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I have had this TV for about 4 years, and it has not failed me once.
The colour is excellent and has ports for HDMI and USB, and comes inbuilt with Free-view which is always useful for someone who doesn't have a cable sky or BT subscription. You turn it on, add an Ariel and you have over 50 channels.
My TV was 32" and was just the right size.
The set comes with a remote, which is where I had problems, because the remote would be unresponsive for no reason. I thought at first it would be the batteries or something so I changed them and still nothing. So eventually I bought a universal remote, which meant coughing up a little extra for something that should have come with the set working in the first place. I figured there was no use returning the set because they would send it off for repair and that seemed like an extra effort for something that could be replaced for under a tenner.
The screen quality is flawless, even when not being used for HD channels, running at 1080P viewing quality and the audio from the built in speakers made the experience even more enjoyable, coming in at 20W sound quality and Dolby MS10. A good quality buy I would say.
I bought the set in Curry's for £299 on sale. Not a bad price and I believe they are still going for near or around that price so it has a pretty consistent price all over the market.
The set has an automatic power off standby for those cuddly nights falling asleep in front of a good movie, preserving the TVs life and also helping you save electricity and for that good old piece of mind, if you have any problems with the set, the TV comes with ( depending on where bought) a 2 year warranty, but regardless of where u got it, Samsung will replace or repair or replace any set that falls below trading standards 2 year fit for use policy which is an extra bit of luck.
I would completely recommend buying one of these, because they last a long time, have excellent features and look beautiful in any family home, with a huge 32"/ or otherwise chosen diameter screen.
Again, maybe buy your own remote; however this is only my experience so it could be completely o.k for you guys, just keep an eye out :)
This TV came with the flat I have been renting for the past two years. It is wall mounted on a strong bracket but it is suitable to stand on a table with an attachment.
The TV is HD ready, although I do not have sky or anything that runs through HD so its of no use to me.
I use the TV mainly to watch things on my laptop, so I connect a VGA cable to the back of the TV (really tricky to do as the tv is against the wall and you have to reach your hand behind) and you can have your laptop content on the big screen. I also have my Wii plugged into a seperate slot and the clarity of the games graphics is just fantastic.
If you are purchasing this TV then I would recommend not getting it attached to the wall, simply because it is so hard to insert cables into the back of it. It is also very heavy as we had to remove it once for redecorating and you will need at least 2 people to install it to the wall or take it off.
The TV can be operated by 6 small buttons at the bottom right, or you can use a remote. Its easy to switch between being on the normal tv function to the pc use channel, it also has a dvd setting and others that I havent used. It has intergrated freeview if you have an aerial but we dont have one attached to the flat.
The picture quality is just excellent on every level. The sound quality is ok but nothing special, I have a speaker system plugged into my laptop. If you have surround sound then you will have a much better experience with movies.
As this tv is quite old now you can get a really good deal, its not the most up to date one but it does a really good job and has been very reliable for the two years I have been using it.
I bought this T.V. over a year ago now to replace one of the old, heavy sets as my new T.V. unit could no longer support the weight of it. After looking around for a while, I chose this one based mainly on the quality you know you're going to get from Samsung and that it was a reasonable price.
Although I don't quite understand the different specifications, my partner assured me that it was high quality, and from an everyday perspective, I have to say I agree. The picture clarity is always high and I'm happy with the sound quality, as well as it looking great!
The only niggle I have with it, is that there's only one scart socket on the back, (hence the four stars), which made it difficult to switch between a freeview plus box and the DVD player (although I realise that freeview is built on, I wanted the ability to pause and record.) However, this is easily overcome with a multi-scart adapter.
All in all, I'd say it's a really good buy, I'd definitely recommend it, and I anticipate many more years enjoying this set.
I brought this television around 4 years ago now when they very first come out, as I thought I should probably upgrade from the very chunky older televisions. I had looked around for a long time and compared different picture quality's in shops and decided this was the one for me! The general look of the tv is very sleek and modern and looks excellent in any surrounding. The picture quality is also excellent and I wasn't really sure weather HD would make any different to the actual picture quality but it really does it gives a far better colour and a more crisp picture. The general set up of the tv is very quick and simple and literally everything is colour coded which makes things far quicker and simpler! It does come with a huge manual on the different functions for the tv but with a bit of common sense you wouldn't need to sit down and waste about 50 hours reading through it all! (Even my nan can work this tv which says something as she cant even turn a computer on!) The only thing I will say is that it is quite easy to get screen burn on these televisions, I did actually pay extra for a longer guarantee and the service provided was fantastic and they came round looked at it, wrote a cheque to buy a new one and let us keep the old one!! 2 for the price of 1! All in all a great all rounder television.
Iv put up with my basic picture none HD Television from asda for years now as I only watch dvd's now and again on it and play my xbox 360 so didn't feel that hundreds of pound investment was not necessary and also naively believed HD was not much of an improvement anyway because my picture was already decent.
My uncle purchased a huge Samsung HD tele for his front room and coupled with a HD DVD player i was blown away by its amazing picture and also surprisingly its vastly improved sound. I wanted one and began looking in the shops however the prices were too high for a student and part time worker so had to give up until I was offered one for free with my phone contract.
32 inch of a beautiful television now sits proudly in my bedroom. It is really one of the most well designed tv's that I have ever seen shiny and black with a nice translucent red trim at the base stands out head and shoulders above the rest on the Curry's shop floor.
The set up was easy and it came with its own TV base that was easily attached in seconds and the tele was ready to be turned on straight out the box. Sadly a hang on the wall bracket would have been better for my room and because of the placement of the sockets for input leads being on the back of the screen my old one would not be suitable but this is just a minor niggle.
I have connected a basic TV aerial and an Xbox 360. To get the full use of the High Definition you need a HDMI cable which I had for my Xbox however didnt use it straight away. The picture for none HD devices and the TV was improved greatly anyway and then when the HDMI lead was attached the difference was better still. Watching a football match and being able to see the grass as if you were watching the match at the stadium really is brilliant.
There is as usual an encyclopaedia sized instruction guide to sift through however most of it is common sense and should be looked at only if you are looking for something more specific.
The TV has an easy navigated menu screen for set-up and changing settings and even has a menu option to give a demonstration of how to operate the television.
Its really a brilliant piece of equipment everything about it is very good I havent even made use of other opportunities that this television allows like linking my laptop to it or getting a Sky HD box but whether it is for a bedroom or a front room it will bring the best out of your equipment.
Very Happy Buyer
We baught this TV a couple of years ago for our bedroom and was delighted with it. It looks sleek and ultra modern and the functions on it are fantastic.
It has many features, such as HD ready (we use it with a HD sky box), you can plug a HDMI cable into it which can be plugged into a laptop and you can view films, family videos, you tube or even just surf the web and use the TV as a monitor.
The picture is very sharp and crystal clear definition, the audio on it is fantastic and can be turned up very high for music etc without distortion.
My only beef with this product is that it has no power of button, just one to turn it on standby- having said that the power consumption on standby is next to nothing so its not too bad.
It comes with a shiney 'piano black' surface which does need keeping on top of dust wise, but it looks the part and they do provide a free blue dust cloth to clean it with.
Overall i am very happy with my purchase, so much so infact we actually purchased the same TV in a bigger size for our living room!
I absolutely love the samsung TV range and personally think that they are they best flat screen telly's on the market at the moment. A brand new range has also just been launched that has kept the high standards of this great brand. The look is simply beautiful, they are so slick and smooth which just adds to the great picture quality that you get. The high definition revolution has really taken off now and both for television shows, although an HD source is required, and for HD gaming with consoles like the PS3 and xbox 360. When plasma and LCD televisions first started coming out they were really expensive which put many off, however in a highly competitive market you can now get really good deals on loads of these. They range from a 19inch TV which is great for a bedroom say right up to 50inch and higher which make a brilliant center piece for a lounge at home.
The classic piano black look is enough to tempt you to buy this beautiful piece of art. I was more inclined to buy Toshiba Regza, but had to bow down against my wife's wishes and ended up with this LCD TV. The picture quality was amazing, but sound quality was real down side. I can compare the sound quality with my mobile speakers. So, I ended up plugging-in my desktop PC's speaker to the LCD, thinking that I will buy good home cinema system some day. But that day has not arrived yet since I bought this TV more than a year ago.
Then suddenly this piece of art started displaying modern art with lot of cyan color noise. I contacted samsung, and they send engineers to repair the TV. They managed to mend it for time being, but it happened again after couple of months. So again engineers visited at home and this time they replaced main board circuit. I got a guarantee from them that if this happen out of 1 year warrenty, they will still repair this. But luckily this has not happened again.
Apart from those issues, I am quite happy with the TV. The user interface is lot better than my friend's Sony Bravia, so the picture quality. The remote is too long and narrow and feels bit awkward in the hand. Buttons are cluttered and too small. But this remote can be used to operate multiple devices like CD/DVD player, Home Cinema, VCR etc, which is quite useful.
The pioano black glossy border is distracting sometimes. I would suggest going for any TV with non-glossy border, as they are less intrusive
I cannot be the only person who lusted after one of these when they first came about? It has to be one of the best looking TV's in the market at any price level. I was in the que for the X-box 360 on launch day and really wanted to be able to play the games in HD and this was the set I chose for that. After over a year of trying to convince my wife it was a good idea I eventually picked one up in this Easter's sales for less than £600 and it took pride of place in my living room. It was well packaged and simple to set up with just the shiny foot to be attached with 4 screws providing a sturdy stand. The styling is great with the high quality plastics used challenging TV's of treble to price in appearance and finish. Also in the box you will find a sleek remote with batteries, instructions in a variety of languages, a quick start guide, a quality cleaning cloth to clean off the finger prints from the shiny black surfaces and warranty information. Plug the set into the ariel and switch on and the simple on screen menus guide you through set up without any problems. Once set up the set looks even better with crystal sharp pictures, a natural colour to images and although I have heard bad things about the speakers I don't find them bad although I havn't turned up the volume beyond 30. The set offers and variety of pre-set picture modes like movie, standard and dynamic which allow you to quickly switch the contrast, brightness and other image adjustments at the press of a button on the remote or by using the menus. You can of course manually adjust the image if you wish, I tend to just leave it on the movie mode at all times although I have adjusted it slightly to suit my taste. I am not convinced by the fancy sound settings that the set has, my wife thinks it makes things sound like they are being broadcast in the bathroom so I just use the standard settings here. I haven't made much use of the built in freeview as we use Sky Digital but what I have seen of the menus there seems to be some nice features, many are better than those available from Sky but thats another story. So to conclude telly watching I think this set is great with ok sound and a great picture. I am told that Samsung make screens for many of the more expensive manufacturers which I can say after experiencing it I can believe.
Now to using the Game mode through a composite connection, the real reason I bought this HD ready set. What can I say, WOW! The picture quality is fantastic and really adds to the games I have, so much I have been playing through old games just to see them in glorious HD. I also have a Wii console which I have conneced to the telly using the AV sockets on the side, a DVD via scart and the sky by scart, although the set also offers HDMI connections I do not have anything that uses this yet.
The set does get very hot whilst on so make sure its well ventilated although I'm sure they thought of this when they made it. It also has some useful buttons for the source, volume and channel on the side of the set which offer a nice alternative to the remote when you are near the set. The remote is the usual fare of some sensibly placed button and some not so that you have to look for every time you want them but otherwise its nothing to talk about.
My only problem with this set is that you can't use the Picture in Picture options unless you have the HDMI devices installed like Sky HD for example, although at least they are there for the future.
I hope you find this review useful, any comments welcome.
I am adding a comment to this review as I have just had the set changed for a newer model on warranty as the this set began to develop several dead pixels and Samsung/Comet have just decided to give me a new one although they didn't have any R74's left so I get an R87 to review now, shame I really liked this set and I'm sure this is a rare problem so I haven't changed my overall rating of this set.
Bought this TV about 4 months ago and very happy with my purchase.
Although I hope it last a good 8 years like my old televison.
The initail set-up process of the televison is very simple and only took a few minutes as it was mainly automatic.
The picture quality is very clear.
It has sufficient connections to connect my
sony playstation 2 via a component cable.
Video recoder via scart
DVD via scart
Home cinema kit via HDMI
Computer via VGA connection
What I really wanted to mention for anyone considering buying this TV is the sound is quite poor. don't get me wrong it is ok for watching soap operas, and documentries and stuff like that but when you wanna watch movies and pump up the volume the sound is very poor and gets quite annoying.
LUCKY FOR ME I HAVE A HOME CINEMA KIT
Another thing is the actual TV seems to attract alot of dust and requires a regular clean.
If your looking for a great looking stylish TV with good picture quality then this is definatly one to consider. The price has recently been dropping and you can now pick one up for around £550. However there are downsides that I will go into later.
The TV is HD Ready, integrated Freeview (log onto www.freeview.co.uk to check if you can recieve freeview), uses Samsungs SRS sound system and XT engine. In terms of connectivity is has HDMI, component, phono and 2 scarts as well as audio outputs. This is also a very easy TV to install, the first time you turn it on, the set automatically goes onto tuning itself in.
This TV is very good for using with an Xbox 360, as it also has a 'Gaming Mode' which is designed to show the fast moving images of a games console.
Despite the having good picture quality, I will say you should be careful when comparing the specifications of this TV against others, as this TV says it has a contrast ration of 5000:1, this is not a completly accurate figure, as that is taking into consideration the backlight as well as the screen. Most other TVs state the contrast ratio based only on the screen itself.
The other down side to this TV is the very poor sound quality. Due to the speakers being hidden away underneath the plastic casing along the bottom of the screen, you do get a very muffled sound no matter how much you turn it up, and the higher the volume the more distortion you get. In order to overcome this you really need to connect the TV to a Home Cinema System.
We've had this tv just over a month and spent a long time researching 32" LCD screens before actaully making the purchase.
I'm not going to go into technical details; how many HDMI sockets it has etc, but I will give you my brief opinion of it from an everyday users perspective.
The TV looks simply stunning sat in the lounge on our TV stand (it can be wall mounted too I believe). The picture is absolutely brilliant. Even from a none high definition source, the clarity and vibrance of colours is very good, and hooked up through the Xbox360, high definiation gaming is absolutely fantastic.
All in all, we are pleased with our purchase (and getting it at a good price helps, as of November 2006 picking one up sub £600 is easy) and I would recommend it to others, but I do have a couple of issues with it.
My main gripes follow;
The sound quality, I find appauling. It is very cheap and hollow sounding with way too much treble and no substance to the sound at all. Luckily we have an excellent home theatre system that we route all audio through.
The second, more minor gripe I have is that we have not found a way to turn the tv set off. The on/off button simply puts the TV onto standby, meaning to turn it off completely, we have to reach over and turn in off at the socket which is very annoying.
In summary then, if you already have or are planning to purchase a home theatre system then as long as you have your TV playing through this, you won't find the sound a problem. If not however, I would definately avoid this TV.
Got this TV As a replacement for my old 28" CRT was went.
And what i got choice this TV Is!
5000:1 Contrast Ratio (which is very hight), HD Ready through HDMI, 2 Scarts, Headphone Socket and Built in freeview. Everything i need for my TV Viewing. The sound is average, suppose it's OK, but i'll stick with using my Surround sound...
Value for money: 5/5
Overall a nice TV for lounge or any were you want to put it.
This one is even better than 26 inch. Here you can get better view angle - about 178 degrees, better Dynamic Contrast Rate - about 5000:1 !!! (It`s maybe the best Contrast rate in this class) 2 HDMI inputs gives you possibility to connect your digital sattelite reciever and your home theater reciever together with your TV. And if you do that, you will understand what mean "Quality Home Cinema". But there is something that you should know - if you want quality sound do not trust to the TV`s speakers. There are 2 speakers but works good only for speak, not for music or dvds. And when i`m saying low price i`m compare it with SONY BRAVIA because the LCD panel is the same one!!!
The HD ready Samsung LE32R74BDX arrives in a beautiful black design and has an integrated digital tuner for access to free to air channels. It features an impressive 5000:1 contrast ratio and a 1366 x 768 resolution for a richly detailed picture. Samsung?s unique Digital Natural Image Engine further enhances colour, contrast, motion and clarity within the picture.