Your experience with Samsung SP46L6H(x)

JohnDough

Standard Member
Hi,

I've been trying to get information on this RPTV. Searched a couple of forums (including this one) but information is scattered at best.

From what I understand this tv is a DLP unit with a colorwheel that has seperate segments for darker colors. This should reduce the rainbow effect. The lamp is water cooled, which should reduce noise levels.

I've had a Sony KDF a42e11 at home and really liked the image it produced. Excellent color reproduction, black was good enough (not perfect) and noise was ok (you can hear the air moving through the vents). But for me, the sony is not perfect; teletekst is very limited (no side-by-side tekst/tv and it doesn't store subpages), it has no PIP and I could use one more SCART connection.

The Samsung has all these things, but how does the PQ stack up againts the sony? Is the colorwheel audible? These things are very important to me.

Please don't reply saying the Sony is great, I know it is, I want to know about the Samsung

JohnDough

<edit>I indeed did not search good enough, but posted my 'review' at the end of this thread. I hope this can mak up for my lack of search abilities</edit>
 

neilmcl

Member
JohnDough said:
Hi,

I've been trying to get information on this RPTV. Searched a couple of forums (including this one) but information is scattered at best.
You're kidding right? The SP46L6HX has been covered extensively throught this forum. I suggest you do a bit more digging 'cause there is plenty of information about this model here.

To clarify some of you're assumptions, the lamp is fan cooled like the majority of DLP rptvs, I don't know of any that are water-cooled, they may exist but I've not heard of any. I'm pretty sure the colorwheel is a standard 7 segment wheel, nothing special about it and yes it can produce rainbows if you are prone to them.
 

JohnDough

Standard Member
There might be lots of information here, but it's all hidden inside threads that are not specifically for the Samsung. Getting a little difficult to get a clear picture.

Don't know where I read about the lamp being liquid cooled, but that's what I read somewhere. I'll see if I can dig it up.

Couldn't find anything about noise level, sorry if I missed it.

JohnDough
 

Tarbat

Well-known Member
JohnDough said:
There might be lots of information here, but it's all hidden inside threads that are not specifically for the Samsung. Getting a little difficult to get a clear picture.
Hardly hidden! I did a quick search for SP46L6HX in thread titles, and found 73 threads specifically about this TV. The thread with the most discussion (216 replies) was http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=212115&highlight=sp46l6hx but suggest you take a look at some of the other threads for specifics.

The SP46L6HX is an excellent TV, giving superb picture quality and sound. Only failings I'm aware of:
- Possibility of rainbows if you're susceptible to them.
- Not pixel perfect on [email protected] on HDMI.
 

JohnDough

Standard Member
Hi cjgpers,

Just finished reading about your pixel perfect adventures.

Thanks for the links, i'll look into them

JohnDough
 

John 1987

Well-known Member
Theres a link in my sig which takes you to my home cinema thread, features information and pictures of the TV.
 

JohnDough

Standard Member
Hi all,

I've taken the plunge and bought the SP46L6HX. I've only had the tv for a couple of days, so most of my experiences are initial and may change over time.

I can make a comparison with a sony 42" KDFE42A11, a model I tested out before the Samsung.

My very first impression was that the PQ with analog cable lacked the vibrancy that the Sony had. The Sony gave me that 'wow' feeling, while the Samsung gave me that 'hmmm, must tweak the picture' feeling. I've tried lots of settings (including reducing gamma in the service menu to 1, it was factory set on 2). I still have the feeling that it could be better. The biggest problem I have is with the light spectrum (don't know any word for it). Let me try to explain.

In scenes with lots of contrast, ie darker parts and very light parts, the picture appears oke. Bright parts are very bright, darks are ok. The problem seems to lie in scenes where its not very bright and not very dark. There the contrast seems to suffer. Cartoons for example look amazing. Indoor 'reallife' scenes look less impressive. Changing contrast and brightness doesn't help.

Furthermore it seems a little less 'sharp' than the sony. The sharpness slider does absolutely nothing for me.

DVD's are better, so it seems the problems are mostly with the tv's (dual) analog tuners. Switching channels takes much longer than with the Sony, even switching teletekst on and off takes a second or two.

The remote is oke. It's good to hold and feels solid but some buttons are hidden under a sliding door that should have been accessible directly. PIP and teletekst for example. Lastly browsing through subpages requires multiple button presses. Why hasn't Samsung done this with the directional buttons I don't know.

Now the good stuff. Keep in mind i have not yet bought any specialised cables. It's basic 'cheap' stuff.

When the PQ is good, it is very good. Brights are very bright and blacks are dark enough as well. It seems to lack some definition in black parts, but nothing I can't live with. Twin tuners is very cool. Real PIP is a very nice feature. Teletekst is great as well. Enough memory to store all pages including subpages, the ability to display txt and picture side by side are much better than Sony's very limited txt functions. Connection wise, the Samsung has the better offering. One extra scart connection can make all the difference. Also (but I haven't tested this) the samsung is able to connect to an HDMI or DVI pc and provide a real 1280x720 picture. The sony can do 1024x768 max and the pixels aren't square, which makes it very difficult to get it right. I only tried the vga connector and couldn't get a good 1280x720 picture. The picture was squashed vertically. I haven't seen anything that could indicate a sensitivity to rainbows, neither has my wife or anybody that visited. The tv itself is very, very silent. I couldn't believe it how little noise it makes. The Sony was much more audible. With the Sony, you could hear the air moving through the fan, not the fan itself. The Sammy really is whisper quiet. Only in absolute silence you can hear 'something'. But whatever you hear, it's not an annoying sound.

So, to round it all off. Pure PQ wise, i'd go for the Sony, but I'm willing to take a small hit in PQ and get all the extra features and whisper quiet operation that the Sammy has to offer.

One last thing. Looks. Both TV's look very good imho. The fact that they both don't appear as massive as their screen size would indicate. Speakers below the screen is a much more attractive solution and both score well. Having said that, I do think the Sammsung looks just a little better. I like the floating screen concept and it looks very good on a fairly cheap Ikea stand.

Regards,

JohnDough
 

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