Great TV if your looking for a monitor with minimal inputs
I use this with a dedicated Media PC and audio receiver so I didn't want to pay extra for smart TV features or multiple inputs and outputs. I wanted to use this as basically just a huge monitor and its perfect for that
The default picture settings do need some tweaking; the back lighting, gamma, brightness and contrast all needed some adjusting, but once that was done I was very happy with the picture.
Colors are very accurate
At $1599 the UN55ES6500 is a very good value with all of the above mentioned features and picture quality attributes. It's pretty loaded for this price. Some of the only features that it does not have such as Smart Interaction are not really worth it. The picture is also not as standout as the top tier models, but is still very good. Competition is from the LG 55LM6700 and the Sony KDL-55HX750 and an assortment of plasma TVs.
Very good picture quality, Strong Smart TV platform with a good app selection
The Samsung UN46ES6500 (MSRP $1,729) is loaded with great features like Smart TV functionality, 3D, and media sharing via USB, just to name a few. Samsung deserves credit for not only implementing these features, but doing them very well.
The picture quality was excellent on this TV. Blacks were very dark and whites were modestly bright. The 46ES6500 had a great contrast ratio of 2658:1 and the screen had consistent black and white levels.
Attractive design, Bright picture with solid color and black-level performance
The Samsung ES6500 is not quite the slam-dunk of value we were hoping it might be, but it stands up very well against the similarly-sized and like-priced competition. The ES6500's most attractive attribute when turned off is its stunning good looks. With a thin profile, tiny bezel, Plexiglass border and matt-finished screen, this series from Samsung is about as beautiful as a TV gets at this price.
Struggle, Pain, and Joy
The fact that I can't adjust certain "features", combined with the level of screwing around it requires to make the picture look good makes me lower that. Seriously Samsung... why can't there be a default mode in here that has professionally calibrated settings? You must know that the reds are way too saturated, right? You can still set it to "Standard Mode" by default to create eye-popping pictures that make people buy the TV.
Sharp, Clear and Bright!
We have a 44" Samsung in our 5th wheel camper and really enjoyed the picture clarity, so that's what influenced our decision on this Samsung. From the moment I turned it on, I could not believe the picture. This TV has it all. Plus the 3D is fa-nominal. If you order from Amazon, they ship it free, no sales tax and the shipping company un-crates it and sets it up for you at no charge. Of course I gave the guys a $20. as a tip though. All in all, so far we're very pleased with our decision.
The picture is also not as standout as the top tier models, but is still very good.
At $999 you may be hard pressed to find a better TV in the market in the 40" size. Not many top tier manufacturers are making the smaller sizes these day with their best models anyway. So even at 40" the UN46ES6580 is a good deal considering picture, features, and the Skype camera and 4 pairs of 3D glasses. Competition is from the LG 42LM6200.
Fairly expensive for a 46-inch TV and color accuracy would've been better.
The Samsung ES6580 is good TV, but most of its best features are the ones you'll find on almost all of Samsung's 2012 line-up. The robust Smart Platform, immersive 3D, and slick design/interface aside, it's proven to be a slightly modified version of the ES6500 series, packed up pretty with a pouty little webcam.
The differences between the two are quite simple. Where the ES6500 is the better television in color integrity, the ES6580 is brighter, which gives it a stronger contrast ratio.
Simply amazing television
As my title says this TV is simply amazing. I actually was debating on whether to purchase this 40" LED 3D 1080p 120hz Samsung TV (UN40EH6030) or a practically identical 40" LED 1080p 120hz Samsung TV (UN40EH6000). At the time of purchase the 6030 was selling for $497.99 which has 3D capability and also comes with a pair of 3D glasses. The 6000 was selling for $548.00.
Sometimes...Not BEING a Smart TV... is The SMART TV!
In my quest to find the best TV for the money, I've discovered that most of today's LED TV's are challenged with the aforementioned "soap opera' effect. In a way, it's understandable. Networks broadcast their shows using a multitude of lighting choices. That alone can be problematic. Add to that the commercials that are broadcast in a non-HD format and then throw in the desire for TV makers to make TV panels super thin and you get too many options for your backlight to choose from.
Great TV sans a couple of deal killers for tech heads
I will not recommend this TV to my friends, because they are all geeks like me, so tech heads and tweakers should look to another set for customization options, but everyone else should pounce on the opportunity to maximize quality, functionality, and general picture quality and buy this set.
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