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Samsung UE32C6000 review

John Archer



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Samsung UE32C6000
  • Samsung UE32C6000
  • Samsung UE32C6000
  • Samsung UE32C6000
  • Samsung UE32C6000
  • Samsung UE32C6000
  • Samsung UE32C6000
  • UE32C6000 81 cm 32" LCD TV (Edge LED - DVB-C MPEG4, DVB-T MPEG4 - HDTV 1080p - 16:9 - 1920 x 1080 - 1080p - Dolby Digital Plus, Surround, DTS - 100 Hz)


Our Score:


If you’ve found yourself staring adoringly at Samsung’s extraordinarily designed 2010 edge-LED LCD TV range, only to then find yourself staring despairingly at your dwindling bank balance, then today’s review should be of interest. For what we have on our test benches right now is easily the most affordable route we’ve seen into Samsung’s latest edge-LED world.

There are two reasons why the UE32C6000 is so cheap. First, it’s relatively small at just 32in across. But second, the 6000 bit of its name reveals that it sits in the lower half of Samsung’s four-strong LED series, below the 9000, 8000, and - yes, you guessed it - 7000 series. Which immediately raises some pretty big questions over what features Samsung has stripped off it.

Before we get to that, though, a big two thumbs up is due to the UE32C6000’s design. We’d half expected such a relatively cheap model to be chunky and plasticky, but no. It looks adorably futuristic thanks to Samsung’s trademark svelteness, protruding less than 30mm when free of its stand. Perhaps even better considering you spend more time looking at its front than its butt is its lovely high gloss black bezel offset by a cool transparent outer trim and a remarkably solid and beautifully engineered brushed aluminium stand.

Samsung is setting the TV design pace yet again, even on a mass market TV like the UE32C6000.

Turning our attention to the UE32C6000’s connections, the fact that this set isn’t quite as skinny as Samsung’s high-end edge-LED models means you don’t have to use as many ‘shrinking’ adaptors. You can plug RF jack and Ethernet cables in directly for instance. Though not surprisingly you still have to use a provided adaptor if you’re still using anything with a Scart output.

Connections are plentiful despite the 32C6000’s relatively lowly status in Samsung’s LED range, including four HDMIs, a LAN socket, a D-Sub PC port, and a couple of USBs. As we’d hope, moreover, the LAN port is there to support a built-in Freeview HD tuner, while the USBs can play a decent variety of multimedia files.

The USB and LAN ports do, however, introduce the first signs of feature trimming on the 32C6000. For while the Ethernet allows you to connect to computers on your home network, there’s no access to Samsung’s generally excellent Internet@TV online platform. And while the USBs allow you to make the TV Wi-Fi ready via an optional dongle, you can’t use them to record video to USB storage drives.

Still, while we might miss these features, none of them could ever be truly expected on a sub-£500 edge-LED 32in TV. Plus the TV is hardly short of features elsewhere.


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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