|Samsung LN-T4071F LCD HDTV|
|Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs LCD HDTVs|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Saturday, 01 March 2008|
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I would classify the Samsung LN-T407IF as better-than-most-in-its-class and far better than the budget labels. However, it is not perfect. For starters, I would have liked to see a bit more control over its backlighting, for I felt the incremental movements were too drastic, thus ultimately affecting its overall black levels or lack thereof, depending on your source material.
Keeping with increments, I would love to see the Auto Motion settings be adjustable beyond just Low, Medium and High. This is more of a universal annoyance, but I’m going to bring it up here. Often, Low proved to have the right amount of trickery to enhance the viewing experience when watching Blu-ray discs, but when two-thirds of your touted features are unusable, it begs the question, where is the value? If Low became the highest point, with varying degrees below that, I could see it being utilized more often, resulting in a true benefit to the consumer. I say this because I like technology such as Auto Motion and don’t want it to disappear someday because manufacturers failed to improve upon it.
Lastly, while I appreciate a side-mounted HDMI input, I would’ve preferred it on the back panel, as those wanting a clean, installed look will undoubtedly leave it unused, which basically makes the LN-T407IF a dual HDMI input set.
With a retail price just shy of $2,400, the Samsung LN-T407IF is a bit pricier than the competition, yet is competitive enough to make it worth it. Honestly, it’s the first time I’ve personally bought an LCD TV (I’ve been a Plasma guy for years) and the experience has proved to be a good one. The LN-T407IF color and detail rendering is impressive enough for me to overlook its minor deficiencies in its overall black levels. While most displays shine in one way or another over the Samsung, its performance proves once again that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, for it is a fantastic display for all sorts of material, including standard definition. If you’re in the market for a good HD LCD TV and you’re willing to spend just a bit more than the other guys, the Samsung LN-T407IF is feature-packed and equipped for the future. It would be easy for me to say, “Hey, if it was my money, I’d buy one,” but clearly I’ve already done that. So I’ll end with this: having now owned the Samsung LN-T407IF, I’m not tempted to replace it.