Samsung UN60F6400 60 inch LED HDTVJan 11th, 2014 | By Simon
A more technical way to analyze picture quality, but not as fun as sitting in front of the TV for hours upon hours to come up with a qualitative value is to use a quantitative program to judge against a benchmark. In this instance I used X-Rite: iDisplay 2. Originally designed for monitors (CRT and LCD), I’m using it configured for LCD displays. I’ve configured the TV to take the input signal from my HTPC and will adjust the backlight, contrast and brightness on the TV to see how far off the TV settings are away from the iDisplay 2 ideals.
I’ve done this test enough times in my past reviews that I’ll jump to the conclusion. Based on the settings of X-Rite, my room conditions were a mixed bag. The color was good at 4900K (right in the middle) but the illuminance was on the bright side at 105 Lux.
The software takes about 10 minutes to run and despite the high illuminance, there were little modifications required.
Below, the image to the left is un-calibrated and the image to the right is calibrated.
There’s not much change to the color but the brightness of the second image reveals a lot more detail. You can see it in the hair of the model as well as the desktop wallpaper.
Power consumption is something I consider when purchasing any new consumer electronics. The last thing I really want is to purchase a TV that continually drains my wallet with a power guzzling 600W usage. I want my TV’s to be reasonable with power draw, the lower the better but I won’t sacrifice picture quality to reduce power consumption. To test the power draw on the un60F6400 I will consider the case of the TV watching a movie. I also checked the power draws while watching TV and in the different display modes. The average for basic cable was a meager 70w (range: 60-80W) and when watching a 1080p movie the average was 102W (range 90-110W).
Here is the power draw: