Samsung UN32D6000 Review
Model: Samsung UN32D6000 (also applies to UN32D6050)
Description: 32" 1080p LED Backlit LCD Television (1" depth)
Reviewer: Robert Wiley and Jack Burden
Dimensions: 30.2" W x 18.7" H x 1.2" D (w/out stand) / 30.2" W x 21" H x 9.4" (w/stand)
Weight: 15.4lbs (w/out stand) / 21.3lbs (w/stand)
Date: Spring/Summer 2011
The UN32D6000 presents an interesting spectacle in the 32-inch market. It will not be the most price competitive TV but will offer a superb picture for HD programming for those wanting a very sleek small TV. The D6000 represents a mid tier unit in Samsung's lineup but the 32D6000 is one of the top tier Samsung 32" TVs available.
Picture Quality Rating (Non-HD): 8/10
The D6000 gave us mixed results with non-HD signals. There is significant lack of natural background blur no matter if the LEDMotionPlus feature is turned on or off. Fortunately this issue is eased somewhat in the movie mode setting. Essentially the 120Hz judder reduction feature is not adjustable in the D6000. The ensuing picture from the D6000 has a soap opera effect without the depth created by natural background blur. The inbuilt judder reduction technology for which there is no control included in the TV, obviously goes into hyper drive when processing and upconverting lower signals such as 480i or 480p. It almost made me dizzy watching a couple movies. That out of the way, color was very good, as was clarity, vibrancy, and light output. Dark scenes with 480 content got over saturated at times, losing dark matter detail.
A standard def shot from Netflix, Meet the Fockers.
Picture Quality Rating (HD): 9/10
Features Rating (HD): 8/10
Remote Control/Menu Funtionality: Samsung has revamped the overlay menu system in favor of a more opaque blue laddered system. The options are similar, but this menu is a little easier to use than last years - though not as impressive looking. When it comes to menu systems we prefer practical, so good job Samsung. The D6000 series does not include options for Dejudder control nor for turning off the 120Hz rate feature (previously called AutoMotionPlus)
A shot of Samsung's new menu look while calibrating Blue color temp.
Value Rating: 7.5/10
Price Considerations: At $809 at Internet retailers, this is a compelling mid range LED-backed LCD with excellent HD video quality, super thin design, and lots of Internet Apps. Video quality wanes somewhat with non-HD signals and viewing angle contrast degradation is a concern at times. But without all the extra features such as 3D compatibility, Dejudder controls, or a searchable Smart Hub suite, Samsung has been able to put this TV out at a great price point. Competition comes from the Sony KDL32EX600 and Samsung's own UN32D5500.
Overall Rating: 8.25/10
See Calibration and Testing Results and our Picture Settings