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I purchased the Samsung LCD TV LE32R878D approx. 2-3 years ago and there has been no faults occur to date.
It is inoffensive to look at and can be wall mounted, using a specific wall mount kit (LE40R8), sold separately. The dimensions excluding the stand are 800mm by 79mm by 541mm; including the stand 800mm by 252mm by 581mm. The weight is 13kg (including the stand), and the screen will swivel up 20 degrees in either direction. The television has an integral digital receiver so you don't need a separate set top box to receive freeview digital channels. It can operate as an analogue or digital TV. The TV is HD ready, although I cannot comment on this aspect as I have yet to use it in HD.
The set up is relatively easy when you first plug it in, with 'Plug & Play' which helps you set up the digital TV channels, language required, date and time.
The Owner's Instruction Manual is comprehensive with 60 pages of operating instructions for the many features of this TV. These include a child lock which allows you to select video and audio to be muted out on the selected channel. The lock is controlled by the remote control so this must kept out of reach of the children. There are many ways of altering sound and volume, colour, picture size, picture quality, fine tuning reception. You can freeze the current picture, view Picture In Picture (PIP), and connect headphones. You can set and display the time, although if the power cord is disconnected it will lose the time and have to be reset. It has a sleep timer and a facility to set the TV to switch on and off automatically. There is a game mode, blue screen mode and home theatre PC mode. Energy saving mode adjusts the brightness of the screen which saves power but is also useful when watching TV at night as it cuts the 'dazzle' down. When in digital mode you can display the Electronic Programme Guide and information about individual programmes.
There is a parental lock facility; this feature allows you to prevent unauthorized users, eg children, from watching unsuitable programmes by a 4-digit pin code, defined by the user.
Teletext and fastext is available aswell as being able to use Anynet+ devices with the TV. It is possible to use the TV as a monitor for your computer/laptop.
The remote control is impressive as it has a number of features itself. There are Braille points (for the visually impaired) on the Power, channel, stop, play/pause and volume buttons. Also, press the 'lightbulb' button and the volume, channel and device selection buttons all light up for a few seconds which comes in useful at night or in a dark room. Another smart feature of the remote is that it has the capacity to work with DVD players, cable and set-top boxes and VCR aswell as operate the TV. After setting up the individual pieces of equipment using the control codes in the manual; all you have to do is press one button to switch from one device to another. There are many different devices listed with control codes in the manual, although the remote control may not be compatible with all DVD, VCR, cable boxes and set-top boxes.
When I first purchased this TV I was satisfied; but a few months later friends and relatives purchased LG TV's. The LG's were a better price and dramatically better picture quality. No matter how I adjust the screen or picture quality settings I cannot get as good a picture as the LG's.
Another annoyance is the miniscule control buttons on the edge of the screen. I often swivel the screen one way or another to get a better view of the screen from different areas of my sitting room. Most times I do this, I accidentally touch the control buttons and alter the channel, volume. So, if you never move/touch the TV this won't be a problem for you.
Apart from the two issues above I have no complaints about this TV. There are so many features on this TV, I would guess the average person will not need or use all of them.
I bought 2 TV's for my house recently. One for the main lounge and another for the bedroom as my old TV's were slowly giving up!
I bought a 42" Toshiba for the lounge and this 32" Samsung for the bedroom and I will be totally honest I find the Samsung to be my favourite out of the 2. The most likely reason for that will be because I use the Samsung a lot more as spend a lot of time watching the TV in bed and also play my PS3 on this TV.
The picture quality of the TV is fantastic, as with all Hi Def tv's it transforms into a different TV when you have a Hi Def source plugged into it. I use my PS3 via HDMI as a Blu Ray and Games Console and the picture is pristine and clear with the colours vibrant on screen. Although it has a screen resolution of up to 720p I have had it in 1080i and works fine, although no difference between the 720 & 1080 resolution! The sound is also fantastic, clear and loud just how I like it. You can change the settings on the tv depending on what you are using it for, i.e Games, Films, TV so the sound refelcts what you are doing.
I am in an area where I can't get Sky (stupid trees blocking the signal!), or Cable so my only life saver is Digital TV, and as this great tv comes with an in built tuner you get all the digital channels such as E4, Sky News etc. This is a nice feature as you don't need an ugly set top box to get Digital channels.
The TV itself is modern and sleek, but be warned it does give off a lot of heat when it has been on for a few hours. It acts like a little heater in the bed room and means the radioators don't have to be on full in the winter! Maybe a bonus depending on which way you look at it?! The Samsung also has a Universal Remote so you can sync it up with your DVD, Sky Box or video player, although I haven't bothered with that function. The TV quality is ok with Digital channels, and is watchable, although to get the best out of the TV you want to watch tv with Sky HD or something along the same lines. As I watch a lot of Blu Ray films using the PS3 that is when I fully make the most of this Samsung.
Hi Def TV's are always coming down in price, and this one is worth every penny. Shop around and I am sure you will get a bargain on this model.
I have always liked Samsung, and this TV just confirms why!
I was lucky enough to receive one of these for Christmas for my room.
For starters it is physically good looking, a good start.
I have my 360 attached to this TV, and playing it via HD is absolutely stunning! As has been mentioned before the 'Game Mode' really does make a difference, which to be fair I didn't think it would. There is no blur that I have noticed whilst playing games.
Which is not completely true when watching T.V.
Dont get me wrong the quality is brilliant, however I have noticed that depending on the channel and program that there can sometimes be a blur that is slightly noticeable. It doesn't effect the viewing experience a whole lot but like I said, noticeable.
I must also mention that there is sometimes lag whilst operating the T.V remote and the T.V responding to it.
There is also one other niggle. The sound quality. The sound quality, whilst watching programs isnt bad, but when listening to music via the Music Channels, my 360 and sometimes films it does sound quite 'tinny'.
To overcome this however I have just bought a £30 speaker kit and it sounds fine. Just plugged it into the Headphone Jack.
I was lucky enough to fall on just over £500 a little while ago and decided to treat myself by buying a HD ready tv for my bedroom.
As a keen gamer and owener of a Playstation 3, i wanted a television that could cope with the demands of a HD games console.
I read many good things about the way that this television handles games and i certainly wasnt dissapointed. It has a built in game mode that when activated helps to prevent any motion blurring or any other distortion that games may cause, this results in a near perfect picture when playing games.
I am also a huge movie fan and therefore was anxious to see how this television performed when viewing a movie, as the playstation 3 has a dvd upscaler built in, combined with the already superb picture of the television it produced a perfect picture.
As there is cureently only a low level of HD programming available, there is little chance to test the HD capabilites of the television. However, using the BBC HD channel, i have watched several football games and the BBC HD preview and it has shown a great picture.
The motion smeering\blurring when watching sports or other fast moving programmes is almost undetectable on HD and minimal on standard viewing.
Above all else, the TV offers excellent value for money as i fail to see how many televisions can possibly offer a better picture and\or sound, especially for the money.
If you are looking for a 32" HD television, i would strongly recommend that you consider this set as it is very capable and also very stylish with its underneath lighting up in a subtle aqua blue type colour when the set is on.
Upon purchasing this television, i would suggest googling the optimum settings for the tv picture and then through trial and error, getting the perfect picture for you. Use the advice on forums and turn the various settings on and off etc until it is perfect.
It will take some time but with a little patience, perfection can be achieved.
We bought this TV for our sitting room sometime in 2006 and it is still going perfectly! We're very impressed by the quality and some of it's features:
High definition quality
We need to purchase an HDTV box from Sky to get HD reception but when we played a few sample HD videos through the PC laptop, they played very well and the sound quality was awesome as though u were really there.
We played an F1 car racing video. The sound was much richer and clearer than normal and the video quality also had much finer detail and seemed more vibrant in colour.
It has all the features you'd expect from a modern television including menu selection, ports for consoles or DVD and more:
PC connectivity - It turns into a PC monitor for your desktop or laptop just by connecting it up. When we bought this TV it didn't come with the necessary cable but we got that from PC world. Many TV's sold nowadays come with this accessory.
Split screen - Allows you to have two output windows at the same time; one for PC or Console game and the other for TV so you can watch and listen to TV while working on your laptop even.
Note: I also own an LG HDTV monitor but it doesn't have this feature.
Very good value for money and perfect for everyone. Has a couple of extra features as mentioned above which stand out from other TV's perhaps.