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Samsung PN51D450A2D Plasma HDTV Review

51 in.

An inappropriately low resolution for a TV its size, and it lacks much else to make up for this shortcoming.

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Vs. Panasonic TC-P42X3

Panasonic TC-P42X3 Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


Despite the Samsung PN51D450 being a full 9 inches bigger than the TC-P42X3, it does have some significant shortcomings in comparison to the Panasonic. Namely, the resolution on the Samsung is far too small for its screen size, whereas the TC-P42X3 has a more appropriate scaling on its screen, despite its smaller area. Beyond that though, there are only two major advantages of the TC-P42X3 over the PN51D450, and that's internet connectivity and price.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Samsung PN51D450 Panasonic TC-P42X3
Size 51 inches 42 inches
Price $799 MSRP $599
Type Plasma Plasma
Format 720p 1080p
Other N/A Internet content

Blacks & Whites


Both sets tested well in terms of blacks and whites, but the PN51D450 did much better in almost every single measure taken, with only peak brightness coming close.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


Both sets have great color temperature error measurements, but the PN51D450 has a much higher RGB curve score. If you're looking for color quality, you're probably better off with the PN51D450.

Color Temperature Comparison
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Samsung PN51D450 Score: 9.29
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Panasonic TC-P42X3 Score: 9.65
RGB Comparison

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Samsung PN51D450 Score: 7.86

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Panasonic TC-P42X3 Score: 6.00

Motion


Both TV sets had good scores here, so don't read too much into the disparity in scoring. Both TVs handle motion well.

  Motion Scores
  Samsung PN51D450 Panasonic TC-P42X3
Motion Performance 15.50 13.25

Viewing Effects


The Panasonic TC-P42X3 has a wider viewing angle, but given that both sets are plasmas with wide viewing angles, this isn't too much of a surprise. It would be difficult to go wrong with either set here.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Samsung PN51D450 Score: 7.38 Panasonic TC-P42X3 Score: 10.37

Connectivity


Despite their relatively similar number of ports, the simple fact that the Panasonic has internet connectivity and native internet content gives it a better score in our ratings system, but if internet really isn't that important to you, there isn't much of an advantage to buying either TV over the other.

  Connectivity Comparison
  Samsung PN51D450 Samsung PN50C550 Panasonic TC-P42X3 Vizio E321VL
HDMI 2 4 2 2
Component 2 2 1 1
Composite 1 1 1 1
S-Video 0 0 0 0
VGA 1 1 0 1
Analog Audio In 3 3 2 3
Digital Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio Out 0 1 0 1
Ethernet 0 1 1 0
WiFi No Require separate purchase Requires separate purchase No
USB 1 2 2 1
Memory Card 0 0 SD/SDHC 0
  DLNA 0 Yes Yes No
Other EX-LINK EX-LINK N/A 3.5mm input jack
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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. Vs. Samsung PN50C550
  13. Vs. Panasonic TC-P42X3
  14. Vs. Vizio E321VL
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
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