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Samsung PN51D7000

We haven't had a chance to fully test this product yet, but we've assembled this helpful overview of relevant information on it.

Samsung offers a 3D Plasma television with 51 inch screen in the PN51D7000. A native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels coupled with a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio bring out the most in High Definition viewing. There’s a 16:9 aspect ratio and a .001 response time. It has two built-in bottom speakers at 10 watts each. Built in wifi allows users to access Samsung SmartTV which accesses apps like Youtube and Netflix. The TV has four HDMI ports and two USB ports. The USB ports allow users to play back music, photos and videos using the Samsung ConnectShare. It does meet Energy Star requirements.

Features List:

– 3D Ready Plasma TV

– 51 inch screen

– 1920 x 1080 resolution

– 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio

– 16:9 aspect ratio

– .001 ms response time

– Speakers 2 x 10 watts

– Wifi Ready

– 4 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports

– Meets Energy Star requirements

Do I need an ATSC tuner?

If you plan on watching, free, over-the-air programming, then yes. As of 2009, all over-the-air broadcasts use the ATSC standard. Pretty much all HDTVs manufactured over the past few years will include this feature.

What are widgets?

Many of the top television manufacturers – including Sony, Sharp, Panasonic and Samsung – include Ethernet jacks on the back of their premium televisions for high-speed Internet connectivity (or in some cases, have integrated Wi-Fi for wireless connections). TV viewers will then use the remote to select “widgets,” graphicalicons on the screen that plays relevant (and customized) content ranging from YouTube videos and Flickr photo galleries to local weather, news, sports updates and stock quotes, usually delivered by Really Simple Syndication (RSS). Even more exciting is the partnership between Netflix and various TV companies, such as LG and Sony, allowingtelevision viewers to access tens of thousands of movies on-demand, many of which are in high-definition.

Should I worry about viewing angle?

Absolutely. All LCDs will distort when viewed from extreme angles, but the degree of distortion and the angle it starts to occur at varies from TV to TV. If you plan to pack a dozen people in front of a single TV for entertaining, viewing angle will make a huge difference for the unlucky few who get scattered off to the sides. Most manufacturers will state viewing angle in degrees (for instance, 160) in the specifications for a TV, but be warned: methods for measuring this very subjective figure vary, and we can guarantee most companies opt for the most generous figures. When possible, try to evaluate it yourself in person, or read hands-on reviews that can offer anecdotal evidence, rather than relying on easily-manipulated numbers.

What inputs should I look for?

A final consideration when buying a new HDTV is what you can connect to it. Make sure there are ample HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) ports to connect multiple components, such as a cable/satellite receiver, video game consoles, DVD/Blu-ray player, camcorder, and so on. At least three or four such ports is a must. A convenient bonus is when the TV also offers a USB port to connect a Flash thumb-drive or external hard drive full of music, photos and videos, or a SD or Memory Stick card slot that lets you insert a compatible card that contains photos and videos. If you think you’d like to connect your computer to the television for big-screen web surfing, look for one with PC connectivity. Many TVs today offer these additional features.

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