Samsung UN55C6300 55" 1080p 120Hz LCD LED TV
Samsung UN55C6300 Review
Model: Samsung UN55C6300
Description: 55" 1080p LED Backlit LCD Television (super thin)
Reviewer: Robert Wiley
Date: Fall 2010
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A brightly lit shot from the Blu Ray of X-Men on the 55C6300
- Aesthetics – Contemporary Design 1.1" depth with 1" frame. Great looking TV.
- New Swivel quadrapod stand
- Good deep black levels – Avg. to good contrast.
- Excellent color saturation and light levels
- Optional 120Hz feature for sports programming
- Great connectivity options for such a thin TV
- Good Value
- No Internet Connectivity
- Proprietary Wifi Internet TV Network
- 120Hz feature detracts from Film based content (turn off feature). 120Hz is really about as good as 240Hz. The difference is negligible.
- Difficult ISF calibration to D6500
- Side Angle Viewing contrast reduction
- At times over saturation of colors
- Slightly Weak Volume/Audio output
- Blue tone inconsistency across gray scales
- Some complain of uneven light/color uniformity from LED back lighting
Price Considerations: At $1999 at online authorized retailers, this the 55C6300 costs $200 to $300 less than the 55C6500 which has full Internet connectivity. That's the only difference in the two. So you will need to decide how important Internet connectivity is to you. It's still not inexpensive but this is a good price point in the 55" LED category. This TV has the newest LED backlighting, a super thin depth, sleek good looks, but does not contain 3D capability. Competition hails from the LG 55LE5400, the Vizio VF552XVT, and the Sharp LC-52LE810U.
For any film or broadcast TV non-sports based material start by turning off the 120Hz rate feature as follows: Click Menu/picture/Scroll down to Picture Options/Press enter/Scroll down to AutoMotionPlus 240Hz/Press Enter/Scroll or press to Off position. It is important to turn this feature off (see more on this feature under features section below).
Color saturation is a strength of these new LED backlit Samsung LCDs. Colors are super vibrant even if on the unrealistic side at times. It's what our society (maybe not so much purists) likes these days. On rare occasions there is some over saturation within blacks.
Black Level/Contrast: With color information both light and dark appearing so deeply saturated, contrast effect is excellent. Blacks appear inky and sometimes lose dark shadow detail. White light sometimes is distractingly too bright.
Contrast degrades at around 45 degrees off axis which is a slight improvement over last years model and average for an LED backlit LCD. An eyeball estimate of the decrease in contrast is around 20% (this is impossible to actually measure.) One positive is that contrast does not degrade more as the viewing angle widens past this initial 45 degrees.
This C6300 sereies is not 3D ready and does not have Internet Apps options.
Appearance: The 55C6300 comes with a 15 to 20 degree swivel quadrapod (our word) table top stand. The stand is heavy, sturdy and gives and expensive quality with its gloss chrome metallic finish. The new 4 legged stand is a gutsy move and I like it. There are accompanying screws to further secure the stand to the TV. The super thin 1.1" screen depth is accompanied by an improved 1" bezel frame surrounding the screen. This is an improvement of an inch over last years model.
Remote Control/Menu Funtionality: The backlit push button remote control for the 55C6500 is simple, basic and straightforward without the flash of the highest end Samsung models. This standard remote control contains a discrete button called P. Size for changing the video aspect ratio.
Audio Output: Sound volume levels seem weak from the 15W X 15W built in speakers. We can understand the challenges for speaker placement in a 1.2" deep TV. For a majority of programming changing the mode to movie, and utilizing the Clear Voice feature will help a lot to improve voice tone in DVD and broadcast material. SRS TruSurround is a useful feature for HD content but it doesnt help voice tone. Overall, audio delivery from the UN55C6300 was slightly better than last years model, which was not impressive.