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Samsung UN46B7100 LED LCD HDTV Review

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Vs Panasonic TC-P42S1

Panasonic TC-P42S1 Summary
{{article.attachments['Samsung-UN46B7100-vanity.jpg']}} • The Panasonic had a much deeper black and a significantly wider viewing angle. • The Samsung has online content. • The Samsung costs $1800 more than the Panasonic.
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Value Comparison Summary


While the Panasonic is very inexpensive for its size and is capable of impressive blacks, it has issues with anything bright. The Samsung has comparable picture quality with less artifacting and a better feature set, but you'll have to shell out an extra $1800 for the privilege.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Samsung UN46B7100 Panasonic TC-P42S1
Size 46 inches 42 inches
Price $2800 $1000
Type LED LCD Plasma
Format 1080p 1080p
Other 120Hz, online content None

Blacks & Whites


The Panasonic had a much deeper black, but had some serious issues outputting bright colors. This seriously hurt its contrast ratio, although it's still higher than the Samsung's.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Samsung UN46B7100 Score: Black Level: 7.43 Peak Brightness: 8.92 Contrast: 7.83 Panasonic TC-P42S1 Score: Black Level: 9.51 Peak Brightness: 6.35 Contrast: 8.28

 

Color Accuracy


While the Samsung doesn't have any real issues with color temperature, the Panasonic was basically perfect. Its color temperature never strayed far enough to be perceptible. The Samsung had better color representation and a more accurate gamut, although it didn't out-perform the Panasonic by a significant margin.

Color Temperature Comparison
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Samsung UN46B7100 Score: 8.96
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Panasonic TC-P42S1 Score: 10.00

 

RGB Comparison

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Samsung UN46B7100 Score: 8.07

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Panasonic TC-P42S1 Score: 7.61

 

Color Gamut Comparison
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Samsung UN46B7100 Score: 4.32
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Panasonic TC-P42S1 Score: 3.98

 

Motion


The Panasonic had some issues with artifacting. Both TVs handled blur well.

  Motion Scores
  Samsung UN46B7100 Panasonic TC-P42S1
Motion Smoothness 8.00 7.75
Motion Artifacting 7.00 4.75

 

Viewing Effects


The Panasonic, as a plasma, didn't have any issues with viewing angle.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Samsung UN46B7100 Score: 5.66 Panasonic TC-P42S1 Score: 12.73

 

Connectivity


The Panasonic has more analog audio inputs, but is otherwise has the same poor port selection as the Samsung.

 

  Connectivity Comparison
  Samsung UN46B7100 Panasonic TC-P42S1
HDMI 4 3
Component 1 2
Composite 1 1
S-Video 0 0
VGA 1 0
Analog Audio In 1 4
Digital Audio Out 1 1
Analog Audio Out 1 0
LAN 1 0
USB 2 0
Memory Card 0 0
Other Ex-link None

Other Comparisons


The Samsung's online content is one main difference between the two TVs. With the Samsung you can access Yahoo! content, including Flickr. It also has two USB ports for viewing media on a flash drive. 

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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. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Samsung UN46B6000
  14. Vs Vizio SV470XVT
  15. Vs Panasonic TC-P42S1
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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