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Samsung LE52M87BDX Review

by Andrew Fee
9 August 2007

It's nearing the end of its life cycle, with Samsung having recently announced its new LED backlit range for USA, which will no doubt be coming out here shortly as well, but Samsung were kind enough to send us a review sample for their current flagship LCD.

Samsung LE52M87BDX

Unfortunately, with this being my first review, I was badly prepared, and as all of my viewing is in a mostly light controlled room, there are very few photographs that show the actual television, rather, they were all cropped on the image of the screen itself.

Full Specification

Physical Measurements

Screen Size (Diagonal) 52 inches
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Dimensions Without Stand (in mm) 1257 x 800 x 111
Dimensions With Stand (in mm) 1257 x 860 x 326
Weight Without Stand 35.2 kg
Weight With Stand 40.5 kg


Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 15,000:1
Brightness 550 nits
Response Time 8ms
Horizontal Viewing Angle (quoted) 178°
Vertical Viewing Angle (quoted) 178°


HD Ready yes
Maximum Supported Input 1080p
Special Features Movie Plus, 127% PAL colour gamut, Wide Colour Enhancer, DNIe

TV Tuner

Analogue PAL
Digital DVB-T (Freeview)
Stereo Reception NICAM, A2


HDMI 3 (HDMI 1.3; 2 rear, 1 side)
VGA 1 (HD-15; rear)
Component 1 (YPbPr 3 x RCA connectors for video & L-R 2 x RCA connectors for audio; rear)
Scart 2 (21-pin; rear)
S-Video 1 (4-pin; side)
Composite (including audio input) 1 (1 x RCA video & 2 x RCA audio; side)
Analogue Audio Output 1 (L-R 2 x RCA connectors; rear)
Digital Audio Output 1 (Optical; rear)
Headphone Output 1 (3.5mm stereo minijack; side)
Serial RS232 1 (rear)
Common Interface Slot 1 (side)


Speakers 2
Output Power 10 watt + 10 watt
Sound Effect System SRS Trusurround XT


Source AC 220V-240V, 50Hz
Power Consumption 310 Watt (<1 Watt Standby)



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