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Samsung LN46C530F1F LCD HDTV Review

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A TV of modest ambitions, and we reward its humility. It just displays a picture... and it does that pretty well.

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Conclusion

The Samsung LN46C530 ($949 MSRP) can surely be found more cheaply at this point in its life cycle, and if you're looking for a basic HDTV that delivers the goods, it gets our seal of approval.

The contrast ratio is simply amazing, but only fools will take that at face value. Note, for instance, that the actual shadow detail left us wanting. Simply crushing the blacks is a great way to cheat that number (not that we're accusing Samsung of cheating, per se), but it's important to know what you're actually getting. The color performance was excellent, but the viewing angle is terrible. Yes, we're afraid you'll often find these sorts of dichotomies in less expensive televisions.

Overall, the Samsung LN46C530 is far from perfect, but it stands up nicely to the Sony NX400 series and similar, low-frills televisions that nevertheless try to distinguish themselves from "entry-level" models by focusing on core performance.

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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. Toshiba 40G300U Comparison
  13. Samsung PN50C550 Comparison
  14. Sony Bravia KDL-40EX400 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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