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John Archer

By John Archer



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There are some genuine gems among the apps provided too, particularly those that focus on streaming video. The BBC iPlayer catchup TV app, the LoveFilm app, the AceTrax movie purchase/rental app, the BBC News app and Samsung’s own, fast-growing 3D content streaming app are all great additions to any TV’s functionality. Social media lovers will appreciate the set’s Facebook and Twitter apps too, while fans of simple gaming will find basic game apps galore to keep them busy.

The 40in screen is, as you would expect from its slimness, driven by edge LED lighting. It’s also a full HD affair as almost all 40in LCD TVs are these days, and it claims a ‘clear motion rate’ of 400. Most brands would probably just call this 400Hz, but Samsung feels uneasy about suggesting that its screen might have a genuine 400Hz refresh rate when what’s really happening is that a 100Hz native scanning rate is working with a scanning backlight and processing tools to deliver the equivalent of 400Hz.

The 400CMR figure is only half of the 800CMR figure claimed by Samsung’s D7000 and D8000 3D TVs. This raises the possibility of increased 3D crosstalk, as the screen may not respond as quickly to changes in the image content. Fingers crossed this won’t prove to be the case.

Samsung UE40D6530

The onscreen menus in the UE40D6530 are excellent: clean, clear, colourful, and heavy on graphics and icons. Particularly brilliant is the Smart Hub: a new, beautifully presented one-stop shop for accessing the TV’s myriad sources, from the apps through to your normal TV broadcast channels. Also inspired is the TV’s interactive onscreen instructions system, which brings up an explanation of what each feature in the menus does as you roll your cursor over it.

Our concerns about the 40D6530‘s 400CMR causing crosstalk on 3D prove largely - though not completely - unfounded.

In fact, with the difficult (because it’s predominantly dark) lantern scene in Tangled the UE40D6530 delivered arguably the most crosstalk-free picture we’ve seen from an LCD TV to date. However, there was a touch more crosstalk during notorious bright 3D sequences, like the Golden Gate Bridge fight in Monsters Vs Aliens. This crosstalk isn’t the aggressive, rampant, colour-tinged type that so destroys the 3D pictures of Sony’s 40EX723 series; rather it looks like transparent outline echoes of occasional objects in the mid to far distance. Once you’ve noticed even this relatively gentle crosstalk for the first time, though, you do find yourself looking out for it again, which is unfortunate.

In other respects the 40D6530’s 3D pictures are pretty good, with decent brightness levels and colour saturations. Samsung should, though, introduce a special 3D picture preset, as we can readily imagine, for instance, people accidentally sticking with the set’s Movie preset they’d used up for watching a 2D Blu-ray when switching to a 3D Blu-ray, even though the Movie preset isn’t nearly bright enough to deliver a great 3D experience.

A Scotland

July 7, 2011, 5:47 pm

I have been looking at the 55D6530 as a possible purchase for some time now but have been put off by the amount of people who are returning their sets for backlight inconsistency, banding and clouding. It seems to me that if you can see banding and clouding in a picture such as to notice it several times during a film the TV is not fit for purpose and should be returned. What I cannot understand is how it could possibly score an 8 out of 10. In the case of the D7000 and D8000 models the forum feedback is overwhelmingly that it suffers from exactly the same problems and yet these sets were scored 9 out of 10 by TR.

Also isn't the "video" effect a deliberate processing feature of the Samsungs which is impossible to switch off except by using the Game mode preset? Blue rays movies (other than Pixar) look awful as a result of this processing and I think this should be addressed in your review.

Any assurances from TR on these issues would be welcomed as I am wondering whether I can continue to rely upon it for recommending TVs and I am soon to be in the market for one. Sorry for the moan but I have been an avid fan of the website for some time and thought you may prefer the opportunity to deal with a bit of feedback rather than have users simply switch off and disappear.


July 7, 2011, 6:32 pm

Interested to know how this compares to the D7000 particularly as a 2D only TV (since I have zero interest in a 3D TV other than the fact that all manufacturers best 2D sets also have 3D built in these days). Given the fact that there's about a £400 price difference - is the D7000 worth £400 more than this? £1100 - £1200 is a big jump up from £750!


July 8, 2011, 2:11 am

The video effect you describe is just a result of (what i consider to be) a motionplus bug. Clear or Blur Reduction 10 and Judder Reduction 0 normally correctly decrease motion blurring without introducing the video effect, except during 24/25p on TV or blu-ray. Ok you can turn it off for your blu-ray input but it's annoying having to do it constantly for TV.

The Game mode preset is the one that turns off the undefeatable image smoothing, something that I found there was quite a lot of. Game mode loses 10-point white balance, judder-free 24p and motionplus too.

Mine is away being "fixed" for bad uniformity/bleed but I don't hold out much hope. Also the undefeatable smoothing (I think this is the case on ALL Samsungs from 2010 and 2011) is a deal breaker for me, so I will be getting a refund and looking elsewhere.


July 8, 2011, 2:23 am

The bezel is tiny enough on the D6530 for me not to be bothered in spending more for the D7 or 8000.

The '800Hz' of the D7/8000 is also something that I wasn't interested in as it's produced by interpolating frames and the 400Hz on the D6530 was producing very clear movement for me.


July 8, 2011, 5:48 pm

Disagree with review. Returned 2 D7000 models due to horrific bleeding on both sets, which made blacks appear grey.

Since settled on this set, and very happy. Clouding is there but only apparent on corners. General Pq makes up for thus weakness.

Also not fussed about 3D, after initial buzz, I haven't bothered with 3D for ages. 2D picture is on par with D7000, so IMHO the D6530 represents better value for money that the 7&8 series.


July 8, 2011, 6:49 pm

I do get the feeling that the D6530 is the sweet spot in value for money if you want a great premium 2D set from Samsung. Just can't see anything to justify the massive price jump between this and the D7000/D8000


July 8, 2011, 8:41 pm

@gdawg304: Just can't see anything to justify the massive price jump between this and the D7000/D8000

Been looking at the D8000, one area I think it beats this is on how it looks. The 8000 Series just look amazing. Yes, I must admit the price jump does seem high though.


July 9, 2011, 3:19 am

On Amazon, it says that until July 31, when you buy this TV you get a free package including two pairs of 3D glasses and a Megamind 3D Blu-ray disc and also 50% off a 3d blu ray player. What do you think?


Don Kanonjii

July 9, 2011, 2:19 pm

What i am finding very difficult with using Trusted Reviews as a source for TV reviews and recomendations is the glaring omission of measured input lag on the different inputs/modes. Eg: x ms input lag when gaming over HDMI but only X via VGA or something. Given that of late SO MANY TV's have such high input lag that they are practically useless for anyone who is even remotely serious about gaming. Some measure at a whopping 95ms...that's almost a whole second before your button press is registered on the screen. AV Forums and hdtvtest always test for input lag, I am dissapoint to find it rarely (if ever) mentioned in TR TV reviews. Even if it was litterally a quick paragraph stating the input lags on different inputs that would really help a lot of people.


July 10, 2011, 3:09 am

It's a personal taste thing but I actually prefer the look of the D7000 to the D8000, and apart from the casing they're technically identical (apart from the 8000 being £100 more expensive). Don't think it's worth a £500 premium though over the D6530. I'm more interested to know how the 7/8 is better performance-wise as I'd be watching the screen not the bezel. (although it's nice if it looks good...unlike last year's Panasonics!)


July 10, 2011, 12:47 pm

Er... there are 1,000 ms in one second, so 95 ms is less than a tenth of a second, not "almost a whole second". Though I agree that a 95 ms lag isn't ideal, especially for racing games etc.


October 15, 2011, 4:57 am

In the review of the D6530 the pictures show a black stand - but in fact the stand is brushed aluminum. This mistake is also made on several retailer sites.


January 13, 2012, 4:43 am

Does anyone know if there is a difference between this model and the D6510, other then the stand? (Ie a actual difference between the tv's itself, not ascetically )

cheers .. this tv hit £649 during the sales, sigh what a deal that would have been.

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