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Samsung UE46D7000 - A Highly Impressive Performer

John Archer

By John Archer



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Samsung UE46D7000


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The 46D7000’s 3D pictures look brighter, more colourful, more detailed and deeper than they did last year too, adding up to a 3D picture that we’d class as the best overall that we’ve seen so far.

The 46D7000 is a terrific 2D performer, too. Without Samsung’s surprisingly comfortable 3D glasses on, it’s easy to appreciate, for instance, the profound depth of its black level response. After a little calibration, there’s almost none of the greyness or backlight inconsistency over dark scenes that we usually associate with edge LED lighting.

Colours are outstanding too, achieving an uncanny balance between gorgeously rich saturations and the sort of tonal credibility and blend subtlety that helps make pictures look both believable and rich.

The 46D7000’s HD images are pin-sharp and ultra-detailed too - among the sharpest we’ve seen in fact. And this is without calling on the services of the set’s rather over-the-top edge enhancement and sharpness-boosting options.

Tied in with the 46D7000’s impeccable sharpness is its improved motion handling. This was good, last year, provided you were careful with the Motion Plus processing, but this year, Motion Plus works its magic at reducing blur and judder while creating fewer side effects. As always, moreover, we greatly appreciated the exceptional flexibility Samsung provides for adjusting Motion Plus to suit your tastes, with separate ‘sliding bar’ strength adjustments for the judder and blur components of the processing.

In keeping with the last couple of generations of Samsung TVs, the 46D7000 does an excellent job of upscaling 2D material too, adding detail without exaggerating source noise.

Usually at this point we’d start to moan about how excellent Samsung picture quality is let down by another impoverished audio performance from the TV’s slender bodywork. But amazingly, this time it’s different. There’s a genuine sense of bass to the soundstage, a more open mid-range complete with a little breathing room to expand into during action scenes, and trebles sound clean but seldom shrill. Blimey.

So is the 46D7000 perfect? Not quite. There’s still residual 3D crosstalk, as noted earlier, especially over very bright sequences. And it’s a shame you only get one pair of Active shutter glasses included as standard.

We occasionally got the impression, too, that the central third of the image was slightly less bright than the outer two-thirds, though this wasn’t as obvious as on the 55D8000, and frankly hardly warrants a mention at all.

The final niggle is one you get with the vast majority of other LCD TVs, namely a drop off in colour and contrast if you watch the TV from much of an angle.


While last year’s Samsung 7000 models represented a significant step down in quality from its 8000 models, this year’s D7000 models are all-but identical. Which is to say they give you the same outstanding performance level for around £100 less in a slightly less flash but still lovely design. In other words, they’re another reason for the 2011 competition to feel really rather scared...


March 22, 2011, 2:43 pm

Compelling product if it's all that you say it is John. Typically excellent picture quality, atypically decent audio, minimal crosstalk, comfortable glasses, great UI, and nice to see built-in Wi-Fi quickly becoming a standard over inelegant, stingy dongle solutions. Not bad for the money.

But if I'm looking at that weird raspberry and custard illustration correctly, am I right in thinking that this TV essentially has three bezels?!


March 22, 2011, 3:55 pm

@John - you mention £800 cheaper than the 55" in the intro but £100 in the conclusion (compared to ???)


March 22, 2011, 6:42 pm

@ sthair

Maybe the £100 comparison is in relation to a 46" equivalent in that premium series.


March 22, 2011, 7:12 pm

Well done Sams.

TRULY great to see minimalist bezel/'frame' round the screen but it needs to be unobtrusive.

Good to see 8/10 for sound but REALLY it is time TVs 42" and in particular larger ones now came as standard with a soundbar - more so for 3D TVs.


March 22, 2011, 10:52 pm

Does anyone know if it's possible to change the stand? I really don't like Samsung's "chicken foot" look but don't want to wall hang my TV either.


March 23, 2011, 2:53 pm

What other sizes are these 7000 and 8000 series Samsungs available in? I'm looking at a 40" probably (maybe 42" if the minimal bezel allows me to get a bigger screen) but dont want to have to drop down the product range and miss out on features to do so.

I also wish companies would offer TV without speakers. I have surround and never bother with built in stuff on this size TV


March 24, 2011, 1:28 pm

Yes, both the D7000 & D8000 will be available as 40" models. D7000 is my early favourite, just awaiting a 40" review before I purchase. I also want to read the review of the lesser spec, and cheaper D6100 when that's released.


March 24, 2011, 5:22 pm

Cheers Robbo! Sounds like you're in the same situation as me, liking the D7000 and looking at a 40"


March 31, 2011, 1:21 pm

Does this model have defeatable dynamic contrast? This was noted in reviews of the previous generation and I wonder if Samsung have taken note.


August 23, 2011, 11:12 pm

There is a difference between the D8000 and D7000, however it is only activated in the US. The D8000 has a hardware/chip based control over leds, simulating back-led performance. For us europeans, there are only minor details that separate them, design, mostly.lcdbrand.com

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