What is the Samsung UE32H6400?
We've already seen the 55-inch version of the popular Samsung H6400 range of TVs.
Design and Connections
There’s plenty of connections too, including four HDMI ports, two of which are positioned at the side and two of which point rearwards. There's also SCART, component and composite inputs, along with a headphone socket, three USB ports, an optical digital output and a LAN socket. There's also built-in WiFi and an aerial terminal for the Freeview HD capable tuner. Finally, there's a jack for the bundled IR extender which allows you to use the new smart remote as a controller for your set-top-box.
As for the second controller, it’s a standard Samsung design, rectangular in shape and a little smaller than previous years. Despite that, the buttons are still easy to find and are sensibly placed with most of the key controls placed in the middle two-thirds of the surface. There’s an indent at the back for your index finger so it rests comfortably in the hand and makes it easy to use. The H6400 also supports 3D, although it doesn't come with any glasses as standard.
As is aways the case with Samsung TVs, the best out-of-the-box choice is the Movie mode, which will deliver a performance that matches the industry standards as closely as possible for a factory setting. A list of suggested settings based on the measurements taken during the review can be found here.
The H6400 includes both a two- and a ten-point white balance control, so it was a simple task to get all three channels to measure in equal amounts. This resulted in errors that were well below the acuity of the human eye, delivering a smooth transition from black to white that was free of discolouration. The gamma was still tracking around our target of 2.2 and overall this is a reference performance. The CMS employed by Samsung on their TVs is also extremely effective and we were quickly able to deliver a reference performance when measured at 100% saturation.
All the colours were hitting their respective coordinates for Rec.709 precisely, whilst white was also measuring exactly at its target of D65. There was a tiny error in the saturation of red but this certainly wasn't visible and, just like the greyscale, this is a reference colour performance overall. This impressive level of colour accuracy continued when we measured at lower saturation points and most of the colours were at or very near their targets. Only some undersaturation in red and blue slightly spoiled an otherwise impressive performance.
The backlight uniformity on the H6400 was very good, with no obvious clouding or bright corners or edges. This can be evidenced by the ANSI graphic below, which shows the very uniform measurements where black is concerned. The H6400 was also pleasingly free of dirty screen effect, although there was some minor banding on occasion. We measured the native black level at 0.05cd/m2 which is very good for a LCD TV and the H6400 is also bright, hitting our target of 120cd/m2 for white. This resulted in a very good on/off contrast ratio of 2,400:1 and a suitably wide dynamic range. The ANSI contrast measurements gave an average black level of 0.06cd/m2 and an average white measurement of 98cd/m2 which resulted in an ANSI contrast ratio of 1,711:1, which again is very good for an LCD TV.
The video processing on the H6400 was excellent and the Samsung proved extremely competent at deinterlacing and scaling standard definition content, with clear and crisp reproduction of fine details and no unwanted ringing. The H6400 had no problems detecting both 3:2 and 2:2 cadence correctly and, as long as the Auto2 Film Mode was selected, scrolling video text over film was also delivered perfectly. The quality of the video deinterlacing at 1080i50 was just as good as it was for standard definition and there were no apparent issues with 24p content. All this content was perfectly replicated and the motion handling also proved to be quite impressive for a LCD TV.
The H6400 delivered a sizeable input lag of 86ms when in the calibrated Movie mode but this dropped down to 46ms when the Game mode was selected. This is towards the higher end of the spectrum for this year but still low enough for most people. Unlike on some other Samsung TVs, renaming the input to PC didn't make any difference to the measurement. Whether you feel 46ms is low enough for your needs will probably depend on how much you game and how important input lag is to you. However for our needs we found the input lag to be low enough and the H6400 was certainly responsive enough to deliver an enjoyable gaming experience.
- Standby: 0W
- Out-of-the-Box – Normal Mode: 46W
- Calibrated – Professional Mode: 54W
Samsung UE32H6400 Picture Quality
The motion handling was also very good for a LCD TV and film-based content looked excellent whilst even fast-paced sports was still very watchable on the H6400. The decent black levels and backlight uniformity meant that the H6400 could be just as effective at night as it could during the day and overall we found the Samsung delivered an excellent all-round performance when it came to 2D viewing. Unfortunately Samsung didn't provide us with any 3D glasses, so we were unable to review the 3D performance. However, based on the performance of the 55-inch version of the H6400, we would expect the 3D performance to be very good. Although given the screen size of the UE32H6400, it's debatable how much of an immersive impact the 3D could actually have.
- Impressive blacks
- Great dynamic range
- Accurate colours
- Excellent video processing
- Comprehensive smart features
- Minor banding on pans
- Limited viewing angles
- Stand remains an acquired taste
- Bit small for immersive 3D
Samsung UE32H6400 (H6400) TV Review
The image accuracy out-of-the-box was very good and after calibration the H6400 could deliver a reference performance. The video processing and motion handling were equally as effective, whilst the black levels, contrast ratio and screen uniformity were also excellent. As a result the H6400 could produce some great pictures and, given the smaller screen size, standard definition could look surprisingly good. There's no doubt that Samsung's UE32H6400 delivers plenty of features and performance for £429 and if you're looking for a smaller screen TV it should definitely be on your short list.
Contrast/Dynamic Range/Black Level
Ease Of Use
Value for Money
Our Review Ethos
To comment on what you've read here, click the Discussion tab and post a reply.