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Samsung LN46C530F1F LCD HDTV Review

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A TV of modest ambitions, and we reward its humility. It just displays a picture... and it does that pretty well.

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Formats

The Samsung LN46C530 has a native 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolutions, the highest resolution available in consumer TVs. It can support all standard NTSC formats.

Viewing Angle

The Samsung LN46C530 has a terrible viewing angle, like so many Samsung LCDs we've reviewed. We're not sure why (probably something to do with their choice of screen materials), but viewing angle is never a strong suit. We found that beyond 36 degrees (18 degrees from center in either direction), there was a significant drop in contrast ratio. That's narrower than either the Toshiba or Sony LCDs we pulled in for comparison, and far narrower than Samsung PN50C550 plasma TV.

Viewing Angle Chart
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Reflectance

The Samsung LN46C530 does not have a terribly reflective screen, thankfully. Ambient light shining directly on the screen casts a wide, diffuse glare. This kind of glare cuts down on the contrast ratio pretty significantly, so you'll want to angle the screen away or remove the light source if you can.

Video Processing

The Samsung LN46C530 has a decent selection of video processing features. We turned almost all of them off because they tend to do more harm than good, but we encourage you to decide for yourself.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Toshiba 40G300U Comparison
  13. Samsung PN50C550 Comparison
  14. Sony Bravia KDL-40EX400 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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