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Samsung LTM405W Tantus 40" LCD Television Review

Samsung LTM405W Tantus 40
Abstract: The aptly named Tantus measures 40" diagonally, making it currently the largest LCD HDTV compatible television on the market.
 87% Rating:   
Filed under: Home Theatre Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Aug 17 2003   Max Page  
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Giving Plasma a run for its money is no easy challenge, but I think the Samsung Tantus LTM405W holds its own, and comes out ahead because of the better picture quality it delivers. Plasma isn't dead by any means, and as an affordable way to get a large screen HDTV in the door, it still offers a very lucrative incentive.

Considering that up until very recently no manufacturer was producing anything near the size of this 40" LCD screen, the milestone which Samsung's manufacturing has set is remarkable.

Plasma displays have ballooned in size to the absolutely grotesque 61", but if you spend some time and carefully look at a few of the spec sheets you'll find that the sweet spots are in the 40-inchers. It is not surprising then, that for an entry level large screen LCD TV Samsung created the 40" LTM405W to compete directly against the most popular size in plasma display panels (PDP).

There exists a large gap in the price between the Samsung LTM405W and a comparable PDP, but so what? LCD TV's such as this have better resolution, better viewing angles, a longer screen lifespan, and nearly the same brightness and contrast ratio's as plasma. Because the technology is less power intensive, the LTM405W weighs substantially less than an equivalent plasma screen, creates less heat, and costs less in electricity to run.

The Samsung LTM405W is a sexy looking display, but it does have a few faults. For starters I really wish Samsung would put just a little effort into their remote controls. The remote that ships with this 40" slab is not the most user friendly, and to be vain, doesn't look all that great either. I would have expected a remote with a little more weight to it, with perhaps a paddle that actually worked well, and with a more organized key layout.

Regarding the display itself I only find one fault, and that has to do with the headphone jack. For some reason, the jack wasn't positioned on the side, or front of the display, rather it was lumped in with the rest of the connectors at the back of the screen. Not a very accessible position once the LTM405W is setup, and certainly less accessible if the screen has been wall mounted. Additionally, the lack of audio outputs is a little disconcerting, but any decent DVD player out to have an HDTV tuner built into it these days if it expects to sit side by side with this thin gray beauty.

The LTM405W screen handles background ambient light reflections very well, and unlike plasma displays which have a shiny surface, the LTM405W has a more matt finish so reflective distractions are virtually nil.

Bottom line; if you have the cash to buy the Samsung LTM405W I'm sure you'll be happy with it over any similarly sized plasma display.

Check out Dealtime for the latest pricing on the Samsung LTM405W LCD TV display.

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Contents of Article: Samsung LTM405W
 Pg 1.  Samsung LTM405W Tantus 40" LCD Television Review
 Pg 2.  Difference in picture resolution
 Pg 3.  Worlds largest LCD Monitor - 40"
 Pg 4.  Integrated Speakers, nah!
 Pg 5.  The Remote Control
 Pg 6.  On Screen Menus
 Pg 7.  — Conclusions

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