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Samsung HLN617W 61-inch DLP Television Review

Samsung HLN617W 61-inch DLP Television Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Samsung was one of the first companies to jump into the DLP display market, which is based on Texas Instruments revolutionary HD-2 DLP micro device.
 92% Rating:   
Filed under: Home Theatre Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Oct 20 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Audio and Video Inputs

As you might expect, Samsung's HLN617W features a veritable forest of input options. The imposing back panel of the TV features no less than three sets of component inputs (Y, Pb, Pr) of which two are for High Definition sources and one for DVD input.

There are also two S-video connectors, three sets of composite connections, two coaxial antenna inputs (and one antenna output), an extra pair of audio inputs for PC connections, a DVI connector, a VGA port and even an RS-232 serial port for "…repair and software upgrades." Cool.

An additional S-Video port and set of composite connectors are located on the right side of the front bezel for easy use with game consoles and camcorders.

HLN617W Rear Panel Terminals

Terminals: Coaxial cable input and output, S-Video inputs, RCA Video input, RCA Left/Right Audio inputs, RCA component inputs (480i/480p/720p/1080i) & left/right audio, and RCA left/right PC audio input, a DVI computer video input, an Analog computer video input, and RS232 port for ugprading firmware.

  • 480i/480p/720p/1080i: Connects to a source with Y, Pb, Pr signals like a DVD player or DTV (Digital TV) set top box.

At the side of the Samsung HLN-417W are a set of component RCA Video, S-Video and left / right Audio inputs for use with a camcorder or similar device.

The included universal remote was one of our less-favourite parts of the system. It gets the job done, and it does allow you to control up to four other audio/visual devices (with a little programming) but we found it slightly below par for a couple of reasons. First of all, the control felt imprecise at times, with the TV either not responding or responding slowly to some button presses. These issues occurred at all ranges. Note that we are not saying the remote didn't work, just that we occasionally had to press a button twice or three times to get the desired response, which is not what we'd like to see on a high end TV.

Secondly (and this is us being fussy) the remote is quite plain for such an expensive device, and is not all that comfortable to hold, especially with the bottom hatch open.

Design-wise, the remote is adequate. An LED strip along the top indicates which peripheral this universal remote is currently controlling. Below that are three mode buttons. The 'p.mode' and 's.mode' buttons choose between picture and sound presets, respectively, while the 'mode' button changes which peripheral is being controlled by the remote. Below that are the typical number keypad, volume and channel controls and a 4-way selector and enter button to control on-screen menus. Under these is a row of four interesting buttons: 'P.size' switches between the various picture modes supported by the TV, such as widescreen and panorama.

The 'still' button can be used to stop the picture at a particular point. Pressing the button again will resume the video feed. Note that this does not imply any form of PVR function, as the program or DVD continues to run while the still is being displayed. It's an interesting option though.. 'MTS' chooses between stereo, mono and SAP audio and finally 'surround' activates the HLN617W's surround sound emulation feature.

At the bottom of the remote is a hatch which slides down to reveal a final three rows of (presumably) less used buttons in order to make the device easier to grip. Included in here are PIP (picture-in-picture) controls, VCR/DVD controls, a button for adding and deleting channels from memory and the control button for the DNLe video feature we talked about earlier.

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Contents of Article: Samsung HLN617W
 Pg 1.  Samsung HLN617W 61-inch DLP Television Review
 Pg 2.  Introduction to DLP
 Pg 3.  Physical Attributes of the HLN617W
 Pg 4.  — Audio and Video Inputs
 Pg 5.  On-Screen Menus and Settings
 Pg 6.  In use; HDTV, Gaming, and DVDs
 Pg 7.  In use - Computer Display
 Pg 8.  Sound, Tehchical Conclusions

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