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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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Viewing Effects

Viewing Effects Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Samsung PN51D450. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the PNxxD450 series. The PNxxD450 series includes the following models: the PN43D450 and the PN51D450.  Read here for more details on series differences.
{{article.attachments['Samsung-PN51D450-vanity.jpg']}} • Great viewing angle • Highly reflective screen • A handful of additional video processing modes • Testing done using DisplayMate Software
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Formats*(6.0)*


The Samsung PN51D450 has a native resolution of 720p, and therefore does not support 1080i/p resolutions (without significant issues).

 

Viewing Angle*(7.38)*


We typically see plasmas with giant viewing angles, but that of the PN51D450 was below average for this type of screen. This is not to say that the viewing angle for the PN51D450 is bad, on the contrary: compared to LCD screens, the Samsung PN51D450 has a great viewing angle. Still, it could have done better in this regard, as we've come to expect from plasma screens. (More on how we test Viewing Angle.)

Viewing Angle
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Compare the Samsung PN51D450 to other HDTVs
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Samsung PN50C550 50 inches Panasonic TC-P42X3 42 inches Vizio E321VL 32 inches

 

Reflectance*(3.0)*


As with most plasma TVs, the PN51D450 has an extremely reflective screen, to the point where if there's enough light in the room, you will probably be able to see yourself when the picture darkens. Still, Samsung gave the PN51D450 a screen that at least attempts to minimize glare, but not very well. (More on how we test Reflectance.)

Video Processing*(2.0)*


The Samsung PN51D450 has several additional video processing modes, some more useful than others. Below is a summary of our impressions of them:

Setting Claimed Function Our Impression
Black Tone Adjusts screen depth Makes picture darker to several different degrees.
Dynamic Contrast Adjusts screen contrast Changes contrast slightly.
Color Space Adjusts range of colors Adjusts colors slightly
Flesh Tone Emphasizes pink "flesh tone" Makes flesh tones look weird
Edge enhancement Emphasizes object boundaries Boosts sharpness
Digital noise filter Reduces static and ghosting of cable images Doesn't do a whole lot.
Film mode Sets TV to sense and process film signals optimally A standard 24 fps processing mode

 

Other Models in the PNxxD450 Series
This is a review of the Samsung PN51D450. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Samsung PN43D450 43 inches Samsung PN51D450 51 inches
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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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