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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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Motion Performance

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.

Resolution Scaling

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.

480p

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.

720p

When we viewed 720p content, the Samsung LN46C530 showed no problems.

1080i

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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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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