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Panasonic TX-P46VT20B 3D Plasma TV Review

With Samsung, Toshiba, Sharp dishing out new TV at every fold, Panasonic being the beloved leader is no way left out in the cold. It had acquired an undisputable global presence. The master always entices the crowd with products that are completely different from each other. None can deny the fact that each television is designed with features that compete even with its own product lines. Whilst, encompassing a large screen display with the 3D attribute as the key feature is the current trend, Panasonic has launched a mediocre screen-width model that even comprises the features that are incorporated in higher end models. Knowing the different market pulse, it is inevitable for consumers to overlook such products. Nonetheless, there is still a good crowd who would prefer to have a small build television with the latest specification. One such product is Panasonic’s TX-P46VT20B with a screen size of just 46 inches inclusive of 3D effects. Now, that we call as true craftsmanship.

Overview:

Panasonic Viera TX-P46VT20B TV is subtle but yet attractively designed model, and has set ablaze the market with very prominent and promising features. It has even beaten the performance of sophisticated models. With a crystal clear high definition screen TX-P46VT20B includes the 3d gala, DVB-T / DVB-T2 inherent tuner, Viera Tools, Viera Cast, Cone Q and many more.  Viera link assist in easy recording and playback option. It is possible to connect the set to a PC and run the internet. The picture quality is enthralling especially Panasonic has treated the blue and black transition quite well. Despite the screen size, the user does get a remarkable viewing experience and the 3D image phase stands good. All in all, Panasonic has packed too many goodies in a small package and the usage part meets the expectations.

Design:

Panasonic TX-P46VT20B 3D Television does not rock a sleek and sporty look when compared to other 3D TVs. On the other hand, it is sturdy and attractive and at some angles it does resemble the yesteryear 46 inch model, except for the shiny black body. Even if many users claim it as having limited aesthetic appeal, the functional part rendered by the same is the highlight selling factor. The set is accompanied with a pedestal and the rear side consists of four holes for wall hanging option, however it can be done by using the wall hanging bracket. The pedestal must be assembled in a proper fashion, prior to mounting the television on the same. Using the assembly screws the television can be mounted on the pedestal. There is no major effort required in the setup process and as the set is not so heavy, the approach is still easier. Still a good care must be taken in the assembling part because if the screws are fastened in an inappropriate manner it could strip the threads. Once the set is placed at a desirable location, it is possible to adjust the panel in either side to an angle of 10 degree. The front panel consists of remote control sensor, CATS sensor and the infrared sensor. The main power switch along with the various slots is placed on the rear side. As mentioned earlier, TX-P46VT20B would easily slip in to the design specifications adopted during the late 90’s, but the various in-built functional aspects are highly user centric.

3D Glass:

The 3D glass is similar to that of Sharp. The Panasonic TX-P46VT20B package comes with two nose pads, support band, glass case and screw diver. The two nose pads differ in their shape and the setup. One nose pad can be seated by selecting either upper or lower protrusions. But for the other type, the nose pad must use all the three protrusions depending on the nose structure. This is a nice thought to attach with two modified nose pads; because when the glass is not seated properly a good 3D entertainment cannot be enjoyed. Straight above the nose pad region is the infrared receiver. Good care must be taken while attaching the nose pad, as any scratch in the infrared region cannot render a 3D image conversion. Further adjustments can be made using the support band. The design is moderately simple with LCD shutter and operates based on the frame sequential type. The 3D glass power switch is located at the bottom part of the eyewear and must be prompted prior to the usage. It runs on a battery and can pull to a 75 hours of maximum usage. The usage level is comparable and acceptable to the market standards. Many complicated LED functions are not employed and it just requires sliding the power switch. Yet a few limitations such as the weight of the 3D glass restrict the usage after a considerable time, because slight discomfort props up. Additionally the design part is somewhat outdated and could have been modified. Panasonic is very generous with the 3D glass and has provided a pair instead of packing with just one like that of Samsung and Sharp.

Slots and Connectivity:

TX-P46VT20B supports four HDMI connections, a digital audio output, 2 Scart connections and RGB socket for controlling through the computer. Additional Ethernet slot, SD port, USB port are also present. The slots are readily identifiable and the user manual covers a detailed description of the slots and the respective connective options. The television incorporates HDMI technology featuring an input audio signal of 2ch Linear PCM. The input video signal received ranges from 480i to 108p and signals above this would be unclear. The afore-said video signals are fine-tuned for the best viewing option. On connecting the PC, the signal is magnified or compressed; hence viewing with details and accuracy is limited. The Audio Return Channel is felt only in the HDMI 2 terminal and the ARC function transmits digital sound signals through the HDMI cable. A few USB hubs cannot be connected and Panasonic has tested a combination of USB devices like for an example USB HDD with USB Keyboard, USB HDD + Wireless LAN Adaptor and so on. In case of multiple connections, the identification process is made simpler. The number is assigned from the lower HDMI terminal number connected to the same equipment type and is normally displayed as recorder 1 and recorder 2 etc..Three AV pins are available with one located at the side of the television. The AV3 is usually used for video camera connection, set top box, game equipment and speaker amplification system. Considering the applicability part of the number of slots, it has certain limitations, take for an example; all PC’s cannot be connected. But on overall, the ports available are highly similar to the existing television models and no major breakthrough connections are available.

Remote Access Control:

The Panasonic remote access control has a sleek and solid feel. It is slim shaped and rectangular and the display buttons appear clearer. The channel and the volume adjustment are pushed downwards and that place is been occupied by the four way fine tuning button. Additionally the upper side is also occupied by the one stop operation for the Viera link, Viera Tools and Guide plus buttons respectively. One notable deviation from the conventional type is that, it organises the main menu navigation based on two steps, firstly the user must hit the main menu button placed directly below the power switch and secondly the navigation is to be done using the four directional operation control placed away from the “menu button”. The core fine tuning takes place here. Another dedicated button namely the “option” lies beneath the main menu control. The user can instantaneously change basic settings and sound rather than navigating through the main menu. It is applicable for trivial changes, but for some major ones the main menu is the only possible route. Summing up, TX-P46VT20B has approached a different route in facilitating the remote control usability, and hence positioned the critical buttons which the user might frequently encounter in a slightly different manner from the rest. Though it is time saving at times, on the hand, it can lead to hitting the incorrect button quite often and hence it is always nice to keep it simple.

In a similar way, TX-P46VT20B VIERA NeoPDP Full HD 3D Plasma TV employs two controls for moving the channels either up or down using the conventional channel button and another button namely “programme” which lies directly beneath the same. The programme button must be used with the Panasonic external devices family.

As far as the user is concerned, the remote access provides too many options for the tuning process, though it is appreciable, it can also lead the user to wrongly hit the buttons many a times. Direct access to most of the prominent features is directly placed on the remote, but surprisingly Panasonic had slid away the straight 3D button in to the main menu mode. This is somewhat disappointing. Instead of featuring dedicated button for channel information and index, the 3D option could have been made available.

User interface and Setup:

The user interface in Panasonic TX-P46VT20B Plasma Screen 3D TV is made smooth. Once the set is connected, the auto-setup takes care of the channel search and readily stores in a numbered order as notified by the specific broadcaster. Besides, any satellite channel can be tuned by selecting the satellite and checking the dish alignment. The user can also tune from all the available satellite broadcast. The signal strength detection and synchronisation is time consuming and also the signal must be locked otherwise the search cannot be done. Once this is done, using the ‘auto setup’ the channels are read easily. The video mode facilitates the most appropriate aspect ratio by applying a four step process. The only concern here is the time consumption, because when the image is darker, the transfer rate is slow. Letter box detection automatically detects the black bands appearing on the screen and the auto mode chooses the best aspect ratio and expands the picture to occupy the screen. It is good that the auto set up mode takes care of the image quality to a certain extent, but by altering the aspect ratio at some instances so as to fill the screen can cause pixel distortion, though the effect is highly unnoticeable. Editing, tuning and sorting the favourite channels are possible using the main menu option. The favourite channels are added as per the colour category, the green selection displays the favourites list, the red permits the channel editing and it is also possible to add various channels at one switch using the yellow option. This is quite different from the rest of the available channel sorting facilities. Using the skip/hide menu the user can skip channels that are unclear or not viewable. The same can be reverted back by another user.

The user can take good advantage of the electronic programme guide that gives a complete broadcast list of forthcoming programs available for the next seven days. This is a function artistically created by Panasonic. The program search can be done using the various genre options available such as news and sports, movies, lifestyle and so on. The user can seek out that the one that would be showcased in the upcoming days from all the channels. In addition to it, the Gemstar branding partner gives the rating details in the information menu and assists the user to finalise the best programme. The guide link programme notifies the user once when the broadcast times are changed for a particular event. This factor works in sync with the reliable information supplied by the broadcaster.

Features:

3D:

As mentioned earlier, Panasonic TX-P46VT20B does not come with a direct shortcut button in the remote control to access the 3D mode. Instead it is hidden inside the menu option and can also be accessed using the Viera Tools. The signal format which it supports includes Auto, side by side, top and bottom. The shortcoming noticed here is the user needs to select the format depending on the format of the image source. The 2D image can be converted in the 3D format in three depth of viewing, ranging from minimum, maximum and moderate. The reverse picture sequence alters the image depth only if it appears to be abnormal than the expected function. The edge smoother brings out smoothness especially in the contoured parts. The juddering effect can also be reduced by setting it up in the on the cinema like images mode. By fine tuning the afore-said factors the 3D effect is really good and on par with the desired standards. Since the product is THX 2D certified and not the 3D, any adjustment carried out in 3D will be applied to the 2D mode. In many rival models, the setting change occurs quite automatically when the user swaps between the 2D to the 3D mode. Whilst Panasonic the user needs to mend the settings manually, this could be taken care in the upcoming models.

The gaming part is absolute fun with TX-P46VT20B 46-inch 3D TV and the quality can be equaled to that of gaming consoles. The most vital aspect in the gaming is the fluidness produced by an even frame rate and that too with an uncompromising resolution. One of the observable drawbacks is the “Fuzzy shadows” that encompass the moving area. The effect can be reduced to a considerable amount by activating the intelligent frame creation. However Panasonic has concentrated in eliminating the cross talk effect that is pronounceable in the 3D mode.

Plasma Screen:

The plasma screen is based on the Viera NeoPDP full high definition technology. Additionally the infinite black pro filter can be stated as the image revolution. The panel display aspect ratio is 16:9 can accommodate 2,073,600 pixels. Needless to say, the picture quality. Panasonic’s Colour management assures natural colour but on clear observation one can point out the mild loss in detail with respect to green and magenta. But this does not hamper the final output. Plasma display consumes more electricity in general and it is sad that Panasonic is not making concrete efforts to reduce the power consumption, when compared against its ace competitors like Samsung.

Contrast Ratio:

The contrast ratio is to the tune of 5,000,000:1 and gives a desirable black. The television even gives a good performance under bright conditions because it includes a new panel that has improved the cell discharge area. As a result of minimising the electric pre-discharge and lowering the graying effect, the black gradation has been dramatically enhanced. Except for the 3D mode, the contrast is exciting from any viewing area with deep colour gamut. The dark scenes too have a dramatic colour quality.

Sub field drive technology:

The sub field technology gives the HD image a resolution of 1080 lines. An in-built image analysis approach transfers the motion to data for every scene within fraction of nanoseconds. Especially the aftereffects felt in cinema mode are excellently reduced as individual frame is shown for a brief period of time. The intelligent frame creation technique adds the frame count and eliminates the juddering effect without any noticeable screen flickering.

THX:

The THX is a certification that assures the image quality that the content is designed to deliver. It will be transmitted without any revision. Panasonic to some extent has balanced the shortcoming of viewing cinema in the smaller screen. With the THX logo, any cinema that is watched through the external devices will truly recreate the same magic in the mini screen. Not only, the video but also the audio effect is also been retained as the original without any loss in the clarity. This is the most appreciable achievement considering the competition in the TV market, because the product would have to undergo strict test methods so as to check the reproduction of exact colour level. Panasonic has indeed achieved a feat in gaining the THX certification. The THX consists of three options such as the professional mode 1&2 and the THX. The picture modes can be chosen depending on the colour depth required. The magenta, green and the blue shades almost resemble to that of the big screen picture quality and retain the essence of the picture quality. The THX has a gamma mode but the effect is not so well pronounced. The THX can be activated through the vivid colour setting.

Miscellaneous Features:

Various features are also present in the Panasonic Viera  TX-P46VT20B Flat Screen Plasma 3D TV. The Viera Cast connects the television through the internet through a simple web interface. The most remarkable one is adding the Skype and twitter application in the internet, besides the regular stocks and the news details. The characters can be fed in to the net using the USB keyboard, but the characters are not properly displayed. This causes slight hindrance while accessing the internet. While considering the network connection it is possible to use the DLNA feature and can be handled without the assistance of broadband, whereas Viera Cast needs the broadband set-up. The network connection does have some effects such as the back ground score and transition effects. Viera Link feature permits the inter connectability of different devices and the user can record, playback pause live TV option etc… The Qlink connects the DVD recorder and the TV and the Viera with HDAVI control connects the TV with equipments consisting of the Viera Link function. The outstanding aspect in the inter-operability is not only with the Panasonic devices, the Viera link can be even extended to other manufacturers that are HDMI CEC compatible. The Freesat HD tuner built-in transmits free digital satellite broadcast in UK. Interactive contents are available in the freesat HD facility. The DVB-T and T2 tuner, a sophisticated digital terrestrial broadcast system is also embedded and guarantees a more effective transmission.

TX-P46VT20B Full HD Television also surprises with the media player functionality. The user can view photos and videos, music that is recorded on the USB or SD card. Using the Viera image viewer the content on the SD can be viewed effectively. It supports images recorded in the camera. The Jpeg file format and Exif standards and also MPF for 3D image is supported. The audio format supported includes MP3 and AAC. The TIFF and the BMP format cannot be displayed in the television. Another hurdle is that the image transferred from the system must be compatible with the EXIF 2.0 to 2.2. The media player is a worthy addition and the slideshow and image resolution is good while viewing in a wider screen. Besides, many additional features do pep up the watching experience. Teletext mode is featured in the TX-P46VT20B model. The highlight feature is the FASTEXT mode, wherein the user can gain more information on the desired Teletext just by pressing the appropriate button. The multi window option also provides the adjacent viewing of the image and the Teletext. Facility like timer programming enables the user to store up to 15 events that needs to be remained of for watching. Furthermore to the afore-said features, the product also includes many items that are worth exploring. All these factors put together gives a good tailor-made viewing experience.

Performance:

Colour:

With Panasonic Colour management system, the TV is nothing but an ultimate output of vibrancy. Peaked with intense high definition clarity, the colour gradation is neatly handled. There is a minute excess of red on the grayscale unit, around 5%. Arguable when compared with many plasma standard has too much of blue tinted measure in the picture. The THX mode produces the same colour even if the surrounding environment is too brighter. The black level pulls a good display by producing deep dense black to ink blacks. TX-P46VT20B takes full credit in delivering consistent black and very limited floating blacks which is an inherent nature of the plasma technology. The floating blacks create a very mild graying in the center part of the scene, but occasionally noticeable.

Standard:

The standard mode exhibits mild flickering. The film mode for camera is not available and hence the input interlaced might get the effect of jaggies. It could be controlled if a superior quality external device is used. TX-P46VT20B Freeview HD TV renders a good scaling performance especially in combination with the grayscale tracking that result in better accuracy, colour tint and contrast.

High Definition:

Despite the plasma technology, it is a nice work to get a better picture quality in high definition mode. The depth of the image is accentuated by the colour management system and excellent black levels. However, at some instances the set displays noisy image particularly in fast moving object. The image sharpness is not unnecessarily tweaked and with the THX certification Panasonic is way ahead of its competitors.

3D:

Like in the standard definition, the red appears very redder and crosstalk noise does props up. There is an incoherent grayscale tracking and many 3D televisions falls prey to it. The 3D performance is good, but some inconsistencies such as the jaggedness seen in diagonal sides and detailed areas could not be avoided. Finally to conclude it is a herculean task to get a flawless 3D effect in plasma technology and that too with limited screen size. Hopefully, if Panasonic could get the THX certification for the 3D effect, it would definitely undergo severe examination and thereby we can see better results. Till then, the 3D is satisfactory.

Sound:

The sound quality in TX-P46VT20B is good and has ConeQ technology. It effectively amplifies the sound from the speakers. There is music and speech mode each invariably increases the output in either the music or watching movies. The ConeQ technology checks the time and phase alignment disturbances and improves the acoustic frequency of the speaker system. The sound output is deeper and sharper. In case if the TV is wall mounted, optimum distance between the TV and the wall is recommended to be 30 cm. This distance will give a bouncier sound. SPDIF selection can be done. The audio description feature narrates the on-going events and is beneficial for visually impaired individual.

Warranty:

Panasonic TX-P46VT20B comes with one year warranty.

Verdict:

Panasonic TX-P46VT20B 3D television is based on plasma technology. Though there are various better points in plasma, such as the picture quality, and less blur, there are certain physical limitations of the same. The primary one is confining the plasma in to a short screen-width, a worthy feat in plasma technology. The 3D delight is really great. The 2D picture performance exceeds expectations as it is THX certified. Competitively priced, the product will definitely suit the user budget. Finally to conclude, besides being an incredible visual treat the audio quality is better with the help of ConeQ.

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Panasonic TX-P46VT20B 3D Plasma TV – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Panasonic
Model Name Panasonic TX-P46VT20B 3D TV
Model Number TX-P46VT20B
Colour Black
Dimension (W x D x H) 1,138 x 763 x 335 mm
Swivel Yes +/-10º
Slim type Yes
Technology Plasma
Resolution 1920x 1080
Contrast Ratio 5,000,000:1
Digital Cinema Colour TBC
Screen Width 46 inch
Other Features
3D Yes
DLNA Yes
Viera Link Yes
THX mode Yes
Deep Colour Yes
Viera Tools Yes
Multi Window Yes
EPG Yes
Child Lock Yes
Power Supply 220-240 AC
Speakers 2.1Ch 3×10 Watt
Warranty One year
Sharp LC-60LE925E 3D TV Review

The concept of TV has been transformed from being an idiot box to an all purpose integral part of our life. So is the technology, the boring and irregular colour contrast has undergone unbelievable modifications since the age it has been invented. Likewise, the 21st century break through technical advances promises a viewing experience that can transport the viewer to a real life platform. It doesn’t stop with that; televisions are equally competing with the big screen to provide on par 3D gimmicks. The party continues, even in matching the most enviable screen size of the big cinemas, as today’s screen size is nothing short of 40 inches. All these composed together finally renders a pleasant viewing that need not involve haphazard channel & brightness tuning or rummage around for getting better picture quality. This is because, everything happens like a cake walk. Sure Sharp, has been a bit ahead in sprucing up the competition between the legends such as Panasonic and Samsung. With it launch of 60 inch 3D television LC-60LE925E, the market has taken an upbeat turn to catch up with the wide screen technology. Besides 3D, the product is engineered to resonate with the extra fittings such as the media player and internet.

Overview:

Sharp LC-60LE925E 3D TV has definitely created a buzz amongst the consumers in either ways. Considering the key feature which is the enlarged screen size, Sharp has toppled down many of the best selling ones. But at the same time, 60 inch wide feature with a heavy mass has endured a few tough critics too. The package does not stop with the screen size or the 3D feature, but is well contrived with edge LED backlight and scanning backlight comprising the film dejudder technology. Not to mention, the Aquos net+ adds value for every penny pooled in buying LC 60LE925E.

Design:

Elegancy and precision can be the right words to describe the design part of LC-60LE925E 3D LCD TV. With a negligible width of 39.7 inches, it rocks a monolithic design. It can also be mounted on a wall and can be even spaced in the living room. All it takes is careful positioning and handling. The TV is seated on the stand cover and the same is to be unfastened from the stand base in order to mount it on the wall. On the downside, the stand cover is made up of tempered glass, thus restricting the casual handling and as it is sensitive it can reflect the sunlight. The design looks splendid with soft metallic curvature decorating the sides. Even if it wins accolade for the graceful appearance, it is quite massive and hence becomes a hurdle if it needs to be shifted from one place to another. The other remaining option is to mount it on a wall, which seems to be pretty good and adds a good mileage to the wide screen viewing.

3D Glass:

Sharp’s 3D glass is a precision instrument, which means that it must be handled with extreme care. In contrast to 3D glass like Samsung, there are several accompaniments that come as part and parcel of the 3D glass. Besides the glass case and cleaning cloth, additional items like glass band and nose pad are provided. The battery case should be dismantled for change of battery using the precision screw driver that is packed with the 3D glass set. The glass lens is made up of high quality liquid crystal shutter. An immediate conversion of 2D images to 3D is not possible, as the user must activate it in the remote access control and press a dedicated button in the 3D glass at the same time. This is somewhat a lag when compared to many of its competitors, wherein they have given the complete control in the remote control and the user just needs to slide the 3D glass. LED light embedded in the glass indicates when the battery is low and several functions such as the power on and off and 3D to 2D conversion is notified with different blink signals. The glass can operate at a decent pull of 75 hours and the user must replace the batteries. Understanding the difference in the facial structure, it is a nice thought to offer nose pad and glass band, as it gives a good grip in case if it sits loosely on the nose. As with many 3D TV, the idea of watching the 3D effect sans the glass is still in the nascent stage. The user ought to wear the 3D glass so as to feel the effect. In this case the 3D glasses are bit sensitive and is readily prone to damage due to careless handling.

Slots and Connectivity in LC-60LE925E:

The slots and connectivity does not differ much from the well established sleek models. There are four HDMI slots that are constructed with v1.4 spec and offer compatibility with 3D technology. USB, antenna, satellite antenna terminal, SCART, RS 232C terminal and output to headphones slots are also available. The digital and the sound files are transmitted through the standard HDMI connection and are sent without compressing the same. The TV automatically sets to the best acceptable format while playing the HDMI image. At the same time an ARC friendly audio receiver should be connected to HDMI 1 terminal using an ARC cable. The RS-232C terminal can assist the user to control the TV from the PC using the connection and feeding in several commands. It is highly beneficial for someone who is accustomed to using the port and the commands. The set stops responds one command at a time and sends a reply response to the PC. The user needs to wait till that notification arrives, thus not giving a complete multiple command platform. The USB files such as progressive format jpeg files are not supported and USB 1.1 might not run properly. One hindsight thought is the extent of flexibility to use the slots are restricted depending on the location it is placed. Due to the bulkiness of the set, the user cannot move it frequently and in case if it is wall mounted the connection part becomes extremely impossible. The user cannot take a good advantage of the features in that case.

Remote Access Control:

The remote control in LC-60LE925E is not the first impressionist, since the user might feel that it is too much crowded with numerous buttons. The plastic surface is bit sticky at first, but later on continuous usage we would definitely appreciate the user friendliness it offers. The good point is that the TV is embedded with good chunk of goodies which the user might not explore, if it is tucked within the menu. Hence, it was a nice idea to allocate a dedicated single button access from the remote control. Take for an example, there are straightforward entry to the ATV, DTV, SAT, 3D and radio mode. A straight live recording is also possible by just a press in the “Time Shift” button of the remote control. It is quite beneficial if the program viewing is interrupted for some time. The characteristic feature of LC-60LE925E 3D is the Aquos Net and Sharp has aptly provided a direct one stop access from the remote control. Miscellaneous features such as displaying information with respect to the program could have been integrated in to the menu item and instead could have be replaced with something like grouping the favourite channels under a single button, as this feature is seen missing in this remote. Nevertheless, some new feature like “Teletext” finds its place in the remote. To paraphrase, the remote control can be used to the fullest extent only if all the remarkable features are well acknowledged by the user; otherwise it is like operating a simple remote control of any other common television set used for tuning the channel and volume adjustments.

User Interface and Set-up in Sharp LC-60LE925E:

The initial setup is less time consuming and it must be done only by trained professional. As mentioned earlier, the stand cover is receptive to scratch and therefore must not be toyed around with.

Once the setup is done, the initialisation part is breezy, it immediately reckons the connection type (SAT or external device) and permits easy customisation. The highlight part of the user interface is the catergorisation of channels in a unique way using the EPG functionality. The EPG is nothing but the ability to see the schedule of programs displayed on the screen in any of the connections (DTV/SAT/Radio) and the user can tune as per requirement. Possibilities in EPG includes, display range setup and generic icon set-up. In the display range setup, we can choose three kinds of time span for the screen display. Starting from a time span of six hours to three hours, Sharp LC-60LE925E 60″ 3D TV provides details about the programs available in that particular time span. This is similar to having a pamphlet of program list available within six hours. Whereas the generic icon set-up helps in marking out programs that the user frequently watch in allotted genre category such as movie, arts, game show, children program, sports and so on. This is the most appreciated feature in this product, because rather than pooling the favourite channels under one button, that is still seen in higher end television models, Sharp has altered the direction of pooling the channels, and preferred to group the user’s favourite programs as per the respective genre’s. This saves a great deal of time and the genre selection options are quite good in number and any program fits in to their genre.

Various picture adjustments aspects can be done, in addition to its capability to sense the surrounding light settings and can adjust the backlight. However, this is possible only if there is no obstruction in the way of the OPC senso r. It is analogous to a sophisticated digital camera’s ability to fine tune the picture quality as per the surrounding lights. Channel searching and sorting is catered in simple manner, as it automatically detects the services in the nearby area. Manual search is also possible. Subtitles function is also available and comes handy for hearing impaired individuals. The user can fully experience interactive program information which is usually coded by the TV network. It is rapidly decoded to graphic format and items such as news, weather and sports details are many other services that the user can benefit from.

Features:

Screen:

In contrast to the developing plasma technology, Sharp has boldly placed its bet on the LCD technology for its LC 60LE925E 3D television. The conventional concept of integrating LCD in small screen size has also been challenged by incorporating an unbelievable 60 inch screen size. The picture flow is scintillating and the wider screen size accentuates the 3D effects. The LCD TV has an upper hand in consuming less power, as opposed to the plasma technology. The frame transition is smooth and is sure a bundle of visual treat.

Aquos Link:

The Aquos link technology permits the user to control the HDMI devices using one remote control. Up to a limit of three HDMI recording devices, three players and one AV amplifier can be controlled using a universal remote control. Sharp has promised to release for sale an Aquous link compatible audio speaker and recorder. Sometimes inevitable video noise occurs; the same can be controlled using a certified HDMI cable.

Net+:

Designed with Opera browser, Sharp 3D Quattron LC-60LE925E TV boosts the internet TV feature. The operation and exploring parameters are maintained simple and readily accessible. Sharp offers a tailor-made internet service with respect to each country and it is even possible to explore the services provided at different countries. The online functionalities are restricted to a list of content providers as it adopts ‘ring fenced’ content approach. The Net access is neatly placed as a direct button on the remote control and the web page address needs to be fed through the remote control and that aspect turns out to be bit annoying.

Miscellaneous Features:

A CI+ slot is available at the rear side of the TV and on inserting a CA card, the user can watch high definition picture without the need of the set-top box. Time Shift function once activated records a particular program and can be re-played again. This eliminates the nuisance of missing the favourite program to attend a call or so on. The recording time varies depending on the programmes and on an average its memory can record 150 minutes for SD and 60 minutes in HD. It is even customised to be used in the screen instead of remote control, and it can be called up by using the control button in the remote control. In addition, the files from USB or home network are neatly sorted out. The videos, music and photo modes can be viewed along with the descriptions such as file name, date and the pixel size. Computer’s can be either wired to the TV or a wireless connection is also possible. The picture size can be tailor-made using the available options such as normal, cinema, full and dot by dot and appearing better in the television than on the computer. Sharp has also enabled the RS-232C option so as to control the TV from the PC. Parameters such as the selection of input signal, volume adjustment and settings change can be done. Each time a command is performed, the television sends a notification to the PC. However, the major shortcoming is the procedure is not so user-friendly and needs quite a good competence level in using the RS-232C. Furthermore, multiple commands cannot be sent via this route. Options available in connecting internet to the TV are improved and are on-par with giants such as Panasonic. The connection can be either through a router with internet, or it can be connected to the home network through the router. Both the wired and wireless is supported. Features like Eco picture control truly decreases the power intake without even affecting the image brightness. While listening to music the TV can be set to off and only the audio part is heard, thereby saving energy. The above said miscellaneous features are just a bird-view of what the product is capable and it definitely has in store several other parameters within each feature. On seeing such features in Sharp LC 60LE925E, it is not an understatement to tag it as the future TV.

3D:

3D mode is operated using the remote control and simultaneously using the button in the  glass. The images look surreal with intense colour combinations that can quench your 3D taste. The performance part even surpasses the latest technology used in any 3D TV. Thanks to the Quattron technology and the images are made vivid and looks natural at ease and sometimes we unknowingly extend our hand to touch the image. Sharp has also bet the shortcoming of motion blur especially with the 3D technology. Reduction in resolution as a result of moving objects, which is considered inherent to that of the LCD screen, is highly reduced in this model. The 3D mode can be altered accordingly to the TV content such as standard, movie or game. Converting the 2D effect to 3D is possible to tune of +1 to +16 range. The 3D mode cuts off if any changes in the settings are done. This is quite a norm in many of the 3D based television. 3D technology is not strong enough to withstand the interruptions done while viewing.

Performance:

Picture:

Sharp has made a profound presence in the entertainment industry by launching products such as Sharp LC-46LE821E Full HD 3D TV which was largely applauded for the Quattron technology. It is amazing that it has been interwoven in this 3D model too. Quattron technology includes yellow pixel in addition to the RGB colours. It enhances the colour precision and perception. Subsequent Scanning backlight 200Hz has significantly reduced the image noise and improves the progressive film scanning. Many options are available to fine tune the picture quality. The colours are clear and sharper and the availability of wide screen is immensely capitalised to display a magnetic colour palette. The default dynamic picture mode can be fine-tuned as it is does brings out the best picture quality and the images are over-saturated and flimsy. The advance picture setting has a plenty of optimisation factors such as the CMS hue, saturation value, gamma adjustment, quad pixel mode and active contrast. Arriving at the desirable picture quality is important and we have observed unclear tuning can create juddering effects.

Standard Definition:

The standard definition mode’s performance can be placed near the above average box and not in the excellent category. Surprisingly the 2D images, even with in the presence of image processing options struggles with respect to delivering a quality content. We can live with it, but at the same time it surely does have a room for improvement. The images look slightly noisy and are on the softer side rather than producing crisp output. Besides, Sharp Aquous LC 60LE925E Quattron technology 3D TV have some good options in the picture selection mode even in the standard definition signal. Normal, Zoom 14:9, Panorama, Full cinema (16:9) are some of the picture selection options. The final output varies in each mode as in some mode the pixel count can appear distorted.

High Definition:

There is no regret in the high definition mode and it excels the normal norms. The film is extremely pristine, well defined and crisp. The frame transition and the motion is evenly balanced and one would be dumb-founded as the details are so clear. To be very particular, the dark scenes are handled well without compromising the shadow aspect. The picture selection mode has three varieties in the high-definition viz full, under-scan and dot-by-dot. However they must be adjusted wisely, as in some cases such as the underscan noise could appear at the screen edges; this could be only minimised because it tries to irons out the 720p signal to HD mode.

3D:

The contrast ratio in the 3D is the ultimate super scorer. The black and the bright level exhibit an unbiased contrast. Especially the dark areas are detailed, breaking the myths of LCD’s contrast ratio. Occasionally the 3D pictures are subjective to vague appearance around objects in the 3D frame, but since it is based on LCD technology, this can be only marginally controlled as of now. Otherwise, by rightly fine tuning the picture settings one can enjoy the absolute 3D experience.

Crosstalk:

Cheers for designing the model with least crosstalk effect when compared against the Samsung 3DTV’s. At a very few instances, if at all crosstalk occurs it seems to be pretty obvious.

Sound:

The audio performance compliments the video and application such as auto volume equalises the volume level from high, middle and low. The clear voice feature distinctly separates the speech from the disturbing background noise and thereby enhances voice clarity. The treble peps up well and overall the sound effect is bouncy and accompanies well with the video either if it is 2D or 3D.

Warranty:

Sharp LC 60LE925E comes with one year warranty of parts and labour.

Verdict:

Sharp LC 60LE925E has established a style statement with its unique 60 inch screen that is etched as the outstanding feature. The fun of watching movies in a big theatre with Dolby surround cannot be directly reproduced in small screens, but Sharp has made an attempt and to some extent has also accomplished to pose LC 60LE925E as a rival against the big-screen with its wide viewing angle and unmatched colour reproduction and picture quality. However, if it is liked for its big screen the same feature brings a hesitation in purchasing as it is bit heavy and offers restricted portability. Hence no further arguments, as a coin has both sides. The 3D factor is phenomenal and tides over a clean performance especially with respect to games and 3D movies. Finally to conclude, Sharp LC 60LE925E brings fresh air in to the market and sure it is a commodity that makes the owner proud and happy.

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Sharp LC-60LE925E 60-inch 3D LED LCD TV – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Sharp
Model Name Sharp LC-60LE925E
Model Number LC-60LE925E
Colour Black
Dimensions (W x D x H) 144 cm x 36.8 cm x 97.5 cm – with stand
Stand Type Quad
Swivel Yes
Slim type Normal
Technology LCD
Resolution 1,920 x 1,080
Picture Quattron Technology
Picture Enhancement Technology 200 Hz Motion Plus
User interface HDMI,Scart, RC232C
Technology TFT matrix
Digital and Analog TV Tuner Yes
Sound Output and Speaker Type Stereo
3D Available
Net+ Available
Auto Channel Search Available
Auto Power Off Available
Other Features Aquous Link, on Screen Menu,
Wired and wireless internet, Eco Settings
Audio System Two Woofers
Eco Sensor Yes
Eco Mark Planet First
Accesories 3D glass, Power Cable, Remote Control, 3D Glass set
Warranty One year
Samsung PS50C680 Plasma 3D TV Review

Customer expectations are higher these days. They demand a mobile phone flexible enough to function as a music player and additionally perform as a camera and so on. Therefore it would not be surprising if they anticipate their TV to function similar to that of a computer. Being innovative is the key word to strike excellent products in the market, a unique skill that Samsung has developed over years. Staying true to the afore-said statement, Samsung’s PS50C680 makes a distinct entry in the 3D TV field that is developed based on plasma technology. Watching motion pictures in 3D effect is something that most of us are excited about. Many manufacturers are channeling their new products for the exclusive 3D fans. The pioneers are Samsung, Sony and Panasonic, almost giving neck to neck product releases with astounding features. Samsung has indeed capitalized the unique features of plasma technology in their 3D TV. Plasma technology has an upper hand whilst compared to LCD and LED with respect to, good picture quality with negligible motion blurs, rapid refresh rate and faster response time. Hence integration of 3D concept to the plasma TV would truly yield various entertainment features.

Overview:

Samsung PS50C680 3D TV is based on Plasma PDP technology with a refresh rate of 600Hz. The characteristic features include Eco sensor, cinema smooth picture quality, Anynet, connect and share movies, wide colour enhancer and so on. But the main selling factor is the alluring 3D effect produced synonymous to that of a movie theater.

Design:

Samsung PS50C680 3D Plasma TV is impeccably chiseled to perfection. Designing plasma TV’s with large dimension has greatly reduced down to notable specs. The display panel size measures 50 inch wide and all the electronic components are compactly packed in between a meager thickness of 2.8 inches. The TV has an attractive glossy screen with chrome based quad and swivel stand. The swivel set up gives a good clarity viewed from any angle and can be tilted to a tune of 20 degree sideways. The TV comes detached with the stand and the user needs to mount the same on the stand. The guide stand is connected to the stand using screws, but the user must be able to differentiate between the front and rear side of the stands. The TV must not be placed prior to fastening the screws as it can slide to one side during the set-up. Instead of going plain with one colour, the TV is coated with Black to Blue gradation giving a great finish. Overall the look is appealing and gives much of a theatrical touch to it.

3D glasses:

Samsung PS50C680 comes with one pair of 3D glasses. The glass can be worn by anyone and even over an optical glass. But Samsung must overcome its tightfistedness to provide just one 3D glass with the TV set. These are designed with crystal shutter glass. It operates by obstructing each eye very rapidly in a sequential manner. The glass consists of liquid crystal lens and minute electrons and battery. It synchronise with the TV through the infrared radiation. The glass designed by a particular manufacturer cannot be used with other TV. All these factors puts the consumer in a critical position, and somewhat becomes a drag if they need to go to the Samsung dealer to purchase another 3D glass. Samsung must really put some quick action in to it so as to enjoy the full benefits of 3D watching by the entire family. Restricting the glass numbers to one or two is a selling barrier when considering the competition with ace manufacturers such as Panasonic and Sony.

Slots and Connectivity:

The connectivity is not so complicated for users accustomed of using some recent revolutionised TV models. But for those, who have upgraded from their old chunkier ones to this pretty slimmer version, would take several sessions to get used to the connectivity.  But the advantage over the earlier model is, the thickness is reduced affording a good connectivity facility. Besides the Samsung PS50C680 50-inch 3D TV consists of 20 degree rotational swivel stand, thus making it all the more easier to just turn the TV around for connection purpose. There are four inputs for the HDMI cable in the rear side. It has provision to connect to the DVD, Blu Ray player, cable box or high definition set top box. The HDMI/ DVI cable connection must be executed with care, as an incomplete connection can lead to slight distortion in picture colour quality. The HDMI input 1 jack must be used in case of HDMI/ DVI cable connection. The DVI cable connection must be given in the DVI -HDMI mode. The PC/ DVI audio input jack can be used for audio connections. The incompatibility of older version external device such as DVD, Blu Ray player and cable connection is somewhat an inherent issue with many of the manufacturers. This TV is also susceptible to the same, hence if the user highly suspect the external device version is older than 1.3, the service provider must be approached to upgrade the same.

Remote Access Control:

The Remote access control is a neat rectangular structure that gives a sleek grip to the user. It is designed in a manner that can be used by visually impaired people also. The power switch, channel and volume buttons has Braille points over it. There are two switches located on the top most position of the remote control. One power switch takes care of the TV’s on and off operation, whereas the other turns the remote control on or off. This switch illuminates the remote control, so that the user need not search for the controls while seeing the TV at night. Samsung has purposefully provided this switch because it wisely controls the battery usage once when it is turned on. Grouping the favourite channels under one button is possible, and the location for the same is placed downwards for quick access. The four way navigational button is centrally located and we appreciate the positioning of regularly used menu quite nearer to the navigational tool. The remote control set-up is similar to that of any TV besides the special functions such as Anynet button, HDMI is quietly placed at the bottom of the device. This avoids confusion while using it.

User-interface and Set-up:

Samsung PS50C680 set-up consumes least time once an appropriate position to place the TV is finalised. Since the product highlight is 3D, the user must ensure that the TV is placed at a good distance, as the ideal viewing space is thrice the times of the height of the screen.

Once the TV is connected to the power cord and the antenna set-up is configured, the remaining part is actively taken care by the TV itself. With the self prompting options such as language selection, channel selection, clock setting, the rest of everything is a child’s play. Samsung PS50C680 Full HD 1080p 3D Television offers better maneuvering through the remote access control. The channels can be readily sorted in to, the number of channels available, the added channels, and the favourite channels. All the favourite channels can be readily boxed in to one category by merely selecting the favourites, and is further grouped under one button control. This is a good feature when compared against the conventional model, where in one by one registration to the favourite family is only possible. The TV offers the picture setting to be stored for every external device connected to it. While using the PC mode only 4 settings are permitted.

Samsung has included SPDIF (Sony, Philips Digital Interface) that can reduce the interface going to the devices such as AV/ home theater and speakers. It gives an overall good digital sound. The most exciting feature that sets it apart from the rest of the factor is the 3D. The 3D must be activated only after wearing the 3D glasses. There are options to convert the 2D images to 3D. The user can readily access the 3D tools without much difficulty, but in certain cases there are restrictions. When it is switched from one channel to other the 3D mode is disabled, and one needs to re-set that again. Even when accessing the media play, the 3D mode is deactivated. Picture in Picture function does not support the 3D mode. The 3D mode specifically attracts the younger ones at home, the user must understand that these are the restrictions while using the 3D mode and hence must not try repeating the same action. It can merely lead to complain that 3D viewing is not satisfactory. Samsung must tweak some serious technical stuff so that the moment you turn on the 3D mode all the channels gets automatically converted to that mode and the user need not get frustrated. There are particular viewing angles for the 3D viewing, if not adhered properly a good feel is not experienced by the user. There are particular options within the 3D mode such as the side by side option that puts two images at either side. The top and bottom option places one image over the other and, the line by line option displays the image on the alternative eyes and so on. Such features make the 3D viewing an awesome experience.

Features:

Plasma Technology:

The plasma technology has certainly taken a good roll against the LED lit LCD monitors.  Samsung PS50C680 uses 600 Hz sub-fields thereby giving a crisper image display. The juddering effects are not much pronounced and the scrolling text looks pretty sharper. The frame transition is made ultra smooth due to the integration of 12 subfields in each frame. The key aspects that make this plasma 3D TV highly preferred than the rest is the good contrast ratio and the wider viewing angle. Contrast ratio in plasma technology must be fine tuned with care, as artificially augmenting contrast ratio can lead to a daunting watching experience.  However Samsung’s mega dynamic contrast ratio yields a denser and more saturated colour perception that does not harm the eyes even after long watching hours. Image retention issue is noted during the initial months of the purchase, but is observed to fade away. The inherent disadvantage of plasma technology is the power consumption. As Samsung promises that with the TV there is almost 40% less energy usage than the previous model. But the black levels are not as good as Panasonic plasma technology.

3D Viewing:

As stated earlier, the 3D gimmicks will not pop up the moment the TV is switched on.

The user must tune the TV set in to the 3D mode and must wear the 3D glass. The 3D effect gives a good picture quality and astonishing real life like effect. The TV set works on 3D HyperReal Engine facilitated with Super 3C realisation technology. This gives an excellent picture quality even when a 2D image is converted to 3D. However, on continuously watching the 3D effect with the glasses can be bit overwhelming. A good 3D effect requires condition such as darkened environment as light obstruction between the 3D glass and the 3D emitter can marginally reduce the effect. Particularly the Samsung PS50C680 mesmerises the user while watching the sports channel or any wildlife channels.

Connect and Share:

In the Samsung PS50C680 it is possible to connect the digital cameras and can get an enlarged view of pictures and videos. This would be a good experience for the user, because photo previews are normally not seen is such wide screen. Hence getting a good peek in wide screen can give good guidance as whether to print the picture or not. The wide screen provides details about grains, image noise, if at all if there is any. The TV also supports music collection, so it is an ultimate multipurpose entertainment choice. The user can do the afore-said functions by connecting the USB cord to the TV.

Anynet+

The Anynet + features smartly replace the usage of multiple remote access control for several devices at home. But the only requirement the equipment connected through HDMI must be Samsung compatible. If this is the case, then this feature gets a good score among users who constantly replace the remote access.

Performance:

Colour:
The colour gamut produced on the TV screen captures the user’s attention. Even if the reception is poor from the source, the in-built selective filter greatly reduces the transmission errors and gives good and sharp images. The cinema smooth and the movie mode alter the image clarity to upgrade to the level of watching it in big screen. The colour temperatures are attempted to achieve an equivalent movie effect. With the Plasma technology behind the screen, the TV unlike its 3D LCD competitors need not bother about the colour quality. It definitely exceeds the latter, nevertheless Samsung has included Wide Colour Enhancer feature. This technique saturates each pixel count, thereby attaining a natural luminescence effect. So it is needless to say as why the picture quality in this TV exceeds expectations.

Standard Definition:
Compared to its predecessor model, Samsung has revamped certain colour adjustment features in the Advance setting mode. The user can adjust the screen depth (black tone) to 3 different levels such as dark, darker and darkest. It is possible to calibrate the picture using the expert menu. Adjusting the hue colour and standardising the range of colours is well handled by Samsung PS50C680 in the standard definition mode.

High Definition:
The Full High Definition mode brings real good image clarity than the conventional HDTV. The concept of viewing HD is given a good boost by providing rich and vivid colour delivery. The HD surely exceeds the performance of previous HD model TV’s and is worth every penny invested to purchase the set.  The High Definition mode is even applied to any standard DVD being played. The BD Wise feature available in Samsung’s disc players is integrated in to the TV. Hence it can automatically detect the best resolution applicable to the disc. The process does not take much time and can put the user in a much comfortable position rather than fiddling with the setting for optimal resolution.

3D:
The 3D performance is filled with vibrancy and especially users will definitely enjoy pictures like Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. Watching a football game gives a real feel to the user similar to sitting in the arena and watching the game. The colour depth is decent and Samsung has particularly taken good care to minimize the physical annoyance caused by 3D viewing. However a continuous view time of 2 hours will not hurt the eyes. Again this is subjective and varies as per the user’s age and limiting physical conditions. But sometimes it is a bit of inconvenience caused with respect to the 3D optimisation time taken, once when the TV is switched on.  The 3D viewing can be disturbed in the presence of electronic devices used along with the 3D glass.

Crosstalk Noise and Screen Burn:
Samsung PS50C680 is equipped with digital noise filter facility. It can tactically reduce the analog noise produced as a result of low quality reception. The image noise occurring during transmission is effectively minimised thus producing crisp pictures. Occasionally some users complain of a buzzing crosstalk noise created while viewing in the 3D mode. The 3D technology is not been completely evolved or researched to bring the best in the TV set; it is still under the development phase. Samsung clarifies that the noise is created due to the malfunction of 3D emitters or panel board and sometimes even the infrared hindrance caused by the 3D glass can also be a trouble maker. Under such circumstances, prior to plunging in to the service, it is advisable to check the cable connections. Sometimes if it is not properly connected, colour distribution will not be smooth. Leaving aside such trivial occurrences, the overall rating is remarkably good for this product.

Sound:
Samsung has done a good job in improving the sound quality in the plasma TV family. In a seamlessly perfect piece such as the PS50C680 TV, the sound effect makes the user just to gaze the screen even if it is for longer hours. Embedded with the SRS theatre sound, it consists of special features, namely “amplify” that can selectively increase the intensity of high frequency sound for hearing impaired individuals. Occasionally sound echo occurs due to the variation in decoding speed between the main speaker and the audio receiver. The remedy to this is to set the TV to the external speaker source. The drawback in that setting is the limited sound output and it is not possible to mute the function. On the positive side it supports the Dolby digital plus and Dolby pulse sound output and the sound quality adequately meets the user expectations.

Warranty:

Samsung PS50C680 Plasma 3D TV comes with  one year warranty for parts and labour.

Verdict:

Samsung PS50C680 3D plasma technology based TV has lots of goodies to cheer the customer’s entertainment value. The TV can be connected to the LAN setup and permits the user to access the internet. Provided with a Samsung wireless LAN adapter, wireless networking is also possible. Samsung has made efforts to control the environmental impact caused by the Plasma technology. It has attempted to reduce 40% power consumption than the previous year models and the raw materials used in the plasma technology is more eco-friendly. This feature sets it apart from the competitors.

3D is the most attractive aspect and it gives a promising performance. Despite of few synchronisation issues of 3D glass with the emitter, the user can enjoy the 3D effect to the fullest especially during a sports sequence. The TV is a good value for the money invested.

Samsung PS50C680 Plasma Screen 3D TV – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Samsung
Model Name Samsung PS50C680 3D TV
Model Number PS50C680
Colour Black (Blue Black Gradation)
Dimension (without stand) 1214.5 x 732.5 x 71mm (W x H x D)
Stand Type Quad
Swivel Yes (Left & Right-20 & 20)
Slim type Normal
Technology Plasma
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
Picture 3D Hyper Real Engine
Wide Colour Enhancer Yes
Number of Colours 18 bit  Natural True Colour
Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Pulse
SRS SRS Theatre Sound
Sound Output and Speaker Type 10Watts x 2 and Down Firing
Speaker Type VGA (640X480)
Samsung 3D Available
Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) Available
Auto Channel Search Available
Auto Power Off Available
Auto Volume Leveller Available
BD Wise Available
Other Features Game mode, Sleep Timer, PIP, Digital Noise Filter,
Power Saving, Screen Burn Protection,
DTV Reception and DTV Tuner Built-in
Peak Luminance Ratio 70%
Eco Mark Planet First
Eco Sensor Yes
Input and Output Audio Out L-R (Mini Jack)-No
1 x Component In (Y/Pb/Pr)
1 x Composite In (AV)
1 x Digital Audio Out (Optical)
1 x DVI Audio In (Mini Jack)
Ethernet (LAN)-No
1 x Headphone
4 x HDMI (v1.4 with 3D, Audio Return Channel)
1 x PC Audio In (Mini Jack
1 x RF In
2 x USB
1 x CI Slot
2 x Scart
Accessories 3D Glasses, Batteries , Power cable,
Remote Control ,Instruction manual, Vesa Wall Mount
Warranty One year
Samsung UE46C8000 3D TV Review

Samsung has got UK’s 3D ball rolling in a very solid fashion with its UE40C7000. For those keeping track of the 3D TV arena, it would obvious that the TV market is not really brimming at the moment. But looks like Samsung is undisturbed by this fact, which is evident from their wide range of 3D HDTV models on their shelves, even as they sit at the high-end of their product catalogue. We just hope that its more glamorous and larger sibling, the UE46C8000 3D TV would launch the brand into a similar type of stratosphere taken by Panasonic’s 3D debutant, the Panasonic TX-P50VT20.  The UE46C8000, which is a part of the C8000 series, is just a rung below the priciest C9000 TVs. Make no mistake, it has an absolutely stunning design. In the following review, let us find out if its sleek display can look amazing even when it is switched on as well as off.

Design:

Slim Beauty:

As we have just mentioned, the Samsung UE46C8000 3D TV is a beauty. Its screen is enclosed in a thin silver brushed aluminium finished border. This border is in turn surrounded by an even thinner translucent acrylic border, which at the bottom sports the touch sensitive zones. The entire display itself is unfathomably thin, measuring just 2cm at its deepest point. This incredible sleekness has been achieved by locating the light sources, that is, the LEDs around the edges of the panel and also by scattering this luminance across the whole screen with light guide plates. Silver TVs have not really been in fashion since around 2005, and we will bet that there are enough consumers in the current market who will be more than happy to see the style making a come-back. Having said that, after 5 long years of seeing just black, we did find the bezel to be slightly distracting at first. To prevent the set from falling over, it is supplied with quite a large four-legged silver stand.

Remote Make-over:

Even the remote control seems to have gone through a make-over to match the TV design. Similar to the TV itself, it has been styled in brushed titanium with a glossy silver trim. All of the buttons have been hidden below the face, hence, even though they provide a little bit of feedback when they are pressed, operating takes a little bit of getting used to, as you can no longer run your fingers over the surface of the remote to find your way around. At least, it is not to the same degree as you were able to do before. The remote control does include a few raised lines and also a tactile dot for this purpose. We do appreciate the fact that, like some of Samsung’s other remotes, the UE46C8000’s control features backlighting which can be enabled by pressing a dedicated button at the top-right.

3D Glasses:

The Samsung UE46C8000 LED 3D TV supplies a pair of their active shutter glasses (SSG-2100SB), which arrives in a nifty triangle shaped box. In contrast to Panasonic’s idea of packing their 3D glasses in a sturdy-looking plastic case, guess Samsung decided to take a more trendy route and have packed the glasses in a soft pouch. These 3D glasses seem to be more comfortable to be put on than Panasonic’s glasses, which put pressure on top of the nose. Samsung’s active shutter glasses transfer most of the weight to around the ears, and are hence more comfortable, especially over long periods of time.

Disappointingly, unlike the Panasonic VT20, Samsung do not ship the 3D glasses together with the display, whilst Panasonic has given away 2 pairs with their 3D set. Now, this is pretty stingy, given that the UE46C8000 is usually selling for at least as much as Panasonic’s display. However, it is not all bad news with the glasses, as Samsung is doing a deal though where you would get two pairs is SSG-2100AB 3D glasses and a Monsters Vs Aliens 3D Blu-Ray disc free if you purchase the Samsung UE46C8000 along with a Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray player.

Slots and Connectivity:

Now, let us move on to connectivity. With the HDMI cables having the provision to be plugged directly into one of the telly’s four inputs, the remaining connectors like the SCART cables have to be plugged to the breakout adaptor cables as this LED LCD TV is extremely slick, which can then be plugged into the telly. This is also the case when it comes to the RF aerial input. Though this is not very inconvenient, it is just that it is a little unsightly; but of course, you are never going to look at the back of the TV or the sides either. Much to our expectations, all four HDMIs are 3D-compatible v1.4 standards, but then both the Ethernet and USB ports warrant additional attention owing to their multipurpose natures. The USBs come in handy with recording premium video, which includes HD from the digital tuners of the telly to a variety of USB HDD, as well as more predictably playing back a wide variety of video, music and photo multimedia files, and making the TV Wi-Fi via an optional dongle.

With the supplied breakout cables, the UE46C8000 46-inch 3D Television effectively consists of 2 SCART connections, a composite video and stereo audio input, a component video input, an Ethernet jack, a PC “VGA” input and an Optical audio output. Since the physical inputs are not located on the TV itself, we wonder if Samsung would be able to let users customise the connectivity options of their ultra-thin TVs in the future. For example, providing an alternative for swapping the SCART connectors out making way for some additional set of Component video connections will be appreciable, particularly with gamers.

User-interface and Set-up:

This Samsung C8000 LED 3D TV utilizes their very own user interface that looks and feels good. Details get stored in the per-input format akin to the LE40C650 LCD TV. As far as the display settings are concerned, we would have appreciated if Samsung had incorporated a “Copy all” function such that Colour settings and Greyscale input can be copied to all inputs and some minor adjustments made here and there as against writing down all our settings and re-entering them manually.

Samsung has also gone quite big with its picture adjustment options on the UE46C8000. Akin to their line-up of other high-end Samsung displays, the C8000 also features the Greyscale controls, a basic Gamma Control and a full-fledged 3D Colour Management System. In other words, almost everything we need to fine-tune the display and get the best possible picture from it. The most impressive highlight is with the fine-tuning point of view; having noise reduction routines, offset and gain adjustments for red, green and blue colour elements, a 10 point white balance adjustment, and even has an option for activating a local dimming too that is capable of activating separately different sections of the edge LED lighting. Well, we don’t really fancy this option, as it occasionally produces some evident squares of backlight irregularity. Then again, we would suggest that you give this option a try to see if you encounter the same squaring problem that we faced. The most disappointing stuff in the set-up of the UE46C8000 include its colour management tools that do not go a touch further and Samsung also has not followed the lead of its Korean rival LG in looking for endorsement from the Imaging Science Foundation.

Additionally, there are also a couple of other controls tucked away far inside the menus; however, a few of which we haven’t stumbled across before. The first of these is LED Motion Plus, which has three different settings, as well as a fourth “Off” switch. This control provides with options for black frame insertion and backlight scanning, which is supposed to enhance the alleged motion clarity by offsetting the conventional sample-and-hold results of LCD panels.  There is also the Motion Plus menu. This is Samsung’s 200hz system, and it is our favourite out of all manufacturer’s attempts to improve LCD motion clarity. This takes care of setting the De-judder and De-blur controls in parallel thereby enhancing motion clarity without giving films the dreaded “soap-opera effect”. Finally, Smart LED combines a variety of processing features in an effort to improve contrast. The controls for the 3D mode are housed in the main Picture menu, and are easy enough to get to.

Features:

The looks of the C8000 is backed up furthermore with an awesome set of specs and features outside of the 3D headliner. With the UE46C8000?s compatibility to almost all  new 3D formats being its prevailing feature, it also packs an alleged 3D HyperReal Engine that claims to deliver enhanced performance benefits over its rivals.

LED LCD:

The fact that the Samsung UE46C8000 sports a 1920 x 1080p LCD panel does not come in as a surprise. This panel is illuminated by the LEDs that are placed above and below the screen. As you can see, this type of placement is quite different from the usual set up of placing the light source behind the panel. This compliments the extremely thin chassis design that Samsung has been trying very hard to push lately. Of course, the UE46C8000 is 3D capable LCD based TV. As you can imagine, Samsung had to work quite hard with the C8000 in order to get its LED LCD technology up to handle some extremely fast frame rates that are associated with its HD 3D sources. To begin with, it sports a 200Hz display; thanks to the scanning backlight Samsung could have easily announced it as a 400Hz model, had it felt comfortable in following the same optimistic labelling system taken up by two of its major rival brands.

Crystal Address Technology:

Samsung also had to use its brains to develop a faster crystal address technology, which helps the screen to respond fast enough to keep up with the active shutter 3D system. It has also introduced blank frame technology to its 3D transmission system to try and make the display and glasses sync as effectively as possible.

Samsung’s Internet@TV:

The Ethernet port can be plugged in to a PC that is DLNA-enabled, access interactive services like future Freeview HD together with hooking up online with Internet@TV feature of Samsung.  Internet@TV consists of YouTube, Twitter, rovi TV listings, Picasa the online photo album, Skype; provided an external camera is included in addition to a whole host of interesting and ultimate third party ‘Widget’ apps, remarkably from AccuWeather, the History Channel, and Getty Images.

There are even a few games on there, though anyone who has spent any time on an Xbox or PS3 will find these games laughably unfulfilling. Again, the online efforts of Samsung kind of looks to be lagging behind when compared to Philips and Sony for the moment, but then there is always the option of a constant update and Samsung is not the kind that would prefer being last in the line. So we guess a plethora of additional services can be expected in the coming months. Also, it has to be added that this C8000 packs the AllShare software that comes in handy if your are looking at getting your telly hooked up with your mobile or for that matter any portable devices that provides multimedia options.

Performance:

Colour:

As far as the performance is concerned, it is mostly terrific as with its 55” sibling. For instance, the colours radiate with startling intensity and strikes cross-screen consistency, to an extent that you might feel that it should not be really possible with an edge-LED technology. In addition to this, the consistency of lighting has been retained surprisingly well during the very dark scenes, with very faintest signs of the sort of pools of inconsistent brightness that stands out so much on 2009’s 55” Samsung LED models. You will be able to make the patches appear if you have chosen to leave the brightness or backlight settings too high. However, keep in mind that this also damages the contrast and general naturalism of the picture. Hence, just hope that you will not be tempted to do so.

Standard Definition:

While colours look intense on top of being credible, these are accompanied with believable tones of subtlety blending with small tonal differences. The picture is quite bright too, yet unusually the UE46C8000’s aggressive approach to pictures does not lead to the exaggeration of video noise. In fact, we would even say that its standard definition performance is probably the best we had ever seen. The TV is able to achieve this because, its up-scaling process adds heaps of detail making the images look sharp and at the same time being shrewd enough in detecting the source noise and trying to eliminate it.

High Definition:

It does not come in as a surprise that the Samsung UE46C8000 3D LCD TV is best with its HD performance. The HD images look blistering sharp, which is a fact that really rams home too, just how accomplished the motion handling circuitry is. Practically, you will not find any judder at all, if you make use of the motion processing carefully and LCD’s common motion blur issue is also more or less totally eradicated. These are factors that have a significant impact on the 3D playback too, helping it look crisp and fluid without giving a processed or unnatural feel.

3D:

The striking bright and colourful picture performance of the Samsung UE46C8000 3D TV does not stop with the standard definition and high definition pictures, it is great at 3D too. Some markedly less brightness is lost when you are wearing the active shutter 3D glasses than in the case of Panasonic’s 3D pictures. You get a great sense of vibrancy and depth to the tellys efforts at HD 3D. We should also mention here that the onboard 2D to 3D processor does an excellent task of converting regular 2D sources into 3D, than you can imagine. However, we cannot imagine many consumers using this feature too often, especially as the converted 3D pictures are simply no match for the real HD 3D deal. We feel that it may just tide a few folks over until more 3D sources come, in case they are seeking for an instant return on their hefty investment.

Crosstalk Noise:

While reviewing its 55” sibling, we tumbled across some significant issues with crosstalk noise while watching 3D, and this is sadly true in the case of UE46C8000 too. The crosstalk disturbance becomes apparent by ghosting around objects, with the object’s field depth affecting the extent to which the crosstalk noise is apparent. In some of the recent 3D movies, almost all of the fast moving scenes suffer very apparently with crosstalk, especially those in the distance. Similar signs of extreme ghosting, if anything less, get evident elsewhere too, that includes the Sky’s 3D channel and with same console games too. In fact, the crosstalk noise in the game makes your eyes feel tired after just a half an hour or so of playing. Lastly, with the upsets of 3D is the picture clarity that only reaches its best after the TV has warmed up for just an hour or so after switching it on. When we reviewed the Samsung UE55C8000 3D TV last year (Samsung UE55C8000 3D TV Review), it was the first 3D TV we had reviewed, so we were not quite sure on how much the crosstalk would be inherent to all the 3D TVs. But, now that we have reviewed Panasonic’s P50VT20 3D TV, we are sure that while this Panasonic model does not completely eradicate the crosstalk, it certainly suffers much lesser with it than any of the Samsung 3D models we have seen.

Viewing angle and Black level response:

Couple of other more general issues includes the viewing angle of the UE46C8000, which is rather limited and its black level response is less convincing than on Samsung’s previous edge LED generation. This might be a consequence of Samsung emphasising brightness more to compensate for the brightness that was lost while viewing 3D.

Gaming:

Gaming is a decent experience on the Samsung UE46C8000 Television. In the normal mode, the input lag is such that it makes games totally unplayable; well thanks to the “Game mode” the figure is brought down to a drastic 32ms. It sure is not an amazing figure, but is definitely a standard figure for an LCD display pleases majority of the users. As a good number of impending 3D games are prone to utilise the “Side by Side” method, we tried obtaining some input lag figures in this mode; which measured at 41ms. Note that both these numbers were calculated by sending 1080p/60 to the display and the input measurements for the 720p were on the higher side. Ensure that you set the video output of your console to 1080p.

Sound:

Samsung UE46C8000 3D TV’s acoustics are slightly better than on the company’s previous edge LED models. It has slightly more volume and punch. However, perhaps inevitably for such a slim TV, it still does not sound anything special, thanks to the lack of bass and rather under-powered mid-range. Actually, it sounds kind of less exciting when compared to the UE55C8000; which is probably owing to the fact, as you can imagine, the telly having 5W less power per channel as against its big brother. While the 46C8000 represents a vast improvement over Samsung’s previous flat TV generation when it comes to sonic ability, it is still short of bass and fails to deliver an expansive sound stage during action scenes.

Energy Consumption:

Samsung has followed suit with majority of the LCD manufacturers in the current market in promoting the so-called energy saving benefits with LED backlighting. Honestly, we don’t really find much of difference between a LED and a CCFL display. The UE46C8000 packs an Eco Solution control too, that is supposed to bring about some energy saving attribute via the display by moderating the display’s overall brightness based on the ambient light. But since this causes the image’s brightness to fluctuate your are better off leaving it alone. The same goes for the Dynamic Contrast control which if left on will adjust the brightness and contrast settings from scene to scene and thus cause the energy consumption to fluctuate. Again, the screen automatically turns Off with lack of signal, which we presume is another attempt at enhancing energy efficiency together with try to boost the contrast ratio figures. The energy consumption is less that 1W in the standby mode. By and large, the energy consumption looks to be on the higher side in comparison to few other LCD displays with LED lighting.

Warranty:

Samsung offers its UE46C8000 3D TV one year warranty for parts and labour.

Verdict:

The Samsung UE46C8000 3D TV stands unbeaten as a piece of hi-tech design in addition to being a stellar 2D performer. Guess the above two factors alone should suffice in making this Samsung UE46C8000 a crucial purchase for many. While colour vibrancy and brightness of 3D content sure does look impressive, one cannot deny the fact that Panasonic P50VT20 3D TV is also capable of the same in addition to massive reduction in crosstalk noise. This just strengthens the fact that anybody looking for some serious 3D, Panasonic is a model of choice. As a 2D TV, the C8000 is fairly decent. Even though, it features an excellent greyscale performance post calibration together with standard-def video processing, the package seems to still have a few glitches, to name a few – poor scaling in 3D mode, auto-dimming, issues with angle viewing and non-uniformity. A few of these look to be specific to the ultra-slim LED LCD of Samsung’s. While videophiles might not really be tolerable to such deficiencies just for the sake of chopping the chasis down to a few centimetres, the style-conscious spectators might beg to differ here. Viewers willing to compromise on the quality of picture in order to have an extremely thin chassis together with gaining access to the 3D world are likely to be in for a treat with this Samsung UE46C8000. That said, the price tag sure looks high given its overall performance.

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Samsung UE46C8000 3D TV – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Samsung
Model Name Samsung UE46C8000 3D LED TV
Model Number UE46C8000
Colour Platinum Black
Dimensions (W x H x D) 1090.8 x 723.8 x 303mm
Weight With stand : 19.2kg
Without stand : 17kg
Design type Mystic Earth
Display Features
Size 46  inches
Slim type Ultra slim
Technology 3D LED
Panel Ultra clear
Front colour Brushed Titanium
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Swivel (left/right) Yes
Light Effect (Deco) Yes
3D Glasses
Glasses offered as standard none
3D glasses type Active Shutter 3D Glasses
Picture Features
Picture Engine 3D HyperReal Engine
Wide Colour Enhancer Plus Yes
Clear Motion Rate 50 x 16
Audio Features
Dolby Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
SRS SRS TheaterSound
dts 2.0 + Digital Out Yes
Sound Output (RMS) 15W x 2
Speaker Type Down Firing
Woofer Yes
Features
Remote Controller Type Wireless Remote Control
DTV Built-in
OSD language Europe 25 Language
Picture-in-Picture 1 Tuner PIP
Other Features Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC), Auto Channel Search, Auto Power Off,
Auto Volume Leveler, BD Wise, Caption (Subtitle),
Clock & On/Off timer, Allshare (Powerd by DLNA), EPG,
Game mode, Internet@TV, Picture-in-Picture,
3D and ConnectShare™ Movie, Skype on Samsung TV,
Sleep Timer, USB, WiFi Adaptor Support,
Personal Video Recorder Ready, Time Shift,
Channel List USB-Clone,
Digital Noise Filter and Teletext (TTXT)
Eco friendly features
Eco Mark Planet First
Eco Sensor Yes
Power Supply AC220 – 240V 50 / 60Hz
Power Consumption 250W
Peak Luminance Ratio 65%
Input and Output 1 x Audio Out L-R (Mini Jack)
1 x Component In (Y/Pb/Pr)
1 x Composite In (AV)
1 x Digital Audio Out (Optical)
1 x DVI Audio In (Mini Jack)
1 x Ethernet (LAN)
1 x Headphone
4 x HDMI (v1.4 with 3D, Audio Return Channel)
1 x PC Audio In (Mini Jack
1 x RF In
2 x USB
1 x CI Slot
2 x Scart
Accessories Batteries, Instruction Book, Slim Gender Cable (COMP,
Composite, Scart, RF, PC, SPDIF, LAN),
Ultra Slim Wall Mount Support, Vesa Wall Mount
Support and Floor Stand Support
Warranty One year
Sony Bravia HX903 3D TV

Sony Bravia HX903 3D TV Review (KDL-46HX903 and KDL-52HX903)

Sony has managed to be a leader in pushing the 3D technology in both the theatres and home tellys. Well, this might be simply because Sony has had a gigantic investment in both, in form of a major TV studio and a consumer electronics manufacturer. Hence, if everyone moves on to 3D Technology, Sony also stands to scrape it in. However, Sony was still not the first manufacturer to put a 3D TV into the market. There were models from Panasonic and Samsung before the 46-inch and 52-inch, 1080p Bravia HX903 3D TV were put on the shelves. But, being the first, always does not mean that it is the best. So, let us be optimistic and see what the LED Backlit HX903 has to offer.

Design:

Monolithic:

Sony has really upped the ante with its 2010 Bravia TV range by introducing a new radical opulent design, what Sony named “Monolithic”. This design has an giant glass panel embellishing its face and it is quite heavy to cause a lot of hernias if you carry the thing. Though this set up makes the TV look extremely stylish and might also prove to be very helpful for increasing the contrast levels, we just cannot comprehend why the company had not chosen a lighter material. Having said that, the HX903 looks absolutely cool even when it is not switched on, and in fact, it looks better while switched off than when on. The combination of this excellent design with an LED TV and a good selection of ports, you have a dream TV in your hands. You will be able to improve the already arresting structure, if you pay out yet another £260 on the brushed aluminium colossal Stand, absolute with a slight back-tilt attribute.

Connectivity:

As we just said, the Sony Bravia HX903 3D LCD TV has a wide range of connectivity features. It includes 4 HDMIs, each one of them built to the version 1.4 specification. This set-up allows for complete 3D support out of the Bluray players. And, you have to also note that the Ethernet port gets you access to the Bravia Internet Video platform from Sony and, this port also allows you to get files from DLNA enabled systems, and offers the compulsory interactive sustain for a built-in Freeview HD tuner. If all of these wired connectivity feels a bit old, then you can go Wi-Fi, through a USB dongle. Unfortunately, this dongle is not included as standard.

Remote Control:

We also fell in love with the HX903’s remote control, though it is big. It has got a very pleasing aesthetically appealing curved design. It also sports a genuinely handy set of controls found on it.

Interface:

There are good and bad points regarding the 52HX903?s operating system. On the plus side, the presentation of the onscreen menus is pretty, with good use of graphics in places, such as the screens where you can pick from your list of inputs or choose a thematic picture preset. Though this looks to be a smart presentation, their twin-axis assembly has other plans for users- getting a little tortuous to be navigated – a situation that doesn’t really help the way the input list defaults each time on being called or the slight lag caused by few menu selections. The onscreen menus of the 52HX903 are aplenty with features and adjustments, few of them useful, few of them not. With the latter comprising edge and detail enhancers making the picture seem forced, in addition to the Eco feature that moderates the picture by default in response to ambient lighting. After all, after spending £3k on a TV, you might prefer to calibrate the picture yourself than rely on an automatic system to do it for you.

The Sony HX903 joins Samsung’s 3D models in offering 2D to 3D conversion system. There are a couple of 3D adjustments that this telly offers, that is if you can find them amidst the bizarrely divided 3D menus. Lastly, the 52HX903 also packs a solid set of tools for tweaking picture. These go on to include different stages of the 400Hz setting, options for noise reduction, Live Colour processing of Sony, option to tweak the potency of the local LED dimming and various white balance settings. Sadly, though, there is no true colour management system, something we would expect to be a given on any TV at anything like the HX903’s level. That said, the HX903’s pictures can look absolutely superb with only a little effort using the tools provided. Also on offer are tools for moderating the 3D effect’s depth and interestingly also for adjusting the 3D glasses’ brightness.

Features:

3D Ready:

Sony Bravia HX903 is obviously 3D Ready, which is exactly why it has been featured in this site. Yes, it is just 3D Ready but not out of the box. The Sony Bravia 52HX903 is available for £2,500, but the straight out disappointment here is that, surprisingly, this TV will do 3D only if you manage to add an external kit. This kit comprises of a £49 transmitter and £99 for each pair of 3D glasses you might want. 3D transmitter connects to the display and syncs the glasses with the alternating onscreen frames. As a consolation, Sony has announced that it is possible to get a 3D pack with the sync transmitter and 2 pairs of 3D glasses for a subsidised cost. However, spending about 2.5 grand on a TV and spending on glasses for the entire family with transmitter, it a annoying view. That adds up to nearly four grand for a 52in TV. Considering the price of the TV, it is something of a cheek that it does not have the built-in 3D capability. Especially when you consider the fact that Panasonic’s 50” Viera TX-P50VT20B plasma TV costs roughly the same amount, and it includes everything that you will need to drive your 3D car.

3D Set-up:

Once you have got the 3D add-on kit, setting it up is quite simple. Just plug in the sync transmitter, and the TV will automatically detect that you will now be able to see 3D content. Once you get 3D signal, it automatically switches on to the 3D mode. The glasses also turn-on on their own, when the transmitter is turned on, which means you will be having a HDMI 1.4a hardware, you will do nothing to get the 3D material on TV, except to put on those 3D glasses.

Internet Video Services:

Sony’s feature list flourishes with an excellent set of Internet video services. Almost all of its high end tellys feature the Bravia Internet Video feature. You get a great deal of video streaming with a range of video providers including HowTo.com, YouTube, the Demand Five Channel 5 ‘iPlayer’, DailyMotion, LoveFilm and blip.tv. As far as LoveFilm is concerned, you will be able to sync your online account to your TV and download complete movies. This feature is very lovable and we would say Sony has taken a great deal of effort to make the feature as handy and easy to use as possible.

Yet another remarkable thing about this feature is, how stale the platform of Bravia Internet Video is while using them via a pretty simple 2MB, thanks to the built-in 7 seconds buffer.  Unfortunately the quality of the videos are highly variable and also are not in HD too. To be specific, the LoveFilm service looks rather substandard. Now that is not Sony’s fault, and we are just happy that Sony is offering such good selection of services, with lots more promised.

The 3D Glasses:

The 3D glasses of Sony KDL-46HX903 and KDL-52HX903  are quite comfortable. Though they are not as comfortable as Samsung’s glasses, which are our favourite 3D glasses so far, they have comprehensively made past what Panasonic has to offer. They also feel like the sturdiest ones we had seen so far. Samsung’s ones are comfy but not as sturdy.

LED Backlights:

It is true that one of the major factors in the cost of the HX903 is the LED backlight. Despite these LED backlights being pricey, you get to see a distinct advantage over the cheaper ones, which becomes evident when you don’t see any bright spots on the screen edges. Meaning, the picture is more uniform with no brightness or odd colour issues. Since the local dimming engine employed on the telly working with the direct lighting system takes care of all the separate groups of LEDs that create the pictures individually, hence, in theory, you will be able to have full range of brightness from one end to another.

Contrast:

Sony still stubbornly refuses to put an actual number on the HX903‘s potential contrast performance. But it gave us a giggle to see that while other Sony TVs that do not use direct LED lighting are described as MegaContrast models, the HX903 is a GigaContrast model. As expected from any local dimming direct LED TV, the most spectacular talent of the 52HX903 is its contrast. It has successfully powered down parts of images that has to appear dark allowing the telly to produce pictures that definitely looks like true blacks with literal zero residual grey.

Performance:

3D:

The 3D performance of the Sony KDL-46HX903 and KDL-52HX903 are very admirable too. To begin with, it seems better than Samsung’s UE55C8000, as it does not exhibit any major ghosting. Ghosting comes up when 3D TV does not have an adequately quick response time, for instance, with the result that you can view with your left eye, traces of a frame for the right eye. This model also beats Panasonic’s 3D model, when it comes to brightness. 3D images really need to be bright to work well, and Sony’s set is obviously great in this. However, we still found Panasonic’s 3D images are the easiest to watch, even if the overall effect does not seem quite as powerful as that of Samsung and Sony’s sets. The 3D effects of HX903 are still good though, and it is a very capable 3D TV. A word of advice from us, please watch the 3D movies in the dark, as the reflections on the all glass screen can be a real hassle.

As we had mentioned earlier, the local dimming system enables the telly to produce some startling deep black levels and extremely bright whites, everything in a single frame. This is a thing that a standard LCD TV will never be able to do with success. The best part is, the HX903 manages to deliver these incredible black levels with great deal of screen consistency with hardly any uneven brightness or cloud patches.

High Definition:

Unfortunately, FreeView has been converted into a mess of noise and blockiness as the television companies manages to squeeze a lot more channels into a tiny space that is available. Being a good quality TV, Sony HX903 manages to clean up the image slightly and it does quite a good job at that regard. It is offered with a better source, like a DVD, it will prove to be a much more of a capable TV. The Sony Bravia HX903 does a good job with FreeView material like BBC HD and four HD; good but not exceptional. The bit rates for Freeview HD channels will never be completely satisfactory, hence this is not completely Sony’s fault.

Similar to this, with the Blurays too, we were able to notice a reasonable, but not exceptional, amount of detail in images. The movies looked god, but were nowhere near pin sharp.  The HX903 is equipped with Sony’s Motionflow 400 Pro system, which aims at producing the best possible picture and reducing blurring on the moving images.

Standard Definition:

The HX903 inevitably carries Sony’s Bravia Engine 3 processing system, and as usual BE3 does a very likeable job of upscaling standard definition pictures to the screen’s Full HD resolution. Black levels are something that bothers LCD TV and not the plasmas. On the LCDs, they look quite grey and unpleasant too. They have employed the full LED backlight that had been on the 46HX903, having a lot of control over light and which also has the capability to enhance the contrast on the black or black places. There were no issues as far as the black levels is concered, while watching the TV, but we were able to notice that the LED lighting was noticeable when a still black display comes on.

Audio Quality:

Unlike a lot of 3D TVs, the Sony Bravia HX903 provides quite a reasonable audio. It is quite clear, and the dialogue was also quite easy recognise. Overall, it is certainly the most wanted transformation from the junk audio that we are used to with the other 3D Ready TVs. The above mentioned aluminium stand brings sound from the downward firing speakers to the spectator. The best we can say about the sound is that it does at least pass muster for the normal, day-to-day fodder that will likely occupy the majority of your viewing time.

Warranty:

Sony Bravia HX903 comes with three years warranty for parts and labour.

Verdict:

Though the Sony Bravia HX903 is quite expensive, it still does not have everything that you might require to commence viewing in 3D. As a result, you will need to find a solid reason to select this TV besides Panasonic’s 3D model, which is 3D ready right from the minute you get the package. It does not even include the built-in WiFi to access Sony’s adorable Bravia Internet Video Service, which can be forgiven in a eight hundred pound TV, but not on a one that costs about two thousand pounds. Kudos to Sony for their grand success in improvising their local dimming direct LED system after being extremely diligent in achieving the same. The 3D effect it offers is excellent, but it still seems to be over priced when compared to Samsung’s UE55C8000 or Panasonic’s Viera TX-P50VT20B. Overall, the Sony Bravia KDL HX903 is quiet good, but not excellent, making it hard for us to recommend the telly considering its current price tag.

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Sony Bravia HX903 3D TV – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Sony
Model Name Sony HX903 3D TV
Model Numbers KDL-46HX903
KDL-52HX903
Colour Black
Dimensions (W x H x D) 126.3 x 80.7 x 40.0 (46” VERSION)
Stand Square
Display Features
Sizes available 46” and 52”
Technology 3D TV
Panel LCD
Viewing Angle (°) 178
Swivel Range 20° left/right
Logo Illumination Yes
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Picture Features
Picture Engine Bravia Engine 3
Dynamic Contrast Ratio Giga
1080 24p Real Movie Yes
Colour system NTSC 3.58/4.43 (Video In), PAL and Secam
Other features Advanced Contrast Enhancer
Intelligent Picture
MPEG noise reduction
Ambient sensor
Live Colour Creation
Theatre Mode
CineMotion/Film Mode/Cinema Drive
Photo TV HD
USB Multimedia player
24p True Cinema
Motionflow Pro 100Hz
PhotoTV HD
USB Photo Viewer
Picture Frame Mode
Photo Map
Power Saving + Picture Off
Smart Mode
Wide Mode
Zoom Mode
AFD (Auto Format Detect)
3D Comb filter
Auto Noise Reduction
Digital Comb Filter
10 Bit Panel
Picture In Picture
Picture & Picture
Teletext Teletext
EPG (NexTView/Digital EPG)
Text Page Memory: 1000
Audio Features
Digital Amplifier Yes
Voice Zoom No
Sound Output (RMS) 10 watts x 2
Sound Effect System S-Force Front Surround
Woofer 12W + 12W (Total 24W)
Sound status mode 4 modes ( Dynamic/Standard/Clear Voice )
Additional features Steady Sound, Dolby® Digital, Dolby® Digital Plus,
5.1 Channel Audio Out, Speaker Off
Features
Remote Controller RM-ED034
Video Signal 576i, 480p, 576p, 1080i, 720p, 1080p and 24p input
Timer Clock, Sleep Timer and On/Off Timer
Interface features XrossMediaBar™ (XMB™)
Auto Standby
OSD Menu
Parental Lock
Programme Index Table
Connectivity 1 x Digital Audio Output (optical)
4 x HDMI™ Inputs
1 x Component Inputs
2 x Scart Inputs (RGB
HDMI™ PC Signal Capability
PC Input (15pin D-Sub) + Audio In
1 x Composite Video In
1 x USB 2.0 Input
MiniJack Head/Earphone 3.5 mm
PCMCIA Card Slot
RCA Audio Out
RF In
1 x Scart Inputs (RGB)
BRAVIA Sync
DLNA Ethernet (Music/Photo)
DLNA
Wireless LAN
BRAVIA Internet Video
Accessories AC Cable, Operating Instructions, VESA Mounting Holes,
Table-Top Stand, Wall-Mount Bracket,
Colour Variation Bezel / Speaker Grille
Power Consumption (W) 136
Warranty Three years
Samsung PS63C7000 3D Plasma TV Review

A biggest debate in the television industry since 2003 has been LCD vs Plasma. This debate has had changed a lot since it began, and this is a topic that people seem to be still interested in. And, during the period, LCD has evolved into LED, while Plasma seems to be same as it was when it commenced. However, this has not ceased the leading manufacturers innovating this technology. While Panasonic at present tops the Plasma 3D TV charts with its VT20 and V20 tellys, now, Samsung has proved that it has something to prove with its latest C7000.

So today’s topic of review would be nothing but the exceptionally popular Samsung PS63C7000 3D Plasma TV. Read on to find out if this is the 3D TV is the one for you this Christmas.

Design:

A Stunner:

Though Samsung has had its set of imitators, it has managed to manufacture a few really striking tellys in the last few years and we declare that the PS63C7000 63-inch 3D TV is the best among them. Absent is the stainless steel jewel that can be found on the Samsung 9000, but it has an gorgeous finishing all of its own rights. The bezel is a blend of brushed metallic and plastic, which is bordered by a transparent border; this actually is much cool looks than on paper. The cabinet itself is just 1.5” deep. The TV attaches itself to the stand with the help of a translucent plastic, which is a very durable one. We have an issue here and it is that, there is quite a bit of flex between this stand and the panel itself. It is highly unlikely to ever topple over, but it is not very supportive. Nevertheless, there is nothing much to whine about it in terms of weight and energy efficiency than the previous generations Samsung Plasma HDTVs.

Plasma Panel:

Being a plasma TV, this telly possesses all the advantages that the plasma panels have. In particular, the extremely fast response, which results in very low motion blurring, cross talk and the other motion related issues that is related to LCDs. However, on the other side of the spectrum, the brightness doesn’t really match up to a LED telly; hence, while watching 3D through the glasses can be a little dim than usual.

Remote Control and 3D Glasses:

Similar to the television itself, the remote also has a brushed aluminum model that can be seen with the C7000 LCD. It is backlit with laser etched buttons and are easy to use too. Like most of the 3D tellys in the current market, you have to purchase the 3D glasses separately.

Features:

Being one of the first plasma 3D TV, there are heaps of things it can perform. To begin with, it is a 3D TV, it can also do 2D to 3D conversion. Unless there is a deal around, you will need to buy glasses separately. Next, it does IPTV, and for consumers this will be more compelling than 3D. You will be able to get YouTube, and in future you could stream catch-up TV.

Connectivity and Slots:

As far as connecting to the internet is concerned, there is the choice of connecting both wired or wireless; and if you are looking at connecting to the other equipments you have a whole host of A/V ports that includes the 4 HDMI 1.4 ports, a VGA port, 2 sets of component inputs  and 2 expeditious USB ports.

Flat Panel:

The Samsung PS63C7000 3D Plasma Screen TV has a native resolution of 1080p, that is, 1920 x 1080 pixels. This is standard on all the 2010 3D models, with the exception of the Toshiba cell TV that has 2K display.

Real Black Filter:

Real Black Filter technology of Samsung aids in minimizing reflection from the external ligt sources. This improvises the quality of image and black levels in places of notable ambient lighting.

600Hz Subfield Motion:

This PS63C7000 has a display featuring 600Hz Subfield Motion technology. Essentially, this 600Hz is meant to fight with the infinite refresh rate figures quoted by the manufacturers of LCD TV.

Apps:

All vital current apps are included in this C7000, namely Twitter, Facebook and YouTube with Samsung instructing developers to provide more, if possible. Would they try alluring users with the impending Google TV, is a different issue. That aside, there are also other features that include 1080 FHD Motion, PVR function, Motion Judder Canceller together with DLNA streaming and an additional USB disk.

Internet@TV:

The PS63C7000 Full HD 1080p 3D TV features Internet@TV that includes a large assortment of content and applications from services such as Twitter, Netflix, The Associated Press, Blockbuster, Picasa, Fashion TV, Pandora, Vudu, AccuWeather.com and a number of other online content/service providers.

Performance of Samsung PS63C7000:

The DVD and Bluray performance is quite impressive. Jaggies and noise have been effectively exiled and the picture quality was up there with the best we have ever seen this year. The images are impressive and had good saturation and depth. There were no signs of noise or artefacts. While in the future, 3D will not be seen as much of an innovation, at the moment there are only a handful of tellys that can do it and the Plasma 63C7000 is one among them. Akin to many other manufacturers of 2010, Samsung follows their footsteps in adopting the Active shutter-based 3D know-how for the PSC7000 series. With donning the 3D glasses images turn fairly clear, though there still seem to be issues with crosstalk with some movies. There have been worse experiences with Samsung itself, so if you are looking at a TV that is 3D ready, guess you have made the right choice.

Audio:

Sound quality is not a highlight, as the voices seem to sound very boomy and its onboard speakers are not capable of going very loud either. However like any other telly, we would use only the onboard speakers when you have no other option, and it will be best to get a home theatre of your own.

Warranty:

Samsung Plasma 63C7000 3D TV comes with one year warranty for parts and labour.

Verdict:

The C7000 series is mostly oriented towards the price conscious consumers looking to enjoy a 3D experience in the comfort of their home, without having to close your bank account. Looking at the positives – the Samsung Plasma 63C7000 3D TV is slim and attractive with excellent picture quality, no ghosting and a plethora of features. Along with doing a fair job in displaying 3D content, this PS58C7000 is equipped to transform regular 2D content to 3D with reasonable, if not perfect success.  Now for some negatives – sound quality looks poor, Blacks don’t really measure up to its rivals in terms of depth and 3D is not the best around. Though there are a few quibbles, we have to agree that the PS C7000 is a great performer that is packed with most of the must-have features for this year’s high-end TVs.

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Samsung PS63C7000 3D Plasma TV – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Samsung
Model Name Samsung PS63C7000 3D Plasma TV
Model Number PS63C7000
Series 7
Colour Black Metal
Dimensions (H x W x D) 1498 x 964.5 x 342mm
Weight With stand : 44.6kg
Without stand : 38kg
Design type Slim design
Display Features
Size 63 inches
Technology 3D Plasma
Panel Ultra clear
Resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels
Swivel (left/right) Yes
3D Glasses
Glasses offered NA
3D glasses type Active 3D Glasses
Picture Features
Dynamic Contrast Ratio Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio
1080 24p Real Movie Yes
1080 FHD Motion Yes
Wide Colour Enhancer Yes
Auto Motion Plus 120/240Hz 240hz
600Hz Subfield Motion Yes
Cinema Smooth Video Yes
3D HyperReal Engine Yes
Film Mode Yes
Natural True Colour (18bit) Yes
Audio Features
Speaker Type Down Firing
Sound Output (RMS) 15 watts x 2
Sound Effect System Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
SRS TheaterSound
Woofer Yes
Features
Remote Controller Type IR Remote Control
DTV DTV Reception DVB-T2
DTV Tuner Built-in
OSD language Europe 25 Language
Picture-in-Picture Yes
Other Features Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC), Auto Channel Search,
Auto Power Off, Auto Volume Leveler, Game mode,
BD Wise, EPG, Internet@TV, Caption, Wireless,
Picture-in-Picture: 1 Tuner PIP, AllShare™,
3D and ConnectShare™ Movie, WiFi Adaptor Support,
Single Live UI, Personal Video Recorder Ready,
Channel List USB-clone, Digital Noise Filter,
Mega TTX and Screen Burn Protection
Eco friendly Peak Luminance Ratio 70%
Eco Mark: Planet First
Eco Sensor
Power supply: AC100 – 240V 50/60Hz
Power Consumption (IEC 62087 Edition 2): 245 Watts
Power consumption (stand-by): under 0.20W
Input and Output Component In (Y/Pb/Pr)
Composite In (AV)
Digital Audio Out (Optical)
DVI Audio In (Mini Jack): 1 (Common use for PC Audio In)
Ethernet (LAN)
Headphones
HDMI x 4 (v1.4 with 3D, Audio Return Channel)
PC Audio In (Mini Jack)
PC In (D-sub)
RF In
USB x 2
CI Slot
Scart
Accessories Batteries included
Instruction Book
Remote Controller model: TM1080
Slim Gender Cable: Component, Scart, AV
Ultra Slim Wall Mount Support
Warranty One year
Philips 40PFL8605H 3D Ready Television

If you are someone that keeps a tab on the progress of 3D TVs, then you must have noticed the void created by a big brand of televisions from the 3D pile for sometime now in the market. It has been almost a year since brands like LG, Samsung and Panasonic had first launched their first set of TVs that are full HD 3D compatible. It seems kind of weird for a manufacturer like Philips (a brand well-known for their cutting-edge technology when it comes to the television industry) have just now started venturing into the modern 3D revolution through their flagship model – 40-inch 40PFL8605H 3D TV.

Philips has reasoned its late release that it did not want to launch an immature 3D product, which is a slight indication to the fact that some of the other swift releasers of 3D TVs might have rushed into it. In the following review, let us examine if this is true of just a marketing spin with its 3D Blurays, Sky 3D Broadcasts and 3D Games.

Design:

Slim and sleek as always:

It has just 50mm depth at its thickest point, courtesy, the edge LED system employed. It sports a completely flat fascia that also possesses quite a tasteful, slim and slender black bezel, with further flourishes that is coming as a part of the transparent shroud that sits surrounding the extremities of the TV. Also check out the smart petite protrusion with silvery metallic finish popping from the centre of the floor’s edge containing buttons that are dug-in for manual operation.

In addition to enhancing the design of the TV, the Ambilight has been scientifically proven to make long term television watching a less tiring experience, especially when you are viewing a display that is capable of extreme brightness such as the 40PFL8605H. Philips has also added to the aesthetic flare of the 40PFL8605H 3D Ready LED TV by integrating an Ambilight into its slim architecture. Try telling the set the colour of your walls and watch it reckon the apt Ambilight colour mix to offset. The pools of light from the TV’s sides coloured to match are stunning, and the image content is glowing with startling accuracy.

Remote control:

Actually, the 40PFL8605’s remote control isn’t particularly normal. There is a couple of unusual-s tagged to it; for starters, the metallic finish, the oval shape and last but not least the startling amount of minimal buttons is vastly unusual. Then again, it functions amazingly well to such an extent that it makes one wonder as to why the other remotes literal drown us in a sea of buttons. Well, it would have been really nice if the remote had had a dedicated 3D button that jumps to that option right away where you need to do a manual 3D setting in order for a side by side view of Sky’s 3D content. Then again, isn’t the TV just 2D capable right out of the box?

Connectivity:

As always with Philps televisions, the 40PFL8605H 3D Ready Full HD Internet TV seems to be very well stocked with connectivity options. Four HDMI ports seems to be pretty much enough to convince any digital source list, including the one that comprises a HD digital receiver (why? You will read about it soon). And one final very nifty connection is an SD card slot offering storage for video downloaded from NetTV. If you consider hardwiring your telly to your network old-fashioned, then try the optional USB dongle that fixes the set with Wi-Fi. Also the TV’s USB port can be used to play the whole host of music, videos codecs and photos from USB storage devices streamable from a PC.

User Interface:

However, if you are one of those, we advise that it is worth knowing your ways round these features and revisiting them regularly to ensure you are always getting the best out of the TV.

You will think that it is simply impossible for a TV set that is as packed with features and adjustments as the Philips 40PFL8605H 40-inch Widescreen LED 3D TV in order to get perfect ease of use. It would have been great if Philips had included an optional keyboard in order to make surfing of the Internet less of a hassle. However, considering how much it has got going on, the 40PFL8605H’s onscreen menus are clear and quite well organised. It also has an ace up its sleeve in the form of its remote control.

Features:

We will have no issues with this as long as this brand continues to make the televisions that perform better, look much better and offer more features than most of other TVs out there. You have to also note that the 40PFL8605H 3D TV has been out and about for quite some time, but significantly only in 2 dimensional form. The required 3D features has been included through the latest 3D upgrade gear that included 2 pairs of active shutter 3D glasses that will fit most and a transmitter that connects to the TV. This gear will put you backwards by 250 pounds, which is not really unreasonable when you consider that some of the other brands cost about 100 pounds just for the active shutter 3D glasses alone. But, the bump here is that, it adds to the already pricey 1750 pounds. Only the Cinema 21:9 Platinum models of series standard 9000 and 8000 have 3D built-in as standard and all of these models too require the kit.

No Freeview HD:

We would like to finish off with the ill news first; this Philips 40PFL8605H does not have a Freeview HD tuner has no Freeview HD tuner, which is quite a shocking slip, on an otherwise feature filled telly.

Philips had admitted openly that it had underestimated the importance of Freeview HD while designing the specifications of its 2010 range of TVs. And as a compensation for its error of judgment, it has even condensed the prices of all of the TVs in the range. Whatever the compensation may be, it is still a shame that we will have to talk about the missing of this FreeView HD feature whenever we review each of Philps’s new TV sets. However, elsewhere that is just enough going on when it comes to other features and the 40PFL8605H scores high marks when it comes to other features.

Contrast ratio:

The edge LED lighting system that has been employed in the 40PFL8605H manages to deliver quite an attractive contrast ratio of 500000:1. It achieves this with the aid of a range of contrast processing tools and the dynamic backlight.

Multimedia:

The area where this TV really makes its mark is the multimedia capabilities. The list begins with an Ethernet port via which, you will be able to either get access to the content stored on a DLNA PC or the Philips Net TV online platform. In addition to this, Philips has taken a step ahead than many of its competitors by offering both of these Ethernet options.

Browsing and Internet:

Philips also has an adequately well prepared online content for people who cannot stand a bad input system. But the Opera browser is limited in terms of the codecs it supports, but it works fairly well with most websites in, any case partially, with address input and navigation being handled well taking into consideration that you are just using a normal remote control. Some of the highlights include myalbum.com, YouTube, Picasa, and a range of subscription providers such as Cartoon Network and Box Office 365.

Perfect Pixel HD Engine video processing:

Yet another of the 40PFL8605’s big features is its capability for Perfect Pixel HD Engine video processing. All said and done, the manufacturer has managed to build a strong reputation, though controversial at times, being backed by their sturdy image processing systems – those systems that are potentially ready to blend with Philips’s transition to LED lighting this year and successfully whacking crosstalk; or at least reducing it to tolerable levels, at any rate.

Performance:

Video:

Now, let us move on to the all important performance. As we had mentioned earlier, the crosstalk is perhaps not quite as aggressive as we had witnessed it on some rival sets.  It is kind of confusing to review this 40PFL8605 because of the fact that its 3D talents, which is an optional upgrade are inconsistent to serious levels, while its 2D performance is most exemplary.

Especially gorgeous is the outstanding vibrance that the 2D pictures have, as a result of the telly’s contrast range that is huge. We really cannot think of any other cutting-edge LCD/LED TV, which manages to deliver such richer, deeper blacks. Additionally, the telly is capable of producing this black profundity even as it delivers shadow detailing to a decent extent, all of these devoid of driving bright portions of predominantly dark images to undergo nearly too much of a brightness hit that is generally expected of a LCD TV.

Audio Performance:

The audio quality of the 40PFL8605H’s is unusually good for a thin telly, and it is made possible by its pair of excellent rear facing woofers. There is also a little genuine bass ruble that works great when it comes to action movies.

Bulky price tag:

In the current market, 1500 is pushing it a little for a TV sans Freeview HD tuner and where you have to spend another £250 to benefit from its 3D capabilities, particularly when you consider that the 3D capabilities are quite below par.

Warranty:

Philips offers its 40PFL8605H 3D TV one year limited warranty for parts and labour.

Verdict:

The Philips 40PFL8605H is nothing like its predecessors. It has a successful combination of good looks and with intuitiveness. It is surprising to see how such a small number of buttons will actually be able to work and even never feels as though you will be missing something. Performance wise, 2D is great, but again very expensive. You also have to pay extra for the 3D itself. If you do not care about 3D, crosstalk will not bother you much, and in that case, we recommend the 40PFL8605H for you with the safe thought that you have the state of the art LED technology. However, if you are looking at going full on 3D, then the shortcomings of this telly cannot be ignored.

Philips 40PFL8605H 40″ 3D Ready LED TV – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Philips
Model Name Philips 40PFL8605H 3D TV
Model Number 40PFL8605H
Colour Black
Dimensions (W x H x D) 468 x 636 x 248 mm
Weight 17.5 Kg
Display Features
Size 40 inches
Technology LCD Full HD, edge LED backlight
Aspect ratio Widescreen
Resolution Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080p
Swivel (left/right) 176º (H)/176º (V)
Glasses offered None (check the retailer)
3D glasses type Active 3D Glasses
Picture Features
Dynamic screen contrast Infinite Black Pro (5,000,000:1 Native)
Computer inputs up to 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
Video inputs up to 1920 x 1080p, 24, 25, 30, 50, 60 Hz
1080 24p Real Movie Yes
Screen enhancement Anti-Reflection coated screen
Peak Luminance ratio 65 %
Response Speed 1 (BEW) ms
Colour processing 2250 trillion colours 17bit RGB
Ambilight Version 2 sided
Ambilight Features Ambilight Spectra 2, Lounge light mode in stand-by,
‘Sunset’ soft switch off, Wall colour adaptive
Dimming Function Manual and via Light Sensor
Ambilight light system LED-wide colour
Special Features Perfect Pixel HD Engine, Perfect Natural Motion,
Perfect Contrast,
Perfect Colours, Active Control + Light sensor,
2D/3D noise reduction, 200 Hz Clear LCD,
Super Resolution, 3D TV prepared
Audio Features
Speaker Type 2 x 10 watt Speakers
Virtual Surround Invisible Sound
Sound Enhancement Auto Volume Leveller, Dynamic Bass Enhancement,
Incredible Surround, Treble and Bass Control,
Clear Sound
Features
Ease of Installation features Channel installation wizard, Network installation wizard,
Settings assistant wizard, Device connection wizard,
Auto detect Philips devices, 2-in-1 Wallmount Stand
Ease of Use On-screen User manual, Touch control buttons,
Favourite programme selection,
Mozaïc channel grid,
One-stop experience button,
One-stop Home button
Electronic Programme Guide Now + Next EPG, 8-day Electronic Programme Guide
Screen Format Adjustments Autofill (no black bars),
Autozoom (original format, includes 4:3, 14:9, 21:9),
Super Zoom, Movie expand 16:9,
Widescreen, unscaled (1080p dot by dot)
Teletext 1200-page Hypertext
Firmware upgradeable Firmware auto upgrade wizard, Firmware
upgradeable via USB, Online firmware upgrade
Multimedia DLNA media Browser, Net TV services,
USB media browser
Picture Playback Formats JPEG
Music Playback Formats MP3, WMA (v2 up to v9.2), AAC
Video Playback Formats Codec support:, H264/MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-1,
MPEG-2, MPEG-4, WMV9/VC1, Containers: AVI, MKV
Net TV Included
Input and Output 1 x USB
2 x RGB Scart
1 x Composite Video Input
1 x Audio Input
3 x ComponentVideo Input
1 x VGA
4 x HDMI
Common Interface Slot (CI-CI+), SD-card (Videostore)
Headphone out, S/PDIF out (coaxial),
Ethernet-LAN RJ-45, 3D TV connector
Power
Power Supply 220 – 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Green label ECO label certified
Power consumption 77 W
Power Save features 0 Watt Power-off switch, Light sensor, Eco mode,
Picture mute (for radio), Auto switch-off timer,
Eco settings menu
Accessories included Power cord, Quick start guide,
Warranty certificate, Remote Control,
Batteries for remote control,
Legal and safety brochure, Net TV brochure
Warranty One year
Panasonic TX-P42GT20B 3D Plasma TV Review

Just a few weeks ago, the GT20 series of 3D plasma TV were unveiled at the IFA in Berlin. These are proposed to offer more reasonable entry-level alternative to those who just cannot afford the huge costly models out there. Though it is aimed at the affordable price point, the P42GT20 includes much of the same technology as the higher end VT20 and hence, provides us with a chance to see if Panasonic has corrected some of the issues that rose in our review of the TX-P50VT20 3D TV. Furthermore, measuring a bare 42 inches this set is supposedly the smallest 3D display released until date by Panasonic, so it is all the more intriguing to sit back and watch how extensive a 3D experience can this set deliver in comparison to the 65” VT20. So let us put on the 3D glasses and dim the lights, it is time to watch a 3D blockbuster.

Akin to majority of the features in the VT20 3D plasmas, this GT20 includes 600Hz subfield drive, ‘Smooth Film’ 24p for 3D, THX, 2D to 3D conversion and High Contrast Filter. There are three key differences between the GT20 TV and the VT20 series. The first one being the fact that it features a slightly less advanced filter, the second being the fact that it has no subwoofer and finally, it does not come with any 3D glasses in the box. The TV’s design is a tad different too, then again you might have to observe pretty close in order to spot the differences, like for example a subtle difference in the bezel and the VT20 is a tad slimmer too.

Design:

Build:

When compared to its high end sibling, the Panasonic TX-P42GT20B 3D TV has decided to preserve the glossy gun metal finish, which forms a part of the whole 2010 line up of Panasonic displays, but guess the manufacturer has decided to ditch the sliver trim that is seen in the expensive VT20 series. Now, this is not that bad as it makes the TV look slim, clean and hence quite appealing too. Overall, the chassis looks sleek and convincingly light in comparison to rest of the displays with a bezel that is 8cm wide at the bottom and 5cm wide at the top. Coming to the set’s rear is an elegant black metal that adds to the build while the whole of the display is perched on a matching oval rostrum with a silver embellishment which proves to be of solid support despite appearing fairly small.

Remote control:

The remote control that comes with the TX-P42GT20B 3D TV is pretty much the same black plastic model that Panasonic had included with the VT20 but it seems more in keeping with the P42GT20’s position as a baseline model than it did when included with a flagship product. Though the remote might not be winning any design awards, it at least fulfils its main purpose and has been laid out well. Overall, the remote is quite intuitive and comfortable to handle.

Connectivity:

All the Panasonic displays for 2010 have come with an extensive selection of inputs and the P42GT20 is no exception. When it comes to connectivity, the GT20 has four HDMI 1.4a ports with three positioned on the rear of the panel and one towards the side. HDMI 2 is the connection on the P42GT20 which allows the new audio return signal as part of the 1.4 specifications. This means that you can feed the TV direct from a Blu-ray player and then feed the audio back from the set to your AV receiver that is HDMI v1.4 equipped. In the rear, you get to see 2 SCART connectors, a VGA PC slot, a pair of component RCA plugs and last but not least an Ethernet connection. You also get to find the audio outputs and inputs utilizing the optical audio output and RCA plugs. While the satellite socket takes care of the FreeSat HD feed, a standard RF socket takes care of the FreeView HD.

Buttons and Slots:

Done with the rear, in the side panel, there are two USB inputs, a composite video input, a common interface card slot, and other audio inputs together with a 3.5mm headphone jack and an SD card slot. Furthermore, there is a new firmware added which supposedly recognises the AVCHD 3D files from the latest 3D camcorder of Panasonic’s. All existing VT20 series also are given access to this firmware if in case you have purchased one of these and wish for an update. As usual with the slim HD TVs, in the right side panel, you will find the main power switch and basic volume and channel buttons.

User Interface:

Set up:

Panasonic has not changed the menu systems and the P42GT20 uses exactly the same menu systems as all the previous TVs and as such the set up is quite fast and painless. Once connection is established to the aerial for the P42GT20B Full HD 3D Television, tuning in FreeView is just a matter of a few minutes and the resulting EPG is colourful, large and easy to read. However we have a minor quibble; unlike with EPGs on other TVs there is no thumbnail image of the channel you are currently on and, in fact, there is not even any audio. If you intend to make use of the VIERA CAST functionality, which is Panasonic’s Internet TV functionality, all you have to do is have your router connected to the display using either the LAN cable or a Wi-Fi dongle (in case of wireless connections). In contrast to the VT20, the P42GT20 does not pack the Wi-Fi dongle, but irrespective of that setting up the internet connection seems to be a literal cakewalk.

Main menu:

Similar to the EPG, the main menu system is colourful, vibrant, easy to read and quick to navigate. It offers three choices, titled Picture, Sound and Set Up. In the Set Up there are the usual controls namely the Network Set, DivX VOD and Timer together with a control named Advanced (ISFccc) that gives you access to the Professional1/Professional2 picture modes. Deep inside the Set Up menu, you will find an option called Other Settings and here, there are three functions that could have been included within the Picture menu. A control has been offered for to set up the frame interpolation function that Panasonic prefers calling Intelligent Frame Creation, but then if the image received is 24p then the function changes by default to the 24p Smooth Film mode. Additionally, there is also a Resolution Enhancer control together with a control that sets the 16:9 Overscan. The latter is particularly important for the reason that only if you set it to “Off” will you manage to obtain accurate pixel mapping devoid of scaling thus benefiting from Hi-def full resolution.

Sound Menu:

The Sound menu in Panasonic TX-P42GT20B 42″ 3D Television offers 3 different modes including Speech, Music and User, with the User mode allowing you to customise the audio set up with the help of an equalizer. There are also more of the usual controls such as Bass, Treble and Balance as well as a setting for the distance between the speakers and the wall. Sound is yet another aspect wherein the TX- P42GT20 varies from the VT20 with the former having only 2 x 10W speakers without any subwoofer. The resulting sound on the 3D TV is somewhat lacking compared to its higher end stablemate, it still seemed reasonable, especially when compared to some of the ultra thin models.

Picture Menu:

In the Picture menu, you will find a series of Viewing Modes which range from the eye blistering Dynamic to THX preset that seems to be offering very good out of the box performance.

There are also two ISF modes known as Professional1 and Professional2 which allow access to additional Advanced Settings and can be locked. The basic idea being the ISFccc modes offer an expert calibrator with the tools that accurately sets the colour gamut and greyscale and then lock these settings so that they cannot be accidentally changed. The logic behind two Professional modes is for the calibrator to craft Day and Night settings, with each of them being optimised to view programmes in different viewing scenarios. The P42GT20 includes all the usual picture controls including a Contrast control for adjusting the luminance of the video signal, a Brightness control for adjusting the black level, a Colour control and a Sharpness control. The Contrast Automatic Tracking System has been designed to adjust the Contrast setting from scene to scene in order to boost the contrast ratio numbers but this can cause fluctuations in the image and is best left off. Finally there is a P-NR Noise Reduction function that is designed to reduce compression artifacts.

With selecting the Professional1/Professional2 modes, you will be directed to the Advance Settings menu wherein there are menus for Colour Management, White Balance and Gamma. While the White Balance Menu allows for a 2-point calibration of the greyscale, the Gamma Menu gives you the choice of various gamma curves and the Colour Management menu allows you to adjust Saturation and Hue of the 3 primaries.

3D functions Menu:

Finally there are menus for setting up the 3D functions on the Panasonic P42GT20. Upon using a 3D Blu-ray player, the GT20B switches by default to 3D mode and this defaults to the Normal picture mode and this is important as light output is critical to get the 3D effect to work correctly. In case you choose to use other sources for 3D content like the Sony PS3 or Sky+HD box, then you might have to select the appropriate options manually. Even as you can choose other picture modes that includes the Cinema instead of the THX preset, the perfect option would the Normal picture mode owing to its enhanced brightness. You will also need to choose the correct 3D format, and your choices include Auto, Side by Side and Top and Bottom. Other settings that are on offer include the Picture Sequence that swaps the right and left eyes together with an Edge Smoother which brings about some smoothing to images. Also hidden somewhere deep in the Setup menu beneath Other Settings you might find a control named 3D 24p Film Display that allows for increasing the refresh rate on 3D material that is 24p from 24 to 48 frames per an eye.

Features:

As we had mentioned in the introduction, the Panasonic TX-P42GT20B 42-inch Plasma Screen 3D TV shares most of the features that are on the VT20 and in some cases even adds some new ones. The TV has both Freesat HD and Freeview HD tuners as well as full HD 3D capability, including Panasonic’s new 2D to 3D conversion technology. The GT20B also shares the ISF controls and THX certification akin to the VT20, but differs in the area of Infinite Black filter. Unlike the VT20 which uses the Pro version, the P42GT20 utilises  a cheaper and inferior contrast filter that in turn affects the display’s black levels and contrast.

Intelligent Frame Creation:

The P42GT20 sports Intelligent Frame Creation that utilizes frame interpolation that compensates the picture frame rate by default, thus removing judder and turning images clear and smooth. If you choose to watch Blu-rays that have been encoded at 24fps, the 24p Playback function of the GT20 enhances frame rates to a more suitable 96Hz, which is nothing but the multiple of 24. Additionally, there is this 24p Smooth Film function, which also manages to do something similar, but with the inclusion of frame interpolation.

600Hz:

The P42GT20 includes the 600Hz capability has caused some dilemma as it seems to be marketed like the 100Hz or 200Hz processing features that are found on LCDs, but it is actually nothing of that sort. In fact, it refers to how the sub-pixels that make up the plasma image and it all comes down to the frame rate and how many sub fields are used to make up one frame. These sub-pixels do not directly affect motion, they make up the picture that is drawn on screen within each frame. In contrast to LCD displays, plasmas are free of motion blur thus the inclusion of this 600Hz claim is nothing more than marketing blurb.

Gaming:

We also found that the TX-P42GT20B Full HD Plasma 3D TV is also being aimed firmly in the direction of gamers. With a whole load of 3D TVs on the Panasonic stand being hooked up to the 3D Nvidia Vision PCs, the manufacturer is probably of the opinion that they can conveniently attract gamers who are keen on riding the 3D wave with the 42-inch size with the kind of games being available on the PS3.

2D to 3D conversion:

With the VT20 being released earlier in the year, Panasonic was of the opinion that in contrast to its rivals they would not advocate the 2D to 3D conversion feature as they thought it was just another marketing gimmick that produced awful 3D. Nevertheless, we find Panasonic’s attitude against this feature similar to treating some stepchild as they have managed to have hidden this feature somewhere in the 3D menu and haven’t really made any mention of the same in any of their advertising literature. It looks more as if it has been included more to tick a couple of boxes rather than to offer more of the true high end features. We are not being harsh here, because, frankly, as witty as 2D to 3D conversion is, it is just nowhere near as beautiful as true 3D content and in most cases it is just purely uncomfortable to watch and a pain on your eyes. It does not come in as a surprise that Panasonic is just displaying the GT20 showcasing suitable 3D images on the shelves, with absolutely no signs of the 2D to 3D conversion in the scene.

3D Glasses:

There appears to have been some confusion with regards to whether or not the P42GT20 would come with any active shutter 3D glasses included. Panasonic initially said at the show that this TV would not be shipping with free 3D glasses, but Panasonic UK later revealed that the fortunate UK buyers will be treated to 2 free pairs of 3D specs after all. Again, in the official specification table it was mentioned that “3D eyewear not included”, you got to check it out yourselves with your dealer.

You might find wearing the 3D glasses to be a painful experience even at the best of times, and we do not really see the appeal unless you are watching something that has been shot and presented with 3D in mind like the Avatar or The Legend of the Guardians. Together with the P42GT20, Panasonic had also unveiled their all new 3D glasses with active shutter at the IFA and evidently looks like the manufacturer had finally decided to listen to user feedbacks. The make-over design has completely covered sides thus preventing reflections, which had been plaguing the original design for a while now with the nose bridge being fixed as against being detachable, thus preventing them from falling. This new design also comes in a number of different sizes like small, medium and large which will allow you to choose the one that suits your head best. Unfortunately the glasses included with the P42GT20 are the original design and therefore suffer from all the limitations that we had just mentioned.

Compatibility:

Finally, the GT20B has decided to include DLNA compatibility that aides in streaming music, photos and videos, together with VIERA Link, DivX HD, VIERA Image Viewer and Dolby Digital Plus decoding. Yet another area where GT20 looks to be specified better in comparison to the VT20 as the SD card reader has received an upgraded that is now compatible with 3D images originating from Panasonic’s 3D digital cameras and 3D camcorders.

Performance:

3D Picture Quality:

Moving on to performance, from what we could tell the TX-P42GT20 is a great addition to Panasonic’s 3D TV range. Motion clarity is impeccable with cross talk (where the two images that are required to produce a 3D picture bleed into one another) being kept at a bare minimum, while blacks retain their classic depth. Full 1080p images on 3D Blu-rays look stunning once you ignore the obvious colour shift and dip in brightness, then again this is a drawback of the technology and has nothing to do with the display.

2D Picture Quality:

Overall the 2D performance of the Panasonic TX-P42GT20B Plasma 3D TV is actually very good, especially when correctly calibrated. It has accuate grayscale, accurate colour performance which allows the P42GT20 to produce some very natural and life-like images and excellent black levels too. You might realize that viewing actual content to be fairly good, particularly the 24p Blu-rays seem to look fabulous with a great eye for detail and accuracy that are free of judder. Well the same goes with Freeview HD that did not fail to impress us with a few equally inspiring images, aside from a ringing noise every now and then triggered by the 50Hz issues.

Gaming performance:

As we mentioned earlier, we suspect that the P42GT20 is aimed primarily at the gaming market because not only is 3D gaming the area that is most likely to drive 3D sales but due to the slightly artificial nature of gaming it is also the most enjoyable. If you sit nearer to the screen when playing games, it will help create a more immersive experience on the smaller screen. We found that the games that move on a slow pace appeared better in 3D owing to the fact that the brain does not have time to register depth information when the images are moving too fast. We also feel that games that used additional depth provided by 3D in an imaginative way are also much rewarding. With more and more 3D games hitting the market, it is just matter of time before game developers realize this fact.

Warranty:

Panasonic offers one year warranty of parts and labour for its TX-P42GT20B Full HD 3D TV.

Verdict:

The plasma TVs of Panasonic have improved massively even in the last few years, and all the technical improvements have been crammed into the GT20. With the sales figure of the VT20 series being extremely good, it is really hard to tell if this success was because it is an high-end set or if people were just keen on possessing a 3D TV. This doubt exists as the GT20 series is a step down from the ultra top end, however, if it still sells as well it will be confirmed that people really do care about 3D. We think it is a combination of both factors. For instance, if you can afford to set yourself back £2,000 on a new TV, you will certainly want the option of 3D even if you do not anticipate using it much.

In a gist, we are quite not sure as to the validity of 3D on a 42” screen. In order to truly appreciate the depth and beauty of 3D, you might have your field of vision filled as much as possible. While we were pleasantly impressed by the 3D pictures on the GT20, but we could not help feeling that it is just a bit too tiny. We reckon 50” is probably the smallest you would want to go if you really care about 3D, but even so, there are talks that several of the main TV manufacturers are already working on 32” 3D TVs, so what do we know? May be it will work. Obviously, the TX-P42GT20B sure does look to be impressive in the conventional 2D mode too. It is on sale now for around £1,500. Well, though it might not look to be an impressive number now, we do expect the price to take a fall in the days to come!

Panasonic TX-P42GT20B 3D TV – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Panasonic
Model Name Panasonic Viera TX-P42GT20B 3D HDTV
Model Number TX-P42GT20B
Colour Black
Dimensions (W x H x D) 1,029 x 654 x 82 mm
Weight With stand : 23.5 kg
Without stand : 20.5 kg
Display Features
Size 42 inches
Technology 3D Full HD Plasma
Panel G13 Progressive Full-HD NeoPDP (Plasma Display Panel)
Resolution Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 (16:9)
Swivel (left/right) Yes ±15°
Glasses offered None (check the retailer)
3D glasses type Active 3D Glasses
Picture Features
Dynamic Contrast Ratio Infinite Black Pro (5,000,000:1 Native)
1080 24p Real Movie Yes
Wide Colour Enhancer Yes
Viewing Angle Viewing Angle Free
Response Speed 0.001 msec
FULL-HD 1125 (1080)/50i, 1125 (1080)/60i, 1125 (1080)/24p (HDMI only),
1125 (1080)/50p (HDMI only), 1125 (1080)/60p (HDMI only)
HD 750 (720)/50p, 750 (720)/60p
SD 525 (480)/60i, 525 (480)/60p, 625 (576)/50i, 625 (576)/50p
Intelligent Frame Creation 600 Hz Sub Field Drive Intelligent Frame Creation Pro
Special Features 2D/3D Conversion
Resolution enhancer
Full HD 3D
High Contrast Filter
24p Smooth Film/Playback (2D/3D)
Deep Colour (10/12-bit)
6,144 equivalent steps of gradation
x.v. Colour
THX Mode
3D Colour Management
Vreal Pro 5 3D
Audio Features
Speaker Type 2 x 10 watt Speakers
Sound Mode Music/Speech/User
Virtual Surround V-Audio Surround
Dolby Digital Out/CONEQ Dolby Digital Plus/CONEQ
Features
Wireless LAN Adaptor NA
EPG Yes
VIERA CAST Yes
VIERA Tools Yes
DLNA Yes
VIERA Link Yes,  HDAVI Control 5
Multi Window PAT
Contrast Automatic Tracking System Yes
Other features Game Mode
Q-Link
Off Timer
Child Lock
VIERA Image Viewer AVCHD/SD-VIDEO/DivXHD/MKV/JPEG/MP3/AAC playback
Input and Output 2 x USB
2 x RGB Scart
1 x Composite Video Input
1 x Audio Input
3 x ComponentVideo Input
1 x VGA
4 x HDMI
1 x PC Input Mini D-sub 15-pin
21-Pin Input/Output
1 x Headphone Jack
CI
LAN Port
Digital Audio Output (Optical)
Power
Power Supply AC 220 – 240 V, 50/60Hz
Rated Power Consumption TBD
Standby Power Consumption TBD
Power Save Mode Yes
Warranty One year
LG 47LD950 3D Television

If you are feeling a bit confused by the new fangled 3D on your telly business, then, we are really sorry as we are going to make things really worse.  This is the first passive 3D TV we have seen, and it could be the last. That is just no judgement on the TV, it is the technology. You might wonder why would anybody do such a thing when it can potentially dent the entire 3D impetus that the telly industry is so hastily trying to push forward. Surprisingly, there are more reasons than you can even imagine.

Design:

The LG 47LD950 3D TV sets out with an impressive glossy finish together with a bold anti-establishment favouring inert 3D reproduction.  Looking beyond the 3D intrigues of 47LD950, it gets a wee bit disappointing to be spending two grand for a telly that sports a backlighting that is just a standard CCFL as against the all new LEDs. The CCFL backlight of the LG 47LD950 3D LCD TV shows that it is not really as slim in the rear as majority of the present 3D generation with a fairly chunky bezel too when compared to the current day’s standards. Well, the bezel’s rich and polished finish along with roughly a centimeter of transparency in the outer wings tries to add a bit of mileage to this attractive kit.

The remote control though doesn’t prove to be a glam like the TV set itself, it sure is comfy on the hands with a pretty good responsive and sensibly laid out buttons.

Interface:

It would be very easy for a TV as feature-heavy and flexible as the 47LD950 47 inch 3D LCD Television to get used to; Kudos to LG for delivering probably the best OS until date. To begin with, the set features an amazing onscreen menu that is eye-friendly, sagaciously structured and well laid out in helping users in delving to the depth that they are comfy with as per their levels of technical know-how. This includes the 3D menus too that has been invariably annoying in certain brands, has been kept as foolproof as possible.

Even better, the LG 47LD950 TV comes with the support of the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF). The 47LD950 has been stocked with copious amounts of picture fine-tuning options in comparison to its siblings. This means that, it has heaps of calibration that go on to include sturdy colour management together with gamma settings, various level of noise reduction, black and contrast level boosters, allows moderation of motion processing potency and a processor, which helps enhance an object’s edge even with low contrast images to be professionally calibrated by a trained ISF engineer, if you consider investing extra money to ensure that you are getting the very best out your 47LD950. It is recommended that users handle couple of these feature particularly the noise reduction and edge enhancing with kid gloves owing to the fact that they tend to worsen the picture as against making them look better, especially in HD if they apply them clumsily.

Overall, the set up flexibility of LG 47LD950 3D Television is commendable, considering that the TV is endorsed by the independent Imaging Science Foundation. Well, this 3D TV from LG also endorses the fact that not all of us are TV engineers with the inclusion of the picture wizard tool that comes in handy with guiding you with the picture calibration procedure with a couple of basic yet useful test signals.

Features:

The feature count of the 47LD950 for the most part seem impressive together with couple of hitches too.

Processor:

This 47LD950 telly packs a 200Hz engine, to be more precise it boasts of a scanning backlight +100Hz. It is actually nice to know that the manufacturer sticking on to the good old inspired, near fail-safe onscreen menu system that the other LG sets boast of. It has been included to enhance fluidity and motion resolution, which should optimistically prove helpful in keeping motion clear in a 3D environment.

The Passive 3D glasses:

While many of us are ostensibly only too happy to slide on a pair of 3D glasses in the theaters these days, it seems that we are not so keen to wear them in our own living rooms. Time and again we hear people saying that they will not get into the technology until it does not require you to wear glasses. With such a resistance in mind, the fact that the specs in question cost around £100 is not helping in any ways and, each beyond the one or two pairs most manufacturers include with their 3D TVs. While it is bad enough for a family of two, it sure gets problematic for a family of more than two, with it starting to get stacked up.

On the flip side, passive 3D glasses are fairly cheap. Often, you can find them given away with magazines, or you can buy them for a couple of quid at your local cinema. Hence, LG thinks nothing of including four as standard with the 47LD950 and even puts these into a cute leather-like casing that feel more expensive than the green framed glasses themselves. There is yet another persuasive rationale to consider the passive 3D approach too, by way of the annoying fact that one brand of active shutter 3D glasses is not compatible with another brand’s 3D TV screens. So if you have a Samsung 3D TV and you want to go and watch something on your mate’s Panasonic 3D TV, your glasses will simply refuse to work. With the 47LD950, anyone’s pair of cheap passive glasses will work with the TV. Or you can just get a load of pairs in yourself, and keep them for when you feel like a 3D party. Keeping this in mind, it comes as no surprise to see Sky putting LG passive TVs akin to the 47LD950  in clubs and pubs such that they can flaunt Sky’s new 3D channel, that is due for launch into homes by say around October 1st. Yet another potentially interesting positivity to the 47LD950 is its chances of creating a 3D splash via its passive approach to 3D as it fits rather arguably well with Sky’s 3D broadcast that employs the same side by side approach. Hopefully the TV will produce some particularly good quality with Sky 3D sources.

No Full HD:

As you must have noticed by now, the single biggest flaw with this cunning and smart plan of LG is that, the 47LD950 3D LCD TV will not offer you full HD 3D. The reason for this being, you needn’t necessarily be Einstein in order to figure out the fact that following LG’s approach of essentially having 2 images to balance each other simultaneously on the screen, then evidently you might have to share the pixels in the screen between these 2 images as against alternating a full HD frame presentation to each eye. So, evidently the resultant pictures would not have the same pixel resolution similar to active shutter images, wherein full HD solo frames get cycled alternating between each eye with such rapidity forcing the brain to run them together thus producing three-dimensional illusions.

When we consider the potential extent of this compromise in today’s age that is HD obsessed, the 47LD950’s £2000 price tag obviously looks a bit too high. But then you do have to set this against this the fact that you will not be spending a fortune on 3D glasses, and the fact that actually, making the necessary screen technology to deliver a passive 3D picture is not as obvious or affordable as you might think.

No Freeview HD:

Yet another huge disappointment in LG 47LD950 is that there is simply no Freeview HD tuner, which is just a standard definition Freeview one. The evident lack of an Ethernet port makes you immediately realize the fact there is no in-built Freeview HD tuner on board. Alternatively, you only get a standard-definition Freeview – well, this comes as a real surprise in an otherwise radical TV as this. Also absence of a LAN jack means bye-bye DLNA PC compatibility. It simply means there is no way you can access LG’s online service, NetCast which can be accessed in all other LG’s siblings that is similarly priced – all things you might reasonably have expected to find on a 47in set costing £2K. The good news is that, it is not a total multimedia numpty, though, for it provides a D-Sub PC input, and a USB port capable of playing DivX HD video as well as the usual JPEG and MP3 suspects. Joining the USB and PC port are four v1.4 HDMI inputs, as well as an RS-232 port that will help you integrate the TV into a wider home AV network.

Performance:

Excellent Sky 3D broadcast:

If there was ever a TV for which the phrase ‘game of two halves’ was destined to be wheeled out, it’s the 47LD950, especially where 3D is concerned. As we expected, the passive approach of 47LD950 really chimes rather nicely with Sky’s 3D broadcast.

3D Blu-ray performance:

For a split second, the set makes you think that the whole passive technology is a mockery of the entire active shutter system. Because when you try watching a Blu-ray in full HD the passive 3D bandwagon jolts to a screeching halt. Basically, it just does not work, for two pretty serious reasons. First and worst is the passive system – at least as employed by the 47LD950 seems to be losing something substantial in depth terms during the translation from alternating 1,920 x 1,080 frames to the lower resolution side by side passive approach. That said, 3D Blu-rays on the 47LD950 were remarkably free of crosstalk disturbance.

Things deteriorated further on discovering that the 47LD950’s screen was amply huge enough to divulge an obvious reduction in 3D picture resolution in comparison to the rest of the active shutter, 3D full HD sets out there. Ironically, the crispness and missing details with 3D blu-rays gets apparent owing to the remarkable quality of 2D HD performance in the 47LD950. The normal HD sources also look dynamic but also naturally coloured, and give you a better chance to appreciate the 47LD950’s respectable motion handling so long as you do not set the motion processing too high. Again, the TV’s black level response is also kind of lifeless with more of grayish tinge surrounding it with darker scenes in comparison to the other better flatscreens.

2D Footage:

However, sans the 3D glasses to influence our judgement, the 2D HD footage in this TV suffers some clouding during darker scenes that is often seen in CCFL LCD TVs. More issues come into play with standard definition material. For thanks to what we suspect must be shortcomings in the TV’s processing routines, standard def pictures tend to appear a touch mushy, and too little is done to suppress any noise that might be inherent in standard def sources, specially the digital tuner ones.  This LG 3D TV stubbornly refuses to let us finish on a high note, meanwhile, is the 47LD950’s audio performance. Eventually, we wouldn’t categorize it as bad, but just average displaying the same kind of reluctance in attempting new stuff, akin to the persuasive bass line, which we are familiar with in many LCD TVs that hit the market.

Warranty:

The LG 47LD950 3D LCD TV comes with one year manufacturer’s warranty for parts and labour.

Verdict:

But for a few exceptions, manufacturers do struggle hard in order to deliver better audio out of flat TVS. Few trivial customary definition pictures along with the absence of Freeview HD playback/ Ethernet, CCFL lighting and debatably the passive approach in 3D too makes this set sadly passé for what is allegedly a novel TV. We are not too sure if the passive 3D approach of LG will survive in the current flat screen business, as active shutter glasses seem simply impractical. But if it is going to make a similar impact in our living rooms, it is really going to have to do better with 3D Blu-rays next time out. Looks like the 47LD950 is no exception when it comes to falling for most traps in failing to fortify proceedings and achieving a satisfying level of bass; thus the treble feels kind of exposed and the mid range volume looks to be a tad overloaded. On the flip side, it is not really worse in comparison to its rivals.

There is most definitely a place in the world for the 47LD950 with its skill in making 3D a social, event-driven technology, and the freedom that it gives from costly, brand -specific glasses sure will find itself some audience. Again, the mixed 2D performance of this set together with its expensive price tag makes it kind of dicey for it to attract the casual 3D TV audience that we could have possibly recommended it to!.

LG 47LD950 3D LCD TV – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer LG 47LD950 3D
Model Name LG 47LD950 3D LCD TV
Dimensions (W x H X D) 1173.4 x 789.7 x 337.4
Colour Black
Weight 23.4
Display size 47 inch
Display type LCD
Design Slim Depth & Narrow frame
Full HD (1080p) Yes
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 150,000:1
Brightness 500cd/m2
Processing engine Y200 Hz
Motion Processing Yes
Built-In Digital TV Tuner / Freeview Yes- Freeview, but not Freeview HD
3D glasses Passive: 4 Pairs included (polarised)
TruMotion Yes
Speaker 10W + 10W
Clear voice Yes
HDMI 4
Intelligent Sensor Yes
Smart Energy Saving Plus Yes
USB 2.0 (DivX HD, MP3, Jpeg play) Yes
Award isf Certification
Audio OP power 20W total
Inputs Four v1.4 HDMI Inputs, PCMCIA Slots, RF Input,
USB slot, Composite Video input, Stereo audio ip,
D-Sub PC ip, two SCARTs, Headphone jack,
optical digital audio op
Warranty 1 year
Samsung LE40C750 Full HD 3D LCD TV Review

Overview:

Pros:

  • Great black levels
  • Great viewing angles
  • More uniformity on screen
  • The Cheapest 3D television in the market
  • As good as its rivals

Cons:

  • Not as slim as other models
  • Crosstalk issues

Review:

LED TVs are so yesterday, the latest craze is in the 3D televisions. Yes, you got that right -  3D TVs. Can watching get any more realistic? We do not think so. We were all pretty excited when Samsung announced in early 2010 about a host range of products in their line up for the year because the list included the Samsung LE40C750, the “cheapest” 3D Television ever!  The only product of the 7 series, the LE40C750 is also the only CFL LCD capable of displaying pictures in 3D.  The television also features many gimmicks found in higher end LED TVs such as the Ultra Clear panel. The TV can access a home network as well stream digital media content from a DLNA compliant server. The Internet@TV portal is another tempting feature.   In several ways, the television is similar to the only 2D LE40C750 but with all the minor issues sorted out. Does this make the LE40C750 a high quality and affordable television? Yes it does. How good is it? Read the review to find out.

Design:

Identical to the C650:

When it comes to styling, the Samsung LE40C750 is identical to its counterpart in the C650 series. It has a slim line frame surrounded by a rather thick bezel making the television look large. The bezel is framed by a Perspex edge on the all sides beyond the frame. The Back panel of the television is made out of light metal instead of plastic making it a better built television. While the C650 features a more conventional stand, the LE40C750 has a pretty cool chrome plated four legged stand just like the UE46C8000.  The stand is capable of swivelling from left and right on top of the stand. There are a couple of touch panels present on the bezel that allow basic operations such as switching in between channels and changing the volume.

Ultra Clear Panel:

The Ultra Clear Panel that complements the glossy finish is now a trademark amongst all Samsung televisions. Samsung claims that it is due to its deep black features. Glossy screens are susceptible to glare when used in a brightly lit room. The resultant reflections of bright objects from dark content on television can get very distracting. The Ultra Clear Panel on the Samsung LE40C750 40-inch Widescreen 3D Television comes with an extremely effective anti glare coating that helps in preserving blacks even under strong lighting.

Remote:

The Samsung LE40B650 Full HD 3D LCD TV sports a remote with sufficiently large buttons and a matte black coating instead of the finger print prone glossy finish.  Apart from the usual bunch of keys, there are a couple of new buttons so that you can take advantage of the television.  There is a separate button for accessing Yahoo! widgets. The source and p. size buttons control input selection and controls aspect ratio respectively. Another feature is the backlighting function that allows users to use the remote even in dark conditions and this can be toggled on and off as required.

Connections:

The LE40C750 40″ television has ports on the rear and the rear side panels.  There are the four standard HDMI inputs as well as 2 SCART terminals, one component video input, a VGA input, composite video inputs, an Ethernet connector and 2 USB ports. The HDMI accepts inputs of 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 signals. The Ethernet connector lets you hook on to a home network as well access Samsung’s internet offerings.  The television lacks an RS 232 port or an IR port that would have allowed integrating into an advanced control system. An interesting feature included is Connect Share that allows one to play video files and display pictures by connecting them to the television using the connection cord. It works for music too!

User Interface:

The LE40C750’s on screen menu content is nothing surprising. The setup menu allows video adjustments beginning with four picture modes and four colour temperature presets along with RGB gain, offset controls and a 10 point white balance. There are the highly customisable Grey scale and Colour calibration options as well as control over 3D video. There is also an advanced colour management system to decide the colour points according to your needs. There are also options for flesh tone, MPEG noise reduction and edge enhancement.   There is no LED Backlight Blinking option on the C750 as it uses traditional CFL backlight. The Motion Plus 240HZ menu includes options such as off, clear, smooth, standard and a custom mode as well – similar to what we have seen in older Samsung televisions. The 3D menu includes setup tools using which one can select a 3D input mode, enable 3D to 2D conversion, 3D Depth and make adjustments to 3D viewpoint.

There are 5 preset SRS TheatreSound modes as well as a five band equalizer that allows extensive tweaking of various frequencies within each mode. There is an Auto Volume function that reduces the volume disparities in between TV shows and commercials. The television is one of the very few models to feature an  eco-menu” with an Energy Saving mode included to lower backlight as well as an Eco Sensor that adjusts the picture to suit the room’s ambient lighting. The TV can be tweaked to turn itself off when it does not receive signals for a while.

Features:

3D:

Viewing 3D has been restricted to theatres till recently. And so the idea of watching 3D at home is bound to attract a lot of attention and customers too.  The Samsung LE40C750 television is not only capable of displaying 3D imagery but also is capable of transforming 2D content to 3D. Sounds pretty amazing right? It sure is.  How good is at 3D? We will deal with that in a short while.

Full 1080p:

Full HD 1080p means twice the detail and resolution of a regular HD TV. Because the TV is capable of delivering Full HD 1080p, one can expect marvellously rich colour and high levels of detail.

240Hz Clear Motion Rate:

The television features Automatic 240Hz processing that promises better and clearer motion clarity. It is the 240Hz refresh rate that is the main improvement over the cheaper C650 series. A feature found on the higher end UNB7000 LED TV series, it implies that the images on the television panel will be built up twice as fast as on a normal HD TV. The refresh rate is brought about by interpolating frames between real content to a ‘smooth’ movement while viewing fast motion sequences. There are several presets to choose from such as clear, standard, smooth and custom. There is also an option to turn off the processing if you find the processed content too smooth to be natural. While the faster refresh results means improved motion resolution, the difference between 120Hz and 240Hz is not perceivable by the human eyes.

FreeView HD:

The LE40C750 Full HD 3D Ready LCD Television features an integrated FreeView HD tuner, an improved version of the digital FreeView that produces high definition content at no cost or contract.  At the time of writing this review, not all areas within the United Kingdom receive FreeView in HD. However, the more popular it becomes, the more accessible it will be.

Internet@TV:

The Internet Widgets is another feature that deserves attention. One can choose applications for the television that allows for streaming of videos, playing games and viewing pictures. Some of the pretty popular apps include YouTube, Monopoly, FaceBook, Twitter and Pandora. The Youtube option was pretty decent whereas the Yahoo Finance and Weather widgets were non worthy. Pandora and Netflix would be useful to people who are into movies. While they seem interesting, they are a bit hard to manage and would not appeal to a lot of people.

The ability to record:

The Samsung LE40C750 3D Television features PVR that allows to record your favourite shows on television by just plugging in a USB memory stick or external hard drive and selecting the time and date of the show to be recorded.

Performance:

Black Levels:

While LCD TVs are not capable of delivering blacks as deep as LED TVs., we were impressed by the Samsung LE40C750’s performance. Its black level after calibrating was found to be an astounding 0.03 cd/m2. The television shares its Super PVA LCD technology with vendors such as Sony but the other implementations are not as deep as the Samsung model.
Implementation difference perhaps?

Motion Processing:

The Korean major was the first company that allowed users to adjust the De-blur and De-judder variables of the MCFI system. This allowed users to enjoy higher motion resolution without making it look too unnatural. While other competitors followed suit, Samsung still has the lead. However, the Motion Plus on the LE40C750 is not perfect yet. There are occasional motion irregularities for as long as 10 seconds sometimes and the problem was most pronounced in news channels that feature the headline tickers at the bottom of the screen.  While enabling the Motion Plus feature solved the problem, we expected a better performance without distorting the material. We had similar issues with 24p film playback on a Blu-ray disc. There were frames that were being skipped resulting in juddery playback.

3D Material:

When we put on the 3D glasses, we were astounded to see that the 3D image was rather similar to the 2D one. Sure, there was the extra dimension effect, but the colour cast caused by incorrect grayscale tracking was absent. In the movie mode, the C750 appeared to be near perfect for 3D viewing. However, after extensive calibrating we were able to obtain very good grayscale tracking quality out of the television. It was better than the Panasonic VT20 and is roughly as good as Samsung’s own UE46C8000.

Crosstalk issues:

Like all 3D televisions, the Samsung has problems of Crosstalk. For those of you who do not know what it is, it is artifact where the brighter objects are surrounded by ghostly images on the left and right side. Caused by low motion resolution, it has been a problem that has plagued the quality of 3D viewing. Because of noticeable crosstalk, the Panasonic Plasma TV despite not being perfect is still the best 3D television.  If you happen to have sound knowledge on videos or want to use 3D viewing on a regular basis, you will find crosstalk very annoying.  But if you would want to use it occasionally, it should be okay because of the picture depth it can offer.

The Other issues with 3D:

The Samsung LE40C750 is a 60Hz centric television which means any 50Hz content would suffer from motion stutter. Motion Plus was not really successful in curtailing the judder. Similarly, even 24p content had similar issues. The Panasonic VT20 3D Plasma (check Panasonic Viera TX-P50VT20 3D TV Review for more details) has been the only television to overcome this issue thanks to its ability to reproduce 24Hz input as a multiple of the input frame rate resulting in smoother motion.  The other major issue we had was the quality of scaling. When the 3D content being viewed used Side by Side technique ( the left and right images are crammed into a 2D image and are scaled to form a 3D image), pixilation was pronounced.  These problems are an issue if you live in Europe and happen to be interested in 3D broadcasting from Sky as their broadcasts will share these traits.

Standard Definition:

Like all the other models from the Samsung range, the Samsung LE40C750 does an impressive job in processing standard definition video. The picture quality of SD sources is simply mind blowing. One aspect we loved is the way the television configures the Sharpness setting for SD. It prevents users from adding excessive ringing to the picture thus hiding a lot of artefacts in the source. Even Scaling was equally good; there was no loss of details.

High Definition:

We were pretty happy with the HD performance of the LE40C750 2D/3D television considering how the problem of hidden noise reduction feature caused the film to be grainier in earlier models seems less noticeable. The overall quality of the picture was pretty good. The 24p content played back smoothly after calibrating the Motion Plus option. To get the best of your television, use the custom mode and set Blur reduction to 10 and Judder Reduction to 0.

Gaming:

The Samsung LE40C750has a high input lag of 41ms making it frustrating to play games that require lightning quick reflexes. However slower games were a lot fun on the television. Let us just hope the input lag comes down for future models as there are very few televisions that cater to gamers. With the game mode and Motion Plus turned off, there was a lag of 104ms. We tried playing a couple of games in 3D using the PlayStation 3. We noticed that the games are better looking in 2D and feel more fluid than 3D because of higher resolution and frame rate. No fault of the television of course. But playing games in 3D is a great experience.

Audio:

The powerful dual 10 w speakers are capable of blaring loud volumes. Even at 30 percent of the highest volume, it was very loud. While the sound was loud, the quality of volume was weaker than the background noise resulting in a hollow tinny effect. While the volume levels were impressive, the audio presentation could have been better.

Energy consumption:

The LE40C750 continues to pioneer Samsung’s legacy of being eco friendly. Apart from using no mercury, the television features Energy saving modes that reduce brightness levels without affecting picture quality.

Warranty:a

The Samsung LE40C7540 comes with a warranty of one year and can be extended to up to 5 years by shelling out extra.

Verdict:

The Samsung LE40C750 has its set of strengths and weakness when compared to the other televisions. There is the nasty crosstalk problem on the display which by far is the only weakness we have noticed. All other aspects of great picture quality were better on the television than most of its rivals in spite of being similarly sized and about half the price. The reason for it being cheap is because it uses the older CCFL backlighting instead of the more expensive LED backlighting. If you do not care about a slim chassis like the ones C8000 and C9000 have, you could have a go at the television. Even if you watch only 2D, we still recommend it.

Check other Samsung 3D TVs Reviews in this website.

Samsung LE40C750 40-inch 3D TV – Technical Specification Details

Manufacturer Samsung
Model Name Samsung LE40C750 LCD TV
Dimensions (W x H X D) 44 x 29.3 x 12 inches
Colour Platinum Black with occasional transparencies
Weight 44.3 pounds
Size 40 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 300000:1
Processing engine Samsung HyperReal Engine
Motion Processing Automatic 240Hz
Built-In Digital TV Tuner / Freeview Yes (HDTV)
Digital Tuner Type DVB-T HDTV/DVB-C HDTV
Sound Effect System SRS Trusurround HD, Dolby Digital Plus and
Dolby Pulse
Speaker Down Firing
Sound Output RMS 2 x 10 watts
HDMI 4
Composite (AV) 1
PC input (D-Sub) 1
Component (Y/Pb/Pr) 1
RF Input 1
Headphone 1
RS232C No
SCART 2
Picture in Picture 1 Tuner PIP
Other Features Sleep Timer, Auto Channel Search, Auto Power Off,
Game mode, Clock & On/Off timer,
EPG, Internet@TV, Content Library (Flash),
TeleText, Digital Noise Filter.
Power Consumption 143 Watts in Standard Mode, 87 Watts in Game Mode and
0.1 Watts in Standby
Warranty 1 year