Samsung 46" 3D LED HDTV Review

Posted: April 28, 2010
Samsung 46" 3D LED HDTV Review

The first batch of 3D televisions have arrived, but Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn find out if this new feature is worth the price bump with the Samsung 46" 3D LED TV. With spectacular image quality and a 240 Hz refresh rate, find out if this screen is worth $2,300.

What You Need to Know

  • Samsung always has a leg up on the competition when it comes to design, and even with added 3D functionality, it's still incredibly sleek
  • All the inputs are cleverly built-in to the side, so you can wall mount it
  • It is only 1.1” thick
  • The main problem with 3D TVs is something called cross-talk, which means you're seeing a ghost of the second image on the edge of the first
  • This is what makes watching 3D on a TV hard for a lot of people; it very rarely looks like one singular image
  • This TV had more pronounced cross-talk than other sets we've looked at, which isn't good
  • The 3D Optimize and 3D Viewpoint options did help to make the 3D image clearer
  • Samsung actually told us that if you warm up the TV, 3D looks better, which it did
  • Overall, it's not the best 3D we've seen, but it's watchable
  • Samsung has also improved their web-connected apps store
  • The layout is more intuitive and feels more like an app store we've used before
  • As of now, everything is free, and there are tons of apps, like Netflix, Blockbuster, Pandora, Voodoo, Yahoo Widgets, etc.
  • Picture quality when you're watching non-3D content is amazing.
  • Blacks are deep, and colors are super vibrant
  • The amount of detail you can see is incredible
  • The 240 hertz Smooth Motion feature (which eliminates motion blur) has always been something that Samsung is the best at
  • Overall, it's one of the best TVs we've seen, when not watching in 3D
  • The 3D experience is not quite perfect on this TV, and we don't know if it's worth it to upgrade right now


  • $2,300
  • You’ll also need a 3D Blu-ray player for $400 and 3D glasses for $150
  • The total price is about $2,900 to get the full 3D experience
  • Another huge problem; there's only one true 3D Blu-ray you can buy, Monsters vs. Aliens

Overall Rating

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Comments are Closed

  • joja9293

    they acctually have the 8000 and even 9000 series out now and i just picked up the 8000 series in 46in its phenomenal its 8000000 to 1 contrast ratio so when its in 2d mode it is one of the most crisp tvs you will see i highly recommend it

    Posted: May 31, 2010 9:40 PM
  • Phuk5tar

    $2,300 really isn't too bad. I have a 46" Samsung LCD and, if I had the money, I wouldn't feel it to be too much a rip-off to get 3D and LED.

    Of course, my opinion completely hinges on the availability of funds, and my yearning for 3D (I'd buy this TV for its LED properties before 3D).

    Posted: April 29, 2010 3:18 PM
  • T_Rexx

    SONY will kick ass with their sets.... I hope.

    Posted: April 29, 2010 3:11 PM
  • ricosan

    The PS3 will be 3D capable but will not put out 1080p per eye (up to 720p due to the HDMI 1.4 limitations on the PS3 hardware) but it will still look awesome since 720p and 1080p is pretty much splitting hairs.

    If you are really interested in getting a 3D TV, compare the Samsung and the Sony (when it comes out... I've seen it and I do not see much of a difference as far as 3D goes). After that, compare that winner to the new Panasonic (with Panasonic toting that it has a lifespan of 100,000 hours for the V series, I would think it is definitely worth a look).

    Personally, as far as 3D goes the Panasonic wins due to the comfort of the glasses (they even leave room for those who where prescription glasses), it looks much better in 3D, and it looks much better in 2D (where majority of what I will watch will be in). On top of that, the Panasonic 3D bluray players have two HDMI outs; one for audio and one for video since current A/V receivers are not HDMI 1.4 compatible (not 3D compatible) yet so you can keep the full HD audio and video without having to sacrifice the audio with an optical cable. As far as price, they're almost the same depending on where you buy or if you barter (which you can!).

    Summary: Wait for the Sony before you buy, compare them with the other 3D TVs, watch what you purchase as far as components such as the Bluray player.

    Posted: April 29, 2010 2:47 PM
  • loupinconnu

    If you have a PS3 you already have your 3D blu-ray player, and honestly for $2,300 it's not bad at all. Personally I'm waiting to see what Sony, Bravia and the others do (and their prices) before getting one but as far as price to size this isn't bad at all.

    Posted: April 29, 2010 11:40 AM
  • sousamagic

    What about PS3, then you can knock off the price of the blu-ray player.

    Posted: April 29, 2010 10:19 AM
  • lowkevmic

    I think we all need to wait for another year or so, until manufacturers are able to work out all the kinks with 3D television!! It's way too early to run out and spend 3000.00 bucks on a new product that still might be just a passing fad. Besides, just like when HDTV was brand new, if you wait a couple years you can get a quality big screen for half the price they were offering when they first hit the shelves!!

    Posted: April 29, 2010 8:30 AM
  • fcb

    lol I Love you Olivia!!!!

    Posted: April 29, 2010 4:20 AM