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If you're shopping for a plasma HDTV, you'll definitely want to take a serious look at Samsung's latest high-value model. The 42" HP-S4253 has an all-black cabinet that makes this set's bright, color-drenched images pop off the screen with even more impact. There are built-in tuners for analog and digital over-the-air broadcasts, including HDTV. Simply connect an antenna to enjoy fantastic-looking free programs from your local stations.

For starters, Samsung has addressed one of the few drawbacks to plasma TVs: their tendency to reflect a room's ambient light sources. Samsung's FilterBright anti-glare filter manages to reduce reflections noticeably while maintaining an ultra-high 10,000:1 contrast ratio. You'll enjoy a punchy picture with deep, rich blacks and realistic shadow detail. Advanced video processing helps the HP-S4253 reproduce up to 549 billion total colors, for exceptionally natural skin tones.

This versatile plasma has a total of 6 A/V inputs for hooking up all your video gear. Connections range from composite and S-video jacks for a VCR or camcorder, to HD-compatible component video and digital HDMI inputs for your best sources. Hook up your PC or Mac to this set and the Picture-in-Picture feature can simultaneously display a sitcom and a spreadsheet. Some less-robust plasmas play it safe by leaving out a PC input, but the HP-S4253 resists screen burn-in with features like Auto Pixel Shift.

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Product Highlights:

  • 42" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • 1024 x 768 pixels
  • 10,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • 175°(H) x 175°(V) viewing angle
  • 13-bit video processing (549 billion colors)
  • DNIe™ (Digital Natural Image engine) picture enhancement
  • FilterBright™ anti-glare filter
  • Auto Pixel Shift (resists screen burn-in)
  • 1-tuner Picture-in-Picture (inset or split-screen)
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • 6 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 composite video (1 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 S-video (1 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 2 HDMI digital audio/video inputs
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • 2 RF inputs (Antenna, Cable)
  • optical and coaxial digital audio outputs for Dolby® Digital
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 29-1/4"W x 13-7/16"D)
  • wall-mountable (wall bracket not included)
  • 41-9/16"W x 28-1/8"H x 3-3/4"D (30"H x 13-7/16"D on stand)
  • weight: 75.4 lbs. (without stand)
  • long-life panel (60,000 hours)
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • 42" Widescreen plasma TV (has attached stand)
  • Wireless remote control (BN59-00511A)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 5.75' AC power cord
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • Owner's Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • North American Limited Warranty Statement
  • Limited Warranty to Original Purchaser
  • Product Registration Card
  • Screen cleaning precautions

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Features
Mounting Options
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Dimensions

Features

HDTV (ATSC) 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.

Display Resolution: The HP-S4253 has a display resolution of 1024 x 768. The unit will accept 1080i, 720p, 480i and 480p signals, and has a built-in image "scaler" to handle a variety of digital and analog audio/video sources. The "scaler" converts the signals from all video sources to match the panel's native 768p resolution.

FilterBright: FilterBright is a powerful anti-reflective film that absorbs external light and transmits internal light, thereby increasing the contrast levels and preventing unwanted reflection. In bright daylight, FilterBright creates high contrast with pure black to show clearer image details and generate superb dark area representation.

High Contrast Ratio: The 10,000:1 contrast ratio delivers deep, rich darks and bright whites.

Panel Life Expectancy: The plasma flat panel display has an estimated life of 60,000 hours, which equates to 27 years at 6 hours of viewing per day. Note: The estimated life figure represents phosphor "half-life" viewing time under normal conditions.

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.

13-bit Processing: Samsung's 13-bit processing method produces 549 billion lifelike colors and aids in video signal processing of analog sources to ensure a more natural and vivid picture.

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
  • Movie: 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, tint, and color tone

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

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

  • 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

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

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.

Picture-In-Picture (PIP): The Picture-In-Picture feature allows you to simultaneously watch two video sources (such as a TV, VCR, or DVD), or watch one video source while using the PC input. The TV has only one tuner, so you cannot watch two TV channels at the same time. There are three PIP views: two side-by-side split screens or a small window inside of the full screen. The small PIP window can be moved to any of the screen's four corners.

Digital Signal Strength Meter: The digital signal strength meter can be used to help you find the antenna position that delivers the highest HDTV digital signal strength.

Analog Channel Fine Tuning: The fine tuning feature allows you to manually adjust analog channels for optimal reception. A separate fine tuning setting may be put into the TV's memory for each analog channel.

Low Noise Amplifier (LNA): When the TV's antenna setting is on "Air", instead of "Cable", sometimes reception can be improved by boosting the incoming signal using the LNA function. A separate LNA setting may be put into the TV's memory for each channel.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Energy Savings: This feature allows you to choose a level of energy savings by adjusting the screen brightness. You can select Auto Saving, which automatically adjusts the screen brightness depending upon the surrounding lighting conditions. Super Saving enters the maximum power saving mode regardless of the surrounding illumination. If you select Standard, the TV operates in the standard brightness mode, regardless of the surrounding lighting conditions.

Screen Burn Protection: To reduce the possibility of screen burn-in, this TV is equipped with a pixel shift function, which minutely moves pixels on the display horizontally or vertically. You can set the number of vertical lines and horizontal dots to shift, plus the time interval for each pixel shift. If screen burn has occurred, you can select an all-white screen or a signal pattern to help remove screen burn artifacts.

Mounting Options

Detachable Stand: The HP-S4253 comes with a vertical stand for easy placement on top of a counter or table. On the stand, the TV cannot be tilted or swiveled.

Wall Mounting: You can mount this display on the wall using an optional wall-mount bracket. The TV has four threaded screw holes spaced to accommodate many universal wall mount brackets. The horizontal hole spacing is 23-1/2", while the vertical hole spacing is 15-11/16". The holes will accept M8 (8mm) screws.

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.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Inputs: One of the HDMI inputs has stereo RCA audio inputs for use when connecting to a source unit with a DVI output (DVI does not carry an audio signal).

Note: The HDMI terminals will accept 1080i, 720p, and 480p signals.

PC In: The PC input consists of an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack and a stereo mini-jack. This jack allows you to connect a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output.

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

Digital Audio Outputs: The TV has one optical and one coaxial digital output for connecting the TV to a digital audio system with 5.1-channel audio.

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • TV/Monitor (On Stand): Width=41-9/16", Height=29-15/16", Depth=13-7/16", Weight=88.2 pounds
  • TV/Monitor (Without Stand): Width=41-9/16", Height=28-1/16", D=3-3/4", Weight=75.4 pounds

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HP-S4253 Review

Written By Bryan, Lowell MA on Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I was on the fence as far as choosing LCD or plasma. I decided that I needed the contrast so I selected the Samsung HP-S4253.

I've had it hooked up for a day or two to my Comcast HD PVR and I am amazed at the quality. While this is my first HDTV, my family has a few and I can say that this tv is on par with what they have (Panasonic and Pioneer models).

HD looks amazing. SD looks decent, slightly pixely. You're going to hate SD after seeing HD so why nitpick about that.

One thing that was a nice surprise was the quality of the speakers in the unit. Compared to my old tube tv, the sound is 100% better. There's actually a little bottom end now.

Anti-glare is pretty good. Not LCD good, but fine for my room.

Samsung HP S4253 review

Written By Lori, Germantown, tn on Sunday, July 16, 2006

I've had the TV now for about 5 days and everything is working as expected and am very satisfied with picture. Wish the remote could work for all my components (tivo, home theatre). I compared many models and this 42" set looks great above the mantle with the tilted bracket. I put off buying our first HD TV doubting that HD was really that much different, but am wowed by the clarity and detail. Highly recommend.

You Will Not Regret It

Written By Marvin Jiron, Raleigh, NC on Thursday, July 06, 2006

BUT WHY?! - It was a decision between the Panasonic TH-42PX60U and the Samsung HP-S4253. Both are almost as equal, like twin brothers. Same price, same specs, about the same overall performance, same size. I had to go to the local store and compare them side by side. The Samsung was my choice because it was a bit brighter, and I was told that it lasts longer. I went with the Plasma TV because you could view it at any angle, without shadows, and unclear picture. You can see the pixels but from up close, from 6 feet+, its not noticeable.

PROS - Awesome in HDTV (720p) from directv, DVD's on progressive scan (480P), looks great, and non-HD channels looks awesome, unlike some TV's where only HD channels looks great and the non HD channels are fuzzy. It has many input options.

CONS - (NOTHING MAJOR) My only complaints are: 1. The remote is ugly, very bulky. 2. If you are thinking of getting over the air HDTV, its pretty slow to change channels(not an issue to me) 3. If you get this TV get the protection plan, because this TV is vulnerable to Burn - Ins. So for those who want to hook up your PC, Xbox 360's and the upcoming Playstation 3 or another game system, I would recommend an LCD TV. I don't know why they have 4:3 ratio,, if you leave it like that for a little over 3 hours, or with any still images its will burn in (even though this TV has a Burn Protection thingy, on its menu, all that does is it either checks if u have burn ins, or refresh/clean out, minor burn ins)

BOTTOM LINE - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, WORTH EVERY CENT

The Best 42 inch HDTV on the market!

Written By XBOX360, Atlanta,GA on Thursday, May 18, 2006

After a year researching, and two returns later I finally found the Best 42 inch HDTV on the market at any price range. The picture is unbelievable, better then the Panny or the Sony (I tried them both first)And Samsung addressed the issue with Plasma's and screen burn, and are so confident that it works that they even added PC inputs. Also if you're a gamer like me the Samsung has game mode which made my XBOX360 look just sick. My advice is go with the new Samsung. Oh ya and a tip, make sure you have your DVD player set on the 16:9 setting or you lose some of the great picture detail. I also own the Sony 50" HDTV (KDF-E50A10)
Which is a great set, but the Samsung is much sharper.

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