I love TV! Who doesn’t!? Infact I love it so much, like many others I have a TV in my Bedroom so that i can watch streaming content from my Roku box. Nothing better than falling asleep with the TV on! Here is my brief review of this Samsung TV
The defacto standard for HD viewing is 1080p, which is the amount of lines that are produced horizontally and vertically to make the picture. The P stands for progressive which means that both the horizontal and vertical lines are drawn at the same time, unlike I which stands for interlaced, the lines get drawn separately! Although most tv content is broadcast in 720p or 1080i. While not absolutely essential, it if you can get a 1080p tv over a 720p one, go ahead and get it, Most servies like netflix and Hulu offer content in 1080p now.
Samsung really makes fantastic LCD TV’s. The 4066f is no exception. The case of the tv is a shiny black and the screen is incredibly bright. It was 40″ so it was bigger than my old set, and it was on sale for under $700. LCD prices have taking a pretty big dip in the last year! Samsung makes some of the best lcd sets available and they are constantly winning awards for their sets! I set out with Samsung on my mind! In the store the Samsung 4066F looked so much better than the other sets, however this does not mean much in the store setting, it is when you get it home when you decide if you really like it!
On opening the box and taking the TV out, you will be floored at how beautiful this set is! I could just stare at it all day long even without it turned on (yes I am weird) Upon further inspection you will see that this tv has connections galore on the back and the side of the set. 3 HDMI connections, 1 usb connection, 2 sets of component connections, a tos-link (or fiber optic) connection so you can link it to your home theater system for digital sound, 1 DVI input, 2 S-Video connections and a pc connector so you can link your home computer to this set! It also has your regular antenna connector, and a headphone jack! This set has plenty of connections for all of your equipment you will always be able to have all of your gadgets hooked up and ready to go.
Setup of the TV is as easy as 1,2,3. Once you have all of your equipment hooked up, turn on the set and it will automatically find and tune to all of your devices! thats it! Your ready to start watching tv! The picture is breathtaking in HD. You can change just about every aspect of this television via the menu system! Everything from contrast, to back light settings to brightness and gamma settings! The tv has 3 preset viewing options and they are. Standard, dynamic and movie! All offer a great picture and it really is a matter of personal taste when it comes to how you like your picture!
This LCD has a contrast ratio of 15000:1 and a brightness of 450 cd/m2. The contrast ratio measures the difference between the brightness in the white portions of a screen vs. black portions. If a tv had a 1000:1 contrast ratio it would mean that a perfectly white pixel is 1000 times brighter than a perfectly black pixel.
CD/M2 is Candela Per Square Meter. This tells you how well you can view the TV in brighter lighting conditions. The higher the value the brighter the screen will be and the easier it will be to see in bright light conditions. The specs of this set are very good for the price!
The sound that this tv produces is a little weak and for me is the only down point to this set! The speakers have no real substance to them, but then most tv’s have bad speakers still you are paying a substantial amount for money for the tv, this is an area that all manufacturers can improve on! There are multiple settings for the sound that comes from the tv though! You can change it so that the sound you hear is set to make dialog easier to hear or you can set it so that it sounds like you are in a concert hall, it will add an echo effect to the sound, which is a nice touch, but overall the sound is disappointing!
The remote control is very nice. It is a universal remote, so you can program it to control most of your devices. If you have other Samsung devices the tv and remote feature the Samsung anynet+ feature, which is where the the Samsung components communicate with each other, thus making your life much easier! The remote has some buttons that light up in the dark which is nice. The button layout is very good and overall the remote is nice and easy to use! Nothing ground breaking, it is just a remote that does it’s job well.
Overall this LCD from Samsung is a fantastic set! The specifications are very good. The connections are more than you would ever need, the ease of use is a breath of fresh air when it comes to electronics and the in menu options will never make you feel like you are not in control of your tv. Oh speaking of connections, Whats the USB port for? You can do a few things with this port! Samsung on occasion may release new firmware (software) for the TV. You can download the firmware to a thumb drive and then update the firmware that way. There is also a built in feature that is not to dissimilar to Media center on your PC. If you have a thumb drive that is loaded with MP3’s or pictures, you can put your thumb drive in the USB port, turn the tv to the correct setting and you have a built in media player in the TV! You can view your pictures on the 40″ screen (great when the family comes around) or you can listen to your music! A very cool feature!
If you are in the market for a new TV do not discount Samsung products.! The price of this LCD just right, the options are countless, it is 1080p and the size at 40″ is perfect for a main TV or a bedroom set. Apart from the sound being a little disappointing this set is amazing both in quality and value.