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Samsung LE32C580 - More Features and Initial Impressions

John Archer

By John Archer

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Summary

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7

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The LE32C580’s screen is a Full HD resolution, with a dynamic contrast ratio described as ‘high’ - though no numerical figure is added to this. The set carries Samsung’s new HyperReal Engine picture processing too, as well as a wide colour enhancer, a digital noise filter, an MPEG noise filter, and a film mode. Plus, tucked away in an ‘Advanced’ menu on the respectable onscreen menu system, you’re allowed to tweak the picture’s gamma settings, shadow detail emphasis, colour space, black tone, flesh tone levels, as well as, most significantly, the saturation, tint, gain and offset levels of the red, green and blue colour elements.

With so much flexibility at your disposal, it’s a pity Samsung doesn’t follow the lead of its great Korean rival LG and get endorsement from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) for its TVs, denoting that they can be professionally calibrated by ISF engineers. Though having said that, we’re not sure if many people who’ve only spent £400 on a TV will really want to splash out a potentially similar amount for a professional ISF calibrator.

The last thing to report is something the LE32C580 doesn’t have, namely 100Hz (or higher) processing. It’s a 50Hz set only. So let’s hope the screen’s native response time is fast enough to save the TV from too much trouble with LCD’s response time problems.

Unfortunately, it isn’t. One of the first feelings we got while watching the LE32C580 was that the picture didn’t look particularly sharp when there was any significant amount of motion going on, and it didn’t take long to realise that this was because moving objects obviously lose resolution as they travel across the screen.

We’ve seen far worse evidence of this blurring, it must be said. But there’s still more evidence of it than we’d hoped for from Samsung, and it’s enough to stop HD looking as crisp and detailed as we’d like.

Relatively static HD material looks very impressive by comparison, especially with overscanning and all noise reduction deactivated, with plenty of sharpness and texture. This is pleasing, obviously, but at the same time, the static clarity also proves that the set has motion problems.

The motion issues aren’t the only things we felt slightly disappointed by while viewing the 32C580, either - its black level performance isn’t as inspired as expected. We don’t have one of last year’s equivalent Samsung models to compare with, but it actually feels as if the 32C580’s black levels are weaker than those of its predecessors. Or maybe it’s just that the quality of rival TVs has now improved to a point where dark scenes on this new Samsung model no longer look as outstanding as they might have last year.

Epic

July 27, 2010, 2:19 pm

I notice comments on DLNA support creeping in to more of your reviews of TVs, blu-ray players etc. Any chance of a feature on the state of play of DLNA sometime soon? While it sounds like a great idea in theory the implementation varies - I also believe the media and containers supported are limited - I guess basically my question is - is it worth paying extra for or would you be better of with something like an AC Ryan streaming media player?





Backlighting: I assume this isn't LED backlit despite the "LE" model number otherwise you would have said so but it would be nice if you were explicit this - and while we're on the subject when are you going to start putting power consumption figures in your specs? - some of us muesli eating tree huggers want to know this stuff.

Nathan 2

July 27, 2010, 2:34 pm

How does this compare with the B550 you rated so highly last year? I started looking into which TV to buy only this week and saw your review but in searching for the B550 found the major retailers now sell the C530/C580 instead and presumed it was the latest model (the B550 review was from 11 months ago)





Is this a step backwards in terms of the B550 though or like you say.. are you just judging it harsher as the competition advances?

GoldenGuy

July 27, 2010, 4:41 pm

@Nathan





It's weird. I expected there to be a directly numbered '50' successor to the B550 too, but it doesn't look like there isn't. Like you said it's either the C530 or C580. (For anyone interested) the distinctions listed on Samsung's spec sheets are : 3 HDMIs vs. 4, 1 USB vs. 2, and no mention of Freeview HD on the C530.

Don Kanonjii

July 27, 2010, 4:49 pm

I too would be interested to know how this fares against the B550. Would be appreciated if you could advise.

GoldenGuy

July 27, 2010, 5:49 pm

Are you sure the C650 is 200Hz? A lot of the other sites seem to point it out being 100Hz which would fit the general trend of : 5 Series, 50Hz; 6 Series, 100Hz; Highest end range, 200Hz.





The C650 is the review I'm most interested in (I'm personally most tempted toward 46") as there's a scarcity of reviews on the moderately featured standard LCDs. All the coverage is going to flashy, pricey thin LED and 3D models. Plus it's hard to find these things in the flesh, out on the showroom floor - again LCDs are easy to find at the 32 inch level, but for larger TVs everyone tries to upsell customers to LED, 3D and Plasma, when a lot of us don't have the pocket for it. Hopefully you'll get this in soon.





Some of us will also be looking for what type of panel they send out to you too as this is one of the hardest things to confirm either online, in store or even on the phone to Samsung themselves, and there's no evidence that Samsung have given up on their panel lottery racket.





http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news...

kwg uk

August 4, 2010, 2:00 pm

This is only the 2nd review of the latest 32" tv`s that I have found. I hope there will be alot more - maybe the Samsung 32" 6 series will fair better

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