Samsung 40in. LCD HDTV LN-T4061F - Inputs, Construction and More

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Samsung 40in. LCD HDTV LN-T4061F
Inputs, Construction and More
Testing Continued
PC Connectivity and Final Thoughts

A Look at the Inputs: 

This TV also carries a pretty hefty array of inputs for whatever you choose to plug into.  Of special interest to us are the 3 HDMI inputs and the PC input.  You can also choose to connect your HD equipment with the component inputs, but if you are connecting a home theatre PC you will probably be using HDMI or the PC input.  The PC input they are talking about is simply a VGA connector.  The manual has a list of all the modes it supports.

Inputs
Inputs


The USB ports on a TV are somewhat of an oddity until you discover that you can plug a flash drive into the TV.  This TV can view pictures and play your music directly off of your flash drive.  I tried it and it proved to be pretty  cool. This might not be relevant for those of you that already have a full fledged PC connected to the TV, but for your technologically impaired parents it could be very useful.  I know that some of you are recoiling at the thought of playing music back through the somewhat limiting TV speakers.   You can connect the TV back through your home theatre receiver and play the music back through there, problem solved.

 Flash Card
Flash Card


Construction:

Sticker On Back As is usual for Samsung, the quality of the unit is very good.  The aesthetic appearance is just about perfect.  The black bezel is thin but not too thin and is coated in a glossy finish.  The front is devoid of any controls except one large power button.  The speakers are hidden behind the bezel, because lets face it, anyone buying this high end of a TV is more than likely going to have a nice sound system to go along with it.  The remote was laid out very logically and even had a nice backlight button.

I do have one caveat about the construction though.  Samsung has been known recently for switching the LCD panels around in the models they sell.  As you can see from picture of the back sticker, this is an “S” model.  The things that you read about this TV in the rest of this review are applicable to the “S” model but they may not be true if you get a different panel.   Hopefully the day is coming soon when all Samsung models will meet the same quality control standards.

 

Testing:

Testing a TV can be a somewhat subjective experience, so bear with me as I outline what things I liked and what I disliked about this TV.  I try to be as objective as possible when testing products, and this time around BCCHardware has acquired some new technology that will help by providing some unbiased technological tests.

IMAGE Quality and Color reproduction

I used this TV quite heavily for the month that I had it.  To help with the testing I acquired an HDDVD drive which I plugged into my computer.  Watching Serenity and Planet Earth in HD really showed off the prowess of this 40” LCD.  I thought that the color reproduction was excellent and I didn’t notice any ghosting in any of the fast action scenes.   BCCHardware has acquired a Spyder colorimeter for taking technical color measurements on the displays that we test.  However, I was unable to use it on this TV for several reasons.  Firstly, I acquired the device a little too late to become adequately familiar with it. Also most TVs – and the Samsung is no exception – have a lot of nonstandard color adjustments, such as movie modes, and different color schemes, so it wouldn’t be fair to pit it against a colorimeter.

I’m sure that in a perfect world everything that we watched on an HDTV would be coming from an HD source.  In real life that is far from the case.  I used my modded XBOX to playback a wide variety of movie types on this TV.  The image scaler performed quite admirably when compared against the stellar image scaling of the XBOX.  Even with a fairly low quality DIVX source, the picture was still acceptable though far from perfect, and I was very satisfied with the quality of an up scaled DVD movie.

There are a few issues I have with the image quality on this TV and most of them stem from the use of the Dynamic Contrast setting.  I found that when enabled it tended to create large “deep black” areas where there should have been more grayish shadows. As I used this TV I found myself defaulting it back to the “Standard” contrast mode more and more.  The other thing that I noticed was that even with noise reduction enabled there was still a fairly large amount of film noise in some HD movies.  I know that this is really a problem with the movie and not the TV, however the noise reduction feature of this TV is supposed to take care of some of that, but I didn’t really notice a difference when it was turned on.