Samsung PS51D6900 review

  • £1300

Top value active 3D TV with impressive Smart TV multimedia capability

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Samsung ps51d6900

Sound

Samsung has made considerable improvements to the audio quality of its 2011 TVs. The desperately underpowered, thin sound of previous generations has given way to a much more open and powerful mid-range, which immediately makes sound appear more well rounded and natural.

This is true even with relatively straightforward TV fare, with voices (especially male ones) sounding less nasal. Of course, where the extra power and range really scores is when watching action sequences, which now actually sound credible and involving rather than thin, harsh and distracting.

There's still room for improvement when it comes to both the portrayal of really fine treble detail and deep bass levels; in other words, a bit more dynamic range would be nice. But overall the PS51D6900's sound is powerful enough to produce a soundstage able to do the large pictures justice.

Value

It's in the value department that the PS51D6900 makes its most persuasive case. Panasonic's brilliant rival, the P50GT30, costs more than £1,700 on the high street, whereas the PS51D6900's is more like £1,300 and (unlike its rival) comes with a free pair of glasses.

Extra pairs of Samsung's glasses are cheaper, too, which means that the PS51D6900 is able to entertain a family of four for at least £600 less than the Panasonic, which will make the Korean-made screen's marginally inferior 3D performance seem like a perfectly acceptable trade-off to many.

Ease of use

The PS51D6900 is phenomenally easy to use, considering how many features and content sources it supports.

The Smart Hub is clearly the most important element of this, thanks to the way it handles huge amounts of information remarkably easy thanks to its graphics and intuitive layout. But the separate set-up menu is also mostly great, thanks to its clean text, attractive layout and brief onscreen explanations of what each feature is for when you highlight it.

The remote control doesn't look particularly special, but it has an intuitive layout and fits comfortably in your hand.

The onscreen menus aren't perfect, though. For instance, there seems a totally unnecessary division of features between separate Advanced Settings and Picture Options sub-menus when one sub-menu would have been much more sensible. Also – bizarrely – the TV's Game preset is hidden away in a 'General' sub-menu of the main System menu option rather than being included with the rest of the picture presets.

Overall, though, many rival brands could learn a few things from Samsung's new operating system.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family6900
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size129.5 cm (51")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)27.10 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption350 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand783.10 mm
Width with Stand1195.90 mm
Depth with Stand305 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height719.4 mm
Width1195.9 mm
Depth38 mm
ColourStructural Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, DTS, Surround Sound
Product Series6900
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Content Access, PC Streaming, Media Player, Teletext, Picture in Picture
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelPS51D6900
Product NamePS51D6900 Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS51D6900DKXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Package Contents
  • PS51D6900 Plasma TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Manual
  • Adapter Cable
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)22.40 kg