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Samsung LN32A450 LCD HDTV Review

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The LN32A450's impressive black level and peak brightness, produced an above average contrast ratio.

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Audio

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We were pleased with the quality of sound we got from the Samsung LN32A450's speakers, however even with the simulated surround sound mode on it isn't as good as even a cheap set of real surround sound speakers. We also found the volume level of the Samsung LN32A450 to be a bit more muted than other HDTVs we've reveiwed.
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**Sound Quality***(6.0)*

We were quite pleased with the sound quality we got from the Samsung LN32A450's two built-in speakers. We detected no tinniness or distortion as we've seen on some other HDTVs. The sound was clear with both voices and background noises easily detected. About the only thing we felt it lacked was a bit of depth, but that's not surprising for built-in speakers.

**Surround Sound***(4.0)*

Like most modern HDTVs the Samsung LN32A450 has a simulated surround sound mode. In practice we found that this muted the sound a bit and added just a hint of depth. Overall the sound quality remained good, but the fact is that it was still nowhere near as good as the surround sound you would get out of even a cheap set of speakers.

**Loudness***(7.53)*

We measured the Samsung LN32A450's loudness at 75.3 decibels, using a sound pressure meter from five feet away with the HDTV's volume at maximum. This is quite a bit less loud than most HDTVs we've seen, which tend to be between 80-90 decibels. This doesn't mean the Samsung LN32A450 is not loud, but especially if you're trying to fill up a large room with sound or have hearing problems the more muted

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance: Summary
  3. Performance: Blacks & Whites
  4. Performance: Color
  5. Performance: Motion
  6. Performance: Viewing Effects
  7. Remote Control
  8. Audio
  9. Connectivity
  10. Controls & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Conclusion & Comparisons
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