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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.
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Filed under: Home Theatre Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Oct 20 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Sound, Tehchical Conclusions

The HLN617W's sound system is not bad at all, and while obviously not a match for a dedicated surround sound system, it managed to do justice to most of our test DVDs.

The bass was quite impressive for its two channels of 15 watt speakers, and the included BBE Sound processing option adds considerable punch to music and on-screen action. The virtual Dolby Surround Sound feature does increase the 'space' of the sound, achieving at least the feeling of displaced speakers. As you might expect, DSS reduces the clarity and punch of the sound though. Note that the BBE sound and the Virtual surround options cannot be used together on this HDTV.

As we stated, the Samsung HLN617W handled the audio in our DVDs well, with the exception of a Nine Inch Nails concert disk. Even this produced good results, except that attempting the low bass notes caused the speakers to rattle the entire television cabinet, which was a bit distracting. While we'd assume that anyone shelling out for a HDTV like this would intend to match it with a comparable surround sound system, the HLN617W's integrated speakers are good quality, and will keep you going for a while. Especially in a smaller room.

Technical Observations and Conclusions

Having read about the 'rainbow effect' seen in DLP screens, we were on the lookout for evidence of this on the Samsung HLN617W. While we did see this effect in action, our conclusion is that it's not something to really worry about.

The 'rainbow effect' is most noticeable in high contrast scenes, where we found that if we moved our eyes quickly from one end of the screen to the other we would get small rainbow flashes in our peripheral vision until we focused on the new area of the screen. The effect got weaker the further we were from the screen.

Interesting, but hardly off-putting. It's worth noticing that as soon as we stopped thinking about the effect, we stopped noticing it. The lone exception to this was when we tested the HLN617W with a test pattern of pure black with white circles. On this particular screen, any motion of the eyes brought chaotic rainbow flashing which was very noticeable, so if you plan on watching a lot of test patterns, steer clear of DLP technology.

Samsung's much-hyped 'DNLe' image processing technology does actually seem to have a noticeable and positive effect on the image when enabled. The set includes a 'demo' mode of the effect, which splits the screen into a half-DNLe processed, half normal display. With the processing enabled, images are noticeably sharper, especially in the case of high-resolution signals like DVD and PC input.

As noted above in the DLP technology section, The HLN617W does not suffer from convergence issues, since colour is formed by a single light source passing through a single rotating colour wheel.

Final Thoughts

Our first conclusions after seeing the Samsung HLN617W in action are that it's hard to imagine anyone who wouldn't want it his or her living room.

Second thoughts say that the remote control could be a lot better, and the on screen menus more convenient, but these are minor points.

The Samsung HLN617W is an excellent wide-screen 61" HDTV which doubles as the largest computer monitor you are likely to see. If there is an issue with this product, it's how poor standard TV and game console signals look in comparison to HDTV, PC and DVD input. Make sure that you have the resources to take full advantage of this set's capabilities before buying. For the price and the size, this set is an excellent gateway into the world of really large screen HDTV, and I for one am definitely sold on DLP's visual qualities.

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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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