We’re pretty sure there are plenty of free-thinking readers out there who’ve yet to be convinced by the TV world’s current fascination with 3D. Or at any rate, there are plenty of you not convinced enough to cough up the currently very hefty sums of cold, hard cash demanded by every 3D TV we’ve seen to date.
Which is precisely why Samsung’s LE46C750 could potentially be so important. For while every other 3D TV we’ve seen has struggled to get below the £2k price level, we’ve found this Samsung 3D set going for only slightly over a grand. A fact which becomes even more remarkable when you consider that the LE46C750 has a whopping 46in screen rather than being some 'paltry' 37-40in effort.
What this price effectively means is that you could easily just buy the LE46C750 as a good value 2D telly, and treat its 3D abilities as an optional extra that you can take or leave as you wish. Excellent. Or at least it will be excellent if the TV is actually any cop.
Accustomed as we are now to seeing Samsung’s name attached to TVs of almost supernatural slenderness, the rather hefty butt on the LE46C750 comes as a bit of a shock. But in true Jennifer Lopez style, the fact that the LE46C750’s 'got back' doesn’t preclude it from being something of a looker. For its bezel is appealingly glossy and minimalistic, futuristically angular (for yes, in our vision of the future, everything is angular!!), and wrapped up rather cutely by a see-through outer trim.
There’s also a good solid technical reason for the LE46C750’s relatively chunky profile, namely that rather than the edge LED technology Samsung has embraced so successfully, the LE46C750 uses good old traditional CCFL backlighting. This goes a long way in itself to explain just how the LE46C750 is so much cheaper than the rest of the 3D TV fraternity.
Don’t get to thinking that the use of ordinary CCFL lighting in the LE46C750 is a sign that Samsung has skimped on features generally, though. For starters, the set features what Samsung calls 400 CMR processing. Clearly meant to evoke the 400Hz processing claims being bandied about - inaccurately - by some other brands without being quite so technically misleading, the 400CMR system actually comprises a true 200Hz engine in conjunction with a scanning backlight.
This system is great to find on such an affordable 3D TV, since it should help counter the sort of LCD motion blurring problems that tend to be emphasised when you’re watching 3D material.
The LE46C750’s connections are also more plentiful than you might expect of a TV that’s trying to keep its price down. There are four HDMIs for a start, built to the v1.4 3D-capable spec. It’s good to see, too, that the RF input feeds a Freeview HD tuner rather than just a standard definition one, and that Samsung has gone to the trouble of making the set a true multimedia centrepiece via an Ethernet port and two USBs.