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Samsung HL-S5686W

56" high-definition rear-projection DLP TV

2 Reviews

Item # 305HLS5686

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Our take on the Samsung HL-S5686W

If you've been looking at 50" big-screen TVs, Samsung's compact HL-S5686W might allow you to enjoy a noticeably bigger 56" screen in about the same space. Samsung's "thin-bezel" cabinet increases visual impact with its nothing-but-screen design. Samsung builds the widest selection of DLP-based TVs, and theirs continue to be the best-selling DLPs on the market.

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If you've been looking at 50" big-screen TVs, Samsung's compact HL-S5686W might allow you to enjoy a noticeably bigger 56" screen in about the same space. Samsung's "thin-bezel" cabinet increases visual impact with its nothing-but-screen design. Samsung builds the widest selection of DLP-based TVs, and theirs continue to be the best-selling DLPs on the market.

The HL-S5686W expands on DLP's reputation for crisp images, outstanding contrast and black level, and effortlessly smooth motion handling. DLP is actually the "fastest" display technology — the chip's million tiny mirrors switch on and off over 15,000 times per second. The BrilliantColor video processing system improves color intensity and accuracy while also increasing overall brightness.

The HL-S5686W's generous array of audio/video inputs includes two HDMI digital connections so you can take advantage of the most advanced video components, like high-definition disc players. This versatile performer includes a game mode which pumps up the sonic and visual excitement of your favorite games. And a standard PC input lets you use this TV as a jumbo-sized computer monitor — with no worries about screen burn-in.

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Large Item Special Shipping: This item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses. Free return shipping not available with this model.

Product Highlights:

  • high-definition TV — receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Texas Instruments SmoothPicture™ DLP chip (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • Cinema Smooth™ Gen-6 720p Light Engine
  • 2500:1 contrast ratio
  • 140°(H) x 60°(V) viewing angle
  • BrilliantColor™ system with 5-segment color wheel (red, green, blue, yellow, cyan)
  • DNIe™ (Digital Natural Image engine) picture enhancement
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 S-video
    • 2 component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 2 HDMI digital audio/video inputs
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • 2 RF inputs (Antenna, Cable)
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • USB port for photo playback
  • 50-7/8"W x 35-5/8"H x 16-1/4"D (pedestal is 39-1/2"W x 13-5/8"D)
  • weight: 69.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 56" Rear-projection DLP TV
  • BP59-00107A wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 69" AC power cord
  • Owner's Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • North American Limited Warranty Statement
  • Limited Warranty to Original Purchaser
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Product Registration Card
  • "Cautions when using the projection TV" sheet

Samsung HL-S5686W Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Samsung HL-S5686W

Mark from Bear, DE on 11/3/2006

I have had this TV for three months. High Defeinition picture quality is very good. Price is a bargain. It's a great choice if you are on a budget but you want a larger size TV with a great HD picture. That being said, my advice is to wait until the 1080p TV's drop in price a little more and choose one that does a great job with SD (standard definition) TV as well. If you look at a TV in a store, make sure to check SD quality. The majority of TV content is SD at this time. I am not satisfied with the SD picture on this Samsung TV. Happy Shopping!



So far so good...

Cheryl from Southeastern Michigan on 10/28/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So far so good. Originally had the HL-S5086 (50 inch model), and exchanged 1 week later for the bigger model. Happy with the switch. Good picture from almost every angle. HD programs look great. Way better than what I'm used to. Enough inputs for other devices, and the PC input makes it nice N easy to use it as a monitor too(mini-jack stereo cable needed for PC sound). T.V. menu is easy to navigate and easy to read. The demensions are compact so it can fit in many places. Good T.V. for the price so far. We'll see as time passes.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Screen Type DLP
Screen Size 56"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720
Picture In Picture No
1080i Compatible Yes
720p Compatible Yes
CableCard Compatible ---
Audio Output Power 10 watts x 2
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service In-home
Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer) Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer) Not Given
Width (inches) 50-3/4
Height (inches) 35-5/8
Depth (inches) 16-1/4
Footprint Width (inches) 39-1/2
Footprint Depth (inches) 13-5/8
Weight 69.45 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs 2
Total Video Inputs 7
Digital Inputs & Outputs
System Link None

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Remote Control
Input and Output Notes


DLP Projection System: DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology by Texas Instruments is the only display solution that enables projection systems to create a purely digital connection between a digital video or graphic source and the screen in front of you. While all other technologies are analog and compromise some image quality in translation, DLP projection unleashes the full potential of high-quality video content.

Cinema Smooth 720p Light Engine: Samsung's Cinema Smooth 720p light engine releases the maximum power of the new generation of DMD microdisplays for the most film-like picture. It creates an image with no visible pixel structure and accurate shading and better low-light detail.

Faster Color Wheel: Samsung's 2.2" color wheel spins at 14,400 rpm for smooth fast motion video, and has five color segments for more accurate colors. It achieves film-like transitions without pixel breakup found in slower color wheel designs and slower switching LCD microdisplays. Air Bearing technology also makes it very quiet.

Native Resolution: The television has a display resolution of 1280 x 720. The HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals, and will display them as 1280 x 720. All other input signals will also be displayed as 1280 x 720.

HDTV (ATSC) Tuner: The TV has a built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) tuner, so you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV signals. The TV also has an NTSC analog tuner.

Cinema Mode: Samsung's Cinema Mode lets you see colors the way the director intended, by matching them more closely to production standards. This creates more accurate colors and natural skin tones when viewing movies on your TV.

Digital Natural Image Engine (DNIe): Samsung's DNIe makes input signals sharper, clearer, and more lifelike. It's advanced image processors and six-times density enhancer help to create true-to-life colors and high contrast, while virtually eliminating digital artifacts.

MCC (My Color Control) Mode: The MCC Mode lets you select predefined settings that affect the skin, sky, and grass tones in a picture without affecting other colors on the screen. You can choose one of the following predefined settings: Standard, Blue, Green, Pink, or Custom. The Custom setting allows you to individually set and store color saturation values between 0 and 50 for Blue, Green, and Pink. If desired, you can instantly reset the colors to the factory default.

Wiselink: A side-panel USB port allows you to connect a USB mass storage device to view JPEG files and play MP3 audio files. You have access to the following functions:

  • Photo (JPEG) List: This menu shows JPEG files and folders saved on the USB device and allows you to do the following:

    • View: You can view individual photos by selecting them from the thumbnail display.

    • Rotate: This feature allows you to rotate the selected image by 90°, 180°, or 270°.

    • Zoom: You can enlarge a picture 2x or 4x. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around onscreen.

    • Slide Show: You can play files on the USB device in a slide show. You can adjust the slide show speed to Slow, Normal, or Fast. You can also choose an MP3 file on the USB device to play as background music during the slide show. The repeat function allows you to play the slide show again and again.

  • MP3 List: This menu shows MP3 files saved on the USB device and allows you to play them back.

Picture Modes: You can choose one of the following picture modes:

  • Standard: Resets the standard factory settings
  • Dynamic: For viewing the TV during the day, or when there is bright light in the room
  • Movie: For viewing a movie in low light
  • Custom: Allows you to individually adjust and store the settings for contrast, brightness, sharpness, color, tint, and color tone

Color Weakness Enhancement: The Color Weakness Enhancement feature adjusts the Red, Blue, or Green color to enhance the picture according to the user's particular color weakness.

Digital Signal Strength Meter: The digital signal strength meter can be used to help you find the antenna position that delivers the highest HDTV digital signal strength.

Analog Channel Fine Tuning: The fine tuning feature allows you to manually adjust analog channels for optimal reception. A separate fine tuning setting may be put into the TV's memory for each analog channel.

Low Noise Amplifier (LNA): When the TV's antenna setting is on "Air," instead of "Cable," sometimes reception can be improved by boosting the incoming signal using the LNA function. A separate LNA setting may be put into the TV's memory for each channel.

Picture Sizes: You can choose one of the following picture sizes:

  • 16:9: Sets the picture to 16:9 wide mode

  • Zoom 1: Magnifies the size of the picture and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the arrows on the remote

  • Zoom 2: Magnifies the size of the picture more than Zoom 1 and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the arrows on the remote

  • Wide Fit: Enlarges the aspect ratio of the picture to fit the entire screen

  • 4:3: Sets the picture to 4:3 normal mode with bars on the sides

Auto Volume: Auto volume automatically adjusts the volume of the desired channel by lowering the sound output when the modulation signal is high or by raising the sound output when the modulation signal is low.

Sound Settings: You can choose from the following sound settings:

  • Standard: Resets the standard factory settings

  • Music: For watching music videos and concerts

  • Movie: For watching movies

  • Speech: For watching a show that is mostly dialogue

  • Custom: Allows you to adjust the 5-band EQ, which includes the following frequencies: 100 Hz, 300 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz, and 10 kHz

  • SRS TruSurround XT: TruSurround is a patented SRS technology that solves the problem of playing 5.1 multi-channel content over two speakers. TruSurround delivers a compelling virtual surround sound experience through the two speaker internal playback system. It is fully compatible with all multi-channel formats

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set from 30 to 180 minutes.

On/Off Timer: The On and Off timers allow you to program the television to turn itself on and off by selecting a specific time. You can also choose the channel and volume for the On Timer. If no controls are operated after the On Timer activates the TV, it automatically turns off after three hours.

PC Display: The PC input allows you to connect a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output, allowing you to use the TV as a high-resolution computer monitor. In PC mode, you can adjust the Coarse and Fine, settings both of which allow you to remove picture noise. In addition, you can choose the screen size:

  • 4:3: Displays the picture in its original aspect ratio

  • Wide PC: Scales the picture to 92% of the screen regardless of the aspect ratio of the input source

  • Wide TV: Scales the picture to the size of the screen regardless of the aspect ratio of the input source

Remote Control

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of components, including VCRs, cable boxes, DVD players, and set-top boxes.

Input and Output Notes

Side Panel Inputs: The TV features a set of audio/video jacks (composite video and stereo RCA audio) on the right side panel. These jacks allow you to easily and quickly connect a camcorder or video game console. A USB Type A port allows you to connect a USB mass storage device to view JPEG files and play MP3 audio files.

HDMI: This input consists of two HDMI terminals and a set of RCA audio jacks. The HDMI terminals can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. One of the HDMI terminals, along with the RCA audio jacks, can be used for a DVI-equipped component. A separate analog audio connection and a DVI-to-HDMI adapter will be needed. The HDMI jacks accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals.

PC: This input consists of a stereo minijack and an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack. This jack allows you to connect a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output. When using the D-Sub 15 jack, you must use the PC Audio input for your audio connection.

Component Video Inputs: The 2 sets of component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals.

Antenna Inputs: Antenna 1 is a cable input and antenna 2 is an over the air antenna input.

Service Jack: The rear panel of the TV has a minijack input for servicing.

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