REVIEW: Samsung UE46D7090 Part 2
As a disturbing noise fails to appear during operation, our test sample behaves absolutely normal. At best, we can find a slight hum in the vicinity of the power supply. Special test images with sharp contrasts do not lead to any change.
Since the noise level usually is subject to considerable series scatter, we, as always, cannot make an absolute statement for all devices at this point.
Due of the edge LED backlight, we expect a low power consumption in relation to the size of the screen.
The measured values speak for themselves and are comparable with the results we determined for the LG 47LW650S. They always remain below the manufacturer's specification of a maximum of 150 watts.
When showing a full-scale black picture, the screen turns off the backlight. Hence, the remaining energy consumption corresponds to the needs of the electronics.
In standby mode, we measure minimal power consumption. A separate power switch is not present.
In terms of connectivity options, the Samsung UE46D7090 is very flexible. 4 HDMI inputs are available for the display of digital signals. Analogue RGBHV signals are processed through a D-Sub VGA input. Composite and YPbPr signals can be fed via the included adapter. The restriction to a single input may nowadays pose no serious problem, especially as two scart adapters can be used. The connection is established via a proprietary connector.
The integrated tuner is connected via IEC (DVB-C, analogue cable) and F connectors (DVB-S). DVB-T is also supported. Audio signals can be picked off via a TOSLINK connector or fed through a digital phone jack (3.5 mm) analogously. Another jack acts as a headphone output. For the wired connection to the home network, a RJ45 connector is provided. A CI+ slot receives appropriate modules for decryption. Three USB inputs allow for the connection of USB flash drives or a hard disc drive. When using the internal tuner, they can also be employed as a recording medium, provided a digital signal is present.
Since all connections have been installed vertically or laterally, the wiring is no problem even when using a wall mount with a small distance from the wall.
The signal inputs of the Samsung UE46D7090.
The remote has pleasantly large buttons and a meaningful layout. With the central cross keys, the user navigates through the extensive menu structure.
Samsung separates the classical settings that specifically apply to the image reproduction from the "Smart Hub" functionality, where users find a number of internet services and applications, as well as the powerful media player.
Whereas the menu guidance partially is a bit confusing in the standard menu, the "Smart Hub" interface provides easy operation. Unfortunately, the full manual, which can be accessed via the OSD, provides little help with the picture settings. We feel the need for a clear and accurate description of many features. Via internet, Samsung offers a PDF file with the contents of the help function, the structure of which is also not convincing.
Samsung UE46D7090: remote control and controls keys on the unit.
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