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Samsung launches new budget plasma idTV - with HDMI jack and claimed 10000:1 contrast

Discussion in 'News' started by John Archer, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. John Archer

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    <img src="http://www.avforums.com/news/images/20050722154208.jpg" align="right">Samsung has just launched a new 42in plasma TV boasting an astonishing claimed contrast ratio of 10000:1. The PS42S5SD also carries a built-in Freeview digital tuner, an HDMI input, two Scarts, Samsung’s DNIe image processing, and component video input – and it’s capable of showing all the key high definition formats from digital or analogue sources.

    While this means the screen will be compatible with, for instance, all of Sky’s upcoming HD services, it does not mean that the screen is HD Ready according to the official industry definition, since its native resolution is just 852x480. HD images will thus have to be downscaled. But nonetheless, the PS42S5SD still sounds pretty interesting considering its price is just £1,700…
     
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    We have an earlier Samsung 42" model (PS42V4S) and the picture quality is rubbish. Max res is 852 x 480 (though it says 576 on component input) as the new model has. It just about handles R2 but the skin tones are very mundane with smearing and rainbow effect still evident, even after running in the display. R1 quality is unacceptable. Most skin tones look as if the person has been exposed to a radiation lamp, in addition to a very "clay like" look on top of the redness particularly in dark or indoor scenes. We have played with the brightness, contrast and tint control all to no avail.

    Currently trying to sell on secondhand, means a huge hit on the price we originally paid for it but if we don't get shot of it now what chance of selling it next year when people really are looking for HD ready sets...

    Will save our pennies for the new Toshiba 58 series 37" LCD when it comes out in September!
     
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    No, it sounds like POOH considering the SD panny PWD6/7 is about £1000, and twice the screen Samsung have managed to produce so far. If you really want to spend that sort of money surely the HD panny for £2,200 is the one to get.
     
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    Managed to sell the thing last night. The hit worked out at about £200 a month for the time we had it but good riddance to bad rubbish. Did try to take it back to Comet the day after it was delivered but came up against their "no returns once unpacked" brick wall.
     

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