Samsung UE42F5000 - Sound Quality and Verdict



Samsung UE42F5000: Sound Quality

Samsung UE42F5000The Samsung UE42F5000’s audio is a pleasant surprise by budget TV standards. While it doesn’t deliver any particularly dramatic dynamics, thanks to (actually quite sensible) limits imposed on its bass and treble responses, within this limited range it sounds clean, natural, well-rounded and passably powerful.

So while the sound might not be potent enough to greatly add to your sense of immersion in what you’re watching, nor does it follow the usual budget trend of sounding so feeble that it actually distracts you.

Other points to consider

With no Smart TV features to worry about, Samsung hasn’t bothered including one of the touchpad remote controls on offer higher up its range. This is understandable, though the small standard handset you do get is a bit crowded for comfortable use.

With its aggressive price and strong picture, the Samsung UE42F5000 has great potential as a gaming monitor. So it’s a relief to report that our tests for input lag gave results of just 34ms – a figure low enough not to have a significantly negative impact on your gameplay.

Samsung UE42F5000

Should I buy a Samsung UE42F5000?

If you don’t care about having online Smart TV features, the UE42F5000 is a pretty stellar budget option. In fact, it’s hard to think of anything at the same price that can touch it in pure AV terms. Spending a bit more could get you the better design and slightly better pictures of the Sony KDL-40W653, but if £400 is your maximum, the UE42F5000 is pretty much in a class of its own.


The UE42F5000 sacrifices online functionality in favour of giving you the highest picture quality bang for your minimal (£400!) buck.

Score in detail

  • Features 7
  • Value 10
  • Design 8
  • 2D Quality 8
  • Sound Quality 7


Size (Inch) 42in
Display Type LED
Max. Resolution 1920 x 1080
Full HD 1080p Yes
Digital Tuner Yes
Freeview HD Yes
Freesat HD No
3D Ready No
Refresh Rate (Hertz) 100Hz


Component 1
Composite 1
Scart 1
Digital Audio Out Yes (optical)
Headphone Yes
Ethernet Yes (Freeview HD and DLNA connection only)
WiFi No

Physical Specifications

Height (Millimeter) 576.9mm
Width (Millimeter) 971.8mm
Depth (Millimeter) 49.4mm
Weight (Gram) 8700g