Samsung LE-A656 FULL HD 100Hz(50.000:1 CONTRAST,USB,6ms RESPONSE TIME)*FAQ 1st Post*

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ChrisGgr

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UPDATED FIRST POST 29/08/08

Its the new Samsung 100Hz full HD tv series which replace the F86 ones.

KEY SPECS

FULL HD 1080P 1920X1080
24P COMPATIBLE
Dynamic contrast 50.000:1(40",46",52")
Dynamic contrast 15.000:1(32",37")
100Hz(not the 32")
USB 2.0
4XHDMI 1.3 anynet
Crystal Design
Freeview
SRS TRU surround XT
DLNe pro
Movie Plus
Ultra Clear Panel(not the 37")
6ms Response Time
Rose Black colour
Available at 37",40",46" and 52"

FULL SPECS
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgb7kfk3_1cfjn57db

FAQ UPDATED 02/09/08

1.Do all series models have the same specs?
-No,the 32" models dont have 100Hz,the 37" has 100Hz but doesnt have ultra clear panel and the dynamic contrast on 32",37" is 15.000:1 vs 50.000:1 on the bigger A656 brothers.The panel on the 37" is not S-PVA.

2.Do A656 series accept 1080p over all inputs?
-Yes it has been confirmed.

3.What are the exact dimensions of all models with and withought stand?
-Look at the full specs google spreadsheet.

4.Does the code in the end of the model number means any difference?
-No there is no difference

5.Is 1:1 pixel mapping possible via HDMI,DVI,VGA,Component possible?
-Yes

6.How do I enter the service menu?
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN ENTERING THE SERVICE MENU,YOU MAY CAUSE DAMAGE
-Put TV on standby, then press info, menu, mute, power.Please note your settings in case you do any mistake and unless you know what are you doing dont enter it!

7.What is the latest firmware version for A656 series?
-The latest version of fw is the 1015,see next question for download

8.How do I update my fw version?
PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE PROCEEDING THE FIRMWARE UPDATE
DO NOT TAKE OUT THE PLUG BEFORE THE UPDATE COMPLETES
-On the samsung website there are full instructions.
http://ars.samsung.com/customer/ctr..._ID=-1&AT_ID=128203&PROD_SUB_ID=0&PROD_ID=154

fw 1015 officially on the samsung site
http://www.samsung.com/uk/support/d...pe=D&vType=R&cttID=1961872&prd_ia_cd=02010100
the previous fw versions can be downloaded from the following link
http://www.samplex.org/?page_id=49

9.My model number in the end is different than that specified in the samsung website as possible to do the update,can I complete the update successfully?
-Yes withought any problem.

10.What are the current issues with this set and do them affect a big number of sets?
-There is an out of focus problem/blurring which is fixed with the 1007.2 fw or newer.Furthermore there have been some reports about filkering/hum bars but it has affected very few sets and seems like the fw has fixed the filkering too.Also some of the 46" seem to be affected by a purple haze which is visible on a viewing angle(not straight looking).An other issue that some notice is the input lag on gaming.

11.What's the sky remote code for this tv?
-The code is 0646
WARNING:do NOT clean the frame/bezel or even the screen panel using the microfiber cloth that came with the TV.This causes many scratches on the screen and the bezel.there are many available cloths in the market which do better job

MANUAL
http://www.samsung.com/ie/support/productsupport/download/index.aspx



HIGH RESOLUTION PIC
http://presse.samsung.de/webdownloads/pressedownloads/LCD650_46_L30 (350dpi).JPG
REVIEWS HERE

http://whathifi.com/television/arch...n-samsung-s-le40a656-40in-full-hd-lcd-tv.aspx
http://www.trustedreviews.com/tvs/review/2008/04/12/Samsung-LE40A656-40in-LCD-TV/p1
http://www.*/Samsung-LE40A656/

SETTINGS THREAD
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=757072

MSRP for the 40" is £1299

PANEL SPECS
LE32A65*A
Brightness : 500cd/m2
Contrast Ratio : 15.000:1
Response time : 6ms
Dynamic contrast, Super-PVA
BN07-00537A LCD-PANEL;LTF320HA02,8bit,32inch,16.7M,1

LE40A65*A
Brightness : 500cd/m2
Contrast Ratio : 50.000:1
Response time : 6ms
Dynamic contrast, Super-PVA
BN07-00529A LCD-PANEL;LTF400HC01,10bit,40inch,1.07B

LE46A65*A
Brightness : 500cd/m2
Contrast Ratio : 50.000:1
Response time : 6ms
Dynamic contrast, Super-PVA
BN07-00530A LCD-PANEL;LTF460HE01,10bit,46inch,1.07B

LE52A65*A
Brightness : 500cd/m2
Contrast Ratio : 50.000:1
Response time : 6ms
Dynamic contrast, Super-PVA
BN07-00531A LCD-PANEL;LTF520HE01,10bit,52inch,1.07B



FW UPDATE
http://ars.samsung.com/customer/ctr..._ID=-1&AT_ID=128203&PROD_SUB_ID=0&PROD_ID=154

SETTINGS SPREADSHEET
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pJh7ZrcvJ6qdJzDxoPqrGZw
Thanks KeanosMagichat for the contribution
 
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StellaFella

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I wonder if they will release this one 'without' the need for firmware updates to cure all the issues F86 and M86 owners have suffered!!!! :lease:
 

mcjibba

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I wonder if they will release this one 'without' the need for firmware updates to cure all the issues F86 and M86 owners have suffered!!!! :lease:
I think that firmware for all future Samsungs will be issued by USB memory stick/download instead of needing engineers visit. I have seen this model in the flesh and the colour around the edge is a nice design but going from reddish colour to clear around the edges. Not sure if they are going to do other colours or a black version yet in UK, guess we will know in next few weeks as more info is released.
 

audiphile76

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Does this mean that the F86 is soon going to be discontinued ?:oops:
 

mcjibba

Novice Member
Does this mean that the F86 is soon going to be discontinued ?:oops:
Just read in another thread that someone was trying to buy one from John Lewis and they were told they would not be comming back into stock, that seems a bit strange as the F series were launched in September (ish), so logically the F would be around until autumn 08, but until we get full info about all upcomming models we will have to wait. My guess is that the spring range will replace the R, S & M series and then another model will come out autumn 08 to replace the F series.
 

KeanosMagicHat

Novice Member
Another pic here;



Link below to larger version of same pic where is it easier to see the lacquered red colour of the bezel. There also seems to be a clear resin around the edge. Note it has the same touch controls at the bottom right corner as were introduced on the F86.

http://presse.samsung.de/webdownloads/pressedownloads/LCD650_46_L30 (350dpi).JPG

For specs, here's the Samsung Austrian catalogue and the LE40A656 is on page 6 , note this takes while to load so be patient.

http://www.hbmultimedia.at/daten/pr.../Produktkatalog_Fruehling08_final_web_SAM.pdf

(credit to mikl1984 for originally posting this).

Also here's a very early and brief review I found yesterday;

http://whathifi.com/television/arch...n-samsung-s-le40a656-40in-full-hd-lcd-tv.aspx


@ Chris - feel free to add any of this info to the first post as you feel appropriate.

Also as an aside, both the F86 and A656 are in the 2008 Austrian catalogue, not that it means they will run concurrently of course.
 

KeanosMagicHat

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I have questions regarding the sound on this model, which it would be good to answer at some point.

It appears from the form factor that Samsung are reverting to the downward firing speakers as per the M8 series, rather than the side mounted (stereo separated) speakers on the F86.

Also it would be interesting to discover whether this model has a subwoofer speaker, as this really makes a difference to the weightiness of the sound on the F86.
 

ChrisGgr

Member
Yep I also noticed that the speakers are not like F86,I wonder what the actual sound difference will be!The 7series though seem to have the F86 like speakers
 

jah

Active Member
If this and the Toshiba ZF are coming out towards the end of this month, beginning of April, then there should be quite an interesting tussle between them for customers and prices should be very competitive;). Perhaps £1k-ish for the 40" in a few months.

Cheers,

jah
 

ChrisGgr

Member
Oops yes the 32" and 37" have 15.000:1)a bit low though)
 

ChrisGgr

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I suppose that when 7 series will come around june then the F86 will be discontinued
 

ChrisGgr

Member
Hmm,I dont think 656 will have blue leds,maybe the 7 series
 

enjay77

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Yuk, doesn't look as nice as the F86 at all...........nasty oval stand :eek:
 

sjw

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The F series was very wide though - esp. with the extra perspex strips at the side too. For example, the 46" Toshiba XF/ZF is 1" NARROWER than the 40" F86. :eek:. And the Onkyo speakers are no slouch.. There seemed to be many problems with the F86 but the silly width was the reason that stopped me buying it when it came out..
Even this new 40" 656 seems over 3" wider than the 40" XF/ZF..
 

enjay77

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The F series was very wide though - esp. with the extra perspex strips at the side too. For example, the 46" Toshiba XF/ZF is 1" NARROWER than the 40" F86. :eek:. And the Onkyo speakers are no slouch.. There seemed to be many problems with the F86 but the silly width was the reason that stopped me buying it when it came out..
Even this new 40" 656 seems over 3" wider than the 40" XF/ZF..
You are correct, it is wide, but the fact that the edges are clear...ish does narrow it down when it is nicely settled at home.......in my opinion :)
 

sjw

Well-known Member
Thanks and welcome 'SEGA team'.. but...... a link to a forum written in French is not really any help on a (primarily) UK site.. Pics are good though. :)
 

enjay77

Active Member
Thanks and welcome 'SEGA team'.. but...... a link to a forum written in French is not really any help on a (primarily) UK site.. Pics are good though. :)
Looks much much better on the pic wth a rectangled base instead of oval:thumbsup:
 

SEGA team

Novice Member
Thanks and welcome 'SEGA team'.. but...... a link to a forum written in French is not really any help on a (primarily) UK site.. Pics are good though. :)

sometimes is it not easy for me, here
i following many threads on AVF...........
 

ChrisGgr

Member
For anyone interested in the french forum it can be translated via google translate
 
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