|Samsung LTM405W Tantus 40" LCD Television Review
late last year, the Samsung Tantus LTM405W flatscreen television literally blew
the scale off the LCD TV industry and laid claim to the title of 'largest screen
size' with ease.
aptly named Tantus measures 40" diagonally, making it currently the largest LCD
HDTV compatible television on the market. The next closest LCD TV on the market is 37"
across... but who
really wants to watch a DVD on something that tiny?
Backed by years of experience fabricating
the LCD panels for computer monitors, Samsung took
the challenge of creating a large LCD television head on and produced not only a
40" display which is big enough to compete directly against plasma
display's, but one which is superior to plasma on many levels.
a dull gray and silver bezel, the Samsung LTM405W is a typical example
of subtle product design that works. The screen looks good, and perhaps more
importantly, there is nothing flashy to distract away from the poster-sized viewing area. Bright flashy nameplates placed too
close to the screen can often become a focal point and distract the
viewer from the screen if they stand out too well against the bezel.
The essential main
controls for the Tantus LTM405W are grouped together on the underside of the bezel
lip in a logical fashion, and the power button and IrDA receiver for
the remote are integrated together in a neat circle directly below the screen.
As we get
ready to push the button and light up the ultra-thin 2.2" thick Samsung
LTM405W screen, it's worth noting that the display weighs in at a feathery
The thin and lightweight Tantus LTM405W just
screams to be wall mounted, and an optional steel wall bracket is available for
just that purpose. Just in case you want to have a massive TV just like
to a similarly sized plasma display which may weigh in at upwards of 80lbs, the
52lb LTM405W is much easier for a single person to carry around, and I should
think eminently less complicated to hang on standard residential wall without
fear of ripping the wall studs out. The display
ships by itself with
optional extras including a table top stand, a pair of side mounting
10W speakers, and a metal wall mount
no integrated speakers in the body of the LCD TV itself, so for sound
the two 10W side-mount speakers must be added at the very least.
The two speakers bolt onto the side of the LTM405W display in a few minutes, and
blend in so well you'd never know they weren't part of the main display
speakers shoot out stereo sound which is suitable for watching TV through
the built in CATV tuner, but with a total output of 20W the two 28" tall
speakers don't offer any really challenge to a good home theatre speaker system.
If I were running this beauty in the PCStats labs I'd forgo the SPKL405W
speakers altogether and put the money saved there to better use. After all, you
wouldn't put a bumper sticker on a brand new Porsche Boxster would