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Samsung UE46F6500 - Picture Quality

John Archer

By John Archer

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Samsung UE46F6500

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Samsung UE46F6500: Picture Quality

We’ve seen enough Samsung TVs this year to have strong expectations of the UE46F6500’s picture performance. And almost boringly, it doesn’t let us down one bit.

Its success relative to most other LCD TVs in the same price bracket is founded on its excellent contrast performance. Follow the simple contrast and backlight settings advice mentioned earlier and you’ll be rewarded by a combination of startlingly inky black levels and punchy whites and colours that you’d scarcely imagine possible from a TV that isn’t using local dimming.

Samsung UE46F6500

What’s more, since there’s no local dimming in play, dark scenes enjoy black levels of excellent uniformity, with no sign of the sort of light ‘blocks’ around bright content witnessed with most edge LED TVs with local dimming.

There’s no general backlight clouding or inconsistency to worry about either, with even the extreme corners of the image managing to avoid looking brighter than the rest of the screen. Indeed, the level of black level uniformity the UE46F6500 delivers is among the very best we’ve seen from an edge LED TV.

Samsung UE46F6500

Great black levels usually prove to be a brilliant starting point for a strong colour performance, and this trend holds good with the UE46F6500. For while the UE46F6500 can do aggressive, ultra-vibrant saturations if they’re your bag, it’s also capable of delivering an extremely nuanced, subtle, and natural palette if that’s your preference. And crucially the colour tone accuracy even holds good during dark scenes, thanks to the set’s ability to avoid low-contrast grey mist when showing such material.

Samsung UE46F6500

Sharpness levels, meanwhile, again go beyond the call of duty. Indeed, the set’s desire to bring forth every pixel of an HD source is a bit too enthusiastic using the out-of-the-box sharpness setting, resulting in pictures tipping slightly into noise territory. Nudging the sharpness down a touch soon rectifies this issue though, without starting to make the picture look soft.

The UE46F6500’s sharpness remains quite strong when there’s motion in the frame too. There’s a touch of judder around if you don’t use the Motion Plus system, but not enough to regularly distract you or make the picture look unclear. So while superior motion handling can be found on Samsung’s F7000 and F8000 models, many serious movie fans will still feel more than content to watch the UE46F6500 with the motion processing off.

Looking hard for reasons to criticise the UE46F6500’s 2D pictures, there’s a trace of bluish haloing noise around narrow lines and small details – though the impact of this reduces with the backlight and sharpness levels reduced. We also missed the CinemaBlack feature you get on Samsung’s F7000 and F8000, as we sometimes became aware of shifting overall brightness levels in the black bars above and below 2.35/2.4:1-ratio films when using the otherwise strong dynamic backlight system.

Finally, while the balance of light usage the set achieves when showing scenes with a stark mix of bright and dark content is exceptional for an edge LED model without local dimming, sets that do have local dimming can get pictures looking punchier still. Yet often only with the attendant light blocking problem mentioned earlier.

Zeus

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.

Saman

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 ....

mothergoose85

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 ;-)

Mark

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.

Thanks

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 ....

Robin

November 24, 2013, 9:49 pm

Hi,
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.

Guest

April 18, 2014, 8:59 am

Hi

john

April 18, 2014, 9:27 am

This tv has dvb-t2 tuner?

Guest

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.

Guest

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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