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Samsung PS42S5

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Samsung's PS-42S5H is a 42 inch plasma TV screen that shares a similar future-proof specification and attractive design with other models from competitor big-name brands. Its performance also comes close to that of more expensive class leaders and showcases the capability to process HD input with very good results and advanced picture processing. The screen is eye-catching than most budget models. This HD-ready remix of Samsung’s is reasonably priced but still looks amazing in high-gloss black and silver…

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Samsung's PS-42S5H is a 42 inch plasma TV screen that shares a similar future-proof specification and attractive design with other models from competitor big-name brands. Its performance also comes close to that of more expensive class leaders and showcases the capability to process HD input with very good results and advanced picture processing. The screen is eye-catching than most budget models. This HD-ready remix of Samsung’s is reasonably priced but still looks amazing in high-gloss black and silver.

The picture quality has been rated very average. The major opinion about colors and contrast was positive: colors are rendered more or less accurately, skin tones seem realistic but have unnatural tones at times and the contrast was experienced as good, especially in dark scenes. It also belies the fact it is the cheapest TV in this group with its features and specifications, which includes Samsung’s Digital Natural Image Engine (DNIe) picture processing and the 10,000:1 contrast ratio. HDMI and component connections are included, but you only get two Scarts. A few primary controls have been almost discreetly integrated, so the standard AV inputs that can be easily reached too.

The Samsung PS-42S5H 's picture performance is far from impressive for the price with the standard definition source pictures being the ones that take the beating in particular. Moving objects seem to have a whizzing noise attached to them and dark spots of the picture on screen appear to be murky; there also is a tendency to soften standard definition sources until they seem out of focus. Over all, it is good looking with a few high-end features than you would typically find at this price – at times you will feel that only the price is the good aspect about this product!

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