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Samsung UE32C6000 - Picture Issues and Final Thoughts

John Archer

By John Archer



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The 32C6000‘s pictures also show one or two weaknesses, though - all revolving around the TV’s delivery of dark scenes.

First, we detected a trace of backlight inconsistency from time to time, whereby the corners of dark images look slightly lighter than the rest - especially if the picture contains a bright central element surrounded by darkness. This diminishes considerably, thankfully, if you use the Natural picture preset rather than the Dynamic one, or you reduce the backlight and brightness levels manually. But it still occasionally distracted us from what we were watching, despite our best efforts.

The other main issue with dark scenes is that they lack shadow detail, leaving the darkest corners looking rather hollow and slightly forced.

A lesser issue - in the sense that it’s so common to LCD TVs - is the way the backlight inconsistencies grow and contrast reduces if you have to watch the TV from any angle greater than 35-40 degrees.

Sonically the 32C6000 is decent enough for such a slim 32in TV. This may seem to be damning the TV with faint praise given how uninspiring ultra-slim TV audio generally is, but the 32C6000 does genuinely sound middling to good with basic TV fare. And while it suffers a lack of bass with action sequences, it doesn’t break down completely like Samsung’s previous generation of slim TVs did.


As well as setting the bar in design terms, the 32C6000 is a very decent all-round performer, making both its edge LED lighting and solid picture processing pay. If you fancy Samsung’s Internet@TV service then you might want to go for one of Samsung’s online-capable CCFL LCD TVs instead; the excellent 32C650 can be had for as little as £440 if you shop around online. But if you just can’t resist those sultry edge LED looks, then you can get the 32C6000 safe in the knowledge that its beauty isn’t just skin deep.


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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