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Samsung UE32C6000 - More Features and First Picture Thoughts

John Archer

By John Archer



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The full HD panel, for instance, is driven by a 100Hz engine to reduce motion flaws. And the onscreen menus are impressively well stocked with features and calibration aids, including a special LED motion mode for reducing judder; multiple black level and gamma adjustments; and white balance tweaking (via red, green and blue and ‘10-point’ adjustments). Not for the first time we’re left wondering why, with so many adjustments at its disposal, Samsung doesn’t follow the lead of arch Korean rival LG in seeking endorsement from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF).

To be honest, we’d expected the 32C6000’s most obvious signs of corner cutting to emerge in its picture quality. But for the most part it performs very well indeed.

The first thing that strikes us is a familiar Samsung LED strength: dynamism. By which we mean the raw, almost visceral impact generated by a combination of high brightness levels, extremely fully saturated colours and also, crucially, a satisfying depth to the black colours that give most video images their foundation.

Looking for more subtle strengths is rewarding too. Colours prove surprisingly natural in tone despite their strong saturations, and enjoy a good degree of tonal subtlety when showing blends. Though admittedly not as much as you get with Samsung’s C8000 and C9000 models.

It’s also clear that the screen knows how to get the best from its full HD resolution, serving up plenty of detail and texture when showing HD material. Standard def upscaling works pretty well too, leaving non-HD sources looking reasonably sharp while only losing marginal colour accuracy. The edge is taken off the general sharpness a little when the TV has to deal with motion, even with the set’s motion processing in play. This is a key area where Samsung’s higher-spec edge LED TVs outperform the 32C6000. But to be fair, motion doesn’t actually look at all bad compared with the 32in TV world at large, at least once the TV has warmed up from each day’s cold start (many LED TVs seem to need to run for an hour or so before each day before they look their best).

Don’t be afraid to turn the motion processing off with really fast action films, though, as these can cause the processing to generate an artefact or two - especially a flickery, ghosty look to the edges of fast-moving objects.


December 23, 2010, 7:54 pm

Thank you for another detailed review. I'm wondering whether this 32 inch shares the same feature set as its larger brethren, specifically the 46C6530? I've always been a little unclear about the 'series 6, 7, 8, 9' numbering structure. Certainly the 46C seems better priced as the 7000 series as not really interested in 3D at all.

Also, as far as I can see, TR have not really covered the streaming functionality of these TVs. I'm interested in streaming from a NAS with Twonky on it ideally (as opposed to keeping the PC on). Does anyone have any experience of this? How well do MKV or Xvid files work? What about those with AC3 5.1 audio?


December 23, 2010, 10:11 pm

Not 100% sure about the C series, but there's a thriving firmware scene on the older B series. With the 'samygo' firmware or applets, you can mount an NFS or SAMBA share and play MKVs directly from your NAS. They recently even added DTS decoding so I no longer have to run dts2ac3!

See: http://samygo.sourceforge.net/

alex 10

December 26, 2010, 4:02 am

Ive just purchased the 40 inch UE40C640, Its basically the same set as above but is bigger and adds widgets for youtube and iplayer etc that work flawlessly. However youtube is pretty basic.

Its currently going for £599 at a popular electronics superstore. Very good value considering the smaller set reviewed here isn't much cheaper.

Im streaming from my imac using a free UPnP/DLNA media server called Tvmobili as the official samsung pc software isnt mac compatible. The tv is plugged directly into my (old) router and thats connected wirelesly to the imac.

Ive streamed 4 or 5 half an hour to an hour long xvids with no buffering at all and no out of sync issues and also watched 3 longish movies in 1080p .mkv format with no issues at all. Just 3 or 4 seconds buffering before the large .mkv movies begin. I had a particularly large mkv at over 8gb that i thought it may struggle with but again worked perfectly, i am really surprised with the quality! Apparantly it also plays subtitle files but i have yet to try this.

When i first got the set i purchased a 16 gb usb stick as i thought the large mkv's would struggle to play over my network, ive only used this a couple of times due to the network coping but it plays every file format ive tried on the stick so imagine a connected usb hard drive would work the same. Not sure about Nas but from the threads ive read its easy to set up. Plus as SNXavier says, no need to keep the pc on!

alex 10

December 26, 2010, 5:48 am

sorry the model number is UE40C6540, so confusing!!


January 6, 2011, 7:37 pm

Is this the right model number? The model numbers on the Samsung website refer to a 6600 but not a 6000. http://www.samsung.com/uk/c...

That said, Currys, Dixons, PC World etc seem to be selling the "6000" model (although they are currently out of stock).

In a related query, is the only material difference between the 6000/6000 model and the 6510 model the stand?

alex 10

January 9, 2011, 10:18 pm

The model numbers are so confusing, ive heard that certain model numbers arnt on the samsung website because some models are sold exclusively to specific shops as limited runs with varying features. Again i dont know for sure but i think apart from the stand the 6000 model doesn't have internet@tv, i.e the iplayer and other internet based widgets.

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