Samsung PN51E530A3F Plasma HDTV Review
The perfect example of a relatively cheap, entry-level plasma that does nothing more than it needs to.
As usual, we were disappointed with this TVs audio performance. Samsung has included their line-up of Sound Mode options for 2012: Standard, Music, Movie, Clear Voice, and Amplify. At half total volume, voices were murky and hard to hear, explosions capped out with a tinny aftershock, and general loudness seemed a lot less than it could have been.
Likewise, the PN51E530A3's surround sound mode, called SRS TruSurround HD, doesn't seem to do anything. We get annoyed when manufacturers come up with a fancy title for their surround modes, as if to mask the fact that it's just a useless option to toggle on or off. Perhaps with a perfectly placed television in a highly acoustic room, it would make a difference, but for testing purposes it only served to make voices just slightly less murky.
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