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Samsung PN42C450 Plasma HDTV Review

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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.

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Audio Quality

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.

Menu Interface

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.

Menu Main Photo
The menu is similar to Samsung LCD TVs, but the text looks weirdly stretched

Overall, it's a good design, and one that we've praised before.

Menu 2 Photo
There are only a few submenus, so you probably won't get lost
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Instruction Manual

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

Instruction Manual Photo
The manual answers most questions
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Panasonic Viera TC-P42S2 Comparison
  14. Sony Bravia KDL-40NX700 Comparison
  15. Samsung LN40C630 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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