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Samsung LN46C530F1F LCD HDTV Review

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A TV of modest ambitions, and we reward its humility. It just displays a picture... and it does that pretty well.

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Audio Quality

The Samsung LN46C530 does not have the best audio performance, but we've certainly heard worse. The midtones are fine, but the bass response is flat. There's a 5-channel equalizer if you like making your own tweaks. There are also five audio preset modes for one-touch adjustments: Standard, Music, Movie, Clear Voice, and Amplify. Of course, you'll also find a surround sound emulator mode, but we heard no real difference except making the sound more tinny.

Menu Interface

The Samsung LN46C530 has a great menu, the same one you'll find on almost any 2010 Samsung. The categories are arranged vertically on the left, so you can always see where you are. The navigation makes perfect sense once you have the report in your hand, and if you get lost you can always hit the Return or Exit.

Menu Main Photo
The menu system is great and highly navigable

There's just a few submenus that lose the same visual navigation, such as the Picture Options menu you see below.

Menu 2 Photo
Only in a few instances does Samsung strip away the guideposts

Instruction Manual

The Samsung LN46C530's instructional manual gives at least some description of every feature found in the menus, something we're tremendously thankful for. Sure, we always want a little more detail, but we appreciate the time Samsung puts into its manuals. There's a table of contents and an index to help you on your way. We recommend downloading the digital version for even faster searching. You can find the Samsung LN46C530's manual online here.

Instruction Manual Photo
The manual is excellent
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Toshiba 40G300U Comparison
  13. Samsung PN50C550 Comparison
  14. Sony Bravia KDL-40EX400 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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