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Item # 305LNT5281 | MFR # LNT5281F
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Samsung's "81-Series" HDTVs combine several cutting-edge technologies to deliver a thrilling new level of LCD picture quality. Ultimate AV editor Tom Norton summed up his review of the LN-T5281F this way: "... with stunning reproduction of the deepest blacks, great color, fine detail, and overall excellent performance on every type of program material, both HD and SD, the LN-T5281F is the best flat panel LCD I've yet reviewed."
LED backlighting extends LCD color range
Standard fluorescent LCD backlights can only reproduce about 72% of the broadcast TV color range. The colors that are lost are the deeper shades, especially reds and greens. Samsung's backlighting system employs hundreds of LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) to reproduce 92% of that color range. From the deep red of a "Stop" sign to the lush green of stadium grass, every scene looks more real.
LED SmartLighting enhances contrast and black level performance
Samsung's SmartLighting technology is a whole new approach to LCD screen illumination (click on the "Photos + Video" tab above to see an illustration). On typical LCD TVs, the backlight illuminates the entire screen equally at all times, no matter what is happening in the video image. The LN-T5281F's LED array is divided into a grid of independently controllable sections, to accurately display both dark and bright areas of an image. By taking advantage of the brightness and speed of LEDs, Samsung achieves an incredible maximum contrast ratio of 500,000:1.
A wealth of high-def options
The LN-T5281F has tuners for pulling in analog and digital over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required). Cable TV subscribers can use the built-in "QAM" tuner to watch unscrambled cable channels without a set-top box. With three HDMI inputs and two component video, it's easy to add multiple high-definition video sources like an HD satellite tuner or video game console. The set's HDMI inputs accept 1080p signals like those available from many of the latest Blu-ray and HD DVD high-def disc players.
Tip: For a list of over-the-air digital TV stations you can receive, as well as antenna recommendations for your location, enter your zip code in AntennaWeb's mapping tool.
FREE "white glove" in-home delivery: This item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Some flat-panel TVs include a pedestal stand that requires assembly by the customer the delivery crew is not responsible for assembly. White glove service is available to physical addresses in the United States only. Limited delivery to Alaska and Hawaii is available for $99 per item. Sorry, we can't ship to freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Please allow extra time to remote addresses. Free return shipping not available with this model. For more details, call 1-888-955-6000.
Great!! More than just a "T.V."!
Mike, Danville, VA
Average Customer Review(s):
Great!! More than just a "T.V."!
WOW! FREAKIN AMAZING! THIS SET HAS SOME OF THE DEEPEST BLACKS I'VE SEEN TO DATE. I NEVER REALIZED HOW MUCH BLACK LEVEL PLAYS A PART IN EXCELLENT PICTURE QUALITY. THE CONTRAST IS SO INCREDIBLE AND GIVES THE IMAGE A 3D LOOK AND MAKES THE PICTURE POP OFF THE SCREEN. BLU-RAY & HDDVD LOOK ABSOLUTELY STUNNING AS WELL HAS HD PROGRAMMING. FOOTBALL IS AMAZING WITH NO MOTION BLUR WHATSOEVER. THE ONLY DOWNFALL IS A POOR OFF ANGLE VIEWING. IF YOUR 4-5 FT AWAY FROM THE SWEET ITS FINE ITS WHEN YOU GET REALLY OFF TO THE SIDE THAT YOU NOTICE A CHANGE. IN MY HOME ITS NOT REALLY AN ISSUE CAUSE THERES REALLY NO BAD SEAT. I LOVE THIS SET BECAUSE IT'S A HYBRID SET. ITS A PLASMA AND LCD ALL IN ONE. YOU GET THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. BY FAR THE BEST LCD ON THE MARKET TO DATE. IF YOUR A VIDEOPHILE YOU'LL LOVE THIS SET.
|Screen Resolution (pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Screen Refresh Rate||N/A|
|Backlighting Type (for LCD TVs)||LED SmartLighting|
|Quantum Dot Color (for LCD TVs)||No|
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||---|
|Internet Movie Streaming||---|
|Bluetooth Audio Streaming||No|
|Picture In Picture||1 Tuner|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Type of Warranty Service||In-home|
|Total Video Inputs||7|
|Component Video Inputs||2|
|Composite Video Inputs||2|
|Optical Digital Audio Output||
|Analog Audio Output||
|Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)||Not Given|
|Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)||Not Given|
|Dimensions & Mounting Information|
|Height with Stand (inches)||33-3/8|
|Height without Stand (inches)||30-5/8|
|Depth with Stand (inches)||12-5/8|
|Depth without Stand (inches)||5|
|Stand Width (inches)||24-1/2|
|Weight with Stand||92.59 lbs|
|Weight without Stand||Not available|
|Wall Bracket Included||No|
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-T5281F has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 and scales all inputs for display at 1080p. The HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.
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.LED SmartLighting: Samsung's LED SmartLighting technology allows for an amazing 500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and ultra-sharp blacks. The LED backlight also provides more natural color representation. This technology uses LED Local Dimming which allows multiple LED backlights within a single screen to turn on and off automatically to adjust the picture quality depending on the screen. This LED Backlight system produces contrast with stronger blacks & whites and greater subtlety of every gradation in between.
LED Motion Plus: Samsung's LED Motion Plus Technology progressively scans the array of LED backlights from top to bottom at very high frequencies. It auto-controls the picture, adjusting fast moving images and eliminating the blurs that are common on conventional or typical LCD TV.
Super Clear Panel: Samsung's super clear LCD panel highlights black and darkened areas, enables vibrant, more compelling colors and provides a brighter, clearer picture. The panel's higher contrast ratio produces seamless, breathtakingly beautiful moving images and enables the TV to offer an exceptional picture.
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, 1080i, or 1080p image with no resizing
Picture Control: each input saves its own setting:
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.
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.
Picture-In-Picture (PIP): The Picture-In-Picture feature allows you to watch two video sources (TV, VCR, DVD) simultaneously. 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 an external device connected by HDMI, Component or PC. The TV has only one tuner, so you cannot watch two TV channels at the same time. There are three PIP views: Double Window (side-by-side split screens and each screen has a 4:3 aspect ratio), Double Wide (side-by-side split screens and each screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio), or standard picture-in-picture (a small window inside the full screen). In the standard picture-in-picture mode, the inset PIP window can be moved to any of the screen's four corners. PIP will not work while the V-chip or xvYCC is in use.
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.
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.
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.
Wiselink: A side-panel USB port allows you to connect a USB mass storage device (MSC) to view JPEG files and play MP3 audio files. You have access to the following functions:
Photo (JPEG) List: This menu shows an index of 15 thumbnail JPEG files saved on the USB device and allows you to do the following:
View: view individual photos by selecting them from the thumbnail display
Rotate: rotate the image 90°, 180°, or 270°
Zoom: enlarge a picture 2x or 4x, once enlarged you can move the image around the screen
Slide Show: play JPEG files on the USB device in a slide show; adjust the slide show speed to Slow, Normal, or Fast; an MP3 file on the USB device can play background music during the slide show
MP3 List: shows MP3 files saved on the USB device for playback
Anynet+: Anynet+ is an AV network system that enables you to control other components with your Samsung TV's remote. The Anynet+ system can be used only with Samsung AV devices that support the Anynet+ feature and are connected with HDMI 1.3 cables. The Anynet+ feature must be turned on in the menu to function. Anynet+ can support up to 12 AV devices in total.
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.
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.
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.
Detachable Stand: The LN-T5281F 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 600mm x 400mm, and the holes require M8 (8mm) machine screws. Without the stand, the TV weighs 81.13 pounds.
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.
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.
Side Panel Inputs: The TV features a set of jacks on the side panel for easy connection:
Wiselink (USB type A)
AV 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.
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.
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.
Ex-Link: This jack connects to an optional Samsung wall mount bracket that will allow you to adjust the TV viewing angle using the television's remote control.
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