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Samsung brings 3D experience to plasma HDTV

Posted: 28 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:high definition? 3D ready? plasma HDTVs? FilterBright anti-glare screen technology?

A new way to watch movies and games in high definition has been introduced by Samsung Electronics in its first 3D-ready Plasma HDTVs. The Series 4 450 plasma HDTVs enable consumers to have an interactive 3D experience for enjoying a wide range of content, including movies, video games and Web content.

Beyond 3D functionality, the Series 4 450 provides a superior HD 720p picture for traditional home entertainment viewing.

According to John Revie, senior VP of visual display marketing at Samsung Electronics, "The Samsung Series 4 450 Plasma responds to the demands of consumers looking for new and innovative ways to enjoy multimedia entertainment at home. The 3D capability of these new displays will allow our users to enjoy the broad range of exciting 3D content already available, as well as the large volume of 3D entertainment slated to become available in the near future."

Working with a PC
When combined with an appropriate PC and 3D Accessory Kit (both sold separately), the Series 4 450 Plasma can showcase movies, games and more like never before in clear, lifelike 3D, right at home. Currently, 3D technology has already begun to draw serious interest from the film industry. A number of animated and live-action 3D titles are already available to consumers and major Hollywood directors are currently working on a growing number of 3D films. Emphasis on the new format has led to an expected rise in the number of 3D-capable cinemas across the country, and thus an expected increase in 3D titles available for home viewing. The interest extends to the PC gaming community as well, with 3D games and content expected from a variety of renowned software makers.

The Series 4 450 Plasma also features crisp HD 720p resolution, a dynamic contrast ratio of up to 1,000,000:1 for deep blacks and bright whites, and rich, 18bit color processing for stunning picture quality time and again. Samsung's FilterBright anti-glare screen technology works to maintain a clear picture regardless of a room's external lighting. Three different enhancement modes (Sports, Cinema and Game) improve audio and video processing of different content, making the Series 4 450 Series a perfect choice for the passionate movie buff, the most enthusiastic sports fan, and the hardcore gamer.

Hidden, down-firing speakers combine with SRS TruSurround XT processing to provide the Series 4 450 Series an added touch of stylish design while creating deeper, richer sound levels.

With user convenience and home theater versatility in mind, the 450 Series comes equipped with three (1 side, 2 rear) HDMI-CEC connections (Anynet+) to control the latest home theater products using a single remote. A PC input is available to enjoy the latest content on a larger, theater-like display.

Going beyond picture quality and a variety of features, the Series 4 450 Plasma is designed with a piano black and silver bottom decor, and a slim bezel finished with soft, rounded edges. The resulting sleek design adds class and grace to most any space, giving consumers a HDTV that is aesthetically appealing, even when it is turned off.

The Series 4 450 3D Ready Plasma is available now. The 42-inch PN42A450 is priced at $1,199; the 50-inch PN50A450 is priced at $1,699.

- Dennis Barker
Digital TV Designline

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