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Samsung UN46B7100 LED LCD HDTV Review

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Audio & Menus

Audio & Menus Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Samsung UN46B7100. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the Samsung 7 series. The Samsung 7 series also includes the UN40B7000 and the UN55B7000.  Read here for more details on series differences.
{{article.attachments['Samsung-UN46B7100-vanity.jpg']}}• Intuitive menu system • Helpful explanations of selected item • Menus are a little slow • Excellent selection of picture controls
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Audio Quality*(4.0)*


We weren't impressed with the Samsung UN46B7100's audio quality. The sound was very flat and weak on the high end, regardless of sound mode. The mode that sounded the best was music mode, but then it was too loud in the high end. If you spent some time messing around with the equalizers you could probably get something bearable.

There was a surround sound mode, but as with many TVs, it was mainly a 'make actions sound slightly better' toggle. It gave the sound a bit more presence and depth, but it didn't really create the illusion of surround sound.

In summation, we'd probably recommend buying an external speaker setup with this TV.

 

Menu Interface*(7.5)*


The Samsung UN46B7100's menu system is the same that we've seen on other recent model Samsung HDTVs. There is a tabbed interface that takes up the left side of the display with the tabs arranged at the far left. Most of the interface is taken up with a list of menu options, with various controls like sliders, pop-up menus and sub menus. These are consistent, so you won't have to figure out how to use multiple types of sliders.

There's a very helpful information box at the bottom of th menu that gives you a clear idea what the selected function will do. The menu is navigated using the directional pad on the remote. Overall the interface is simple and easy to use. Most of the more obscure and advanced functions are hidden in sub-menus, so the average user won't be overwhelmed by them.

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The menu system is standard Samsung.**

The one qualm we have with Samsung's menu system is that there's two 'advanced' menu, the Advanced Settings menu and the Picture Options menu. These two menus could've been slightly better labeled, because it's not immediately obvious which one will have the setting you're looking for.

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The picture options menu contains the 120Hz feature.**

 

Manual*(0.0)*


Like other Samsungs, the UN46B7100 has a manual loaded onto a USB drive. The information on the USB drive can only be accessed by plugging it into one of the USB ports on the HDTV. There's also a more traditional quick setup guide, which walks you through connections, but there's no paper version of the full manual. The problem with a USB manual that only works with the HDTV is that if the television isn't working neither is your manual. We recommend you download the PDF version from Samsung's website.

Other Models in the Samsung 7 Series
This is a review of the Samsung UN46B7100. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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UN40B7000 40 inches UN55B7000 55 inches
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Samsung UN46B6000
  14. Vs Vizio SV470XVT
  15. Vs Panasonic TC-P42S1
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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