You'll generally pay a premium for a TV with newfangled 3D technology, but the Samsung LE46C750 is something of an exception. This 46-inch, 1080p TV is available online for about £750. The reason for its relative affordability is that it uses a boring old CCFL-illuminated LCD panel, rather than LED or plasma technology. But can an LCD screen produce a good 3D experience when many LED sets have struggled to convince in this department?
Samsung has pretty much got modern TV design licked. It's been ages since we've a seen a set from the company that hasn't looked flash. The LE46C750 features plenty of sharp, clean lines, and a great-looking transparent edge frames the screen perfectly. The set's four-legged stand might not be to everyone's taste, but it's a refreshing change from the norm. Note that, because the LCD panel uses CCFL rather than LED backlighting, the TV is rather chunky at the back compared to today's super-slim sets.
The TV's relatively low price doesn't mean that Samsung has skimped on features. For example, the TV uses Samsung's 400Hz 'clear motion rate' processing, which really translates as a 200Hz picture engine with a scanning backlight that helps deliver smoother motion. There's also Samsung's 'wide colour enhancer' to help colours look more vivid, and you get a Freeview HD tuner too. You can even hook a hard drive up to one of the TV's two USB ports and record programmes from the Freeview tuner.
The Ethernet socket allows you to stream digital video formats like DivX and MKV to the set, and also gives you access to a range of Internet services. The line-up of services is rather good, including BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, Facebook and YouTube. You should have no problems connecting your other AV gear to the TV either, thanks to the four HDMI ports and two Scart sockets.
Unfortunately, no 3D glasses are included in the box. Instead you have to shell out between £60 and £100 for a pair, depending on where you buy them from. It's arguably money well spent, though, because the LE46C750 turns out to be a pretty good 3D performer.
As the likes ofand have shown, plasma displays generally have the edge on LED and LCD screens when it comes to showing 3D images. But the LE46C750 is pretty much on a par with Samsung's best LED sets when it comes to 3D performance.
As with all LCD and LED screens, the TV's 3D images suffer from crosstalk, which means that objects sometimes appear with a slight shadow around them. But it's not a constant problem and, when it does appear, it affects the middle and far distance rather than foreground objects.