Samsung PN42C450 Plasma HDTV Review
The Samsung PN42C450 is a 720p entry-level plasma that fails to dispel the notion that Samsung is an LCD-maker first, followed – at some distance – by plasma manufacturing.
The Samsung PN42C450 has a decent set of speakers, but certainly nothing to match a standalone audio system. The large chassis seems to help with the overall sound quality, making it less tinny than we've heard on some ultra-thin TVs. The bass response is still lacking, like all TVs, but it's a little better.
The menu offers four preset modes. We preferred Standard mode to Movie mode. The latter pushed the inadequate bass sounds to the forefront, resulted in a lot of garbled noise. The menu also features a full equalizer, and the requisite Surround Sound emulator, which did little to improve the quality.
The Samsung PN42C450's menu is similar to what's on nearly every Samsung TV. The menu's main groupings are arranged vertically along the left side. Because that main bar rarely disappears, it's easy to keep track of where you are. If you get lost, simply hit the "Exit" button on the remote control.
Overall, it's a good design, and one that we've praised before.
The instruction manual that ships with the Samsung PN42C450 has a table of contents and an alphabetical index in the back. With these, you should be able to answer any questions pretty quickly. You can find the Samsung PN42C450's manual online here
- Tour & Design
- Blacks & Whites
- Color Accuracy
- Viewing Effects
- Remote Control
- Audio & Menus
- Multimedia & Internet
- Power Consumption
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