Samsung LN46C530F1F LCD HDTV Review
A TV of modest ambitions, and we reward its humility. It just displays a picture... and it does that pretty well.
Motion Smoothness (4.5)
The Samsung LN46C530 does not have a terribly smooth motion performance. It's certainly not the worst we've seen, but in an age where the refresh rate is increasing and plasmas make up a big percentage of the market, a 60Hz LCD is definitely put in its place. As objects move across the screen, you can see trailing and clipping quite clearly. Objects moving against a high contrast background are more obvious, but it's always there. There's also a significant loss of fine detail.
Unlike higher-end Samsungs, there's no motion smoothing processing feature. That's probably okay, though, because those features tend to give the picture a very odd and off-putting look.
Motion Artifacting (5.0)
The motion artifacting on the Samsung LN46C530 is what was described above, basically. There's color trailing and clipping. More on how we test motion performance.
3:2 Pulldown & 24fps
The Samsung LN46C530 can handle 24fps footage, the frame rate found on many Blu-Ray movies, among other sources. The TV has a setting called "Film Mode" that's meant to aid in this process. There are three options in this setting: Auto1, Auto2, and Off. We saw no substantive difference between them. The TV had a bit of a struggle with high frequency, high contrast patterns, and changing the setting of Film Mode had no effect, as long as you don't turn it off. More on how we test 3:2 pulldown and 24fps.
The Samsung LN46C530 has a native 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution. This means that any content fed into the TV of a lower resolution must be upscaled by the TV's internal processing to fit the screen. Fortunately, the Samsung LN46C530 is great at this task. More on how we test resolution scaling.
The Samsung LN46C530 had the hardest time with 480p content. It lost 2% of the sides and 3% of the top and bottom due to overscan.
When we viewed 720p content, the Samsung LN46C530 showed no problems.
When we viewed 1080i content, the Samsung LN46C530 showed no problems. Occasionally, when it displays a very high frequency, high contrast pattern, you can see a brief "phasing-in" period of a half-second.
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