With 3D there’s more good news. As well as 3D images being unusually bright and colour-rich by active 3D standards, they also suffer impressively little with crosstalk ghosting noise. This leaves you more able to appreciate the extra resolution from 3D Blu-rays made possible by the active 3D format.
Motion in 3D can look a bit stuttery unless you use the Standard motion processing setting, but as noted earlier, the 55F7000’s processing power is such that you can use this mode without the TV generating too many haloing or flickering side effects. At any rate, the motion processing benefits with 3D outweigh the negatives.
Sonically the UE55F7000 carries only half the audio power of the 40W-sporting F8000 models, and it shows. The soundstage appears thinner and is prone to more distortion and harshness in the upper register when pushed hard, while the set’s deepest bass level is much less low, thanks to its lack of the F8000’s integrated woofer speaker.
Overall the UE55F7000’s audio can only be considered average, making us recommend that you consider partnering such large and talented pictures with a sound bar or some other sort of external audio system.
If you want the best performance Samsung has to offer from its full HD LCD TVs this year, it’s our opinion that the F8000 series offers enough extra quality to justify its £300 extra over the equivalent F7000 models.
People looking for a screen to go into a cinema room or even just a dark living room should also strongly consider the Panasonic TX-P55VT65, with its truly outstanding contrast performance. But this, too, will cost you around £300 more than the UE55F7000.
But if you can’t find that extra £300, the UE55F7000 still gives you all of Samsung’s latest Smart features and much of its current picture potential for less cold hard cash.
For more alternatives, read our best TVs round-up.
While we oddly felt a little more comfortable with the performance of the smaller Samsung UE46F7000, at least where the handling of dark scenes is concerned, the UE55F7000’s pictures are still highly impressive and unusually flexible in their ability to adapt to a wide range of different content and viewing conditions. If you can't afford the £300 step-up to the F8000 series, it's a safe bet.