On high definition, the picture quality was good overall. When watching Talladega Nights, we did find that the picture looked slightly blue during dark scenes. Again, this can be reduced by adjusting the backlight and brightness; the trade-off is that some of the detail is lost from dark areas. A viewing of Black Hawk Down on our Samsung BD-P1000 was suitably gritty, and the picture had lots of detail.
The sound quality of the television was fairly good. We could hear dialogue clearly, bass was audible, although, like most LCDs, a little weak at times. For built-in speakers we doubt anyone will have any serious complaints, but for serious movie viewing you'll probably want to get a separate surround-sound amp.
We've seen better performers in the high-definition picture-quality stakes. While we weren't disappointed by the picture quality from HD sources, it didn't take our breath away either. This makes this set ideal if you just want a flat screen for watching regular standard-def TV.
Ultimately, if you're trying to cut down on the clutter in your front room, buying this TV with a built-in Freeview PVR will be just what the home electronics doctor ordered. Otherwise, take a look at some of the other PVR-less options available.
Edited by Jason Jenkins
Additional editing by Kate Macefield