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Samsung HL-T5676S

56" UltraSlim 1080p rear-projection DLP HDTV

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by Steve Kindig
Samsung
NFL Samsung HDTV

The HL-T5676S is part of Samsung's UltraSlim series of DLP HDTVs for 2007. UltraSlim models combine a new, more compact light engine on the inside with a thinner bezel and "hidden" speakers on the outside. The 56" HL-T5676S has a depth of under 11". Many people who were considering a 50" TV may be able to upsize to a 56". That's about 25% more screen area.

You don't have to be an engineer to understand why TV pictures with 1080p resolution offer so much more detail, depth and clarity compared to 720p models. A 720p display has about one million pixels while 1080p delivers over two million, for images that look more like real life. 1080p is also a pixel-perfect match for 1080i HDTV programs and high-definition HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc™ players.

Another feature contributing to the HL-T5676S's compelling picture is a "dynamic iris" for dramatically improved black level, shadow detail, and overall contrast. The motorized lens iris is controlled by a circuit that continuously samples the brightness level of the video signal. The iris opens and closes instantly, controlling the light output with split-second precision to optimize contrast scene by scene. BrilliantColor™ II video processing ensures colors that are both more accurate and more intense than ever before.

The HL-T5676S has plenty of inputs to handle your current and future audio/video gear. There are two HD-compatible component video inputs, and two HDMI inputs — and for future-readiness, all of them accept signals up to 1080p. The standard PC input lets this set double as a gigantic hi-res computer monitor.

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Highlights:

  • 56" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • Cinema Smooth™ 1080p Light Engine (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • DynamicBlack™ dynamic iris for deeper blacks and better contrast
  • 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • 140°(H) x 60°(V) viewing angle
  • Digital Format Converter (upconverts all signals to 1080p)
  • BrilliantColor II system with 5-segment color wheel (red, green, blue, yellow, cyan)
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • illuminated multibrand remote control
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 composite video
    • 2 S-video
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080p)
    • 3 HDMI v1.1 digital audio/video inputs (accepts signals up to 1080p)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • USB port for digital photo/MP3 playback
  • 50-7/8"W x 33-1/8"H x 12-1/4"D (pedestal is 34-3/4"W x 11-1/2"D)
  • weight: 63 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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FREE "white glove" in-home delivery: This item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses. Free return shipping not available with this model.

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Type
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DLP
Screen Size
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56"
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Resolution (pixels)
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1920 x 1080
Picture In Picture
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No
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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10 watts x 2
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Type of Warranty Service
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In-home
Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer)
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Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer)
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Dimensions
Width (inches)
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50-7/8
Height (inches)
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33-1/8
Depth (inches)
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12-1/4
Footprint Width (inches)
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34-3/4
Footprint Depth (inches)
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11-1/2
Weight
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63 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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  • 56" Rear-projection DLP TV
  • Wireless remote control (BP59-00125A)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 6' Detachable AC power cord
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • Owner's Instructions (English/Spanish)
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • North American Limited Warranty Statement
  • Limited Warranty To Original Purchaser sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • On-line Product Registration sheet
  • "Cautions when using the projection TV" sheets (English/Spanish)
  • Procedures for Controlling a DLP DTV using an RS-232C Connection sheet

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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.

Next Generation DLP Chip by Texas Instruments: Samsung employs a DLP chip that is comprised of millions of microscopic mirrors capable of switching on and off at 15,000 or more times a second to deliver a razor-sharp picture for fast-moving images. When combined with Samsung's new Cinema Smooth Light Engine, the result is a crisp, bright picture with deep, rich colors that's closer to film.

Cinema Smooth 1080p Light Engine: Samsung's Cinema Smooth 1080p light engine bring together the right optics, electronic circuitry and long-lasting light source to create a brilliant picture that's more lifelike and much closer to film. The sixth generation Cinema Smooth light engine delivers crisp, 1080p High Definition resolution with high contrast (10,000:1) and brightness, defined edges and sharp detail. The Cinema Smooth 1080p light engine uses a single-panel design that offer crystal clear picture without an possibility of convergence errors.

Digital Natural Image Engine (DNIe): Samsung's DNIe makes input signals sharper, clearer, and more lifelike. It's advanced five image processors and six-times density enhancer help to create true-to-life colors and high contrast, while virtually eliminating digital artifacts.

Native Resolution: The television has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. The HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals and will display them as 1920 x 1080. The television features a full HD 1920 x 1080p digital format converter for all inputs.

Integrated HDTV Tuner: The TV has a built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) tuner, so you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV signals. The TV also has a 181-channel NTSC analog tuner. An additional QAM tuner decodes unscrambled digital cable signals.

3D Comb Filter: The television utilizes a 3D comb filter to dramatically reduce edge image artifacts while improving transition detail.

Film Mode: This mode automatically senses and process film signals and adjust the picture for optimum quality.

Note: This feature is only available in TV (analog), AV, and S-Video modes.

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

Low Noise Amplifier: If the TV is operating in a weak-signal area, sometimes the LNA function can improve the reception by using the TV's low-noise preamplifier to boost the incoming signal.

Automatic Picture Settings: You can choose one of the following automatic picture modes:

  • Standard: general TV watching mode
  • Dynamic: to increase the clarity and sharpness of picture
  • Movie: when watching movies

Detail Picture Settings: The television also allows you to make more precise picture settings.

  • Black Adjust: directly select the black level on the screen from Off, Low, Medium or High to adjust the screen depth
  • Dynamic Contrast: adjust the screen contrast from Off, Low, Medium, or High so that the optimal contrast is provided
  • Gamma: adjusts the primary color (red, green, blue) intensity from -3 to +3.
  • White Balance: adjusts the color temperature from -10 to +10for more natural picture colors
  • Edge Enhancement: emphasizes object boundaries; can be turned either On or Off
  • My Color Control Mode: The My Color Control 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 adjust the Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink tones to your personal preference for optimal viewing.

Active Color: This feature makes the blue and green colors more vivid on the TV's screen.

Color Weakness Enhancement: This featured adjust the Red, Green or Blue color to compensate for the user's particular color weakness.

Picture Sizes: You can choose one of the following picture sizes:

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

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

  • Wide Fit: enlarges the aspect ratio of the picture to fit the entire screen

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

  • Just Scan: use this function to see the full image without cutting off the picture when DTV or HDMI 1080i/108p signals are input

Picture Position: You can adjust the horizontal and vertical position of the TV's picture to better fit the television's screen.

Game Mode: When using a video came console, you can optimize your game experience with the Game Mode. The Game Mode enhances dark areas, sharpens the picture, speeds up the image processing response, and enhances the sounds of the games. You can select from four Game Mode settings - Adventure, Sports, Standard or Off.

Freeze Picture: The TV allows you to freeze a moving picture. Normal sound will still be heard during this function.

Edit Input: The television allows you to name the external device connected to the input jacks to make your input source selection easier. You can choose from VCR, DVD, D-VHS, Cable STB, HD, STB, Satellite, STB, PVR STB, AV Receiver, DVD Receiver, Game, Camcorder, DVD Combo, DVD-HDD Recorder, PC, Internet TV Recv, Interactive TV Recv, VOD STB or TV.

Channel Labeling: Channels can be labeled so that their call letters appear whenever the cannel is selected.

Favorites: This feature allows you to set a number of channels you watch frequently as Favorites for easy access.

"Hidden" Speakers: The TV features a thin bezel design with the DACS "hidden" speaker system. The speaker system consists of 2 down-firing one-way speakers that are located on the front bottom of the panel. The speakers can be internally muted if you want to listen to audio through your sound system.

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. It is fully compatible with all multi-channel formats.

Automatic Volume Control: This feature reduces the difference in volume level among different broadcasting stations.

Wiselink: A rear-panel USB 2.0 type-A port allows you to connect a USB mass storage device to view JPEG files and play MP3 audio files. You have access to the following functions:

  • Photo (JPEG) List: This menu shows JPEG files and folders saved on the USB device and allows you to do the following:

    • Slide Show: You can play files on the USB device in a slide show. You can adjust the slide show speed to Slow, Normal, or Fast. You can also choose an MP3 file on the USB device to play as background music during the slide show. The repeat function allows you to play the slide show again and again.

    • Rotate: This feature allows you to rotate the selected image by 90°, 180°, or 270°.

    • Zoom: You can enlarge a picture 1x, 2x or 4x. Once the image is enlarged, you can move it around onscreen.

  • MP3 List: This menu shows MP3 files saved on the USB device and allows you to play them back. You can choose from the following play-modes.

    • Once: all music files or a single music file are played once

    • Repeat: all music files or a single the music file are played repeatedly

  • Firmware Upgrades: Samsung may offer upgrades for the TV's firmware in the future. These firmware upgrades will be possible by connecting a USB drive to the TV's USB port.

PC Display: The PC input allows you to connect a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output and 3.5mm audio minijack, 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. You can also change picture size between Wide TV, Wide PC or 4:3. You can also connect the TV to your PC through its HDMI input via an HDMI cable or DVI adapter and audio cable.

3D Function: The television is 3D HD ready. The TV is capable of displaying future 3D games, movies and other programming via 3D compatible glasses and hardware.

Digital Close Captioning: You can customize the closed caption display characteristics by changing the background color, foreground color, text size, and font when viewing digital channels.

V-Chip: The V-Chip feature automatically locks out programs that are deemed inappropriate for children based on the user selected parental guidelines. The user must enter a 4-digit password before any of the V-Chip restriction are set up or changed.

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 choose the "On Timer Channel" and "On Timer Volume". You can also select from a Once, Daily, Weekday or Weekend On/Off Timer repeat mode.

Auto Power Off: When you the timer "On", the Television will eventually turn off if no controls are operated for 3 hours after the TV was turned on by the timer. This function is only available in timer "On" mode and prevents overheating which many occur if a TV is on for too long.

Remote Control

Multi-brand 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, set-top boxes and DVD players. The IR remote control can be operated up to a distance of about 23 feet from the TV with direct line of sight. The television is equipped with discrete IR codes for use with an optional macro/programmable universal remote (sold separately).

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: The TV feature three HDMI terminals. The HDMI terminals can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. One of the HDMI terminals can be used for a DVI-equipped component. A separate analog RCA stereo audio connection and a DVI-to-HDMI adapter will be needed. The HDMI jacks accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals.

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

S-Video: In addition to two composite video inputs, the unit also features two S-video inputs for external devices with and S-Video output such as a camcorder or VCR.

AV Output: Composite audio/video outputs for external AV devices. The video output is not available for  Component, PC or HDMI.

Digital Audio Output: In addition to the unit's analog stereo audio inputs the TV is equipped with a digital audio optical output for connection to your Dolby Digital/DTS receiver.

PC: This input consists of a 3.5mm audio jack and an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack. This jack allows you to connect your 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.

RS-232C: The TV has an RS-232C serial port on the back for connecting to a professional linking network and for service usage.

3D Sync Out: Proprietary output connects to  3D IR emitter.

WiseLink: 2.0 USB type-A port for connection of an USB mass storage device to view photo files (JPEG) or play audio files (MP3).

Antenna Inputs: The TV features two 75ohm coaxial antenna connectors labeled Ant 1 In (Cable) and Ant 2 In (Air).

 
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