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Samsung PN42C450 Plasma HDTV Review

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The Samsung PN42C450 is a 720p entry-level plasma that fails to dispel the notion that Samsung is an LCD-maker first, followed – at some distance – by plasma manufacturing.

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Color Temperature

The Samsung PN42C450 showed some issues with maintaining a consistent color temperature. As you can see from the chart below, it warms in little peaks for much of the signal spectrum, then cools considerably as it gets into the dark shadows. However, we wouldn't expect it to have much of an impact in everyday viewing. More on how we test color temperature.

Color Temperature Chart

RGB Curves

The Samsung PN42C450 did not have the best RGB color curve performance we've seen. The three channels did not move in great unison. Each channel showed significant instances of "jaggies" in the line, which would manifest as color banding were you to see it on the screen. We were able to see several instances of the color banding with our own eyes. The blue channel, in particular, also showed problems in the midtones, being unable to differentiate a wide swath of signal. More on how we test RGB curves.

RGB Curves Chart

The strips below are digital recreations of the color performance data points from the chart above. You can see how it compares to the competition, as well as an ideal response curve.

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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. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Panasonic Viera TC-P42S2 Comparison
  14. Sony Bravia KDL-40NX700 Comparison
  15. Samsung LN40C630 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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