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I brought this tv about ten months ago from Pc world.Much to the dissapointment of the sales assistant who miss informed me that i need to put gas in the tele to get it to work.So i go to my petrol station top up my car my phone and my tv do i? .No i do not now get some propa trainig clown but anyway this is not a review of the Pc world staff.
So out the box it looks fantastic, what i really liked was that the stand was attatched to it , saved me a jod so it just went straight onto my display unit.It looks fantastic.I would like to point out this is only hd ready not fullhd,it is 720p not 1080p,The tv will upscale to 1080i however.
Video Interface Component, composite, HDMI, S-Video, SCART
HDMI Ports Qty 3 port(s)
PC Interface VGA (HD-15)
HDCP Compatible Yes
Timer Functions Sleep
Digital Television Certification HD ready
Display Format 720p
Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
Diagonal Size 42" - widescreen
Technology Plasma (PDP)
Resolution 1024 x 768
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 30000:1
Brightness 1500 cd/m2
Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Widescreen Modes Conventional 4:3, Auto Wide, Wide Zoom
Viewing Angle 175 degrees
Viewing Angle (Vertical) 175 degrees
Comb Filter 3D digital
Colour Temperature Control Yes (Warm1/Warm2/Normal/Cool1/Cool2)
Picture Adjustment Custom/Standard/Music/film/Speech
Auto Power Off
DNIe (Digital Natural Image engine)
HDTV Ready Built-in
Analogue Video Input Signals PAL, SECAM, NTSC 3.58, NTSC4.43
Input Video Formats 480p, 720p, 1080i, 480i, 576i, 576p
Parental Channel Lock Yes
NTSC Playback on PAL TV Built-in
Supported Computer Resolutions 1024 x 768 (XGA), 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA), 640 x 350, 720 x 400
Sound Output Mode Stereo
Surround Mode Built-in
Sound Effects SRS TruSurround
Audio Controls Equalizer, balance
Equaliser Yes (5-band)
Speakers Included 2 speakers
Output Power / Total 20 Watt
Features Auto volume adjustment, balance control
Speaker(s) 2 x right/left channel speaker - built-in - 10 Watt
2 x SCART ( 21 PIN SCART ) - rear 2 x HDMI ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) - rear 1 x digital audio input (optical) ( TOS Link ) - rear 1 x VGA input ( 15 PIN HD D-Sub (HD-15) ) - rear 1 x audio line-in ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) - rear 1 x component video input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - rear 2 x audio line-in ( RCA phono x 2 ) - rear 1 x audio line-out ( RCA phono x 2 ) - rear 1 x HDMI ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ) - side 1 x S-Video input ( 4 PIN mini-DIN ) - side 1 x composite video input ( RCA phono ) - side 1 x headphones ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) - side 1 x audio line-in ( RCA phono x 2 ) - side.
Power supply internal
Voltage Required AC 230V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 1 Watt
Power Consumption Operational 380 Watt
Weights and dimensions
Width 106 cm
Depth 31.6 cm
Height 72.5 cm
Weight 30.5 kg
Type Universal remote control - infrared
Remote Control Model Samsung TM96B
Supported Devices VCR, DVD player
The specification information was taken from the manual which came with the tv.
I brought the tv as it was the cheapest priced one of this size.Quite happy with it,the sound is the real downfall,it is not very loud and you have to have the volume right up near the maximum,I have since put in a surround sound system to sort this problem out.I would recommend that you either have one or purchase one along with the tv.The other downside is that it is not full hd.It upscales perfectly fine but the picture will not be as clear as a full hd tv.
If you ar on a budget like i was this is a very good tv for the price,The settings are very easy to navigate and control.the picture is very good once it has been worn in.Experts recomend that a plasma tv need 100-150 hours of burn in time.I have experianced no screen burn at all and i have ahd the tv for about 10 monthys now.It has plenty of ports for your blu ray players,dvd players and games consoles.
It took a matter of minutes to set up, and i had to play around with the settings for about 15 minutes to get my desired look and sound.It does look fantastic but it seems to collect dust very easily i seem to find myself cleaning it twice a day.They do however provide you with a cloth to clean it which is nice.
The fibrelight feature is a patented samsung feature,it is a two way daylight filter.It absorbs external light as it approaches the tv screen and transmite internal light.
The 100hz refresh rate is twice as fast as most plasmas this gives the tv absoloutley no lag what so ever.
I paid £529.99 for it and it is avery good price for a very decent tv.I am yet to experiance any problems with it except the sound issue.It has a very sturdy rigid feeling.The stand it comes on is also solid and it is very easy to swivel the angle of the tv to match your angle.It looks fantastic to as it is finished in a high gloss piano black and is the cantre peice of my front room.
I would highly reccommend buying this tv over any similar priced lcd television, as i had an lcd before it , and this is a lot better espically when it comes to watching films with a lot of dark scenes.
Bought the Samsung PS42A457 because we needed a new TV for the living room (plus I was getting sick of the old 5ft deep TV that we had).
I shopped around for a while and looked at lots of brands from Sony to Samsung. I wanted something that looked great but could also delivery on the goods.
I picked the Samsung PS42A457 because it was big, slick and the performance is second to none. I have my sky HD and my ps3 linked into it.
Its comes on a swivel stand so you can rotate the TV itself to suit your position.
Standard ports behind the TV such as scart, HDMI etc
For those of you planning to use this as a PC monitor as well, it certainly does the job through a standard VGA cable but is limited to 1024x768
The one thing you should watch out for is if you leave something on pause or the sky TV guide up for a few hours then the image can burn into the screen.