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About a month or so ago I bought this TV, and have been very pleased with it. For those techies among you I have included a specification of this TV and the terminals at the bottom of the review.
I bought it for £999.99 (might be cheaper now) which is a great price. Before buying I did a bit of research into the TVs in the market. For the same price, you could get a smaller, uglier TV. For the same spec, you were looking about £500 more, meaning this TV offered very good value for money.
There are a lot of televisions for sale at the moment, all of which are LCD or plasma screens offering similar resolutions and features. However, some manufacturers do not seem to realise that these large TVs are now the feature of many living rooms and therefore have to be good looking and aesthetically pleasing. This TV is exactly that the colour and shape are striking and the stand non-obtrusive.
Talking of the stand, this Samsung has a nifty stand which allows the TV to be twisted both ways without the stand moving, allowing it to rotate on its own axis.
The built in Freeview Tuner is good, but does depend on you having a strong signal, so may be no use in some areas of the country. One small and simple feature which many TVs do not offer is a clock and sleep timer this does fortunately.
From new, installation of the TV is very straight forward. The manual is clear (although I didnt use it much!). The TV installs new channels automatically meaning you can have it out of the box and watching in minutes.
The picture quality on this TV is excellent. I have my Xbox 360 plugged into it, and it really shows the games off in all its beauty. I cant say too much about the sound on this TV, as I have surround sound already, but from setting it up, it seemed clear and loud.
My only small criticism is that it has only one HDMI connector. Many new TVs come with more, and this would make it more future proof. However you can now buy HDMI splitter switch boxes from the likes of Belkin, so this shouldnt cause too much of a problem.
Overall this is a great looking television, good picture, good features and best of all comes in at a cracking price. Highly recommended.
*** SPECIFICATIONS ***
* 40" Screen Size
* Wide S-PVA XGA Panel
* Resolution 1366x768
* High Definition Ready
* Integrated Freeview Digital Tuner
* 5000:1 Contrast Ratio
* 500 cd/m2 Panel Luminance
* 8ms Moving Picture Response Time
* 178 Degree Viewing Angle
* SRS TruSurround XT
* Picture In Picture (1 Tuner)
* Viewing angle 178 degree / 178 degree
*** TERMINALS ***
* HDMI (+ DVI Audio) Component
* Scart x 2
* PC D-sub (+ Mini Stereo )
* Monitor out
Enjoy 40 inch true widescreen pictures on a product which is HD ready, featuring a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 coupled with HDMI connectivity for true replication of the HD signal. With a dynamic contrast ratio of 5000:1 the LE40R74BDX delivers unrivalled performance. Additional features such as IDTV, 1000 page text, PC connectivity, auto volume leveller and composite connections are provided as standard.