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Samsung HL-P4663W

46" HDTV-ready rear-projection DLP TV

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Item #: 305HLP4663
 

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by Steve Kindig
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Samsung took the early lead in bringing DLP™ (Digital Light Processing) technology to big-screen TVs. The HL-P4663W is part of their newest 3rd-generation DLP lineup, and Samsung has improved picture quality while further reducing cabinet depth and weight. The TV's 46" widescreen viewing area is elegantly framed by a thin black bezel that adds extra pop to images.

By combining one of Texas Instruments' latest, most advanced DLP chips with Samsung's Cinema Smooth™ Gen 3 "light engine," the HL-P4663W creates bright, filmlike images with deeper blacks, more robust colors, and a smoother look overall. World-famous Carl Zeiss optics ensure a picture that is always sharp and detailed.

With a single image chip replacing the three picture tubes of conventional big-screens, the picture can't drift out of focus (and require adjusting). Images have pixel-perfect clarity right out of the box and they'll stay that way! DLP is also immune to screen burn-in from playing video games, or viewing 4:3 TV shows with "side pillars."

The HL-P4663W has one of the most flexible, future-ready "jack packs" we've seen. The seven A/V inputs include two HD-compatible component video inputs, plus two pure digital inputs — DVI and HDMI — that will provide the most spectacular picture possible. (HDTV reception requires connecting a separate HDTV tuner.)

A built-in "scaler" automatically converts all incoming signals to the DLP chip's native 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution. Samsung's proprietary DNIe™ circuitry enhances detail and color, and applies digital noise reduction to clean up lower-quality signals.

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Highlights:

  • HDTV monitor (compatible with HDTV/SDTV formats — when connected to a separate HDTV tuner — and displays all signals at 720p)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Texas Instruments HD3 DLP chip (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • contrast ratio: 1500:1
  • HD Ultra-Fine Pitch Screen
  • Automatic Digital Format Conversion (upconverts all video signals to 720p)
  • Faroudja DCDi™ de-interlacing with 3-2 pulldown processing
  • Digital Natural Image engine picture enhancer
  • dual 181-channel NTSC tuners
  • 2-tuner PIP (split-screen)
  • built-in stereo speakers (15 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 rear-panel HD-compatible component video
      (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 1 rear-panel DVI digital video input with HDCP copy protection
    • 1 rear-panel HDMI digital audio/video input with HDCP copy protection
  • rear-panel PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable signals
  • 42-15/16"W x 32"H x 13-3/16"D
  • weight: 69.4 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Large Item Special Shipping: Because of its large size, this item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Delivery is available to physical addresses in the lower 48 states. (Sorry, no P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders.) Transit time is 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply for delivery after business hours or on a weekend, or if the item must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs.
Note: Free return shipping not available with this model.

Consumer Alert: This component has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission's digital television website at: www.dtv.gov

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Type
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DLP
Screen Size
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46"
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Resolution (pixels)
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1280 x 720
Picture In Picture
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2 Tuner
Compatibility
1080i Compatible
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Yes
720p Compatible
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Yes
CableCard Compatible
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General
Audio Output Power
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15 x 2
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer)
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Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer)
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Dimensions
Width (inches)
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43
Height (inches)
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32
Depth (inches)
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13-1/4
Footprint Width (inches)
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38
Footprint Depth (inches)
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10-1/2
Weight
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69.44 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs
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2
Total Video Inputs
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7
Digital Inputs & Outputs
System Link
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None
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What's in the box?

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  • 46" Widescreen DLP Television
  • Wireless remote control (BP59-00048)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • Quick Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Cautions when using the projection TV
  • Product Registration Card
  • North American Limited Warranty Statement
  • Limited Warranty to Original Purchaser

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Features
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

DLP Projection System: DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology by Texas Instruments is the only display solution that enables projection systems to create a purely digital connection between a digital video or graphic source and the screen in front of you. While all other technologies are analog and compromise some image quality in translation, DLP projection unleashes the full potential of high-quality video content.

3rd Generation DMD Chip: The 3rd Generation DMD chip, Texas Instruments' latest micro-display panel, offers the latest performance enhancement. Combined with Samsung's advanced light processing optics (Cinema Smooth Gen 3 Light Engine), the result is an overall stunning picture quality that is clear, bright and with outstanding contrast.

HD Ultra-Fine Pitch Screen: Samsung's HD Ultra-Fine Pitch Screen further improves picture clarity especially when viewing higher definition video sources like DVD and HDTV.

Automatic Digital Format Conversion System: The Automatic Digital Format Conversion System is compatible with 1080i and 720P HDTV formats, 480P EDTV and 480i SDTV formats. The system will accept any DTV, Analog TV, or XGA computer RGB input. All video signals are converted to a 16:9 widescreen (1280 x 720 resolution) progressive display for flicker-free images.

Faroudja DCDi De-interlacing with 3-2 Pulldown Processing: When converting film-based 480i material to a progressive video image, the new motion adaptive deinterlacing prevents the introduction of motion artifacts and jagged edges. The result is a sharper, noise-free picture with finer details. Note: This feature is by-passed on 480p, 720p and 1080i inputs.

10-bit 3D Digital Comb Filter: The 10-bit 3D digital comb filter constantly analyzes the three dimensions of picture height, picture width, and picture changes-over-time, to dramatically reduce edge image artifacts while improving transition detail.

Digital Natural Image Engine (DNIe): This exclusive Samsung technology dramatically improves picture quality by enhancing the contrast, detail, and white balance, while also reducing the noise.

Digital Noise Reduction: If the broadcast signal received by your TV is weak, you can activate the Digital Noise Reduction feature to help reduce any static and ghosting that may appear on the screen.

Picture Modes: You can choose one of the following picture modes:

  • Standard: resets the standard factory settings
  • Dynamic: for viewing the TV during the day, or when there is bright light in the room
  • Cinema: for viewing the TV in low light, or when playing video games
  • Custom: allows you to adjust and store the following settings: contrast, brightness, sharpness, color and tint

MCC (My Color Control) Mode: The MCC Mode lets you select predefined settings that affect the skin, sky, and grass tones in a picture without affecting other colors on the screen. You can choose one of the following settings: Standard, Turkish Blue, Emerald Green, Indian Pink, or Custom. The Custom setting allows you to independently adjust the skin, sky, and grass tones.

Screen Sizes: You can choose one of the following screen sizes:

  • Wide: sets the picture to 16:9 wide mode

  • Panorama: use this mode for the wide aspect ratio of a panoramic picture

  • Zoom 1: magnifies the size of the picture and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the joystick on the remote

  • Zoom 2: magnifies the size of the picture more than Zoom 1 and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the joystick on the remote

  • 4:3 Normal: sets the picture to 4:3 normal mode

2-tuner Picture-in-Picture: Two tuners eliminate the need for a second video source for picture-in-picture. You can select standard PIP operation (with a PIP frame size of Large or Small), or one of two split-screen modes. During standard PIP operation, the PIP frame can be moved to any corner on the screen. In both modes, you can alternate sound between the main program and the secondary program. Using the Swap function, you can instantly switch the main program with the secondary program.

Note: The following inputs cannot be used for picture-in-picture: ANT 2, Component 1, Component 2, PC, DVI, or HDMI.

Auto Volume: Auto volume automatically adjusts the volume of the desired channel by lowering the sound output when the modulation signal is high or by raising the sound output when the modulation signal is low.

Sound Settings: You can choose from the following sound settings:

  • Standard: resets the standard factory settings

  • Music: for watching music videos and concerts

  • Movie: for watching movies

  • Speech: for watching a show that is mostly dialogue

  • Custom: allows you to adjust the 5-band EQ, which includes the following frequencies: 100 Hz, 300 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz, and 10 kHz

  • SRS TruSurround XT: TruSurround is a patented SRS technology that solves the problem of playing 5.1 multichannel content over two speakers. TruSurround delivers a compelling, virtual surround sound experience through the two speaker internal playback system.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, or 180 minutes.

On/Off Timer: The On/Off timer allows you to program the television to turn itself on and off by selecting a specific on time and a specific off time. You can also choose the "On Timer Channel" and "On Timer Volume".

PC Display: The PC input allows you to connect a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output, allowing you to use the TV as a high-resolution computer monitor. In PC mode, you can adjust the following picture quality settings: Coarse and Fine, both of which allow you to remove picture noise. In addition, you can choose one of the following screen sizes:

  • Wide (TV): scales the picture to the size of the TV screen regardless of the aspect ratio of the input source

  • Wide (PC): scales the picture to 92% of the screen regardless of the aspect ratio of the input source

  • Expand: scales the picture to the aspect ratio of the input source

  • Normal: displays the picture as it is without changing the aspect ratio of input source

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of components, including VCRs, cable boxes, and DVD players. Several controls are located under a sliding lid that covers the bottom quarter of the remote. 

Inputs and Outputs Notes

DVI Input: This input consists of left and right audio jacks and a DVI-D terminal. The DVI-D terminal can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. Note: The DVI-D terminal will accept 1080i, 720p and 480p.

PC: This input consists of left and right audio jacks and an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack. This jack allows you to connect a digital set-top box with an RGB output, or a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output. When using the RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack, you must use the PC Audio input for your audio connection.

Side Input: The side input consists of the following connections: left and right RCA audio jacks, RCA composite video jack, and S-video jack.

Component Video Inputs: The component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals.

HDMI: This input consists of an HDMI terminal. The HDMI terminal can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces.

"Service" Jack: The rear panel of the TV has a minijack input for service use only.

 
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5 out of 5

Stunning Picture Quality for the Price!

Written By Roy Green, Houston on Friday, February 25, 2005
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In Summer of 2004, I was shopping for a large flat screen and was leaning towards forking out the big bucks for a plasma. Since the gas cells in a plasma are perpetually deteriorating, no one really knows how long they will last. With Plasma and LCD, you also run the risk of screen burn-in...

I was in a local retailer and saw the amazing quality of this set. After research, I discovered it's elegant simplicity. Also, with the user-replacable bulb, this set could theoretically last nearly forever. HD television and DVD upconversion are great. My set has never taken more than 15 secs to warm up -- generally, less than 10 secs. Having BOTH HDMI and DVI inputs is GREAT -- you will use them now or in the future! The audio is OK, but if you are purchasing a large screen TV, you probably will be utilizing a home theater audio system -- as I am -- and not using the TV audio anyway.

Cautionary note: I received advice from several salespeople and online articles. Most DLP sets on the market contain the "HD2", or "Mustang-2" second generation chip, which may be less reliable. The Samsung "63" series sets -- this one (4663) and it's larger siblings (5063, 5663 & 6163) -- contain the 3rd generation Texas Instruments DLP chip rumored to be more reliable -- few sets currently on the market contain the 3rd Gen chip.

The only drawback is that I wish I had purchased a larger set! :-) Take your measurements carefully and buy this set or one of it's larger siblings (50", 56" or 61")!

The price & service offered by Crutchfield sealed the deal for me. Hope this helps!
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5 out of 5

Samsung HL-P4663W

Written By bezmea, braintree ma on Monday, February 21, 2005
 
I bought the TV 1 month ago and I love the quility
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5 out of 5

Samsung HL- P4663W

Written By Richard, Woonsocket,R.I. on Wednesday, February 16, 2005
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Have this tv for a month and the color,ease of setup,quality are outstanding. HDTV comming from Dish 921,and ota is what I,ve come to expect from state of the art TV. I don't like going back to analog.My only gripe and this is just me, I" would like a punch through to AIR TV. I"am using most of the imputs, so you can see why. Little piece of advice,turn the sharpness to about 20-25. Try to keep the picture mode to Standard and Medium on coolness. Hope this was of value to perspective buyers?
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3 out of 5

Beautiful HD picture, but has some drawbacks

Written By Michael, California on Tuesday, February 08, 2005
 
I purchased my HL-P4663W back in early December 2004, and have since been very pleased with it. HDTV is phenomenal on it, crystal clear and worth every penny of my investment. SDTV and analog TV aren't as great, but you can adjust the sharpness and contrast to make up for it. Upscaling of DVDs is great, particularly with movies shot in HD. Drawbacks to the TV are that it takes a long time for the lamp to warm up, the color wheel can be heard humming if you listen closely, and switching video inputs takes a few seconds longer than most tubes would.

I did a lot of research before I bought the Samsung, and settled on this model because of the general high quality of Samsung components and features with this model. Unfortunately, 45 days into the life of this TV, both the lamp and the circuit board blew! Samsung covered this under warranty, however, and dispatched a technician the next day. Took about a week to get parts and for it to be repaired on-site. I'd read about this happening to other people when I did the research and didn't think it would happen to me. Buyer beware and consider investing in the extended warranty.
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