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RCA L40FHD41 LCD HDTV Review

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Vs Samsung LN40B610

Samsung LN40B610 Summary
{{article.attachments['RCA-L40FHD41-vanity.jpg']}} • The Samsung out-performed the RCA in almost every category. • The Samsung has a USB port for photo viewing. • The RCA costs about half as much as the Samsung.
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Value Comparison Summary


The Samsung is a 40-inch TV for a more discerning viewer. It had better picture quality overall, performed better on our motion tests, and has a USB port for photo viewing. It also looks far more sleek than the RCA. The downside, however, is it costs almost twice as much.

  Comparison Specifications
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  RCA L40FHD41 Samsung LN40B610
Size 40 inches 40 inches
Price $598 $1050
Type LCD LCD
Format 1080p 1080p
Other N/A USB Port

Blacks & Whites


Although the RCA has a slightly deeper black level than the Samsung, the Samsung is significantly brighter. This wider range nets a larger contrast ratio for the Samsung.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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RCA L40FHD41 Score: Black Level: 8.23 Peak Brightness: 6.65 Contrast: 7.28 Samsung LN40B610 Score: Black Level: 7.79 Peak Brightness: 9.33 Contrast: 8.44

 

Color Accuracy


The RCA had a much less consistent color temperature. It performed slightly worse on overall color representation, but not by a significant margin. Both TVs had approximately the same color gamut.

Color Temperature Comparison
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RCA L40FHD41 Score: 6.90
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Samsung LN40B610 Score: 8.05

 

RGB Comparison

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RCA L40FHD41 Score: 7.83

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Samsung LN40B610 Score: 8.03

 

Color Gamut Comparison
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RCA L40FHD41 Score: 4.43
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Samsung LN40B610 Score: 4.15

 

Motion


The Samsung was less blurry and less prone to artifacting than the RCA.

  Motion Scores
  RCA L40FHD41 Samsung LN40B610
Motion Smoothness 5.00 7.13
Motion Artifacting 4.75 6.88

 

Viewing Effects


Neither TV had a good viewing angle.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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RCA L40FHD41 Score: 3.70 Samsung LN40B610 Score: 4.10

 

Connectivity


If you like analog audio or S-Video ports, you'll love the RCA L40FHD41. The benefit of the Samsung is netting a few extra video inputs, including an HDMI. The Samsung also has a USB port, which you can use to access media on a flash card.

  Connectivity Comparison
  RCA L40FHD41 Samsung LN40B610
HDMI 3 4
Component 2 3
Composite 2 3
S-Video 1 0
VGA 1 1
Analog Audio In 4 1
Digital Audio Out 1 1
Analog Audio Out 1 1
LAN None None
USB None 1
Memory Card None None
Other None None
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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 LN40B610
  14. Vs Sony KDL 40W5100
  15. Vs Sharp LC 40E67UN
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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