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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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Motion Performance

Motion Smoothness (7.0)

The Samsung PN42C450 did a decent job in our motion tests. Objects moved with relatively good smoothness, as is the case with most plasma TVs we've reviewed. There was only a little flickering along high contrast borders.

Motion Artifacting (6.3)

The motion artifacting that we saw on the Samsung PN42C450 was mostly an upswing in the amount of color banding. Areas of fine, complex shading were generally rendered as flat monotones or blocky chunks of color. Certain colors, like blue, were more noticeably prone to error. More on how we test motion performance.

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps

The Samsung PN42C450 has a 720p resolution rather than the 1080p that we're seeing on the majority of 2010 TVs. Perhaps due to the some the resolution scaling problems (described below), we noted real problems with 24fps content display. High frequency patterns flickered with extreme annoyance, and there's no setting on the TV to improve 24fps performance. More on how we test 3:2 pulldown and 24fps.

Resolution Scaling

The Samsung PN42C450 is simply terrible at displaying high frequency patterns: think of stripes, checkerboard patterns, the anchorman's terrible houndstooth sports jacket, etc. – anything with tiny, repeating details in horizontal or vertical arrangement. The Samsung PN42C450 chokes on it, create some vicious Moire patterns and other anomalies. This section of the review normally looks for instances of these problems is the non-native resolutions. However, the Samsung PN42C450 was so bad in its native 720p that we wanted to give you a framework of comparison. More on how we test resolution scaling.

480p

The 480p content offered the better performance. It did, however, lose 2% of the top and bottom and 3% of the sides due to overscan.

1080i

The 1080i content we tested showed terrible, terrible problems with high frequency patterns.

1080p

The 1080p content also displayed very bad problems with high frequency patterns.

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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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