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$819.00 - $999.00
Summary:A 43-inch plasma HDTV from Samsung with 720p resolution, 2 HDMI inputs, and 1 component-video input.
The Samsung PN43E450 is a 43-inch plasma HDTV with a native resolution of 1024x768 (720p).
There are 3 HD-capable inputs: 2 HDMI and 1 component-video, which can also be used as composite-video. It also has a USB port, which may allow you to plug in a thumb drive or memory card reader so you can play the stored photos, videos, and music on the TV.
The Samsung PN43E450 measures 26.6 inches high by 39.8 inches wide by 10.3 inches deep, including its base. The panel itself is 2.2 inches thick including any protrusions, and the screen has a glossy finish. The bezel framing the screen is gloss black.
The warranty on this TV covers parts/labor for 12/12 months, respectively. Related models in this series include the PN51E450.
About This Brand
Samsung is a market leader and top-tier TV manufacturer. It is often an innovator, as with its use of LED backlighting in LCD TVs, and was one of the first TV brands to offer 3D TVs and Smart TVs. Samsung offers a wide range of LCD TVs and is one of only a few brands that still sells plasma TVs. Its TVs are distributed widely in national and regional retailers, and in mass-market and discount outlets. In addition to LCD and plasma TVs, Samsung also sells DLP-based home theater front projectors.
Native resolution Applies to "fixed-pixel" display types such as LCD, plasma, as well as DLP and LCoS for front projectors. It's expressed in horizontal by vertical pixels (for the picture elements making up a displayed image). Incoming signals of higher or lower resolution must be down- or up-converted as necessary to match the set's native resolution. Generally, the more pixels a display has, the better it can reproduce fine detail from a high quality source -- but other factors may also affect peformance.
Frame rate (Hz) Numbers indicate "Enhanced frame rate (if 120Hz or greater), and standard frame rate (for non-120Hz TVs, or with enhanced frame rate turned off). Frame rate indicates how often a TV refreshes its picture in a second. 60 hertz (Hz) has been the normal image frame rate for televisions but LCD TVs have increased this number to reduce motion blur, a problem typically associated with that technology. Increasing the frame rate involves the insertion of additional video frames (interpolated or black frames) so they display double or quadruple the number of frames per second -- 120 or 240. Other companies use 120-hertz refresh rates in combination with a scanning (flashing) backlight to achieve a 240-hertz-like effect. (These sets are denoted in the ratings as "240" models, with quotation marks.) Reducing the time between frames can potentially minimize motion blur. Many companies are giving this technology proprietary names; Sony, for example, calls it Motionflow, and Samsung's is dubbed Automotion.
Frame rate (Hz)
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi--802.11b/g/n, the same wireless network connection used by computers and printers--allows your TV to connect to the Internet or to a home network without the use of a wired Ethernet connection. This is convenient when your Internet connection isn't near your entertainment setup, which would otherwise require you to run a long cable from room to room. A growing number of TVs can use Wi-Fi to connect to other DLNA-compliant devices in the home, enabling you to access digital music, videos, and photos stored on a computer or networked storage device and play them on the TV. Some TVs have built-in Wi-Fi capability, while others come with a Wi-Fi dongle (external adapter) that you plug into the TV's USB port. In both cases, we denote Wi-Fi as a standard feature. Still other sets require you to purchase the Wi-Fi dongle separately; in that case we indicate that Wi-Fi is optional.
HDMI inputs The total number of these inputs on the TV. Front and side inputs are more easily accessed than those in the rear, and thus might be convenient for temporary use, but the cables are more visible. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a relatively new form of digital audio/video connection found on TVs, monitors, Blu-ray players, DVD players, receivers, cameras and digital TV tuners. HDMI has become the preferred connection method instead of component, etc., as it carries audio and video signals on the same cable. HDMI supports a range of standard- and high-definition video formats, although it can vary for each product. HDMI supports up to eight channels of uncompressed, 24-bit/192kHz audio. HDMI version 1.3, doubled the bandwidth of its predecessor (HDMI 1.2), and added support for 30-, 36- and 48-bit color depth and a new "xvYCC" color standard, as well as the new Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master lossless audio formats (See "Dolby True HD" and "DTS-HD Master Audio") used in Blu-ray discs. HDMI version 1.4 added full support for 3D television, an audio return path, and ethernet network connection. Some Blu-ray discs, in order to be viewed in high-definition, will require that the Blu-ray player and the HDTV/display be connected using an HDMI cable as a copy-protection measure. HDMI allows content providers to limit the quality of the component video outputs, and your ability to record the content.
Component-video The total number of these inputs on the TV. Front and side inputs are more easily accessed than those in the rear, and thus might be convenient for temporary use, but the cables are more visible. Component-video is a high quality analog video connection that can be used to transmit standard definition (480i), progressive-scan (480p), and upconverted and high definition (720p, 1080i, and 1080p) video signals. Component-video connections use three separate jacks that separate the video signal into three parts: two for color and one for luminance (the black and white signal). These connections are found on most video components that provide 480p through 1080p video.
Overall height (in.) The height of the TV in inches, rounded up to the nearest 0.25-inch. Dimensions include the base and detachable speakers, important if you plan to place the TV on a stand or in an entertainment center. See "Panel size without base" if you plan to wall-mount only the display.
Overall height (in.)
Overall width (in.) The width of the TV in inches, rounded up to the nearest 0.25-inch. Dimensions include the base and detachable speakers, important if you plan to place the TV on a stand or in an entertainment center. See "Panel size without base" if you plan to wall-mount only the display.
Overall width (in.)
Overall depth (in.) The depth of the TV in inches, rounded up to the nearest 0.25-inch. Dimensions include the base and detachable speakers, important if you plan to place the TV on a stand or in an entertainment center. See "Panel size without base" if you plan to wall-mount only the display.
It's a great TV for the price I paid. I would have liked an RCA outlet for my headphones but none of the other brands have it anymore
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
I use my Plasma about 2 hours a day if that. It has had a very easy life. There is no reason why it should fail so soon for the price i paid.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Lavesh Bhola
from Southeastern Pennsylvania
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Perfect Starter Plasma
Standard Definition Shows
HDTV picture quality is as stunning as any other plasma's. Great size and not too heavy to move around. Great price on Cyber Monday. Great vetting by CR.<br /><br />Setup was easy. I am glad I bought it.<br /><br />The screen's mirror finish isn't too bad for my apartment. <br /><br />I can live with the sound quality. The menu is a little blocky, and disorienting, but has a good selection of settings. Takes a long time to auto-tune the channels.<br /><br />I like the choice of aspect ratios, with a dedicated button for it on the remote.