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The EH6000 line of LCD TVs from Samsung is available in 40-, 46-, and 50-inch sizes, with the 40-inch version settling in just under our $600 ceiling. It's a sizeable display with very good picture quality, say Samsung UN40EH6000 reviews, but it lacks the much-appreciated Smart TV functions. A Samsung UN40EH6000 review at Home Theater cites a bevy of positive attributes, including very sharp detail, screen uniformity, and properly reproduced skin tones. The expert also notes that this model presents excellent shadow detail and a well-designed interface menu. The full-array LED backlighting of the LCD panel also gets a nod of approval. At CNET the Samsung UN40EH6000 review is a little more critical, agreeing with the assessment of color accuracy but asserting that black levels aren't quite dark enough and the absence of Smart TV functionality is a drawback.
Buyers who posted Samsung UN40EH6000 reviews at Crutchfield are thrilled with the very crisp, clear picture and easy setup. They don't mention problems with motion blur -- one reports lag-free action during fast-paced soccer games -- but some are disappointed with just the two HDMI ports. To beef up the sound while watching movies, another viewer says connecting the set to iPod dock speakers works wonders.
The 40-inch model we researched features 1080p resolution with LED backlighting and a 120Hz refresh rate. Samsung fudges this number a little and claims a 240Hz "clear motion rate" that incorporates the set's refresh rate as well as other tech tricks to prevent motion blur. The UN40EH6000 (starting at $563, Amazon) includes two 10-watt speakers, two HDMI ports, one component input, one composite input, a USB port, and an optical digital audio output.
If your first priority is a larger LCD TV with excellent picture quality and the last is Smart TV functions, the Samsung UN40EH6000 belongs on your short list alongside the slightly cheaper Toshiba 40L5200U. It's not easy to find a 40-inch screen with very good picture quality in this price range, but Samsung seems to have hit the mark with this model.