Samsung LE40C550 40" HD 1080P LCD TV with Freeview - £367 Delivered @ PRC Direct - HotUKDeals
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A great TV - gets a 9.1 TestFreaks Score and 4.5/5 at Amazon UK.

40" HD 1080P LCD TV with Freeview, Wide Colour Enhancer 2, AllShare, HyperReal Engine, USB & 3 x HDMI Connections.

Get superior-quality, high-definition images for all your entertainment with the LE40C550 LCD Television from Samsung thanks to HDTV 1080p resolution, a HyperReal Engine processor and CCFL LCD technology.Delivering 20 W RMS of powerful audio with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, the LE40C550 provides first-class audio and video quality for all your A/V content. In fact, with four HDMI ports and two USB 2.0 ports, you'll be able to hook up a range of devices, such as a Blu-ray player, a games console, or a hard drive to display photos and videos on a big screen! Plus, you can access the internet using the Ethernet or wireless connection.

40'' Screen size
LCD Panel
1920 x 1080 Full HD
24p Cinema Vision
Integrated Freeview
Dynamic contrast ratio 2,000,000 Native 1,000,000
Picture Modes - Dynamic, Normal, Cinema, Game, Pro1, Pro2
7 Day Guide, Now and Next
HyperReal Engine
HDMI Link - Anynet+
USB 2.0
50Hz Technology
DLNA - AVCHD, MP3, DIVX HD, Jpeg, Acc Playback, Mpeg 2
Sleep Timer
Digital Out
2 x 10 Watts audio output
3 x HDMI
1 x Scart
Component
Optical Out
PC Input
LAN Port
Dimensions: 603.9 x 986.7 x 80.4mm (H x W x D)
18.2Kg in weight
15.9Kg in weight without stand
15 degrees swivel stand
Power Save Mode
170 watts Power Consumption
0.01 watts Power Consumption Standby
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banned#1
Gutted these budget models don't have [email protected] otherwise I'd have one, can't live without lovefilm
#2
Ha is that any good? What does it give you? I assume its a little like Apple TV?
#3
50 Hz .... Not attractive :D
#4
I got the c580the other week, better model for not much more... its got Freeview HD and is excellent.

Also great reviews internet wide.

Samsung le40c580
#5
Rocky Raccoon
I got the c580the other week, better model for not much more... its got Freeview HD and is excellent.

Also great reviews internet wide.

Samsung le40c580


c580 doesnt display 24p properly, the problem causes the screen to judder when playing blu-rays apparently

Edited By: m27try on Mar 13, 2011 22:04
#6
10w speakers for Dolby digital, Lol
#7
it says 1080 HD, link says HD ready. isn't full HD?
[mod]#8
valluri
it says 1080 HD, link says HD ready. isn't full HD?


Even on full HD models they state HD ready mate. because they are still ready....

Confusing to some i know, i get asked all the time (I sell Tv's)
1 Like #9
eSimple
50 Hz .... Not attractive :D

it is if your on a budget
#10
valluri
it says 1080 HD, link says HD ready. isn't full HD?

"40" HD 1080P LCD TV " = FULL HD
1 Like #11
FWIW We recently bought the 530 and the first was faulty (strange shading down the screen) but the replacement from Amazon is top notch. I spend forever deciding with so many reviews/models of 40" but we just bit the bullet. Its perfect for us, had the footy on HD and didn't notice any of the ghosting and delays etc people keep telling us you get with 50Hz, so not sure how much difference it makes. Top notch for the price if you ask me, or most of the amazon purchasers... IMHO
#12
Got the 40c530 from richer sounds for £339 using a vip voucher from the net. Fantastic tv.
They also have the c550 which I dont think it is a uk model. The c550 is the same as the c580 but without freeview.

Coley
#13
coley65
Got the 40c530 from richer sounds for £339 using a vip voucher from the net. Fantastic tv.
They also have the c550 which I dont think it is a uk model. The c550 is the same as the c580 but without freeview.

Coley


I think I read on the C580 thread on avforums that the C550 has an inferior processor than the C580, hence inferior picture quality. I'm happy to be proven wrong.
#14
c580 doesnt display 24p properly, the problem causes the screen to judder when playing blu-rays apparently


I've compared the BD performance of my LE40C580 with that of my girlfriend's Sony Bravia KDL-40EX403, using the same BD player. We both think that they are evenly matched, & that both are very satisfactory. From my personal experience, the lack of true 24p support is not a problem.
#15
eSimple
50 Hz .... Not attractive :D


A sweeping generalisation. Here are comments off Amazon by people who bought the 50Hz LE40C580 in preference to the 100Hz Sony KDL40EX503...

Comment 1. Bought an equivalent Freeview HD Sony tv (kdl40ex503) the only difference being that the sony was 100hz the samsungs only 50hz but to be honest I havent noticed much difference now that ive had both. If you want the 100hz version, you'll probably have to pay an extra hundred squids. I had the Sony for a month while I was waiting for argos to send a replacement, (because of a manufacturing defect on the frame) but when they told me I would have to wait for new stock, which was definitely coming in and after ringing about a dozen times over the weeks, they then turned round and said it wouldnt be coming back in stock - even though I saw it in the new catalogue! I sent it back for a refund and im glad i did, because the Samsung looks much better quality and cheaper to boot. The samsung has a nice glass stand, the Sonys' was high gloss plastic and even after just a couple of light dusts you could see fine scratches. The Samsung just looks much nicer in the living room and id say the picture quality is slightly better too. I have always thought that Sony products were superior but this has completely changed my mind. Id definitely recommend this tv over the Sony. It's even cheaper now. i think you can get it for £500 quid on amazon. I paid £540. Excellent tv for the price!

Comment 2. I purchased this TV at the same time as the Sony EX503 40 inch & my plan was to compare the two & decide which one to keep. The Sony had got all the rave reviews in What Hifi & TV & on other review websites, but there were only one or two reviews of this Samsung TV. I already owned a 32 inch Samsung I bought 4 or 5 years ago & I loved that TV for every second I owned it. I wanted to upgrade to a Freeview HD TV & a bigger screen at the same time. I tried out both TVs & I generally liked this one better. It's over a hundred pounds cheaper for a start. But apart from the price, I generally felt the picture was sharper & clearer on this Samsung. In particular the Freeview HD channels come out crystal clear. On the Sony I had to study the Freeview HD pictures much more to notice any difference to standard HD. Eventually I did & the Sony is a good TV. But with the Samsung the Freeview HD just seemed much clearer to watch. Also standard Freeview on the Samsung is good too & clear & not fuzzy at all. But on the Sony standard Freeview was quite fuzzy. I expected the sound on the Samsung to be really weak with no bass & distortion like the 32 inch model i had before. But Samsung definately have improved the sound on this TV. It's still not booming bass. But it is very clear audio & very good stereo. It has very light bass - much better than models from a few years ago. But the sound is still a bit light compared to the Sony which was much richer. But after watching this TV for a few weeks now i'm used to the sound & it sounds great to me now all the time. I can plug it into my hifi if i want & it sounds much more powerful & bassy on there.

Also I just preferred the design of the Samsung as it looks slim, sleeky & expensive. The Sony's design was OK & i'm sure i would have got used to it. But it did appear to be much bulkier at the back & was completely made of cheap looking plastic. Whereas the Samsung's screen looks convincingly like glass (even though it's plastic) & the rest of back is metal & the plastic is well designed & expensive looking.

This Samsung does not have an internet platform and you can't use it by itself to get onto BBC Iplayer, etc... But it has 2 USB ports where you can connect your digital camera or any media usb stick & it plays video files, mp3's, etc... Plus at the back it has an ethernet socket to connect it to the internet. But you can't get on the internet using the TV alone. You can connect it to your home internet connection and stream media from your laptop for instance but you can't surf the internet on it. The Sony had a proper internet connection & some brilliant applications like BBC Iplayer, Five on demand, You Tube, etc... and it was very impressive. But I thought on balance, that wasn't a huge necessity as my laptop has a HDMI so i can connect to TV & surf internet whenever i want. Plus all the manufacturers are developing internet on tv on an ongoing basis, such as Google's Android TV, etc...

I also played games on my PS3 on the Samsung & they played great with great sharp pictures & sound.

My only gripe was Blu ray playback which was just ok & not as sharp as on the Sony. I watched Blu Ray on both & the Sony Blu Ray playback seemed much clearer & sharper. The Samsung Blu Ray playback is good but not as good as the Sony.

So if your main use of the TV is to watch Blu Rays maybe the Sony's a better buy. But as I'll only watch the odd Blu Ray & would be watching Freeview HD more. So the Samsung was overall a better buy I felt.

So I summarised overall this TV was better value for what you get & overall quality wise compared to the Sony (apart from Blu Ray playback wise). So I kept the Samsung & returned the Sony for a refund. I thought I may regret doing so. But one month later i'm very happy I made the right decision & have no regrets.

Comment 3. Had this set a couple of weeks now. I was considering the 40" Sony Bravia, which a friend has and payed a heck of a lot more for. In my opinion this is a superior tv for a lot less money. I was able to set it up in minutes, am hugely impressed by the quality of the picture (which after all is the most important thing). Am playing movies through both the Samsung pc share manager and through a USB stick. A point here, you can fast forward movies when playing through the USB stick but not the Share Manager on the pc. Overall a really good set worth the money.
#16
Im pretty sure the 580 is superior the the 550 in more ways than just the freeview HD and only £30 more. Check out the owners thread on AVForums.
#17
WILL SEND IT TO OTHER COUNTRY LOL

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