Samsung HDTV - Samsung HDTV Reviews

Samsung is at the pinnacle of home electronics and the Samsung HDTV line is no exception. Like most manufacturers the Samsung HDTV plasma models tend to be more expensive than either LCD or DLP, but prices in all three lines are dropping. That trend is expected to continue.

Offsetting those price drops are an emphasis on larger screens and higher resolutions. Several 42 inch plasmas are still available and can, in theory, display 549 billion colors. Theoretically since the human eye cannot discern that many differences anyway.

The 42 inch Samsung HDTV HP-S4253 plasma, for example, sports a 10000:1 contrast ratio. In general, higher is better - though, here again there is a limit to what humans can perceive. Any set within the range of 4000:1 to 10000:1 is likely to offer very black blacks and vivid, realistic colors.

Most of the differences among Samsung HDTV plasmas, like other types, is size and price but some carry extras. The 50 inch HP-R5072, for example, comes with an in built card which, in some cases, makes an external cable box unnecessary.

There are a dozen different models to choose from, ranging from 42 inch to 63 inch with several 42 inch models available. Differences lie mostly in the small details. Some have more input and output slots and ports, some have PC card slots or SD slots, others have more speakers than another. Several offer hidden speakers.

The Samsung HDTV LCD line is a good option for those wanting to spend a little less and willing to accept a 'smaller' screen in exchange. Sizes range from 32 inch to 46 inch, with the smallest considered small only in the past few years.

The 46 inch LN-S4692D offers a great viewing angle, 178 degrees, in a flat panel display on a swivel stand. Contrast ratio is very good at 5000:1.

Even the smaller 40 inch LN-S4051D would be enjoyed by gamers using an Xbox. At a contrast ratio of 4000:1 with 8 ms response times, blacks will be great and motion blur undetectable for most content, whether game or TV.

Like any LCD it is important to view from the proper distance. For this size, seven feet would be the minimum recommended.

Whatever size you choose, be sure the model includes a High Definition Multimedia Interface or HDMI port and component ports. Without it, you may be frustrated by the poor picture quality from your DVD player. With it, even 480p DVDs can display an impressive picture quality.

There is a variety of DLP style TVs in the Samsung HDTV lineup, ranging from as 'small' as the 50 inch HL-S5065 to the enormous 71 inch HL-R7178W. All offer excellent picture quality, though some reviews question Samsung's reliability.

The 71 inch HL-7178 sports a digital cable ready card and supports 1080p video, which no current Panasonic model does. Even the smaller 56 inch HL-S5688W offers a great 1080p picture and a 14,400 rpm color wheel to minimize 'rainbow' effects that some DLP models suffer from.

The 'i' stands for interlaced, a technique in which the pixel rows are illuminated every other line, a complete screen 'painted' in two passes. 'p' types make one pass across the screen. While, all other things being equal, 'p' types offer a superior picture, interlaced models are still excellent. Older technology suffered from some flicker with interlacing, but that is largely no longer true.

Many HDTV's are offered in HD ready types. That indicates the receiver has no in built HD tuner. That is not necessarily a deal killer, since many cable or satellite boxes have tuners that can perform just as well. HD ready is generally less expensive, all other things being equal.

Samsung HDTV prices are obviously affected by screen size, but also by resolution - 720p vs 1080p for instance, extras and a host of other factors. Check your favorite price comparison website for details. As with any TV, be sure to view under good lighting conditions before deciding.

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