Samsung UE32C6000 review

A super Freeview HD TV with added multimedia functions

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samsung ue32c6000

Ever since HD hit the airwaves just in time for the World Cup in 2006 there's never been any doubt that 32in screens look notably superior with hi-def than standard def but how much difference is there in a Full HD 32in screen over an HD Ready one of the same size? A lot, if the UE32C6000 is anything to go by.

Edge-lit LED screens need an awful lot of processing to deliver images that can compete with the best CCFL-lit LCD and plasmas and Samsung has certainly got a lot of things right.

Freeview HD performance

The screen does do a fantastic job with HD sources. The built-in Freeview HD tuner serves up some incredible pictures so that daytime shows such as The Chase on ITV sparkle with astounding detail and clarity.

Also impressive, albeit not unexpectedly, are the black levels this screen can throw up. The inky black darkness is simply unachievable on an ordinary LCD of this size.

Freeview just whets your HD appetite and by hooking up to Sky the delights of watching a sport such as cricket in HD simply puts an end to the idea that you could manage on an standard def diet if things got a bit tight. No Country For Old Men in HD on Sky shows how well MPEG noise is suppressed and movement is smooth whilst the screen's detail retrieval falters as before in dark areas. Skin tones, like deep reds are a tad orange.

Blu-ray reproduction is on a par with broadcast HD with generally excellent pictures.

SD picture performance

Using the screen's basic standard picture mode, standard def broadcasts and DVDs are served up with as much detail and definition as could be expected but they do sometimes suffer with shimmering around fast moving figures, which can be quite distracting.

Another weakness is that despite the innumerable picture tweaks available the colour palette cannot deliver really accurate reds like a good plasma screen can. Another problem of edge-lit screens is that detail is lost in shadowy scenes and it's particularly bad here so that dark objects appear as an amorphous mass. Messing around with the settings doesn't seem to resolve the problem.

A DVD of Fry and Laurie's Jeeves and Wooster shows the benefit and problem of 100Hz processing. Movement is smooth but footage often takes on a video-like appearance, giving it the feel of a studio sitcom so it's best to disable 100Hz Motion Plus via the menu settings.

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It's pleasing to report that the screen is no slouch when running a JPEG slideshow and is adept at playing multi-media files although AVCHD is not supported. Viewing angles are also excellent with no drop-off in brightness as you move to the side of the screen.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family6000
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)11.10 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption120 W
Standby Power Consumption60 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
DVIYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand542 mm
Width with Stand774 mm
Depth with Stand242.20 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height479 mm
Width774 mm
Depth29.9 mm
ColourBlack
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series6000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPicture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Teletext, Auto Program, Auto-off
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE32C6000
Product NameUE32C6000 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE32C6000RKXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung LCD TVs Elegantly designed with a unique Touch of Color™ bezel, Samsung LCD TVs display brilliant images with amazing detail and provide a host of connectivity options.

Package Contents
  • UE32C6000 LED-LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Manual
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Control
  • Slim Gender Cables
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)8.30 kg