April 12, 2011
- Stylish design
- Very good image quality
- Good 3D performance
- Great selection of applications
- Glossy screen shows reflections
- No built-in Wi-Fi networking
The Samsung UN46D6400 is a 46-inch edge-lit LED LCD TV that has a really stylish design, excellent color quality and really good 3D picture quality. It is on the expensive side, unfortunately, and does suffer from glare because of its glossy screen.
The Samsung UN46D6400 measures 41.9 x 24.5 x 1.2-inches (whd) and weights about 30-pounds. This TV has an extremely thin black bezel and it looks very high-tech. The stand is rectangle-shaped and is a transparent plastic that also adds to its visual appeal. It definitely can fit into any home theater setup, even if it's the most basic out there or the most advanced.
In terms of connections, you'll find four HDMI ports, 1 component video, 1 component audio, digital audio output, 3 USB 2.0 ports and one PC input. You'll definitely find a lack of analog inputs on this TV, which is a sign of the changing times towards digital connections, such as HDMI. There is also an Ethernet port for connecting it to your home network to steam video, music and images from networked computers.
The specifications of the Samsung UN46D6400 include a native resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels, which is full high-definition 1080p, and a 46-inch edge-lit LED lighting screen with a dynamic contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1. There is also an HDTV-compatable TV tuner built-in with QAM support. The two speakers have a total output power of 20 Watts and they use SRS TheaterSound HD technology. There is no built-in Wi-Fi, which is a little disappointing, but there is Bluetooth. You can add Wi-Fi support by purchasing a separate USB adapter.
The remote control that is included with this TV is pretty standard and is in line with their previous remote controls. There is a dedicated button for social media via the "SocialTV" button and the remote control is illuminated for use in the dark.
The menu system seemed to have been redesigned and they've been improved to our liking. Each menu item has a great deal of explanation, which will help even the most novice of users. The menus also seemed to respond quite quickly, which is always a plus.
Samsung's Smart Hub interface is the gateway to all of the Samsung UN46D6400 TV's applications. From here you can also access media content (music, photos and videos via networking and USB thumbdrives). The streaming application selection is very good and includes things like Napster, YouTube, Netflix Instant Streaming, Hulu Plus and a few others. The SocialTV button mentioned earlier brings up access to applications that include YouTube, Google Talk, Facebook, Twitter and a few others. Quality with streaming applications was quite good, but it does suffer from the inability to adjust image settings of the streaming content. You can, however, use 2D to 3D conversion while viewing streaming content.
Performance with the Samsung UN46D6400 in subjective testing was quite good and seemed to deliver above-average performance compared to other edge-lit LED HDTVs. The screen is rather glossy and does throw off a lot of reflections, which was disappointing. The viewing angles were also not as good, but the color and other related performance was very good. The black level of this TV is one of the best we've seen as it can display extreme blacks and accompanying details with ease. The color accuracy was very good with only a few instances of some minor off-color tones, mainly with blues.
3D performance is quite good and is definitely the best we've seen so far in 2011. Samsung includes two pair of their brand new active shutter 3D Bluetooth glasses and they seem to work better than previous infrared models. We mean this because we noticed much less "crosstalk" than previous models and less double image issues.