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Samsung Tantus HCL473W 47" Rear Projection HDTV

Samsung Tantus HCL473W 47
Abstract: What's inside the box is much more exciting than corrugated cardboard ever was - a 47" rear projection HDTV capable of 1080i/480p!
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Mar 25 2002   Max Page  
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External Features of the HCL473W

The front of the HCL473W is very clean and only has the most basic of controls (mute, TV/Video, Menu, Channel/Volume & menu navigation, power). The bezel is nice and wide so that if you need to move the display around (it sits on casters) you won't get fingerprints all over the display.

The only other notable external feature is a small set of input jacks on the right hand side of the unit, and a the console deck which sits below everything.

The console deck has a door with a tinted window in it so dust is kept out and whatever components that are in that space are semi hidden. The space is very wide but not that tall so it is important to measure the clearance first. There are screws on the underside of the door which will scratch up your expensive components if the fit is too tight.

Even with that shortcoming I really liked the little console deck. While there is enough space on the top of the HCL473W to place a bunch of DVD's or books, or even an X-Box it is not really wide enough for a DVD player, and nor is is really intended to be. The console deck keeps the area clean and lessons the chance of devices accidentally falling five feet to their destruction!

On the back side of the unit are cut two nicely sized holes so that you can easily plug in wires to devices on the console deck without having to go through much pain and suffering. The space is not large enough to pull a DVD player out through, but the spacious access is nice all the same.

Conclusions on the HCL473W

When it comes down to shopping for a big screen rear projection HDTV two things are of utmost importance. First and foremost is to figure out what your budget is and stick to it. In that regard the Samsung HDTV's are priced fairly well, the HCL473W sitting at about $2150 USD. The second aspect is picture quality. You should obviously take the time to test out several displays and find one with the best possible picture you can afford.

From our perspective the Samsung HCL473W produced a very good picture which was nice and bright, and which had great colour. I would have liked the image to be a bit sharper than it was, but since I don't personally own a rear projection television I am not really used to their native limitations.

The auto focus on the fly is must have for rear projection HDTV's and with the long list of features, inputs, and sound settings we've mentioned it seems as though Samsung has thought of nearly everything with the HCL473W. Even though I think Samsung could have spent more time on little things like improving the feel of the buttons on the remote, and increasing the height of the console deck, there is nothing we really didn't like about this 47" rear projection HDTV.

Image quality was very good, the internal sound system was more than adequate for a display of this size, and with three distinct audio channels and a total of seven inputs including co-axial pass through, you will be hard pressed to run out of jacks.

HDTV is here to stay and DVD players which support progressive scan make watching movies at home a whole new experience. With Digital TV just around the corner it is important to make sure that any new TV you are considering comes with HDTV support built in. After all, the last thing you really want is a big screen television without 1080i/480p.

The Samsung HCL473W brings all of this to the table and at a fairly good price point. While screen sharpness is something that can forever be improved upon, this rear projection HDTV is something that anyone looking to build a home theatre should consider. Heck, folks around here were never so teary eyed as when we had to box up the HCL473W and ship it back to Samsung - so that should give you an indication of how much we liked it. :)

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Contents of Article: Samsung Tantus HCL473W
 Pg 1.  Samsung Tantus HCL473W 47" Rear Projection HDTV
 Pg 2.  Sound and Picture Quality
 Pg 3.  Perfect Focus and Image Calibration
 Pg 4.  — External Features of the HCL473W

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