but still an annoyance. It takes four very slow clicks of the remote to get to PC. Why didn't they have a button that got to it with one click in the first place!
I hope you found my review useful, I could have used it when I was about to purchase this TV.
The Samsung 32" HD Ready LCD TV (LE32A457) is a high performance model in their 4th series of televisions. Even though Samsung have already advanced to their 9th series they show their dedication to providing the best products and understanding of the industry by updating hardware in older models, making them suitable for today's market. So without further adieu let's see what this television has to offer.
First and foremost Style, the LE32A457 is definitely one of the sexiest 32" TVs on the market. The curved edges really add to the modern feel of the TV, and with a glossy black finish it will fit into any room's setup, perfectly matching other household devices such as the PS3. To finish it off Samsung have added a clear plastic lip at the bottom of the device, although this has to practical use it certainly gives the TV a sense of elegance.
Accessories are definitely a strong point for the LE32A457, Samsung have included various "freebies" that just add to the value for money of this model. Included in the box you'll find a stand for the TV if you prefer not to wall mount it, and if you do there's a cover that you can insert to hide the gap where the stand inserts. There's also the power cable, a cleaning cloth to keep your TV looking great and one of the best included remote controls I have ever seen. It's styled into a pebble like shape, tapered at the edges, has a really neat layout of all the necessary buttons and features the same glossy black finish to match the TV. You'll also get a free pair of AAA batteries to power your remote.
Most importantly though is Features, as with most commercial TVs nowadays the LE32A457 includes integrated Freeview and has a widescreen flat panel display. Unlike TVs of the same price range however, Samsung have upgraded the display from the original 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with a 720p output, to an amazing 30,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with a 1080p output! Some additional features that you'll find are various sleep, clock and on/off timers, making the model even more energy efficient. There are also tonnes of automatic processes such as auto setup, auto power off, auto volume leveller etc, which add to the devices ease of use. Furthermore this model also features interactive (red button) and Teletext at level 1.5 (also known as Digital Teletext) which is great for getting information on channels, weather, transport and more, in a much clearer format with pictures and video. As mentioned before the TV is wall mount compatible or can be used with the advanced swivel stand which can rotate the TV about 45° in each direction (about 90° in total).
The TV's Sound system is also great quality; integrating SRS Trusurround the system provides clear, crisp and rich sound without the need for an external surround sound system. Volume control ranges between 0-100 with a considerable difference on each level, during my personal use I've never found the need to go over 25, but I would say the average viewing volume level would be about 15.
There are plenty of Inputs for the Television; inputs can be found in a well organised fashion on either the back or side of the TV for easy access. On the side (a level back from the source, volume up/down, channel up/down, menu and exit buttons) you'll find 1 HDMI input along with a composite (AV) input, S-video input and headphone socket. Then on the back you'll also find a Component input, RF input, optical sound out, aerial input, PC input, 2 SCART sockets and another 2 HDMI inputs, so with the LE32A457 you'll never run out of ways to connect your various devices.
Finally there's Value for money, buying this TV in the Christmas/January sales I got it for £297 from the original R.R.P of £499. Post-sale it has gone up to £379 which in my opinion is still a great price. With all the features, accessories and general satisfaction you'll get, £300-£400 is a fair price to pay for this TV. As I was originally considering buying a cheap brand TV (Vistron) for about the same price, I'm glad I waited till after Christmas as this deal was unbeatable.
So Overall, the LE32A457 is an amazing television and you definitely won't regret purchasing it. The only critiques I can find with this device are the occasional lagging menu and the heat emitted from the system. Menus can easily be fixed in a software update (Yes, TV's do get firmware updates!) and overheating can easily be avoided by leaving enough room between the TV and the wall, so if you can avoid wall-mounting then use the stand. This really is a superb TV so don't be attracted by the low cost TVs such as the Vistron Sense range, although they use the same panels as Samsung the displays have terrible ratios (as little as 500:1!) I think Samsung have proven that it's better to spend an extra £50 to get a TV with far better specifications.
I would HIGHLY recommend this television to anyone looking for a new TV; it will suit any room or household purpose, so try and get one! You probably won't find it for the sale price, but look around hard enough and I'm sure you'll pick up a great deal!
I bought this TV just under 2 years ago and I have found it to be extremely reliable with a fantastic picture. The size of the screen is what makes viewing an amazing. If you go from a tiny old TV like I did to this you will be blown away. You won't be able to take your eyes off it. Even the adverts become mesmorizing!
Saying that though one of my friends recently bought the same Tv and found it to be faulty. They replaced it and then the new one had another kind of fault. I think the 3rd one they have given him is working fine.
The Tv comes with a control panel on the side that is subtle but ergonomic in its design. The black stand and frame of the TV is very stylish and modern looking. The base allows it also to rotate from left to right
First off what a lovely TV this is even if it is only series 4 of the samsung LCD TV panel range - and what a bargain sub £300 at some outlets - it also comes in White which is great for modern homes and bedrooms
OK review time We purchased the Samsung LE32A457 32" HD Ready LCD TV having had a pretty bad experience after purchasing An HD Ready TV from a local source. We had nothing but trouble trying to install it and every time we phoned their help line we got a different excuse every time. Firstly we were told we required a booster, which made no difference, then we were told that it was the ariel. We paid to have all this checked by an engineer and he said that he could not find any fault in these items and that it was the TV that was at fault. We returned it to the store who said they have not heard of any faults. On Amazon we found a terrific selection of TV's and purchased the Samsung, plugged it in and hey presto off it went searching for free to air channels and has been a great performer since. The picture is very good especially if you plug in a dvd upscaling player with HDMI leads - WOW WOW WOW what a picture and the sound is impressive too at 6 out of 10
I purchased the Samsung LE32A457 in January, and have been impressed. It came with a 5 year warranty and despite falling above my budget this flat panel TV from Samsung has revealed some surprisingly high end features.
I found the TV to be very easy to set up. I would also like to mention that to get the best from this Samsung model you do have to tweak some of the default settings. The picture quality of TV is impressing; with minimum use of the volume bar the sound clarity is just perfect.
So far in my opinion this LCD TV is one of the out there, the picture quality along with its clear excellent sound quality makes it amongst the best LCD TVs in the market. I have the TV in my front room and it looks fantastic, with it's elegant style and I have it wall mounted which looks the part. I usually let my bf do all the drilling and handy work around the house but surprisingly I wall mounted the TV myself =], the instructions are really easy to follow.
The Samsung LE32A457 is excellent value for money unlike some of the other TVs out there. I bought mine for £430 which is a bargain. I am totally in love with this TV but Seriously if you are planning on buying a TV, I would highly recommend this.
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Spec is at the bottom of this review for those who like to get technical. For those who don't here is my personal review!
I spent ages looking for a good value LCD television (it would seem that LCD and Plasma are all you can get nowadays anyway!). I settled on a 32" screen as this seemed to give the best mix between a big screen experience and not being completely daft in the context of our average sized living room! (For those wondering yes its absolutely perfect, going for a 42" or bigger would have just been ridiculous).
Budget was also a major factor as we didn't want to spend over £350 due to having many small children and banging wooden toys on any available flat surface and fragile LCD screens do not mix!
The first thing that struck me about the Samsung was how stylish it was compared to the other tv's in its price range. It has a very attractive gloss back surround to the LCD thats subtle without appearing tacky as some plastics seem to be.
The TV itself is very light and you can also wall mount this if you like.
On getting it home it was reasonably packaged though I wouldn't have wanted to have trusted having it sent via courier (be warned anyone looking to buy an LCD tv by mail order as the packaging on my tv would NOT have protected the screen from any damage from a sideways impact, ie, something in the back of a transit sliding around and bashing into it).
The TV itself slotted on easily to the stand and the 'Quick Start' function on the TV itself was great if you're too impatient to read the manual.
Reading the manual though is a good idea! The menus although easy to set up from scratch do need a little figuring out if you want to start using some of the more advanced programming features like full menus, favourites, programming schedule in advance that sort of stuff.
The autotuning function is great for both analugue and digital signals and the TV seperates these functions into 2 distinct menus
The picture itself is absolutely fantastic. Obviously its not 1080 quality but if you'd wanted that you'd have bought one! The skin colour on some people sometimes is a little harsh but otherwise quality is brilliant. Watching fast action movies and sports does create that 'blur' that you get sometimes with LCD's but its nowhere near as bad as the majority I have seen. The depth of black is good with this TV too and not the blurry faded grey you get on a lot of sets.
If I was to find a negative the sound quality lacks a bit of depth for those action movies but if you'd play these through a DVD system anyway.
So if you're on a budget and looking for a good quality picture from a reliable brand you're not going to go far wrong with this.
Television Picture Quality.
High Definition Ready.
Integrated digital (freeview).
32in (81.3cm) widescreen TV with 81.3cm visible screen size.
Resolution 1366 x 768.
Contrast ratio 10000:1.
3 HDMI socket.
2 SCART sockets.
Component video socket.
Rear AV socket.
2 x 10w RMS power output.
Digital audio broadcasting (DAB).
Digital video broadcasting (DVB) subtitles available.
Auto scan for new channels.
Now and Next electronic programme guide.
Electronic programme guide.
Auto search tuner.
Auto search sorting.
Auto search labelling.
Remote control requires 2 x AAA batteries supplied.
230v AC mains operated.
Size of TV (H)52.6, (W)80, (D)9.7cms.
Size of TV and stand (H)57.7, (W)80, (D)25.2cms.
Weight of TV 11.4kg.
Weight of TV and stand 13.1kg.
Suitable for wall mounting (brackets not supplied).
When buying my new lcd tv i was tempted to go for a cheaper brand. after searching the web for a while i found that although this tv was slightly more expensive it was getting far better reviews than any of the others i was looking at. eventually I forked out the extra cash and i certainly haven't regreted it.
I have had the tv for a few months now and am still very happy with it. The sleek design will look good in any living room, the sound is great for standard speakers (but obviously much better with the surround sound hooked up) and the picture is better than perfect if set up correctly (with HD sorted out and some decent connection cables).
Oh and don't forget to buy a pc cable and connet your computer to it. theres nothing like a 32" monitor to write your reviews on.
We bought this TV from John Lewis and had it price matched for £350. Not bad considering all TV's from John Lewis come with a free 5 year guarantee!
The first thing to talk about with this television is how it looks. It has a very shiney, sleek design which would fit in well with most rooms. It is mainly black, with a clear curved bottom to it and it sits on an oval shaped black stand. All of the speakers, input sockets and buttons are hidden away behind the TV, leaving nice sleek lines and a beautiful finish.
Setting up the TV was very easy, we simply plugged it in, set it to scan and off it went. It took a few turns to get all of the freeview channels but that is probably due to our dodgy aerial rather than the TV itself. Once the channels were found, it was done and we were ready to go.
The picture is great on this TV. Although it is HD ready, we don't have sky or cable so can't watch things in HD. However, even without the HD, it looks great. It is a lot crisper, sharper and brighter than our previous TV and I am always shocked when I go to my parents and see how dull their picture is in comparison.
The sound is great too, unlike many televisions, you don't need to have the volume right up to be able to hear things clearly. It has great bass for listening to music on the music channels and watching movies on it always sounds great too. We do not have any additional sound system or anything, it is fine as it is.
We also use this TV for playing on the xbox 360 and comparing it with our old TV, well there is just no comparison. Again, the image is crisp and sharp and although our xbox 360 does not have an HD port, my brother has the same TV and uses it with an HD xbox 360 and the image is stunning!! It makes a great deal of difference and it is hard to imagine how it could have looked any better.
I'm not very techy so don't know what all the input and output ports are but there are 2 scart sockets, 2 hdmi sockets and various others for video and audio. Basically, I can't imagine that many people would have more things to plug in than his has space for!
With regards to features, e.g. changing the sound and picture etc, to be honest this isn't something I bother with so can't comment. I know it has different sound options and you can fiddle about with the picture till the cows come home but honestly, there's no need. After setting up, it looks just fine!
The only slight niggle I have with this TV is that it takes a while for the channel to change when you press up or down on the remote. Obviously it isn't a huge deal, just a bit annoying sometimes as you can end up skipping past the channel you wanted! Then again, I am uber impatient and we're talking a second or two delay, no longer.
We haven't had this for long so can't comment too much on reliability but we've had no problems yet and we're very happy with out purchase.
This black svelte, swish, state of the art television has enhanced our entertainment experience no end. No longer the big heavy antiquated monster with four channels, we now have a plethora of viewing delights at our fingertips. Oh how our evening have changed, we now dine with BBC, ITV2 and More 4. Sadly we used to eat at the table but this new television means tv dinners 7 days a week.
Aesthetically it's an attractive piece suitable for the modern home and the range of tv delights is considerable. However, ease of access and general use is somewhat laggy and frustrating as the signal invariably goes at the crucial moment when the winner of X Factor is about to be revealed.
The instructions are completely incomprehensible although once mastered there is a lot to offer the viewer. Recording programmes can be done at the touch of a button and there is a way of cataloguing all that you've recorded so that you can return to it at a later date.
In terms of value for money, the product was purchased before the credit crunch, which means that its current value is far lower. We should have waited to purchase it but at the time it was a worthwhile investment at approximately £400. It will remain in our home for a long time, and I have no doubts that it will keep its style.
Having owned this TV for around 2 months I am still very impressed. The TV has a good selection of inputs considering how cheap it is. I currently use the tv for tv, xbox 360 and PS3. The built in freeview I am unable to comment on as I am not able to receive a freeview signal in my area. I am therefore using it just with a normal aerial and it looks ok. It doesn't look amazing but is easily watchable. As far as the 360 and PS3 are concerned though this TV is amazing! I have yet to really play around with the settings but it gives a bright and sharp display. I have tried on Casino Royale on Blu Ray but it did look fantastic. The PS3 when first connected to the TV also automatically switched to a 1080p signal, which I continue to use and it looks very nice. Gran Turismo looks amazing.
Overall this TV is certainly worth the £380 I paid for it and I am extremely pleased with my purchase. One feature I do love is the fact that you can use it as an alarm and set the time for the TV to come on and off and even the volume that it switches on at to make it nice and loud to wake me up for work! However the only annoying thing with this is that you cant choose the channel to wake up to so do have to be a bit careful not to leave it on channel 4 and wake up to kids TV!