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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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Value Comparison

The Sony KDL-40NX700 is a good example of how a little more money spent on a slightly smaller LCD TV can yield far more benefits. The NX700's performance far exceeds the Samsung PN42C450 in the key areas like contrast and color. It also includes built-in WiFi and a LAN port for streaming content and DLNA home theater support. The ultra-thin frame costs is a little screen uniformity and the viewing angle certainly won't match a plasma's but that seems a small price to pay.

Blacks & Whites

The Sony NX700 nearly matched the Samsung PN42C450's black level, and thanks to a much brighter peak white, the contrast ratio was far superior.

Contrast Chart

Color Accuracy

The color performance of the Sony NX700 was much better than the Samsung PN42C450. It did a better job of maintaining a consistent color temperature and didn't show the same color banding issues in our RGB curve tests.

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Motion

The Sony NX700's motion artifacts were different from the Samsung's. We noticed more flickering and false color trails. On the Samsung the issues related to color banding and other specifically color-related problems.

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Viewing Effects

The Samsung PN42C450, as a plasma, exceeded the weak viewing angle of the Sony by a large margin. In fact, the Samsung was over 3.5x wider.

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Connectivity

The Sony offers much better connectivity options if you're home theater equipment is relatively new. It lacks the Samsung's extra component input, but it has an extra HDMI, a LAN port, and built-in WiFi.

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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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