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We bought this tv when we moved into our new house... it was on special offer at a mobile phone shop. it is the first tv I bought and I am not great with technology (so please forgive the termanology). the instructions on how to operate the tv are excellent and the built in options for the various settings for the tv are really easy to follow. we have had the tv for about 14 months and it is excellent. the only downside to the tv i would say is the quality of the colour red for example - someone a tv programme was wearing a bright red coat and the colour seemed to be a bit distorted. i have heard this is a problem on a lot of televisions and tit was easily and quickly resolved by using a hdmi lead connecting the tv to the sky/freeview box. since we have done this the colour red is now radient!
**Time for a new TV but don't know where to start? **
This was me a while ago! Confused much! Fortunately for me, my other half is very clued up on TV technology, but it's very often not the case that there is going to be somebody around to help you - hence my review.
**Let's do this Step by Step**
Firstly, I guess you have a general idea of the type of TV that you'd like and that's why you've found yourself here. That's a start! You're probably less certain of the make, model and features you're looking for.
Samsung - Very renowned for their high quality products within the television market. They are very consistent in producing high quality sets and are definitely a reliable manufacturer with good customer service over the telephone, I might add (have had to use this several times)
**Design and Size**
This LE40C530 model is a pretty sleek style flat screen television, generous in size at 40 inches. I would say that it's designed more as a focal point for within a living room rather than a bedroom, although it can be used in either room. It is glossy black in colour so looks quite classy. The base of the TV is quite wide which means it's not easily knocked over by just walking past or something. There are some controls on the TV that are touch screen on the side of the screen.
This TV offers full HD (High Definition) sharp, detailed, bright and vibrant colours. The resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels. The picture really is crystal clear and the colours and depth leap out towards you. When we turned this TV on we were delighted to find NO dead pixels, which is good as some manufacturers might still allow for a minimal number of dead pixels per square inch.
Sound is more than adequate. There is an equaliser to adjust sounds to your liking. I have noticed that if the sound is turned up towards full blast, the sound starts to become distorted because speakers can't handle the power the TV produces. This isn't a problem though as we never need to turn the sound up that high and if you want awesome sound to go with your HD movies, simply connect up to an external sound system and there you go... The audio power is two 10w speakers and mono/stereo. Sound is 2.0 + digital One, Dolby digital plus and Dolby pulse. The speakers are down firing.
3 x HDMI
1 X Component in
1X Composite out
1X Digital Audio Out
1X PC in
1X CI Slot
1X DVI Audio in Minijack
1X PC Audio in MiniJack
1X RF in
Confused? Don't be. I've only included this information for those looking for certain functions. Basically there are ample enough connections to be able to plug in various pieces of equipment be it for game machines, cameras etc.
Included with the TV is a remote control with batteries, Instruction manual and power cable.
Other features on the TV include, Teletext, Auto channel search, auto power off, auto volume leveller, subtitles, Clock on and off timer, Game mode, sleep timer, Digital noise filter, Picture in Picture, Channel list, USB, connect share movie.
Set up of this TV was simple and easy. I was most pleased that even I could do it! It was just a case of plugging everything in and there was no need to use a scart because the red, yellow and white (audio/video) holes made the connections easier to understand.
**Is this TV suitable for us? **
I would say that if you would like your TV to support multiple device inputs, e.g. home media, games consoles and high definition audio outputs, this is a good TV to consider. The other good thing about this TV is that it supports full 1080p High Definition which quality is starting to become standard throughout today's industry.
**My Favourite features**
**Camera use** - Plug your camera into the TV via USB and you can view your pictures on a 40 inch screen! Although depending on the native resolution of the pictures, some slight pixilation may occur.
**Gaming** - The gaming experience on this TV is amazing. Sounds are explosive; the pictures sharp and because the screen is big enough you don't have to sit too close! Please keep in mind the optimal viewing distance; a big screen is nice but if you sit too close the picture may appear a little pixelated.
Collects dust quickly! It need not be expensive to keep clean but if you have read any of my other reviews - Tesco Baby wipes, at just 0.18p a packet do the job for us. Do NOT use on the screen though.
The touch sensitive pads (control buttons on the screen) don't light up, making them difficult to see at a distance. It's not a problem really as I use the remote anyway.
Curious toddlers! As with any flat screen, exploring toddlers at some stage will have a go at trying to swivel the TV around, or at worst, bash into the TV stand! Make sure your TV is properly secure.
The Sam sung LE-40c530 is a high quality TV that gives maximum satisfaction. I bought this TV because of its numerous quality features.
Let me start by mentioning the 3 HDMI connection(s).These has enabled me to plug in my Home Cinema and DVD Recorder for maximum enjoyment. However you will need HDMI connection to watch programs like playstation3 or blue-ray player.
The TV also has 1 USB Connection that allows me to display my photos and watch my video files on the TV screen with superior picture quality .This same screen can also be used as a TV monitor.
With the built-in Free view, there were no dull moments for me during my leisure time. Because I am able to watch up to 40 digital Free view TV channels without any monthly contractual subscription.
And any time I experienced poor signals and the picture quality is less than expected,the unwanted analog noise is greatly reduced by the built-in digital noise filter.
I must add that setting up the features on the TV as well as the menu navigation is fast and easy. The picture quality is unbelievably superb considering the size; this is due to its picture enhancement technology.
The only challenge I have is setting up the TV stand, probably because I didn't study the instruction well enough.
In all,The Sam sung LE-40C530 offers superior value for money spent. It is highly recommended for every home.
The Samsung LE-40C530 is a very good TV and would recommend it especially for families who need their TV to support multiple device inputs, such as games consoles, computers, home media centres, high definition audio outputs, USB connections and much more.
It supports full 1080p HD which is definitely an investment in the future as technology grows faster and such qualities are becoming "standard" throughout the industry. It has an amazing colour variety as it seems very vibrant and really brings out everything in the films and television you watch.
When watching Sports in HD, I find no motion blur or any other performance issues on my side and allows me to watch my favourite games without small annoyances. It's built in control panel is extremely easy to configure and use when it needs to be compatible with other devices. Overall, very good value for money and I would recommend it for functionality and quality.
This television is one of the best you can buy at the moment and its price is spectacular.
Its full hd and has 3x hdmi ports. The video on this television is the best you will ever experience you can even see all the little details on peoples faces with ease. This television is the future. It looks best when it is mounted on the wall as the stand doesn't allow the tv to swivel easily. I wouldnt recommend this television for people who live in small flats as getting to the ports at the back can be quite tricky in a small environment. But overall this is the best television i have ever had and would recommend it to anyone looking for a televion with a great picture. Its good for playing games on it with your ps3, just watching tv or watching High Definition movies. I know you will like this television so just buy it already xD.
I got this television a few months ago and it still works with no problems, can't remember which shop i bought it from though but it was around £400. The sound is great... even on the low volumes e.g. 20 it is fairly loud unlike my old televison which even on 100 it was quiet.
I was pleased when my parents recently bought me one of these for my new flat for Christmas. I've been so used to the a tiny little box TV so watching one of these is like magic! The screen at 40" is on the big side and the graphics are excellent quality, I don't know much about technicalities as far as pixels are concerned, but I can tell you that the display quality is excellent. It is so clear and easy on the eye to watch. The TV has controls along the side, which are pretty much invisible but they have signs on them that are slightly raised - they can be difficult to use but it doesn't really matter as you have the remote.
Mine came with freeview, which I imagine is standard with all of them, which is a good alternative to paying for Sky as you get a lot more channels than just BBC1, 2 ITV 3 and Channel 4 and 5 such as E4 and ITV2 which both show good programs.
I think my parents paid in the region of £400 for this TV which I'd say is worth it. I found it really easy to set up as the instructions are really clear. It has quite a complex remote which I am yet to experiment with.. It has the option to flick through channels (of course) and look at menu of current programs, similar to what you get on Sky, but its a good way to plan what you're going to watch!
I'm really pleased with my TV and I think it deserves its somewhat hefty price tag (although not so hefty compared to some of those HD 3D ones!). Talking of HD, that would be a great benefit to compliment the large screen!
I bought this tv on Friday after reading the reviews. I have to say I cannot believe how good this tv is for the money paid £399 . The tv itself looks stylish with sleek black high polished finish. The stand was easy to put together and alows the tv to swivel which makes it easy to see wherever you are in the room Setting up was easy , even for us and we are not technically minded at all , it was all auto set up. The picture is sharp the colours are excellent. The quality of sound is good but feel it could be better. Remote supplied is very easy to use and was easily tuned into our sky plus If I had to give one negative, it would be the dust ! All tv's attract dust but with the shiny finish it shows up more. I would highly recommend this tv for value for money.
The family tv in the lounge had been playing up for about a month, turning itself off, volume becoming low and almost inaudible, picture freezing and blurring, black streaks across the picture...The problems were becoming endless and inicreasingly annoying. It got to the point where my dad had finally had enough and demanded we got a new tv. Not a big, bulky one like we use to own, but our first flat screen.
We bought it from Currys, it was around 470 GBP. I've seen it at Currys for 449 GBP now though, it might have decreased again by the time you've read my review and decided to buy it. What made us choose this tv rather than any other of the same size, was the picture quality; there was a notable difference, which screamed out "I'm the best tv here," and this was ultimately the deciding factor. The price was reasonable too, all of the 40" televisions were around the 400 - 500 GBP range, but price didn't really matter to us - we were only concerned about which tv would help us get the best out of our favourite programs. The Samsung LE-40C530 is that tv...
We decided to take the tv home ourselves that day, rather than wait for delivery. As soon as we got home we placed our new purchase next to our old television. It was like placing a feather next to a brick! Not only was my dad able to carry it on his own, but he actually found it easy to do so! The thickness of the old tv was about ten times the thickness of the new Samsung, no exaggeration there by the way. The Samsung stood taller, prouder than the previous, as it has a small stnad attached to it. The size was also a massive difference, from 28" to 40", we were elated!
We bought a new cabinet/stand while we were at Currys too, there was an offer on if you bought a 40" tv, so we thought we'd go for it... So when we'd swapped the old cabinet and tv for the new ones, me and my dad then started the setting up process. It was quite easy I found, I peeled off the screen protector revealing a gleaming, spotless tv screen. I plugged the mains into the socket, then plugged the DVD player, set top box, video player and Nintendo Wii into the tv. Voila
The tv looks sleek and modern, you could say it's fashionable. It goes with any colour scheme in a lounge or bedroom, it's a thick, glossy black. I'm not entirely sure about the material around the screen but it looks like glass to me. What's good is that reflections aren't a problem, they're hardly noticable. The control buttons on the side aren't really buttons at all. They're touch-sensitive pads as I like to think, or "Invisi-pads" as I've labelled them. They don't light up and even when you get up-close to them they're hardly visible. Which is especially bad for my parents as they both need glasses to see as it is! But it's not a big problem, it's quite easy to remember where the essential invisi-pads are once you've found them the first time. Anyway, I tend to use the tv remote rather than the controls on the side of the tv (-because I'm lazy and can never be bothered walking a whole 4 steps from the sofa to the tv).
The picture's the best, most vibrant I've seen; sharp, detailed and bright aswell. I don't know how my family's managed to watch television for years and years on the previous tv's we've had. The sound's great quality too, there are never any problems, such as the crackling and muffling of our old tv. 100% problem free! This means that watching tv, listening to the radio and gaming are all better than ever with the Samsung. An added health benefit of the big screen is that you don't have to sit as close to the screen - decreasing risks of headaches and eye strain.
There's a picture viewing feature, you just plug your camera into the tv via USB, and then you can browse through all of your photos on a 40" screen! You can play games on it too, I've got a Wii and a PS2, I've used both on the tv, via AV cable. All you have to do is press the source button on the remote and pick AV and then you're ready to play, it's effortless. The gaming experience on this tv is amazing, the picture's so sharp and the sounds are great, explosive.
I've had the tv over a year and as I said above, there have been no problems at all. It's worth the money, you pay for the quality, consistency and reliability that you get from this tv. It's a sleek, relatively light tv for it's size, with a stylish glossy black finish which is cleaned and dusted easily.
Screen Format: 16:9
Screen size: 40"
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Pixels
Audio Power: Two 10W Speakers
Mono/Stereo Sound: dts 2.0+Digital Out, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Speakers: Down firing stereo speakers
3 x HDMI
1 x USB
1 x Component In
1 x Composite In
1 x Digital Audio Out
1 x PC In
1 x CI Slot
1 x SCART
1 x RF in
1 x Headphone
1 x PC Audio In Mini Jack
1 x DVI Audio In Mini Jack
Tuner: DVB-T Digital Freeview tuner, MPEG4
Connect ShareTM Movie
Channel List USB-Clone
Auto Channel Search
Auto Power Off
Auto Volume Leveller
Clock & On/Off Timer
Digital Noise Filter
Accessories supplied (may depend on where you buy your television):
Internal menu languages: 25 European languages
With stand (mm):
Without stand (mm):
Weight with stand: 17.4 kg
Weight without stand: 14.5 kg
I previously owned a flat screen LCD TV. It was about 3 years old and I wasn't fussed on getting a new one. I didn't see the point - with the whole, if it wasn't broken why replace it. Anyway my partner keep going on about it and slowly got me involved in choosing a TV.
We both had our own ideas on what we wanted out of a TV. My partner wanted it to be a certain size, had to be HD, not just HD ready.
Me, all I wanted was a TV with the capability of being able to play DivX files. After reading about modern TV's I found out that some of them had this built in, so this I really wanted, rather than playing these files on my little player, which half the time didnt work anyway.
The picture is great. I was always one to think it doesn't really matter anyway, but when you have a TV that gives such a good picture you can't help but comment about it.
When playing DivX files, you can really tell the difference on the picture quality. As apposed to playing them on a laptop with a normal screen. I was really impressed with this.
The quality of the picture when playing on PS3, is brilliant. Even on older games where the games don't have the capability of 1080p, you can see the difference in the picture.
The one thing negative I have to say about the TV is turning it off. Before I would usually turn a TV off at the plug, but if you do that with this TV it resets the date and time, so when you go to use the TV Guide, you can't because you have to put the date and time information in again. If you turn the TV off on the power button on the remote, its fine, no data is reset. This last paragraph maybe my misunderstanding of the power button though. Because I don't know if the power button is turning it on stand-by or turning it off then I don't really think I can make too much of a comment about this because I do not fully understand. Just to note, there is no red light on when using the power button on the remote, so it could well be off.
I would definitely recommend this TV to a friend.
The price is great, you would expect to pay more for a TV that can do all this one can do.
After reading a great review over at http://le40c530.org , I decided to purchase the LE40C530, and I wasnt disapointed!!! When It comes to TV's I always will buy Samsungs, the sheer quality just blows you away. If you looking for a great TV, for a very good price then this is your one
My mother bought me this for the World Cup. I always have a huge gathering for big events like the Euro and the World Cup. Normally its me and nine of my friends gathered around a 22" tv trying to make out the names on the backs of players shirts. So 40" is a huge improvement!
The first thing you'll notice is that this TV has Freeview HD built in. Sadly, I haven't had chance to try this yet as Freeview HD is not available in my area (something the guy at Curry's conveniently forgot to tell my mother). I do have a Blu-Ray player though so was able to test the HD and it looks truly amazing. The picture is crystal clear and you can see every wrinkle on Robert De Niro's face.
Installation is easy. The moment you pop on the TV a wizard pops up allowing you to tune in the channels and add any other appliances such as your DVD player, Blu-Ray player, etc. There are two HDMI slots which is perfect for me as I also have a HDMI cable for my XBOX 360 (GTA IV looks especially good!).
Press INFO on your Samsung remote and a box appears showing you the programme you are viewing and information about that show. I have to say that in the 8 months I have owned this television it has worked flawlessly!
I purchased this TV after many years of playing my Xbox 360 on a non HD TV. I decided to bite the bullet and invest in something that would bring me the full HD experience a modern console can provide.
You get quite a lot for the price. Three HDMI slots, so you can have your Sky / Freeview box, Console and Blu Ray player connected all at the same time. There's a USB input, so you can share all your snaps with the family on a 40 inch screen instead of squinting at a tiny camera!
The colour is spectacular, many of my favourite games felt brand new when I played them on this TV. The picture is crystal clear and the vibrancy of the colour flies off the screen and into your room.
The TV came in a large easy to carry box which when unpacked had numerous booklets on how to set the TV up, the stand that came with it would be best assembled with two people as the TV must be lifted in order to attach it.
The TV was set up and ready to go within minutes of getting it out of the box. There are many settings to suit everyone's individual tasted and a energy saving mode which cuts down on the power used to run the TV.
All in all this is a fantastic TV with full HD, which isn't standard in TVs within the same price range.
I'm very pleased I purchased this TV. It has performed way above my expectations.
Pros - Bought this product because of the the price but the quality is amazing. If you are connected to an HD source the picture is exceptional. It is simple to set up right out of the box. Clear, clean and easy to use menu and remote functions. Ability to read various file types from a USB source is a helpful bonus. It even recognizes MKV files which allows us to play our favorite music from our ipod through our home theater system. The design is very classic and beautiful in black gloss and with transparent plastic trim at the bottom of the screen bezel adding a touch of class to the appearance of the TV. The swivel base is a very nice feature that we use all the time.
Cons - The only negative comment I have for this TV is the touch sensitive operation buttons at the front. The logos are hard to read so you can sometimes turning the TV off when you are merely trying to change a channel or function. Very small problem really.
Summary - We are very happy with this TV. It is a great combination of reasonable price and latest features.
Samsung have proven themselves a formidable force in the television market, producing numerous high quality sets, consistency is certainly something which they are becoming renowned for.
Enter this newest offering, at 40 inches it is primarily designed for lounge use rather than bedroom use. As a focal point for a lounge, it ticks the right boxes, being aesthetically pleasing because while not being particularly stylish it is quite a nice thin design.
Offering full HD resolution, this television does a good job of displaying colours and depth on SD viewings but is of course hampered by the limitations of SD broadcasting. In terms of DVD viewing, colours are vibrant images have are sharp with admirable depth and there is good detail. However to see the television in it's best light it is recommended to display blu rays, where you will view marked improvements in depth, detail and contrast.
What lets down the tv set somewhat is the sound quality, which while not tinny is thin and lacking in character and when the volume gets increased unfortunately begins to distort but this is due to the size of the speakers packed in a condensed space.
There are of course compromises to be made when you are purchasing a bigger screen television at this lower end of the market, colours look somewhat washed out when viewing from a side angle. The images look somewhat lacking in terms of richness of colour when compared to more expensive sets to, but this is to be expected. There are the typical additional connections but beyond the standard HDMI connections I have no use for these additional connections
I was looking for a more expensive Sony but decided on purchasing the LE-40C530 after having read a very positive review on an electronics magazine. What an excellent decision that was.
Samsung is known for churning out quality products and this one is no exception. The TV's design is very simple and elegant - the classic streamlined design will go well in any room without saying! I had it out of the box and completely up and running within a matter of minutes. The stand is a bit unsteady but you can mount it on the wall easily with no problems. But the main feature on this baby is the picture quality - it is just stunning! It is a blast watching BluRays and HD TV on this. The clarity and detail are just unbelievable. Colors are spot-on without the harshness you get on other LCD models. It also gets no complaints from me in the sound department.
A nice bonus to the TV is the USB slot from which can play AVI and MP4 files, great for hooking up your iPod to the TV without the need for plugging it in a separate player. The touch controls hidden on the side are also convenient, no more pressing clunky buttons!
Very pleased with this purchase and have nothing bad to say about it.