Pros A picture I would match with any other set on the market and for a steal of a price, compaired to the LCD line.
Cons I've only had it a few days and so far no cons yet.
Summary After extensive research over the pro?s and cons of plasma vs. LCD and 1080p vs. 720p sets, personally to me it is still a toss up, especially on the 42 in. screens or smaller. So it was a no brainier, considering the dollar difference being the only unbalanced factor. After a few side by side comparisons with the Panasonic, which was a consideration, I went with the Samsung PN42B450. I feel that the Samsung has a better picture as far a true color is concerned and it also offered a few more bell and whistles. I?ve only had it for a few days now and I?m still amazed with the wonderful picture. So far I feel that I?ve made the right choice.
"Love. It. WOW."on by jsills63
Pros The picture quality is outstanding. (What else would you buy an HDTV for if not a great picture?)
Cons Nothing yet. Some have complained about the glare... yes, it's there. But give some thought to where you're putting the TV before you buy it. My living room has fairly low-level lighting, so this glare is not a problem for me at all.
Summary I literally spent hours comparing this TV to:
- Various LCDs
- Panasonic 42" 720p plasma
- Panasonic, Samsung, LG 1080p plasmas
Time and time again, I came back to this TV as the best choice. The price was unbeatable ($649 on sale at Sears). The difference in this TV and any of the 1080p's was not worth an extra $250+. And I didn't care for the LCD picture at all, unless you upgrade to both 1080p and at least 120hz... by that time, you're spending $1200 on up. Probably the best picture I saw of all of them was the new Samsung LED.... incredible picture, but a price tag of about $1600 for 40".
This TV is easy to hook up. Turn it on, and it looks awesome right out of the box without any tweaking necessary.
Bottom line: GREAT TV, GREAT PRICE. I couldn't be happier, and would probably be bummed had I spent the extra $250 just to get 1080p.
Pros Easy set-up, great picture, great price($699.99), Beautiful frame
Cons No variable audio out, can't add Digital channels manually you always have to scan, so if you point your antenna two directions it won't have all the channels available at the same time. Speakers sound tinny.
Summary I am really impressed with this telivision. Samsung has improved their quality since the mid 80's when I sold their products. I was so pleased with mine that when my in-laws needed a telivision we got them into this model. Obviously I would recommend getting one.
Pros true-black blacks, high frequency/no delay, great colors, crisp picture.
Cons Dead pixel on first unit delivered, screen burn in just like my last Samsung!!!
Summary I rarely rate a product but though I'd share my experience. My last 42" rear projection HD TV was a Samsung also... I was overall very happy with the unit but it did break after about two years of service...the power module went out so I had it repaired. then it broke again another 1 or 1.5 years later (lamps alignment issue). It is worth noting that I had screen burn in on that model along both side "bars" from the difference of 4:3 to 16:9 and/or the television guide having bars. You could see these "bars" in the picture while watching anything. I swore I would never buy another technology that isn't susceptible to screen burn in...I didn't listen to myself and...
I bought this 42" plasma because it was affordable, and I liked that I wouldn't have to worry about delays in action sequences and could watch darker scenes (horror movies!, etc.) in the dark w/o a glowing light black experience where you can see any details. I was assured by a Samsung tech personally that screen burn in was a thing of the past and they test these units for 72++ hours w/ the same picture with no damage. ...and I believe she said it was covered (yet to call). Well the first unit arrived with one dead pixel and despite a very attractive offer to keep the damaged unit (I should have taken it in retrospect) I exchanged for a new one. Second unit was good, but I believe I forgot to put on "game mode" as I did with the first. I'm not sure if the error is mine or not but you will get screen burn in with this unit. I honestly don't think it makes a diffrerence as now that it's on game mode it still degrades further. I don't want to watch TV in a stretched or cropped mode. What I believe is actually happening is the bars (which are black when in 4:3 format) see less plasma degredation while the 4:3 viewing area is the part thats "burning" at a faster rate. The side bars are brighter whereas the center viewing area is "red", "muddy", or less bright.
I should also mention that I bought a Samsung DVD player that stopped playing around the 13 month mark wherea as it has a one year warranty. After talking with someone in India (TV tech support seemed to be in the US) I was told there's no sort of exchange or even pro-rating towards purchase of a new Samsung unit. I just replaced it with a (less sexy but 100% functioning) Toshiba player/recorder. I believe the option was to send it in for repair ($75 dollar flat repair/exchange cost where as the unit wasn't worth that much to replace new).
I will probably try out another company next time and/or maybe an LCD. They just don't make 'em to last. When I bought the first Samsung the Circuit City manager, in trying to "sell" me a service contract told me "it WILL break..." I was pissed to be told that when I was so graciously giving them business. [That comment was not directly made towards Samsung, but units in general]
Pros Excellent color fidelity, picture clarity, and user menu adjustments.
Cons Had to return first unit due to excessive "crackling" noises made by the plastic TV frame when the unit warmed up. Second unit is perfect.
Summary I tested both the Samsung PN42B450 and the Panasonic P42X1 plasmas in my home. In this price range, the Samsung is clearly superior to the Panasonic. The Samsung has better color fidelity, picture detail, and a wider range of user adjustments. By comparison, the Panasonic has limited controls and the picture just doesn't have the vibrancy and detail of the Samsung. In addition, the Panasonic "flickers" when trying to display bright images on dark backgrounds like PIP (this used to happen on conventional CRTs). The Samsung, on the other hand, has a rock solid image and has no trouble handling rapid shifts in bright/dark areas onscreen. The Samsung is a joy to watch and is the clear winner.
Also worth noting is that I tried two different PN42B450s and both had perfect plasma screens without any plasma pixel defects at all. The Panasonic had more than a dozen defective red and blue pixels plus dust behind the front glass.
SAMSUNG BEZEL PROBLEM: The plastic bezel on the first Samsung PN42B450 I brought home exhibited unusually loud "crackling" and "popping" noises as the TV warmed up. The noises would continue for an hour or more. It was very distracting. The crackling noises could even be made just by gently squeezing the bezel around the TV edges. A few internet searches revealed that other people have experienced a similar problem with this TV model. The only way to fix it is to exchange the TV for another one in hope of getting a unit with a normal and "silent" bezel. I did exchange the TV and fortunately the second TV is totally silent and makes no noises at all.
Samsung definitely had a quality control problem with some bezels manufactured for the PN42B450. I'm very glad that the second TV I tried did not have this problem or else I would have returned it and probably purchased a different brand of TV."