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Samsung - 32" Class - LED - 1080p - Smart - HDTV

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Samsung J5500 Series UN32J5500AFXZA LED Smart HDTV: Turn your bedroom or small entertainment room into a home theater. With stunning 1080p picture quality and a world of streaming apps, you can enjoy TV and movies without needing a set-top cable box. Plus, you can wirelessly connect with smartphones and tablets to play videos and other content on the big screen.

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    What's Included


    • 32" Class - LED - 1080p - Smart - HDTV
    • Owner's manual
    • Remote (TM1260C)
    • Stand

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7042 out of 7287)

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    Features


    Watch TV on your mobile device or mobile media on your TV

    With Smart View 2.0 and screen mirroring technology, you can use the big screen instead of your devices to watch content or perform other functions.

    31-1/2" screen (measured diagonally from corner to corner)

    A good size for a small living room, bedroom or dorm room.

    1080p resolution for stunning HD images

    Watch Blu-ray movies and 1080p HD content at their highest level of detail.

    Smart TV with access to streaming services for countless entertainment options

    Stream shows, movies, games and more with the TV's built-in Wi-Fi and integrated apps.

    LED TVs perform well in all lighting conditions

    They also deliver plasma-like deep blacks and rich colors.

    Advanced TV Sound

    Dolby Digital Plus, DTS Studio Sound and DTS Premium Sound 5.1 surround sound decoders.

    3 HDMI inputs for your home theater connection

    High-speed HDMI delivers an HD picture and digital surround sound in one convenient cable. HDMI cable sold separately.

    Motion Rate 60

    Enjoy clear moving picture resolution.

    2 USB inputs

    Easily connect your digital camera, camcorder or other USB device.

    ConnectShare Movie

    Watch videos, play music and view photos from a USB connection without needing to use a PC or special equipment.

    Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 7288 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Is it worth more than Samsung J5205?

      Posted
      Craig
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember
      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      I did a lot of research and made many visits to various big-box stores. 32" LEDs on display typically are budget models. Unfortunately, I'm picky and I'm replacing a high-spec'd [at the time] Sony Bravia XBR LCD with a failing panel I keep in my small study. I want more than 'pretty good.' The cheapest 32" units are 720P which on such a modest screen size have do-able video quality but are visibly inferior to 1080P units, though the differences are minor. In the Samsung line the 720P units are pretty much represented by the 4-series. The 5-series are the low-end 1080P units. The 6-series, which isn't carried in Best Buy stores, is the high-end. This unit, the J5500, is a Best Buy exclusive offering a couple of key features over the nearly identical and widely available J5205 making it a unique mid-range 32" Samsung TV. Video Quality Samsung makes a J5500 series in a wide range of sizes but the 32" is exclusive to Best Buy. While I can't prove it because documentation on this model is skimpy, all the other J5500s have the Micro Dimming function which offers a little more dynamic range to bring out details in shadows. When I viewed this unit side-by-side to the other Samsung [and other brands like Visio] models in the store it had a slightly better picture. Sure, this is not a great test but I did make sure this and the J5205 both were set to standard mode and I set them on the same channel. Now that I've got it at home I've got good news and bad news which both refer to the same set of control setting features. The J5500 [and I assume all the 32" Samsung LED TVs] have a dizzying array of things you can adjust beyond the basic brightness, tint, contrast, color, sharpness and gamma I'm used to. You can adjust skin tones, set warmness, dynamic contrast, black tones, color space, backlight, and even individually adjust colors singularly [e.g., blue, cyan, magenta, etc.]. The good news obviously is you have fine control. The bad news is it's confusing as you drill down making adjustments to figure out what is causing something to get out of whack. Also, each individual function isn't as powerful as they sound because I found they don't often make that much of a difference or behave as you expect. You can easily reset any mess you make and start all over. Bottom line? After 2 days of fiddling I have a really nice picture. Great clarity and sharpness. Accurate color. Solid blacks. Excellent contrast and dynamic range. A nice upgrade from my Sony LCD which was no slouch! Build Quality A key difference between the J5500 and the J5205 most will consider merely aesthetic but I considered important is the J5205 has 2 boring black plastic legs on each end for support while the J5500 uses a better looking faux chrome center pedestal mount. My set-up is on a stand where the monitor hangs about 2"-3" over its edge so only a pedestal mount works for me without lots of reconfiguration of my study. The downside of the pedestal mount is the assembly poses a problem. The pedestal is connected to the monitor via an L-shaped piece. It requires 7 screws be screwed into pre-drilled holes. Unfortunately, the 3 holes in the monitor don't quite line up and I found using a screwdriver impossible to complete the task. Screwing them in with a power drill is extremely easy but for those who don't have a power drill sitting around this unit probably isn't for you unless you're already in the market for one. Sound All 32" Samsungs appear to use the same speakers. How do they sound? Passable but far more tinny than the Sony mine replaced. I bought an inexpensive [$147] Samsung HW-J450 sound bar. It's highly recommend. Both units support SoundConnect so they work from your Samsung TV controller. Also, you can use the supplied digital optical cable to connect the two so you don't use up an HDMI port. Smart TV The J5500 and the J5305 are both Smart TVs. My needs are modest in this respect: Amazon Prime. The interface to Prime is robust and the 1 movie I've watched on it was smooth and glitch free. My Wi-Fi unit is on a separate floor and not the greatest but I get good signal to the J5500. I should add setting up the Wi-Fi was a cinch and equally glitch free. The J5500 also supports wired Ethernet. I think - but can't prove it - another benefit of this unit being in the 5500 line is it comes with a better quad core processor than the dual core in the J5205.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Absolutely excellent

      Posted
      Todd1952SF

      I had a 32-inch Sony LED HDTV with 720p resolution that I loved and I’d had it for nearly nine years when, suddenly, the display developed a thin but noticeable vertical black line that divided the picture into nearly even halves. Obviously, putting a lot of money into having a nine-year-old TV repaired was not advisable. By the way, in late 2006 when I bought the old TV, it cost me $1,089.00. So I ended up buying this Samsung 32-inch LED HDTV with 1020i resolution for $329.99. I would willingly have purchased one model down (for $199.99), but it didn’t have enough input ports for my DVD changer, my Blu-Ray disc player, my cable box/DVR and a DVD recorder/VHS disc player. This one did, so I bought it. It works like a charm – the cable box/DVR, Blu-Ray disc player and the DVD changer all hook up with HDTV cables – very nice – and the DVD recorder/VHS player unit hooks up with component cables. With the use of a two-for-one splitter, I have a pair of wireless headphones and my stereo amplifier hooked up to the “audio out” port on the back of the TV. It’s nice to be able to listen to the audio of a concert, an opera, a film on DVD or Blu-Ray (especially with music) through my stereo amplifier and my large, high-quality stereo speakers. This TV does so much more than the old one, too. It has a built in WiFi capability and is now paired with my desktop PC so I can watch video files, listen to audio files and look at photographs stored on my computer. (I had to download software called “Samsung Link” for free and install it on my PC for that.) Also, the TV now can browse the internet directly through my PC’s WiFi connection, so if I wanted to join a service (such as Netflix), I could watch videos directly on my TV. The menus were easy to figure out and so is the remote, which includes play, stop, pause, fast forward and rewind buttons for use when viewing a video on the TV. The picture resolution is excellent. Playing around with picture and audio settings has enhanced my viewing and listening experience. I have just two tiny complaints. First, the screen surface is more reflective than I wish it were. If the picture is dark at any given moment, I can detect images of items in the room reflected in the screen. My old TV had a much more non-glare finish on the screen and I wish this new TV did, too. Also, Samsung has things backwards when it comes to the power indicator LED. The old TV had a green LED that lit up to show that the TV was on. Thus, if I turned off the cable box causing the picture to go dark, that lit green LED let me know that I still needed to turn the TV’s power off. The new Samsung, however, has a red LED at the lower right-hand corner that lights up when the power is off, and shows nothing when the power is on. Thus, if I turn off the cable box causing the TV to go dark, I have to notice that the red light is NOT on to be reminded to turn the TV’s power off. To my mind, a power indicator light should be on when the power is on – not seeing a light on is a lousy reminder to turn the power off. My sister has a Samsung computer monitor that acts the same way – the blue power indicator LED is on when the power is turned off, and the LED turns off when you switch the power on. She has the same complaint – turn off the computer and you have no good indicator that you need to turn the monitor power off. I can’t imagine why Samsung has that feature backwards. But that is a small quibble because everything else about this television is primo and hooking it up was easy, too. Three devices each requiring a single HDMI cable made it a lot easier to hook it up. One really excellent feature is a built in, online e-Manual for the TV. Instead of having to track down a paper booklet and read through it, there’s an e-Manual button on the remote (also accessible from the menus), and that presents a screenload of icons, each of which is a category. Cursoring over to any given icon will present a list of what that icon has for subject matter, and using that e-Manual taught me many of the things this TV could do. For example, I wondered if I could customize the various inputs from HDMI1, HDM2, HDMI3 and “Component”, and I discovered how to do that. Now they have new icons for a cable box, a Blu-Ray disc, a DVD and a VHS unit, and I was able to customize the inputs to read “Cable Box/DVR”, “Blu-Ray Disc”, “DVD Changer” and “DVD Rec./VHS”. It wasn’t hard to do, but I needed the e-Manual to tell me to push the “south” button on the remove while cursored to each input – doing that revealed a pull-down submenu offering customization of each input. I can’t believe how good this TV is compared to the old one and the price was less than one-third what I paid 9 years ago – and the dollar is worth a lot less now, too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hail Samsungus III Magnus Emperor of ATSC TV!!!

      Posted
      captainvideo

      I acquired this majestic regal set on Friday October 20th for these reasons; 1. a 720p panel is soooo c.2007 while a 1080p advances my personal state-of-the-art enhancing and enjoying the "eye candy" deriving from the technological evolution of flat TV's 2. Ever since 2012 our household have been forced to rely on OTA which is an homage back to the halcyon days of NTSC-M broadcasting which consists of "Oaters" & other ancient geriatric programs b. Propagandistic pronouncements from Protestant evangelicals gone bilingual 24/7/365.25 as well as ditto from infomercial inserts which is rendering my peepers into sick puppies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! c. Even though I've heard dire dour warnings about Smart TV becoming an outlet of some notoriously nefarious nabob of negative notions this movement to circumvent my second point in the hope that Smart TV would deliver some surcease from the draconian dysfunctional dystopia that governs US TV currently FCC Chairman Minnow would consider this a "wasteland" d. Thanks to the skirmishing between the Television & Computing industries which occurred during ATSC"s conception & the compromise which led to the VGA port being standard equipment on all digital TV's, I 've been using this as a computer monitor to escape the desolation of torpid television from Antenna TV I also started to have problems with my 2013 32" Haier tuner(aka the "rubber biscuit" panel because I got it as a gift around Christmas)couldn't pull in WPVI Channel 6 signal (that was due to the FCC repositioning its signal on another part of the atmospheric spectrum as a result Ch.6 had to boost it's transmission wattage when digital broadcasting commenced on June 12, 2009) without cutting out completely I was perpetually adjusting the "rabbit ears" & screwing or unscrewing the antenna terminal sometimes I saved it other times I lost making me miss quite a few episodes of certain TV shows because of that the 2 nuts located on the opposing sides of the blue colored VGA port came off & got lost collimating in bent pins which made my Windows desktop have either a cyan or magenta tinge to the white parts of the Windows OS because I had this happen to me before from 2001-06 when I had a 15" NEC CRT monitor I resolved to get a new panel sooner or later one way or another(which was truly "a sight for poor eyes" until that problem developed that's when I got my 1st flat screen.) II. The Set itself 1st of all these eyes( having witnessed the analog CRT champs Sanyo(in 1976, Zenith in 1983 & NEC in 1995) became enchanted and spoiled by the picture detail that a 1080p panel brings to the game The camera & makeup entourage on these shows will need their A+ game because owners of these sets can make out every flaw & detail of their looks, what they're wearing color wise as well another feature I appreciate is there's not only a better laid out TV Guide which informs the owner of what's on, the actors involved a summary of the episode, the resolution as well as the time of day & doubtless even more detail that I have yet to uncover btw I prefer a TV that has as much "bells & whistles" as one can afford to a "1 trick pony" that will be make one bored out of one's gourd ultimately The Sound Sonically this is the best sounding small set as well as the most powerful amps since my 20' NEC 2030S c 2k the last CRT the sound emanating from this boxes makes one wonder why one even need a sound bar(back during the 1970's I owned a Pioneer SX 1250 system that was so eargasmically good I was dubbed the Audio Ayatollah by my buds back in 1979) it's a shame there's no headphone jack to make me get lost in sound like that but at least once I turn on the sound I can come pretty close The jacks & ports The plethora of ports & jacks offered on this model are exceeded only by my 1st Samsung panel, the white colored 2007 model 1954 which had so many ports & jacks that I think could've been the basis for a true AVPC triad similar to the aforementioned Pioneer system had I the economic prowess to revive it there are only 1 niggling issue that need to be overcome to achieve electronic Nirvana that is whether I can adapt the Smart Set to my old school wired network that shuts down periodically & is slower than molasses in winter via a USB extension & a firmware upgrade they would be the only clouds in the sky of this grand TV set my interregnum rating of this J5500 is 4.9 of 5! C: The Staff of Best Buy#589 I've patronized this store since c. March 2k when I upgraded PC#2 an IBM Aptiva from 16-80MB of memory. Since I also knew quite a bit about Audio, Video & computers I also wanted to join them as well to the point of practically "haunting" it because it was only 4 blocks from where I worked In the 17 years I've been buying from there the peeps have augmented what I learned about AVPC's since 1974 when my college buds turned me into a hopelessly addled audio addict. This relationship has enabled to purchase 2 of my last 4 computers from #589 In addition I would've preferred to buy my 3rd one(an HP Pavilion 8765c from there but this store was sold out so I had to go to the Plymouth Meeting branch to get that one. The staff is friendly credible & put no pressure on you to seal the deal I hope they don't mind me drooling. Now that I'm on line I find it advantageous to do the "homework" I still prefer to spend my dollars at the store I hope they can prevail because I don't trust on line buying I will try my best to keep them open for as long as possible Conclusion Let me go back to my summary title " Samsungus III Magnus" this is the 3rd Samsung TV (the 2nd one went to another friend who couldn't afford a HDTV at the time & I wanted her to experience the splendor of HD broadcasts rather than settle for SDTV via those discount boxes that everybody had when the transition took place back in 2009 it has more than held up the honor of the Samsung brand name heritage & its legacy Here's hoping the 3rd time is indeed the charm

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Features and performance impress

      Posted
      breakdancefight
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I was in the market for a new gaming display and it came down to this and two monitors. I had tried the Asus MX279H before purchasing the J5500 and while overall was pretty happy with the Asus returned for personal preference. The Asus was a great gaming display with low input lag and a very fast refresh rate,but the IPS panel combined with the matte finish made for a dull viewing experience. I decided to get the J5500 since it was on sale this week for $329.99,making it $15 more than the 27" Samsung monitor I was considering. Let's start with image quality. Samsung has always offered one of the best calibration suites on the market and the J5500 continues that trend. Everything is accounted for from the basic Backlight,brightness,contrast,etc.....to the multi point white balance and backlight scanning controls. Samsung has improved its smart greatly and offers a system that asthetically is very similar the LG's WebOs platform. Samsung has opted for a quad core processor to make streaming and browsing quick. My primary use for the Samsung was for console gaming and have a no frills 60hz display is no problem. I have put the TV through its paces and have that found its performance has surpassed most TV's I have owned outside of older CRT/Plasma displays. I don't personally own a Leo Bodner input lag tester,but reports are around 40-42ms in PC/Game modes. While Sony has been Input lag king for a few generations 15-25ms, 42ms is still a fairly respectable number. If you are a fighting game fanatic this number may scare you away from an otherwise fantastic display. I play primarily RPG's and co-op FPS games and have zero issue with lag. Samsung employs a VA panel which offer much richer colors,brighter white and much deeper black levels that its IPS/PLS and TN panel brethren. I have tested out some of my favorite torture rest games to see if the VA panel could hang? I am happy to say it passed with flying colors. From the haunted hallway of P.T, Alien Isolation and the cavernous recesses of the Earths moon on Destiny I saw buttery smooth motion. I saw no unnatural blur,judder or overdrive trailing in panning camera shots. Film offered a similar experience,but without a 24p film mode or customizable interpolation there was minor judder in film based content. Image depth on the others hand was not a problem with films like Prometheus and Tron:Legacy this thing truly shined. If you are a Pixar or dreamworks fan than the J5500 is right up your alley offering some the best looking CG eye candy on the market. Suffice to I am completely satisfied with my purchase and having owned Samsung products prior to the I continue to be impressed by their innovation on the home theater/gaming front.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good but was expecting a little more...

      Posted
      JimboJones
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is one of the more expensiv 32 inch LCDs on the market for 2015, so my expectations were pretty high. Let me start with the bad and I'll finish with the good. I thought the Smart TV functions were kind of a joke, but I was prepared for that after having read many reviews on many other smart TVs. Tried to stream on the HBO Go app and it worked but very jittery or, sluggish might be a better word (choppy and jittery). Streamed on the Netflix app next and that was better, but every five or so minutes would get a slight hiccup in the video stream on that one as well. Never had a streaming issue with Netflix on any other set up in my house. But like I said, the Smart TV was not the reason I bought this TV. I bought it for the high quality, 3 hdmis and 20 watts total audio output. This combination is almost non-existent in 32 inch LCDs. I thought the picture was pretty strong and quite customizable, even with a dynamic contrast function that actually works (on medium). The sound was also quite good, relatively speaking with a few good sound presets. To tweak the picture and sound takes quite a bit of clicking through the menu. But my main gripe was that the bright levels we're not consistent through the panel going from left to right, you can see sections that were brighter than other sections depending on the content you were watching, esp darker content. Finally, the audio sync was an issue on this TV. Even though there is an adjustment for audio sync, the audio didn't need to be delayed it needed to be sped up. But there was no adjustment for that, so audio was clearly not as in sync as the three other TVs in my house. Guess I'm just going to have to live with that one because i am keeping this TV. I guess I just expected these 2 fairly annoying issues not to be present in a panel at this price point.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Defective TV, Awful Customer Service

      Posted
      Disappointed
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Shortly after purchasing this television I noticed a defect in the screen that affected the picture. I went to Best Buy to see if I could return/exchange it and was told I would have to contact the manufacturer since it had been more than 15 days from date of purchase. I contacted Samsung who instructed me to call and email pictures to a their local TV repair shop. The repairman told me the TV had a bad panel and to bring it in for repair . . . free of charge. I was not happy with the idea of repairing a brand new TV, especially, since it was a manufacturers defect. Samsung refused to replace it, and would only offer to repair it. After dealing with their rude repairman, awful customer service department, and defective product . . . I will NEVER buy/recommend any Samsung product. I was sure to let Samsung's Executive Customer Service Department know this . . . and they don't seem to mind. I was so disgusted with the whole situation I would rather buy a new TV than deal with them . . . and I am not sure I will getting it at Best Buy. I had informed Best Buy of the difficulty I was having with Samsung and was told "I am sorry you are having such a hard time, good luck with everything".

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic TV!

      Posted
      Momo
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I had to buy a new TV since my old late 90s/early 00s box was acting a bit unreliable as of late. I read other reviews of other TVs and went in the store to view them for myself. Compared the to TVs lined up with it, its picture was the clearest and the brightest. I only use YouTube in regards to the Wifi. The browser works pretty well too though (I just think a computer or phone is faster for obvious reasons). My router is close to my bedroom, so I have no connectivity issues on the side of the TV (I have Verizon and sometimes the connection is wonky one day a month. Not the TV's fault at all.). It was a bit annoying that I had to input my Wifi's password upon turning on the TV and also using the YouTube app for the first time (so twice), but that's fine. It may take a few seconds to connect to the internet so I don't try to open the SmartHub immediately after I turn the TV on, or it'll make an error. If I play the YouTube app for a long time (say 14+ hours), then it sometimes closes the app, but I only experience this with videos that are 6+ hours long (study music). I hadn't experienced any problems with the TV itself though. Clarity's great, playing games is great, changing the settings is easy and great. Set up was very easy. Sound is crisp and clear. Subtitles work fairly well. The pictures don't even give it justice. See it for yourself in person. Worth every penny! :o)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic 1080p TV for smaller rooms

      Posted
      GrayWolf
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I'm rarely moved to write a review for a product these days. This TV has proven to be among the rare few that I feel have earned a little of my time to write about them. I picked up a "Version: XC43" model of this televsion (this information can be found on the UPC label on the thin side of the product's box) at my local Best Buy yesterday. It replaced a smaller (and older) Samsung Touch of Color T260HD TV/PC monitor that has served me well for almost 8 years now. I unpacked the TV and found that it needed 7 screws to be used to attach the base and its connector to the main panel of the unit. While doing this, I found that the base for this TV is quite solid and provides a really nice, low-profile, set of "feet" for the TV to rest on. The physical aesthetic of the television is modern and sleek and the base is part of that design consideration. While setting up the television, I connected it to an indoor Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna to receive broadcast HDTV signals. Upon turning on the TV for the first time, I was walked through an easy-to-follow set of instructions to configure the TV's Wifi network connection, read the (quite-lengthy) privacy notice and SmartHub terms of use, then watched as the TV used the antenna to discover about 25 local OTA channels. With that complete, the TV was ready to go! The screen, itself, is gorgeous. Even without calibration, I am surprised at the nearly night-and-day difference in picture quality between an older Samsung 1080p screen and this new one. OTA HD channels are crisp and clear. The audio on the TV is pretty decent for a TV without a connection to an external home theater receiver and surround sound speakers. This is quite usable for a small office or a bedroom or even a study (if your home should have one). I also connected a Playstation 4 console to the HDMI port. It's quite nice to turn the TV and flip through channels then have the TV switch to the HDMI1 port when I power on the PS4 via its controller. Easy, seamless transitions like that are classy and helpful. I haven't had a chance to try out the SmartHub functions just yet, but if they are anything like the rest of the TV's interface, I am confident that the experience of using the apps on the TV will be just as pleasant as the rest of my experience has been. The "TL;DR" version: Don't hesitate to spend a little extra for this TV. You definitely get what you pay for with this device.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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