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August 7, 2009

Samsung PN58B860 58" 1080p Plasma HDTV

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by Franz Bicar

Samsung is still going strong with their Plasma HDTVs. The Samsung PN58B860 Plasma HDTV is one these. At 1.2″ deep, the PN58B860 allows you to achieve the ultra-modern look of a highly low-profile, wall-mounted HDTV home theater. Furthermore, by adding a built-in subwoofer to its vamped-up 15W x 2-channel audio system, the PN58B860 delivers an even fuller audio experience to complement the 58″ full HD 1080p visual spectacle. Also, the addition of Picture-in-Picture viewing enhances your viewing possibilities by enabling simultaneous viewing of TV programs and video or PC content sources.

Samsung frames the PN58B860’s widescreen, 1920 x 1080p plasma panel with a Touch of Color-enhanced bezel. For the B860 series, Samsung infuses the edges of the black bezel with a gray accent, adding style and sophistication to the standard all-black bezel offered by other manufacturers.

Bringing you the absolute best in connectivity, Samsung’s PN58B860 features four HDMI connections. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the only interface in consumer electronics that can carry both uncompressed high-definition (HD) video and uncompressed multi-channel audio in all HD formats including 720p, 1080i and even 1080p.
Incoming media content comes in a variety of sizes, resolutions and formats, and with that in mind, HDMI systems automatically configure to display that content in the most effective format. Since HDMI carries all channels on video and audio, there is only one cable to plug into any HDMI-enabled source and display device. No more complicated cable set-up when installing your home theater system, and no more ugly cable mess behind your components. HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on this single cable. Also, HDMI is fully backward-compatible with DVI.

Geared up and ready for the Digital Television Transition the Samsung PN58B860 comes equipped with digital ATSC and QAM tuners. These digital tuners make receiving and enjoying digitally broadcast content?—?whether from the air or from cable or satellite?—?easy and worry-free.

One of the main selling point for the Samsung PN58B860 is its advanced plasma HDTV performance through Samsung’s new Medi@2.0 functionality. This new configuration combines four technologies to expand your viewing experience beyond the standard horizons. First, you have the Internet@TV content service which makes it possible to receive online content from Yahoo!, Flickr, eBay, and other sites via on-screen widgets. Second, with the PN58B860’s DLNA capability, you can truly integrate this Plasma into your entire home entertainment system by connecting it to your home network. Third, you can enjoy hours of built-in entertainment features thanks to pre-loaded Content Library material. You can even personalize these features by adding content available online. Finally, USB 2.0 Movie functionality lets you use the PN58B860’s 58″ panel to show digital home movies, photos, and PC presentations via two USB ports.

The other is its E-Panel technology that delivers stunningly lifelike motion and reduced panel glare. Also, it combines two other technologies for improved fast-action performance and enhanced detail. First, 1080 Full HD Motion technology is specifically designed to maintain improved resolution during faster motion sequences, such as in sports or action-movie programming. Second, Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio technology provides improved, purer black-level and color performance for sharper detail and more vivid colors.

Finally, for delivering a truly home theater experience, Samsung’s PN58B860’s Cinema Smooth technology allows you to enjoy refined playback of 24p content. You experience the latest movie releases just as you saw them in the theaters, now from the comfort of your own personal home theater.

Sources:
http://reviews.cnet.com
http://www.dealtime.com
http://www.hdtvlounge.net

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