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Samsung's LCD TVs are typically HDTVs with 1080p resolution and to get the best of this on a 40 screen size, we recommend a viewing distance of about 7 feet. At under $500 you get some pretty good features like Samsung's proprietary Connect Share which allows you to access videos on your USB on your TV. Given below is our list of the best Samsung 40" LCD TVs as per several top rated reviews around the web.

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Samsung LN E550

Samsung LN40E550 40" LCD TV


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Samsung LN E550
Samsung UN D8000
Samsung LN C650
Samsung LN46B750 46
Samsung LN46B500
Samsung LN40E550 40" LCD TV
Samsung UN46D8000 46 inch Tv
Samsung LN46C650 46 in  HDTV-Ready LCD TV
Samsung LN46B750 46  LCD TV
Samsung LN46B500 46  LCD TV  Widescreen  1920x1080  HDTV
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Release Date
Feb 2012
Feb 2011
Feb 2010
Apr 2009
Nov 2009
Flat Panel Type
LCD TV
LCD TV
LCD TV
LCD TV
LCD TV
Screen Size
40.0 inch
45.9 inch
46.0 inch
46.0 inch
46.0 inch
Contrast Ratio
150000:1
25000000:1
150000:1
40000:1
Digital TV Standard
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
HDTV-Ready Television
HDTV Television
HDTV Television
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen (16:9)
Widescreen (16:9)
HDCP Support
HDCP Support
HDCP Support
HDCP Support
3D-ready
Not 3D-ready
3D-ready

  • The Samsung E550 series LCD is a decent performer with excellent shadow detail and good colors but image softness hampers a hearty recommendation.


  • Currently the LN40E550 costs around $549 from authorized Internet dealers. It has a lacking feature set overall and the picture is average too, although it is better than most all the off-brand discount competition due to its CNR technology and a stable picture. In the smaller sizes, it might be a decent second or third room TV, but with solid performance over time. Longevity should also be a strong point. It should last for many years as there are not too many moving parts.


  • The Samsung UND8000 TV delivers best-in-class looks and features, but its picture quality--thanks to uneven screen uniformity--is ultimately not as good as that of many less expensive models.


  • Samsung's top-shelf UN55D8000 projects a stunning picture from a knife-like body, but does pay a small price for its amazing form factor.


  • Every year, the mantle for "best TV of 20xx" passes between the same companies: Sony had it last year and Panasonic the year before. This time the focus is back on market leader Samsung and the excellent effort it's made in 2011 to produce products that are at least 12 months ahead of its competitors'. While we'll wait to see what the rest of the year can throw at us, it's indisputable that the Series 8 LCD is a truly cutting-edge television with performance at the very heart of it.

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    - The system has four HDMI inputs for multiple video and gaming system to remain connected at one time as a complete media unit.


  • The Samsung LN46C650 is a dream come true for budget minded buyers who seek solid image quality in a connected HDTV with advanced features. The Samsung LN46C650 is a dream come true for budget minded buyers who seek solid image quality in a connected HDTV with advanced features. Sony's XBR-46HX909 will cost you a lot, but you’ll get very good images and a lot of Internet programming.

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    - At an appealing price point, this 46" HDTV still delivers solid, if not stellar, performance.
    - For those not needing state of the art 3D LED TVs, this model, with a package bursting with Internet apps, offers an attractive price point.


  • - The image did appear softer via VGA, and resolution wasn't quite full, but it was still very good.
    - Solid connectivity with four HDMI and one PC input..
    - Skin tones looked mostly good, although we did see a very slight bluish cast in midtones.
    - According to our tests the display handled every line of a DVD source and the shots of grass and steps from the detail test looked good.


  • - YouTube's low resolution looks awful on a 46-inch screen.
    - It's large, and it makes its easy-to-find-and-push buttons even easier to use with a backlight that comes on in the dark.

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    - Colors and uniformity are excellent for an LCD TV.

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    - Every sound comes alive with SRS TruSurround HD audio.