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Samsung LE46A756 46in LCD TV - Samsung LE46A756
As if all this wasn't cutting edge enough, the LE46A756 has one other major innovation up its sumptuous sleeves: The Content Library. Tucked away in a hefty chunk of built-in memory is a diverse amount of pre-loaded multimedia content, ranging from cooking recipes to animated children's stories, a selection of photos you can use as screensavers, sing-a-long children's songs, exercise routines, and even some (very basic) games.
However, although this stuff is for the most part as beautifully presented as it is innovative, I'm not wholly convinced about how much of it most people will really bother with on a regular basis. But as with the online connectivity, it nonetheless feels like another early glimpse of the future of TV, as well as making for a great after-dinner conversation piece.
The LE46A756's screen boasts a Full HD resolution, as you'd expect these days, together with an eye-catching contrast ratio of 70,000:1 - the highest figure I can remember seeing on a non-LED LCD TV.
Also on hand is a seriously wide-ranging set of tweaks for getting pictures to look exactly how you want them. Probably the most significant of these tweaks is a 100Hz Motion Plus system that both doubles the image's frame rate and introduces new frames of image data to make motion look more fluid as well as more detailed.
Also of note are noise reduction routines, a black level booster, a skin-tone adjustment, an edge enhancement processor, backlight adjustment, a gamma adjustment, and white balance adjustment - but there are still other things to have a go at if you really haven't got anything better to do!
The recent Samsung plasma and LED sets I mentioned at the start of this group test have all proved very impressive. And happily the LE46A756 makes it a clean technology sweep, with one of the finest ‘straight' LCD picture performances I've seen.
Particularly impressive are the profound black levels the set can achieve. As Batman and Rachel are pursued through Gotham at night by the police in the Batman Begins Blu-ray, the night sky looks remarkably free of the usual LCD greyness, helping give the scene real credibility; the cinematography a superb sense of depth; and the picture overall a degree of dynamism that really does put most LCD rivals in the shade. Or to sum things up more succinctly, dark scenes on the LE46A756 look stunning to a degree not usually seen outside of the plasma or LED world.
In fact, although the LE46A756's black levels aren't as profound as those of Samsung's LED-based LE55A956, they don't suffer with the LED model's occasional ‘blooming' problem around bright image elements, and so I suspect some people might prefer the LE46A756's approach to all things dark.