The first thing that jumps out at you when you consider the S4676S is that second S at the end of the stock number. It is the key to understanding what this model is all about. Plasma and LCD televisions make a big deal about their slim profile and the fact that they will fit anywhere and can even be hung on the wall. It is often a critical factor in their competition with the DLP, or Digital Light Processing, models that require a little space in the rear of the unit for its mirror array and color wheel. This model is Samsungs experiment in slimmer design. It can not reach the dimensions of LCD televisions, of course, but the depth is only 10.4 inches and the weight is a mere 46 pounds. The cabinet is a bezel shape that is designed for fitting in corners and Samsung brags that this one can also be hung on the wall, and sells mounting brackets for it.
The approach is interesting and shows Samsungs idea to try to make a model for every taste and need. Since they planned this one to attract the slim profile and hang on the wall crowd, they did not make the S4676S to appeal to the person demanding state of the art in other areas. The resolution is 720p progressive scan and the contrast ratio is 2,500:1 and both of these are below Samsung’s best. This is not too bad of a thing, however, as the Samsung DLP basic package is still quite impressive. The Cinema Smooth light engine and the improved five segmented color wheel still make this DLP an impressive HD unit. The input/output arrays, in keeping with the space theme, are mounted on the side. They include two HDMI inputs and PC computer inputs. This is an excellent television designed to compete in a very specific niche of the market.
February 23rd, 2007 by Plasma Man
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