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Samsung LE32B550 32in LCD TV review

John Archer



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Samsung LE32B550 32in LCD TV


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Back in August, we checked out Samsung's 40in LE40B550 and found ourselves really quite amazed by the performance level it delivered for the princely sum of £519. In fact, so amazed were we that we immediately put the wheels in motion to get our hands on the 32in version of the set, given the mass-market, first- and second-room appeal of the 32in size.

Today, the LE32B550 has duly arrived. And I might as well say right away that it's every bit as remarkable as its bigger sibling, if not even a little more so when compared with the same-sized competition.

For starters, Samsung's almost unfairly aggressive pricing policy on the B550 range continues, as I found the LE32B550 being sold - or should that be given away?! - for just £392.15. This would be a mighty fine price for any 32in TV, never mind one that ends up performing as strongly as this one.

As with practically every other Samsung TV right now, meanwhile, the LE32B550 is a very appealing looker. The application of a glass-like see-through top sheet over the sheer black bezel adds a touch of real class, and makes the screen look and feel more luxurious in its build quality than it actually is.

The only unfortunate thing about the set aesthetically is the distance to which its rear end sticks out. The depth actually seems deeper than usual by 32in LCD TV standards, and thus stands in stark, chubby contrast to Samsung's ultra-slim B7000 and B8000 edge LED range.

But then given how much cheaper the LE32B550 is than anything in Samsung's LED range, I suspect that many people reading this review won't find an extra couple of inches of rear-end depth too hard to live with.

Like its bodywork, the LE32B550's key specifications don't look like they have any right to belong to a sub-£400 32in TV. It's a Full HD TV, for starters, and its connectivity is excellent, including four HDMIs, a PC port, and a USB jack that can play both JPEG photos and MP3 audio files.

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September 15, 2009, 11:50 am

And to repeat a comment I left in your LE40B550 review:

A further plus in favour of this set is the fact that it can be tweaked to play MKVs and movies via USB just like its bigger brother, the B650 series.


(I have the B650 and a Popcorn Hour Media player, which I haven't switched on in months - just attach a 500GB NTFS-formatted portable USB hard drive directly to the telly and play MKVs from that!)


September 16, 2009, 12:05 am

So when you say "The only unfortunate thing about the set aesthetically is the distance to which its rear end sticks out" it would be beneficial to reveal exactly how far this is.


September 16, 2009, 12:41 am

"The only unfortunate thing about the set aesthetically is the distance to which its rear end sticks out"

Sounds like my other half.

Specs are on the Samsung web site, james1000 -


kwg uk

September 16, 2009, 2:42 am

cracking review....if only it had a Freeview HD tuner.


September 16, 2009, 6:48 pm

I'll never buy a Samsung TV after mine (40inch M86) has died in under 2 years. Samsung refuse to fix it for free even though the fault is due to cheap and shoddy power components they use in their TV's. It's a very common problem. Buyer beware! It's been going on for years...


John 38

September 21, 2009, 6:37 pm

I consider the Toshiba 32RV635 to more more of a bargain than this or the 32AV635



September 25, 2009, 8:31 pm

The MKV part sounds very interesting. I want to buy one, but only Dixons have a LE32B551. Anyone can tell me this is the same as the LE32B550?

The Miner

October 7, 2009, 5:44 pm

Yes it's the same telly - different number as it's the Pixmania version apparently


October 26, 2009, 2:15 pm

I've just been flicking between this and the LE32B650 that you also reviewed and noticed that the LE32B550 doesn't come with stereo output whereas the LE32B650 does. I'm assuming then that this would limit the quality of sound you'd be able to get out of hooking the TV up to an external sound system? Or can you get the same level of sound out of a headphone to stereo splitter cable?


December 5, 2009, 6:24 pm

Hi, I'm thinking about buying my first LDC tv, however I'm on a budget... can anyone advise on whether I'd be ok with the LE32450, which is the HD ready - and therefore cheaper - version of this set. It's on amazon for £309 inc free delivery, and the reviews generally seem to be very good. Additionally I'm told that with a sets of 32" and under having full HD is not quite as important, unless you're a seasoned connoisseur! So, is the LE32450 ok - or should I shell out an additional £90 and go for the LE32550? Thanks!

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