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32" LCD HDTV

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Our take on the Samsung LN-T3242H

by Steve Kindig
Samsung
NFL Samsung HDTV

The Samsung LN-T3242H is a space- and cost-efficient HDTV for your bedroom, office, or den. It demonstrates how how much more performance and flexibility the latest LCD TVs provide.

In addition to the built-in tuners for digital and analog over-the-air signals, there's a "QAM" cable TV tuner that allows cable subscribers to watch unscrambled channels without a set-top box. The LN-T3242H's HD-ready "jack pack" has three HDMI inputs to accommodate the growing number of high-def set-top boxes and video game consoles, and "upconverting" DVD players that use this digital connection.

You'll also find a dedicated input for connecting your computer. And one other cool feature is Samsung's Game Mode, which speeds up image processing and enhances the sounds of your games.

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Highlights:

  • 32" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • high-gloss black finish
  • 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)
  • 1366 x 768 pixels
  • 8-millisecond pixel response time
  • 7000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • 170°(H) x 170°(V) viewing angle
  • 1-tuner Picture-in-Picture
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • partially illuminated multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 composite video (1 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 S-video (1 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080p)
    • 3 HDMI v1.2 (2 rear, 1 side) — accepts signals up to 1080p
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • 2 RF inputs (Antenna, Cable)
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 21-5/8"W x 11-5/8"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 34-1/2"W x 20-3/4"H x 4-1/8"D (22-3/4"H x 11-5/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 32.6 lbs. with stand; 28.6 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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32"
Screen Design
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Flat
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels)
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1366 x 768
Screen Refresh Rate
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60 Hz
Backlighting Type
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Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp
3D
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Features
Instant Internet Movie Streaming
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Wi-Fi
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MHL-compatible
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Picture In Picture
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1 Tuner
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
Connections
Total Video Inputs
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7
HDMI Inputs
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3
Component Video Inputs
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2
Composite Video Inputs
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2
RF Inputs
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2
PC Input
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Yes
Ethernet Port
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Yes
USB Port
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Yes
Optical Digital Audio Output
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1 Rear
Coaxial Digital Audio Output
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None
Analog Audio Output
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1 Rear
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)
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Not Given
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)
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Not Given
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches)
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34-1/2
Height with Stand (inches)
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22-11/16
Height without Stand (inches)
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20-3/4
Depth with Stand (inches)
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11-5/8
Depth without Stand (inches)
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4-1/16
Stand Width (inches)
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21-9/16
Weight with Stand
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32.6 lbs
Weight without Stand
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Not available
Wall Mountable
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Yes
Wall Bracket Included
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No
Pedestal Stand
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What's in the box?

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  • 32" LCD TV
  • Wireless remote control (BN59-00598A)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 68" AC power cord
  • Bottom cover (used when wall mounting)
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • Owner's Instructions (English/Spanish)
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Limited Warranty To Original Purchaser sheet
  • North American Limited Warranty Statement (English/French)
  • On-lin product registration information
  • Screen cleaning instructions
  • Wall mount specification correction sheet

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Features
Mounting Options
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

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.

Native Resolution: The LN-T3242H has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 and scales all inputs for display at 768p. The HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

4000:1 Dynamic Contrast: The dynamic contrast ratio is 4,000:1; giving you brilliant brightness, contrast and detail from both PC and TV images. While viewing either very bright or very dark scenes, it can be difficult to distinguish main images which blend into the background. Dynamic contrast dramatically mitigates this problem by adjusting the backlight intensity, providing up to a 4x improvement in contrast.

Digital Natural Image Engine (DNIe): Samsung's exclusive Digital Natural Image engine dramatically improves the picture by enhancing the contrast, detail, and white balance, and reducing noise. DNIe can be turned off, or a demo mode shows a split screen with a DNIe enhanced picture on the right and DNIe off on the left.

8ms Response Time: The LCD television's ultra-fast eight-millisecond response time means smooth, crisp fast-action video.

Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (CCFL): This Samsung LCD HDTV uses Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (CCFL) backlights to give you 92% coverage of the NTSC standard, ensuring truer, more breathlessly vivid colors.

Picture Control: each input saves its own setting:

  • Automatic Picture Settings: choose one of three automatic picture settings:
    • Standard: resets the standard factory settings
    • Dynamic: increases clarity and sharpness
    • Movie: natural image without enhancements
  • Picture Adjustments: manually adjust and store the following settings:
    • Contrast
    • Brightness
    • Sharpness
    • Color
    • Tint (G/R)
  • Backlight: adjust the screen brightness by adjusting the backlight intensity from 0-10
  • Color Tone: adjust the overall color tone using one of five presets:
    • Cool 1
    • Cool 2
    • Normal
    • Warm 1
    • Warm 2
  • Black Adjust: screen depth is adjusted using Black Level, settings include:
    • Off: turns off the black adjust feature
    • Low: sets black color depth to low
    • Medium: sets black color depth to medium
    • High: sets black color depth to high
  • HDMI Black Level: the black level can be set to Normal or Low when using an HDMI (RGB) input
  • Dynamic Contrast: adjust contrast to optimize the picture:
    • Off: turns off the dynamic contrast adjustment feature
    • Low: sets dynamic contrast to low
    • Medium: sets dynamic contrast to medium
    • High: sets dynamic contrast to high
  • Gamma: adjust the middle brightness of the picture
  • Color Space: select the color space for the most natural color:
    • Wide: offers deep and rich tone
    • Auto: automatically adjusts color tone based on the program source
  • White Balance: adjust the color temperature for more natural colors
    • R offset: adjusts red color darkness
    • G offset: adjusts green color darkness
    • B offset: adjusts blue color darkness
    • R gain: adjusts red color brightness
    • G gain: adjusts green color brightness
    • B gain: adjusts blue color brightness
    • Reset: return to factory default
  • My Color: adjust to your personal preferences:
    • Pink: darken or lighten the pink colors
    • Green: darken or lighten the green colors
    • Blue: darken or lighten the blue colors
    • White: darken or lighten the white colors
    • Reset: return to factory default
  • Edge Enhancement: edge enhancement emphasizes the boundaries of an object, it can be turned off if you prefer
  • Active Color: active color emphasizes the colors of the sky and grass, for a more vivid picture

Game Mode: The Game mode enhances dark areas, sharpens the picture, speeds up the image processing response, and enhances the sounds of your games.

Film Mode: You can manually set the frame rate to film (vs. video) when using the TV tuner, composite input, S-video input, or a component video with 480i input signal.

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

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

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

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

  • Wide Fit: proportionally enlarges the picture to fit the entire screen without changing the aspect ratio

  • 4:3: sets the picture to 4:3 normal mode with pillars on the left and right of the screen

  • Just Scan: see the full 720p or 1080i image with no resizing when an HDMI input is used

Input Source Names: You can assign a preprogrammed name to each of the inputs. When input naming is completed, you will no longer have to remember which component is connected to each input when selecting a source to watch. Source names include VCR, DVD, D-VHS, Cable STB, HD STB, Satellite STB, PVR STB, AV Receiver, DVD Receiver, Game, Camcorder, DVD Combo, PC, VOD STB, and TV.

Channel Labels: Each analog channel programmed into memory can be labeled with a name up to 5 characters. Digital channels names are already assigned and cannot be edited.

Favorite Channel: You can create a list of your favorite channels and recall the list using the FAV.CH button on the remote.

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.

PC-Capable: This unit has a 15-pin D-Sub (RGB) input that allows you to use it as a high-resolution computer monitor. The HDMI 1 input can also be used with a computer. The TV can be set to automatically adjust to the video signals received, or you can use the setup menu to adjust the screen quality and position. No cables are supplied for connecting the TV to a PC.

Picture-In-Picture (PIP): The Picture-In-Picture feature allows you to view an analog TV broadcast on the PIP screen (sub-picture) when the main picture is from a connected PC. The TV has only one tuner, so you cannot watch two TV channels at the same time; you can only operate the PIP feature in when the TV is in PC mode. The PIP window appears in one corner of the screen, and can be moved to any of the screen's other corners. PIP will not work when the V-chip is in use.

Freeze: The still button allows you to freeze an image on the screen, it can only be activated from the remote control. When you freeze the picture the audio continues normally.

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): In a weak signal area reception might 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.

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.

Automatic 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 dialog

  • Custom: adjust the 5-band EQ; 100 Hz, 300 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz, and 10 kHz

  • SRS TruSurround XT: TruSurround is a patented SRS technology for playing 5.1 multi-channel content using only two speakers, it delivers a virtual surround sound experience through two speakers (internal or external), it is fully compatible with all multi-channel formats

Auto Volume: Auto volume automatically adjusts the volume of the desired channel, lowering the sound output when the modulation signal is high or raising the sound output when the modulation signal is low. This reduces the difference in volume when changing 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.

Function Help: With the function help feature turned on, each time you highlight a function in the menu, a brief description of the function is also displayed.

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.

Energy Saving Feature: This feature adjusts the brightness of the TV in order to reduce power consumption. You can select from the following Energy Saving modes - Low, Medium, High, Auto, or Off.

Mounting Options

Detachable Stand: The LN-T3242H comes with a table-top stand for easy placement on top of a counter or table. On the stand, the TV can swivel 20° left or right.

Wall Mounting: You can remove the stand and 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 hole spacing is 200mm x 200mm and requires four M6 (6mm) machine screws.

Kensington Lock: When mounting the monitor in a public place, you can secure it with an optional anti-theft device called a Kensington Lock. This TV has a slot on the rear panel to accommodate a Kensington Lock device.

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, DVD players, and set top boxes. The remote features an illumination button that lights up the Source, Volume Up/Down and Channel Up/Down buttons when pressed. These button only remain lit for a few seconds and then turn off to save power. This function is convenient for using the remote at night or when dark.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Side Panel Inputs: The LN-T3242H features a set of jacks on the side panel for easy connection:

  • HDMI 3

  • A/V in 2 (S-video, composite video, RCA stereo audio)

  • Headphone out (3.5mm), the TV's internal speakers are muted when you plug in headphones

HDMI: There are three HDMI terminals, two on the rear panel and one on the side. HDMI 1 can be used for a DVI-equipped component, it has a separate analog audio connection and a DVI-to-HDMI adapter will be needed. HDMI 1 can also be used to connect a computer. The HDMI jacks accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

Note: The HDMI inputs will accept a 1080p signal, even though the display is 1366 x 768.

PC: This input consists of a stereo mini-jack and an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack.

Component Video Inputs: The 2 sets of component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals.

Note: The component video inputs will accept a 1080p signal, even though the display is 1366 x 768.

Antenna Inputs: There are two antenna inputs; Ant 1 In (air) and Ant 2 In (cable).

Digital Audio: The optical digital output on the rear panel will output Dolby Digital (when available) or 2 channel PCM.

 
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Written By Ronald, Anchorage, AK. on Saturday, March 01, 2008
 
After much research bought this TV to replace a 20" analog TV in the bedroom and couldn't be happier. The picture is top notch and the sound is very good. I don't have it hooked up to any home theater equipment and was worried about sound quality but it sounds just fine. This is my first foray into HDTV and flat panel TV's. Also bought the Terk HDTVi indoor/outdoor antenna and I'm receiving all the local HDTV broadcasts in my area except for one with crystal clarity.
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Samsung LN-T3242H

Written By Wes, Smyrna, TN on Friday, February 08, 2008
 
This is a really nice tv for the price. It looks very nice on the wall and it performs great for what I need it to do. Well worth it.
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