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Samsung UE46ES8000 - More Picture Quality

John Archer

By John Archer


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Samsung UE46ES8000


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Review Price £1,487.92

It’s also much easier to appreciate the quality of colour reproduction from the Samsung UE46ES8000 once you’ve adjusted it from its presets to more subdued picture settings. For while bright scenes might not look quite so punchy and dramatic as they do using the presets, you can pick out more readily subtle shifts in colour tone, which helps pictures look more realistic and less flat and cartoony.

HD pictures still look extremely detailed and sharp with the toned down settings too. The only difference is that textures and crisp edges look natural rather than forced and over-pushed. Just make sure, though, that the TV’s noise reduction routines are turned off for HD viewing, for these are more likely to cause softness and even image lag than do anything positive for HD pictures.

Another processing feature that needs to be treated with care is the Motion Plus system. Designed to reduce judder and blur, it comes with various ‘strength’ settings, of which only the least powerful Clear mode really works for us. The others tend to leave the picture looking rather processed and unnatural - though kudos to Samsung for allowing you to manually adjust the strength of the processing’s individual judder and blur components.

Samsung UE46ES8000

Mind you, once the TV has warmed up for a few moments it’s actually pretty free of motion blur and judder anyway.

The UD46ES8000 impresses, too, with its standard definition upscaling. The powerful, high-speed processing made possible by the set’s dual-core engine help it do a really sterling job of making standard definition images look sharp and detailed. Yet crucially this is achieved at the same time that source noise is identified and removed with at times uncanny accuracy.

The last picture element to cover is, of course, 3D. And here again for the most part the UE46ES8000 is a startling success. For starters, 3D pictures look exceptionally bright and colourful despite the active shuttering effect of the single pair of glasses you get free with the TV. In fact, they’re for our money the brightest and most richly saturated active 3D pictures we’ve yet seen from any TV.

Even better, they’re also almost completely free of the dreaded crosstalk noise. We tried out all of our favourite crosstalk-inducing 3D scenes, and the UE46ES8000 survived them all almost completely intact. This - along with some surprisingly effective motion processing you can use in 3D mode - leaves you free to enjoy all the detail and sharpness that defines Full HD active shutter technology, and makes 3D viewing much less tiring than it is on screens which suffer badly with crosstalk.

Samsung UE46ES8000

Actually, so impressive is the UE46D8000’s crosstalk performance that we’d go so far as to say it delivers our favourite active 3D picture performance to date, outgunning even Panasonic’s 2011 3D plasmas on account of the Samsung’s extra brightness and ability to resolve detail and colours in dark 3D areas.

It’s worth adding that we’ve heard reports of some people suffering with crosstalk on the UE46ES8000. But try as we might, we just couldn’t replicate this for ourselves. In fact, our only bugbear with 3D viewing is that you can sometimes see a little backlight inconsistency, on account of the panel having to be driven harder to compensate for the active 3D dimming effect.

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April 5, 2012, 12:34 am

Thanks for the review, but did you forget to test the input lag?


April 5, 2012, 2:24 am

Great review of a TV I'm really interested in. As a gamer I must ask: do you by any chance have measured input lag on this set?


April 5, 2012, 6:58 am

Input lag for gaming?
You should always include that in a TV review.


April 6, 2012, 5:06 am

Alongside the other posters asking about the input lag specs I'd also like to know where TR found the set going for £1,488? I can find it at no lower than £1895.


April 20, 2012, 12:47 pm

I have the 40" model, Which setting did you alter the back light and contrast settings on? I am watching the STANDARD option.
Does this TV have 400 hz refresh rate as mine always only shows 50i?
Finally, when anyone is wearing a stripped top the picture goes mad and badly blurs when the person moves. What setting do I need to adjust to correct this?


May 2, 2012, 8:11 am

There is no way this TV deserves a 9!

I have been through 4 of these models. All 4 have had pretty much the same issues. The main issue is the 240hz on this model sucks! My last years D8000 has a way better picture than all 4 of these models I have had. I see some amazing reviews from others that bought this TV that rate it Excellent so thats why I didn't give up but I can't keep returning TV's.

I would be happy if this TV had the same picture as my D8000 does at least! It should have an even better picture from what Samsung was going around saying at CES this year. Im not too concerned about the motion/gesture controls, I just want an amazing picture!

Right now, In order to get a decent pic, I have to keep the backlight on 5 and my brightness on 30 otherwise, the picture looks washed out and has horrible black levels, but there are like artifacts all over and i still get judder even with the motion control turned on "Smooth" This TV really sucks compared to last year!

I hope you guys see what I see. I can't imagine I recived 4 defective TV's in a row.

I recommend everyone stay away from this TV right now!

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