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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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Conclusion

In general, it's hard for us to find reasons to recommend a plasma over an LCD. Side by side, there's a distinct lack of sharpness in plasmas, as well as a mosquito flicker of noise that tells you in no uncertain terms that you're looking at a plasma. The Samsung PN42C450 ($599 MSRP), as an entry level plasma, reiterates these weaknesses, then compounds it with a lackluster performance and overlooked problems.

As a 720p TV, it's at a distinct disadvantage compared to 1080p TVs, and we can't fault it for that, as it helps keep the price down. However, most incoming HD content is in 1080i, and the Samsung PN42C450 showed serious problems with properly scaling non-native resolutions. There there's the color performance issues and other weaknesses that came up in our lab tests.

We've reviewed a lot of Samsung LCD TVs over the last two years. As a rule, they're solidly built (aside from the occasional cracks). However, this plasma TV seemed to be built under completely different standards, with screws that barely fit into the neck and stand. Those with less than ideal wrist strength have no chance of assembling this TV.

Overall, we are not impressed.

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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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