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Samsung PN51D450A2D Plasma HDTV Review

51 in.

An inappropriately low resolution for a TV its size, and it lacks much else to make up for this shortcoming.

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Audio & Menus

Audio & Menus Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Samsung PN51D450. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the PNxxD450 series. The PNxxD450 series includes the following models: the PN43D450 and the PN51D450.  Read here for more details on series differences.
{{article.attachments['Samsung-PN51D450-vanity.jpg']}}• Adequate audio connectivity options • Basic menus • Decent manual
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Audio Quality*(5.00)*


The audio quality on the PN51D450 isn't bad, but nobody in their right mind would ever mistake it for a true 5.1-channel surround sound system. In addition to a partial equalizer and a couple presets, there is a surround sound mode that ups the audio quality a little bit. If you have the ability to, take advantage of the S/PDIF digital audio out port on the back of the set so you can make the most of your experience.

Menu Interface*(5.25)*


Unlike many other menus of Samsung TVs, the PN51D450's menus are very basic in look and functionality. While they don't have much aesthetic flair, they allow for easy operation of the TV. When you hit the menu button, you'll be greeted by a toolbar on the left-hand side of the screen with all of your options.

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*The main menu is utilitarian and easy to use *

The submenus appear as a window in place of the menu bar, equally as visually uninspiring and this time, in the center of the screen.

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*The somewhat out-of-place submenu *

Due to the disappointingly long time it takes from button-click to motion on the screen, changing your settings will take longer than normal on the PN51D450. Still, Samsung helped out the consumer by making each menu list fit (mostly) on the screen so you don't have to scroll as far, but this is a major drawback to menu functionality.

Instruction Manual*(7.25)*


The Samsung PN51D450's manual isn't too amazing, but it gets the job done. Inside, you can find a comprehensive table of contents, a fair index, and a plethora of diagrams and charts of various usefulness You can find the Samsung PN51D450's manual online here.

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*A decent manual will keep you in the know *

 

Other Models in the PNxxD450 Series
This is a review of the Samsung PN51D450. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Samsung PN43D450 43 inches Samsung PN51D450 51 inches
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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. Vs. Samsung PN50C550
  13. Vs. Panasonic TC-P42X3
  14. Vs. Vizio E321VL
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
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