It has been over 7 years since I had to look for a new television. Obviously, during that time, there have been a significant number of technological changes. Actually, since that faithful night that we brought our TV home to now, televisions don’t even look the same. Gone are the big bulky sets of the past enter now the newer sleek and preposterously thin T.V.s with unbelievable capabilities from connecting to other media and machines to presenting images in 3D.
Back then, a couple of thousand bought you a 40 inch HD (probably 720p) rear projection TV from Sony, top of the line. I will have to say that our Sony continues to work very well, though not as good as it did in the past and with a couple of replacements. Now with the new Samsung 6400, our old Sony will spend a nice and quiet retirement playing exercise DVDs and Kids movies down in our basement.
Trust me we aren’t in mourning for the loss, especially when the Samsung 6400 brings the Dancing Hotdogs family into a new generation of viewing experience. Decked out with some of the latest features including:
- Energy efficient LED backlighting
- Smart TV Samsung Apps from the Smart Hub]
- Samsung Smart 3D HDTV
- Full HD 1080p resolution
- Auto Motion Plus 120Hz with Clear Motion Rate
Honestly it has been like night and day from our old set. The most noticeable difference isn’t the quality of the image it is the actual footprint of the set. The old Sony covered the entire wall it seemed, the first thing my mother said when she saw the T.V. was “oh, you have a window back there!”. Add in the fact the new set while having a larger screen also is more energy efficient and it seems like even the Earth is happy with our choice.
Here is how things broke down:
Usually I am super finicky about the picture, resulting in me fine tuning the settings beyond the factory presets. In this case, I really didn’t have to do a thing. The pictures are super smooth, and while everyone talks about blacks and clouding, I haven’t been able to notice anything yet that has caused me any displeasure.
If you are in the mood for changing things in the setting, the Samsung 6400 gives you full range to do whatever you please including saving specific modes.
It is so weird going from only one HDMI connection to 4, I was able to connect every appliance I could think of including the Logitech Webcam we reviewed and my Xbox 360 without any problems. The connections were easy to reach and economically placed.
The speaker for the set are in the back of the panel and can sound a bit awkward if you are soley relying on them. We haven’t had a problem yet, though I would recommend spending the money on a good sound system or sound bar to have audio that can compete with the visual quality of the set.
Included is the standard suite of apps including Pandora, Youtube, Hulu plus etc., nothing very special, but pretty handy to have at your beck and call whenever you need them. A Smart TV is also a very good alternative to having cable if you don’t want to spend the money on wasted channels. Also included is the ability to join a local network drive and show pictures and videos from the drive.
NOTE: the 6400 does not have built in WiFi you either need an adapter or have to hardwire the panel.
Another note: the 6400 does not come with 3D TV glasses
While the screen might be small, you can really tell the difference between the technology on older versions of the 6400 and this one. Even noticeable is the quality of the 3D when playing video games.
Like I said before, this TV has really opened our eyes, and we look forward to enjoying a couple of years of great quality TV and movies from our Samsung 6400.