REVIEW: Samsung LE-52F96BD Part 15
The exterior of Samsung’s F96 series conceals true innovation: the locally dimmable LED backlight. The LEDs, divided into 96 zones, can be regulated independently of each other in terms of brightness, which the LCD does automatically depending on the image content (if the function is not deactivated). With this new feature, Samsung is a step ahead of the competition.
This allows a black value to be achieved which is comparable with that of a tube television – with considerably higher brightness and better colour reproduction. The Samsung LE-52F96BD offers excellent image quality with a breathtaking contrast ratio.
A condition for absolute viewing enjoyment is that high-quality image material be played back via the digital connection, e.g. via DVB-S, Playstation 3 or, better still, on a video processor. The integrated scaler on the LE-52F96BD is just in the mid-field as compared with the top class models from Sony and Toshiba.
However, incoming image material in 24Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz (PAL) and 60Hz (NTSC) is displayed without any difficulty. If you do not find the image perfect, you can adjust a host of settings in the menu of the 52-inch model. Unfortunately, the panel only runs on 8 Bit pro colour channel.
The user concept still demonstrates weak points, some of which can be rectified by a future firmware version: the menu responds sluggishly and the remote control has to be pointed very precisely towards the infra-red sensor on the TV set in order to ensure the signal is received. Functions such as format switching or input choice could be more easily used.
Overall, the positive performance and impression of the LE-52F96BD narrowly earn it a rating of very good.
Overall rating: VERY GOOD
Technical specification: Samsung LE-52F96BD
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