Review Price £699.00
Samsung LE46C750 - 3D/2D Picture Quality and Verdict
Motion looks surprisingly crisp too, with the 400Hz - sorry, CMR! - system doing a fine job of reducing LCD’s usual troubles with losing resolution when showing moving objects. Even the trickiness of handling motion in a three-dimensional environment doesn’t cause the processing too many headaches. That said, we would only recommend using the motion processing on its 'Clear' setting, as anything higher - including Standard - can cause noticeable side-effects such as flickering and shimmering around moving objects.
Finally, where a 3D scene isn’t afflicted with serious crosstalk noise, the picture’s brightness helps reinforce how much crisper and more detailed Full HD 3D sources look than side by side 'passive' ones. There’s even an obvious resolution difference between Sky’s near-HD side by side 3D broadcasts and the full-HD-to-each-eye 3D monty from 3D Blu-rays.
The LE46C750 happily proves to be a very talented performer with 2D material. The colour and brightness strengths noted with 3D material are abundantly evident with 2D too, allowing HD and standard def material alike to look potent, dynamic and engaging. What’s more, there’s no serious reduction in colour tone credibility when switching from HD to standard definition, unlike some Samsung sets of the past. Add to this the way the LE46C750 upscales standard def with plenty of detail while cleverly eking out video noise, and it’s clear Samsung has now exorcised its old standard def demons.
It does the LE46C750’s colour reproduction no harm at all that its black level response is also unusually good for a CCFL LCD TV. The backlight is consistent right across the screen, and dark scenes appear with impressively less greyness over them. Inevitably the set has to sacrifice a little shadow detail to make such a black level response possible, but the screen’s innate contrast is sufficient to avoid the hollow 'black holes' that characterise many CCFL LCD TV’s darkest bits.
The only time the LE46C750’s contrast falls down is if you have to watch the set from any significant angle - 40 degrees or more. Then the picture bleaches out quite severely.
If you can avoid this one significant shortcoming, though, the LE46C750 comfortably outperforms its price point even just as a 2D screen. So it’s value rating goes through the roof with the 3D stuff taken into account.
Even the LE46C750’s sound is pretty acceptable. There’s certainly more power and mid-range openness than we heard with any of Samsung’s 2009 flat TVs, and a more rounded tone than you get from Samsung’s super-slim edge LED models.
If you’re looking for a dream budget answer to your 3D prayers, the LE46C750 isn’t quite it. It suffers from too much crosstalk to really show 3D off to its best advantage, and not having any 3D glasses included as standard in the price is frustrating.
That said, its 3D performance isn’t really significantly worse than that of many LCD/LED TVs costing more than twice as much. And more importantly, its 2D performance is more than enough in itself to justify the set’s startlingly low entrance fee.