Samsung UE40D5520 review

Samsung leaves premium aspirations aside to deliver a superb budget 40-inch TV

Samsung UE40D5520
The Samsung UE40D5520 is a low-cost 40-inch LCD TV that shuns 3D and embraces smart features

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Samsung ue40d5520

Sound quality

Thankfully, Samsung's 2011 slim TVs aren't the sonic no-go zones they were in previous generations. The Samsung UE40D5520 certainly manages to deliver solid vocals and a decent degree of detail and soundstage width with relatively tame footage.

But at the same time, a pretty serious lack of bass means the speakers can become a bit harsh and unconvincing when pushed harder.


The Samsung UE40D5520 40-inch TV has more features than you have any right to expect for its price. It also looks prettier than you have any right to expect for the money, and it performs better than you have any right to expect for the low cost. And if that's not the definition of a bargain TV, we don't know what is.

John Archer
AV Technology Contributor

John has been writing about home entertainment technology for more than two decades - an especially impressive feat considering he still claims to only be 35 years old (yeah, right). In that time he’s reviewed hundreds if not thousands of TVs, projectors and speakers, and spent frankly far too long sitting by himself in a dark room.