Samsung UN55D6000 Review
Model: Samsung UN55D6000 (also applies to UN55D6050)
Description: 55" 1080p LED Backlit LCD Television (1.2" depth)
Reviewer: Robert Wiley and Jack Burden
Dimensions: 50.4" W x 30.1" H x 1.2" D (w/out stand) / 50.4" W x 32.3" H x 12" (w/stand)
Weight: 39.7 lbs (w/out stand) / 48.9 lbs (w/stand)
Date: Spring/Summer 2011
- Aesthetics – Contemporary Design 1.2" depth with 1" framing bezel
- Heavy attractive swivel stand
- Good deep black levels/contrast – Avg. to good contrast
- Excellent color rendition/saturation and light levels across all signals
- 120Hz processing with HD signals
- Great connectivity options for such a thin TV
- Strong Internet Apps Options
- Good Value
- Dark Shadow detail with Non-HD signals
- 120Hz processing removal of natural background blur
- No control for judder
- Side Angle Viewing contrast/black level reduction
- Audio output hollow Volume/Audio output
The UN55D6000 presents some tough competition to other manufacturers as it exels in HD picture quality and price without many of the extras. It is a mid-tier LED backlit LCD TV in Samsun's lineup for 2011.
Picture Quality Rating (HD): 9/10
An HD shot from Troy shows good dark shadow detail in clothing.
In last years C6500 we noticed inconsistency across gray scales especially in blue tones. Those mistakes are corrected in the D6000. Color rendition in the D6000 is accurate, realistic and vibrant - all three traits we look for in color quality. In scenes from the Blu Ray version of Troy we noted greens and blues as spot on with the odd turquoise and gold uniform colors of the Spartans. Blacks appear inky and saturated from front and center. Dark Shadow detail is also above average. Color uniformity looked good to us except at side angles.
Picture Quality Rating (Non-HD): 7/10
Features Rating: 8/10
Appearance: The 55D6000 comes with a 15 to 20 degree swivel rectangular table stand. The stand is heavy with a clear glass neck, glass top and black under base. The super thin 1.2" depth is impressive. There is a very slight scarlet red Touch of Color around the edges of the TV. The 1" framing bezel is black gloss with a thin clear acrylic edge all the way around the frame. Overall, it's an extremely updated and attractive design with an input cavity in the back that allows for tight cable wiring.
Internet Connectivity: Google Maps is a particularly fun and pleasing addition to the Internet Apps included in the D6000 called Smart TV or Smart Hub. The You Tube application defaults to full screen and HD if the video is HD which a very nice improvement. Hulu Plus, VUDU, ESPN, and of course Netflix and Amazon on Demand are present. Samsung's Smart TV Apps could be the most comprehensive we see this year among TV manufacturers. It has Apps for sale such as Pac Man and Workout videos that cost .99. News and other services include USA Today, AP, Home Shopping Network, and Accuweather. The Your Video feature is a portal for movie and video rental. It yielded lots of new release movies which are mainly availably through Vudu for $3.99 each.
Value Rating: 8.5/10
Price Considerations: At $1799 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 KDL55EX620.
Overall Rating: 8.25/10