"Amazing TV with Great DLNA Capabilities"4.5 starson by Terrance42
Pros: + Fantastic picture, vivid colors
+ Super thin display
+ Fine speakers
+ Great DLNA capabilities
+ Menus user friendly
+ Stand is sturdy, attractive model
Cons: - Lack of component cable input
- Slow loading up the apps
Summary: I love this TV. It has a fantastic picture with really bright, vivid colors. Everyone who sees it comments on its classy look and super thin profile. I'm not sure if the LED lighting produces a better or brighter picture than standard LCDs, but I believe it's worth it simply for the thin profile and lower energy use. We used the built-in speakers for awhile until we got a sound system, and they worked plenty well and were loud enough.
Some people complain about "flash lighting" or "clouding" with these edge-lit LED TVs. I can say this hasn't been a problem for me. With standard day-to-day full color scenes you won't see the lights at all. You also won't see them on a nearly all black screen, for example movie credits or an app's splash screen, and actually get a very deep, OLED-like black, I'm guessing because the TV is detecting the dark scene and adjusting the LEDs dynamically. You might only ever see it very faintly in the corners of a widescreen movie with letterbox or on other occasional dark backgrounds, but it's not very noticeable unless you're looking for it. The backlight brightness doesn't need to be as high as it's set to out of the box and turning it down a bit definitely makes a difference. All in all it's completely fine to me and I'm glad I didn't spend several hundred more on a unit with local dimming or a full LED array.
The other important point is this TV's DLNA capabilities, as this was something that was important to me but was hard to find information about online. I wanted to use this TV to play videos from my computer to avoiding building an HTPC or buying a dedicated media streamer for the purpose. I can say that the TV does the job admirably and I have had no need to build or buy another device. The TV supports high-bitrate MKVs with AC3 and DTS audio. The only quirk is that it thinks it doesn't know the MKV container format, even though it really does. The solution to this is simple. You can either just rename MKVs to AVI, no transcoding necessary, or just enable transcoding in your DLNA server software. I use Serviio, and I bet the "transcoding" it does is really just switching the container format silently for me. I can't be certain of that, all I know is that MKVs work and the quality looks untouched on the TV.
If you don't use something that offers transcoding, the simple rename will do the trick. The TV can also handle and output 5.1 audio formats just fine. Once the video is playing, simply go to the sound settings menu and switch the SPDIF output from PCM to either DTS or Dolby Digital, then connect the TV's optical port to your receiver, and you're done. Normal fast forward and rewind don't work over DLNA, but it's not a problem - you can pause and play, use the left and right arrows to skip forward or back a certain increment (maybe 30 seconds or something), or you can use the "time search" feature to skip around anywhere in the video. In this respect, the TV's an even better MKV player than Windows Media Center would be, as it seems all that can do is skip in increments. ( If you will buy this TV I suggest you have to check for best deal before you decide at: Lowest-pricing.info/Samsung-UN46D6000 )
Overall a handsome unit with a great picture, fine speakers if you use them, and solid DLNA capabilities that should replace the need for an HTPC or dedicated media streamer.