Samsung LE40A656 40in LCD TV - Feature Table

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Samsung LE40A656 40in LCD TV


Our Score:


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 9
  • Sound Quality 6
  • Features 9
  • Design 10

ian bloomfield

October 7, 2008, 8:12 pm

I purchased this TV after reading this review, what a fantastic set, so good that my father in law bought the same one. I cannot praise this set highly enough, they all come with a 5 year warranty now so even better value for money

Jim O

October 17, 2008, 2:26 pm

I also bought this TV after reading the review above. I've had it just over a month now and i have to say it is fantastic. The day we got it we watched a Blu-ray DVD and the picture quality is amazing. The colours are so vibrant and clear. Set up is easy and the menus are fairly intuitive. I would recommend this TV to anyone


October 19, 2008, 2:20 pm

he there currently is a LE40A756 on the market anyone have that one already i am currently in the market for a 40 inch lcd tv and the 6 series is now very well priced in holland (994 euro) i was wondering if the 7 series is worth the extra 2 or 300 euro

Jon 3

February 2, 2009, 10:40 pm

I am considering the newer LE-37686, would this review apply?

Mike Jones

February 23, 2009, 5:00 pm

Probably a bit late to this but purchased one two days ago from PC World with a great offer on blue-ray. Got it home, set it up in less than 20 minutes, popped the blue-ray in the cabinet and away I went. SD through an aerial is excellent, HD through Freesat is awesome (best I have ever seen) blue-ray is just astonishing as is the up scaling in 1080p, watched Harry Potter Goblet of Fire and where the underwater scenes were hopeless on my Panasonic 37" 1080i the Samsung made me believe I was watching genuine blue-ray, we only sat to try I tout and ended up watching it all again.

After I tried Iron-Man (blue-ray version) and could have sat and cried with excitement, WOW< WOW< WOW & can't offer further superlatives really. From SD through to blue-ray it’s incredible, only later did I realise I didn't have the TV set up with motion flow and 1080p, 'No-way,' I said to myself, 'there are not words to describe my pleasure.'

Only tiny downside is the in-built sound, background is too loud so speech suffers, to be fair though with so many different settings I may have it on the wrong one, I'll look later.

As for the look of the black rose, nothing compares (IMO) I always likes the Phillips Ambi thingy with the changing colours round the edge, in Curry’s it is now half price � down to under �, and I almost didn't get the Samsung, oh boy am I glad I did.

11 out of 10 apart from the sound and that may yet be better, it’s probably me.

Niall Jackson

November 9, 2010, 6:05 pm

Was a good TV until it broke down - will never buy Samsung products again. Sub standard parts and terrible customer service. TV only lasted 16 months...

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