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Samsung UE46F6500 - 3D, Sound and Conclusions

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Samsung UE46F6500


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Samsung UE46F6500: 3D Picture Quality

The UE46F6500 continues to impress with 3D. The set’s potent combination of high brightness and strong contrast proves very helpful in portraying a strong and believable sense of space in 3D images, while the active 3D format does a great job of delivering on all the pixel density and detail it was designed to recapture from 3D Blu-rays.

While we find Samsung’s 3D glasses a little flimsy and small-lensed, they do deserve praise for removing less brightness from 3D images than those you get with the majority of rival active 3D brands. And while the image isn’t completely free of 3D crosstalk ghosting noise, the problem is sufficiently rare and subdued in its appearance not to prove a major distraction.

Samsung UE46F6500

The biggest 3D issue is that motion looks a bit billowy without Motion Plus in play, but a touch processed if you DO use the motion processing system. But this is far from a deal breaker given the 3D strengths on show.

Samsung UE46F6500: Sound Quality

The UE46F6500’s audio is much more run of the mill than its pictures. The speakers haven’t got the power to go especially loud, and while the set manages to avoid distortion its mid-range readily starts to sound a bit compressed and flat when pushed hard by a bass heavy, thumping action scene soundtrack.

We should add, though, that the UE46F6500 is quite effective at ensuring vocal tracks always sound clear, even when the rest of the soundstage is struggling.

Other things to consider

If you’re a keen gamer, you’ll be pleased to hear that the UE46F6500 recorded a highly respectable input lag measurement of just 33ms – so long as you’re using the Game mode (inexplicably hidden away in the General submenu of the TV’s System menu) and you’ve got the noise reduction systems deactivated.

One other point worth underlining is that while it looks seductive with its multi-hub approach and high-quality graphics, Samsung’s latest Smart TV platform really does represent quite a stiff learning curve. Partly because there’s just so much going on with it, but also because the interface doesn’t do enough to signpost/tutor you through its processes.

Samsung UE46F6500

Stick with it, though, for it really is a very rewarding system once you’ve got over the initial comprehension ‘wall’.

Should I buy a Samsung UE46F6500?

For what feels like the umpteenth time this year where a Samsung TV is concerned, the simple answer is that if its screen size and price fit your bill, then yes, you probably should buy the UE46F6500. Its picture quality is, with a bit of set up work, absolutely outstanding by the standards of its mid-range market position, and its feature count is unparalleled once you’ve learned how to get the most from its smart TV interface.

Alternatives you could think about would be the Panasonic P50ST60 (if you can live with 4 inches more screen and an extra £130 or so on your price tag), or as another cheaper but still talented plasma alternative there's the 51-inch Samsung PS51F5500, which we've seen selling for around £700 recently.


We’d genuinely love to find a Samsung TV we didn’t like this year, just for a change of pace! But the bottom line is that excellent UE46F6500 doesn’t even come close to letting the Korean brand’s relentlessly high standards slip.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • 2D Quality 9
  • 3D Quality 9
  • Design 8
  • Smart TV 9
  • Sound Quality 7
  • Value 9


September 19, 2013, 12:59 pm

Considering the Recommended award you might want to consider changing the post's comment Another Blinding Samsung TV...Yawn! very likely that would make people probably gloss over the review.


September 19, 2013, 4:57 pm

The Youtube app stopped functioning after one month ..... and work very slowly every thing ... so looking for an apple TV to get the smart functions ....


September 20, 2013, 8:44 am

Or perhaps change it to "another blindingly good Samsung TV" - I like the sentiment that Samsung are on a roll at the moment and are a good bet, but my immediate thoughts were of retina searing ;-)


September 20, 2013, 8:49 pm

Any chance you could post the actual best tv settings? Have had this tv for 2 months now and I just cannot get a good picture.


Anirudh Singhal

October 6, 2013, 9:53 am

The TV come with it share of problems which Samsung is unable to rectify :
1> Play a RIP file from a USB and the Lip Sync problem sets in
2> Same Lip Sync problem on BBC player and i player
3> Today tried to upgrade to 1112.2 and after 55 % the update failed.....

What i think in race to launch so many products at one go samsung is compromising on Quality and a search over the above problems will reveal that samsung is not able to solve any of these ....


November 24, 2013, 9:49 pm

I am looking for a new TV, my options for the moment are:
Samsung PS60E6500 Plasma
Samsung PS60F5500 Plasma
Samsung UE55F6500 LCD

Which should I choose?
The Tv's all get great test results so I'll give some more information for what purpose the tv is mostly used.
It will play HD content from my PC in a Living room with little light. I'll be sitting at about 4 meters away from it.


April 18, 2014, 8:59 am



April 18, 2014, 9:27 am

This tv has dvb-t2 tuner?


April 19, 2014, 5:03 pm

I bought this TV in November 2013 and I give it 7 out of 10. Furthermore if you watch football often you should stay away from it (score of 4 out of 10). This TV has a serious vertical banding/clouding issue which becomes very apparent when the camera pans left and right (e.g. in football). It is just OK for watching anything else.


May 3, 2014, 4:41 pm

I agree. Same issues here. Very annoying. Besides the vertical banding and clouding issues, panning is a bit choppy.

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