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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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Calibration

Calibration 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.
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Calibration


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In order to make sure we've given each TV a fair assessment of its performance capability, we calibrate each set to optimum settings using our lab software. For those of you who would like to replicate our results, or would simply like to know how to calibrate your PN51D450, below are the settings we determined to be ideal:

Setting Default Calibrated
Picture Mode Movie
Cell light 7 10
Contrast 95 95
Brightness 55 58
Sharpness 20 0
Color 50 50
Tint G50/R50 G50/R50
Black Tone Low Low
Dynamic Contrast Off Off
Flesh tone 0 0
Edge enhancement Off Off
Digital Noise FIlter Auto Off
Color Tone Warm2 Warm2

 

Video Modes


The Samsung PN51D450 has a tiny handful of video modes, each more suited to a certain viewing environment than another.

Mode What it Does
Dynamic Suitable for a bright room
Standard Suitable for a normal environment
Movie Suitable for watching movies in a dark room

 

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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