Samsung UN32D5500RF LED TV Review
At a reduced price it could make a great addition to a home theater
The Samsung UN32D5500 tested with an above average contrast ratio, solid color accuracy, and smooth motion interpolation. It has a lot of strengths and its only real drawback was its fairly narrow viewing angle. Beyond that, we can find nothing to complain about on the performance side of the equation.
The Samsung UN32D5500 matched up very well to the Rec. 709 color standards, which defines how color is supposed to look on TVs.
Blues looking like blues. Greens looking like greens. Sure, it sounds like a simple test, but so many manufacturers tend to oversaturate color to make pictures look more “vivid.”
The Samsung UN32D5500 is almost dead-on here—just a tiny bit oversaturated in the blues and reds. This is a very good result, as it means that the D5500 will look how it is supposed to almost 100% of the time. You'd be surprised how many TVs struggle to match the Rec. 709. gamut, which is one reason this result is so impressive.
Like so many Samsung LCDs we’ve reviewed, the Samsung UN32D5500 has a very narrow viewing angle.
The D5500 could only extend out about 21° in either direction (42° total) before losing a significant amount of its contrast ratio. This is a problem for two primary reasons: First, it limits the viewer's flexibility in deciding where they watch from. If you put this TV in a very large or even a modestly large room, you're only going to be able to move 21° from center before its contrast performance begins to drop. Secondly, it means watching with more than one or two other people is going to be a cramped affair, as everyone tries to scrunch together inside that 42° contrast clarity zone. We've definitely seen worse, but it's still a disappointing result.
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