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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent TV for price, 27 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Samsung PS51E450 51-inch Widescreen HD Ready Plasma Television with Freeview (New for 2012) (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
I had two concerns about this TV: at 51", was it going to be too big for the lounge? Subjectively it's not, it's perfect. The other worry was the relatively low resolution of 1024 x 768 and how it would look when displaying "real" HD. Again, no worries at all: the scaling function on the TV works to perfection and from four feet away I can't tell how many "dots" there are.

I wanted to connect three HD devices: an Xbox 360, a Virgin TiVo and a 2nd generation Apple TV. The Samsung has only two HDMI inputs... The solution was to run the Xbox and TiVo through an auto switching HDMI box (purchased from Amazon for a few quid) connected to HDMI input 1, and the Apple TV connected to HDMI input 2.

The initial set up and configuration was a breeze, taking minutes, although playing around with the many display and audio settings could take you hours of fun tweaking here and there. ;-) I've got to compliment Samsung on a clear and intuitive interface with many options. And the display is rich and there's no motion blur etc. Undoubtedly the best TV picture I've seen.

I intended to use the Samsung's optical out to connect all three of my devices to an amplifier using a single cable, but it seems the TV's optical out is stereo only! My Internet search suggests this is quite common for TVs in this price range. In my tests, a 5.1 sound source is simply muted, resulting in no optical sound output at all! The solution here was to connect the Xbox, TiVo and Apple TV's optical outputs individually to the corresponding amplifier's inputs.

Updating the firmware (which Samsung updated earlier this month) went without issue using a Windows FAT32 formatted memory stick. It took a couple of minutes.

I've not set up Freeview, so I can't comment on that unfortunately.

Finally, the issue that some folks have with tinny sound is not apparent to my ears. Granted, I always intended to listen to audio through a 5.1 sound system, but natively the TV does an acceptable job in my opinion.

At the current price of just over £400 for a budget 51" TV, I don't think you can go wrong.
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