REVIEW: Samsung LE-52F96BD Part 9
The panel on the Samsung LE-52F96BD is only run on 8 Bit pro RGB colour channel, which translates as 16,7 million reproducible colours. This means that colour settings adjusted manually which do not correspond to the standard settings could have a negative effect on the reproducible colour space. As a result, colours may be lost if individual colour channels are changed significantly. It would have been nice if the panel could have been run on 10-Bit.
In the above picture, even the finest details are cleanly resolved.
When you look closely, the F96 demonstrates very slight stripes in linear and radial colour patterns. The same is true for fine linear and radial grey gradients. The subjective image impression is very good nonetheless, since no-one would sit 50 cm away from a 52-inch television and count stripes: from a distance or one or two metres, the stripes can no longer be seen and are therefore not relevant in practice.
The image above shows that the black edge to the left and right of the image is absolutely black – even in a darkened room in which nothing but the illuminated power button of the LCD TV is visible.
According to Samsung, the viewing angles for the LE-52F96BD are 178 degrees both vertically and horizontally, which means 89 degrees to the left, right, up and down. In practice, the model achieves stable viewing angles of up to 170 degrees. Beyond this, the colours pale clearly.
Left picture: Viewing angle from the right and right picture: frontal view.
To sum up, the image quality of the Samsung LE-52F96BD can be rated as excellent in terms of display characteristics such as colour brilliance, illumination, black value and contrast. The icing on the cake would have been a 10-bit panel.
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