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Exclusive-First Revew of the Samsung LN-T4081F LED Driven LCD Flat Panel

October 29th, 2007 · 45 Comments · LCD Flat Panel

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Samsung’s latest HDTV flat panel offering, the 40” LN-T4081F, significantly raises the LCD performance bar, providing the highest LCD panel motion resolution ever measured, accurate color and the best black levels and dynamic rated contrast ratio (would you believe 500,000:1) of any flat panel.

The secret sauce? The 81 series are the first large screen LCDs that incorporate white LEDs (light emitting diodes) as a light source instead of fluorescent lamps (usually CCFL-Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps). The 81 series also features localized dimming (Samsung calls it “Smart Lighting”), providing another LCD first, which is the ability to turn the intensity of the light source either down or off in the areas where the image is dark or black.

The LN-T4081F ($2999; review sample is a pilot production unit) represents the top of Samsung’s LCD HDTV line (the series also includes 46”, 52” and 57” sizes). In addition to its unique back lighting system, the 81 series has other high-end Samsung features that include side firing speakers, a rear firing woofer, three HDMI inputs (one on the side), two component video inputs and a USB memory reader (for photos).

The LN-T4081F has a “pixel for pixel” aspect ratio to display all the image information that is contained within a high definition broadcast or high definition disc to appear on the screen. Samsung calls it “Just Scan”. Samsung also provides a Gamma adjustment (Gamma is the rate of transition from black to white) using presets. The “–3 “setting position was the most accurate setting.

As with some other recent Samsung LCD flat panels, this series features a shiny anti-reflective screen coating similar to ones found on many plasma panels. The shiny coating increases image contrast and produces “more vibrant colors,” according to Samsung’s website. Unfortunately, it also produces well-defined reflections of bright objects such as lamps located opposite the viewing position, though most people have the good sense to both keep such light sources away from viewing room locations likely to produce such reflections, and for daytime viewing, to cover windows with blinds and/or curtains.

I prefer the shiny, anti-reflective coating found on these new sets as well as on most plasmas and on some of the latest LCDs over dull anti-glare coatings and I am amazed that some LCD manufacturers continue to use “anti-glare” as a major selling feature to distinguish their sets from “anti-reflective” plasma sets.

The heart of the Samsung LN-T4081F is its 1080p (1920 x 1080 resolution) S-PVA LCD panel, the same one used in other top Samsung models as well as many of the larger panels in Sony’s XBR series (Sony and Samsung co-own a factory that produces these panels). The S-PVA LCD panel has the best angle of view and response of any LCD Samsung produces (there’s more on viewing angle later).

The local dimming feature incorporated in the 81 series models produces a black screen when there is no signal on the screen by completely shutting off all of the LEDs. When the content includes black areas in a portion of the image, the LEDs behind the dark area turn off. The TV’s local dimming circuit monitors the content and, zone by zone, constantly changes the LEDs’ intensity, depending on the content.

Samsung combines the local dimming feature with what it calls “Motion Plus,” a scanning technology that activates the horizontal rows of LEDs progressively from top to bottom to dramatically decrease motion blur in this 60Hz panel. With Motion Plus activated, the panel measured a record-setting (for LCD) 800 lines of horizontal measured resolution (using the “FPD Benchmark Software for Professional” 1080i Blu-ray Test Disc), which is 33% greater motion resolution than that of any other LCD panel tested to date including 120Hz models from Sharp and Sony. That ranks the LN-T4081F near the best set ever measured (900 lines, the soon to be reviewed Pioneer PDP-6010FD). With Motion Plus in the “off” position, resolution dropped to 550 lines, which is just short of the 600 lines of the best previously tested 60Hz LCD panels.

Sampling a variety of high motion content, including action movies like “Spiderman 3” and NFL football, confirmed the freedom excessive motion blur that’s been seen on every competing LCD panel sampled to date.

A series of objective tests confirms the LN-4081F’s ability to properly handle a 1080i HD signal, the type most commonly used for broadcast, satellite and cable HD programming. The Samsung displays full bandwidth of 1080i multiburst “single pixel on/ off” test pattern generated by a Sencore VP403 signal generator.
The Silicon Optix HD HQV test disc verified the LN-T4081F’s ability to both properly de-interlace 1080i signals to 1080p and to perfectly execute 3:2 pulldown conversion needed to maintain full resolution without added artifacts when viewing film based HD content used in a number of TV series and in movies.

Color temperature and the color point measurements indicate that gray scale was close to ideal using the “warm 2” setting. There are user controls for setting the gray scale (called “white balance”), but proper settings require sensitive and accurate test gear in the hands of a trained calibrator. I was able to quickly obtain an excellent result: a minor deviation from D6500K of +186K/-185K using the set’s “white balance” controls with readings from a Photo Research PR650 spectroradiometer.

Measuring the color accuracy against the HDTV 709 standard using the LN-T4081’s “auto” color mode, the xy coordinates of the three primary colors Red (R), Green (G) and Blue (B) were near-perfect, providing naturally green grass on football fields, accurate blue skies and crimson reds. For the “tweaks” reading this, the measurements (with the standard in parentheses) were R= x.647 (.640) y .322 (.330) G= x.299 (.300) y.603 (.600) and B =x.150 (.150) y .055 (.060).

Black levels were lower than I was able to accurately measure. With a blank screen, all LEDs are shut off, resulting in completely black levels. White writing against a black background, produced a considerably higher black level—visually higher than blacks on Pioneer’s Kuro Plasma displaying the same content, but it was still very dark and darker than I have ever seen on an LCD flat panel. In other words, the local dimming effectively and significantly decreased the level of black. The (off axis) pictures below show the effect of local dimming “on” and “off.” with the cameras sensitivity maxed out. The straight on shot illustrates the black level with normal viewing.

One other feature that is deserves mention is the LN-T4081F’s energy efficiency. Using a full frame white pattern at 20% (20IRE) the Samsung consumed an incredibly low 79 watts a level that is the lowest I have ever measured. This reading was made with the Motion Plus and Smart Lighting circuits activated and contrast set at 90.

While the color, black level and overall image was excellent, the LN-T4081’s performance fell short in a number of areas, including its handling of 480i signals. The Silicon Optix HQV DVD produced a score of 0 out of 10 for the “jaggezze” test, with straight diagonal lines producing unwanted artifacts seen as a saw tooth pattern at the top and bottom of the lines. The set also failed the 3:2 pulldown test when fed standard definition 480i signals. Fortunately, with the advent of upconverting external set-top boxes (cable, satellite, surround sound receivers, scalers) and DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray players with good processing, an HDTVs ability to effectively upconvert 480i has become less important, though I would preferred that the 408i passed these tests.

Another shortcoming is the set’s tendency to occasionally cause fast moving objects to “ghost,” producing a second faint image next to the main one. This can be seen in the photos of the cars bellow. This artifact appeared whether or not the Motion Plus circuit was activated, which indicates that the problem may be with either the panel itself, or with another circuit, and not with the set’s motion blur reduction capabilities. With actual program material, the anomaly was present only occasionally and from a viewing position far closer than the maximum optimum distance of about 6 ½ feet for a display of this size.

The final shortcoming was with the set’s viewing angles. As one moves about 20 degrees off center, blacks appear lighter, whites darker and colors become less saturated. This effect is more pronounced than I have seen with Samsung’s S-PVA panels using conventional CCFL backlights. Perhaps the LEDs have lenses with their own optical properties? These “issues” were minor and far outweighed by all of the set’s positive picture attributes.

At HD Guru we are always on the lookout for better performing high definition displays, regardless of the technology. To date, to the dismay of manufacturers and some readers, LCD flat panels have lagged behind other HDTV technologies in their ability to produce the best high definition images, especially in motion resolution and black level.

The LN-T4081F sets new high LCD performance levels for contrast and motion. This is the first LCD to be awarded the top ♥♥♥♥ HD Guru rating.

If you are considering purchasing any LCD HDTV the HD Guru suggests judging its performance against that of one of these new Samsung 81 series panels. Based on the HDTV test results and many hours watching movies and television content, the Samsung LN-T4081 is the best LCD HDTV available today. If you can afford it, buy it.

Copyright ©2007 HD Gary Merson/HD Guru™. All rights reserved. The content and photos within may not be distributed electronically or copied mechanically without specific written permission.
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LED Local Dimming “SmartLighting” Circuit On

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SmartLighting Local LED Dimming Circuit On- Off Axis

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Local LED Dimming Circuit Off- Viewed off-axis to highlight uniform level in dark area

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Screen Close-up of Moving Car: Note Ghost Image on License Plate (Shutter Speed 1/200 second)

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45 Comments so far ↓

  • Greg

    Have had Samsung lnt4081 for almost a year and absolutely love it! I’ve never seen the “the
    Triple ball effect” on this set. The picture on some broadcasts is amazing; consider your signal source when judging.

    I am using Comcast cable without the HD box and enjoy a beautiful picture with the HD channels and sony blu-ray player.

  • Francis

    I have owned the LNT4081FX since march of 2008 and being a service tech for 80% of the brands out there, to date this TV still outshines them all. Most people completely confuse the real details of what makes these things work as intended because they’ve been told something incorrectly and haven’t researched it further or experimented themselves. Such as earlier someone said you could replace the CCFL lighting in a common LCD TV. YOU CANNOT DO THIS!!! The lighting is tightly bonded with an adhesive to a filter pane which is also attached to the LCD portion. This is all one module and will cost about the amount you paid for the set to replace!!! Not only do these inverters fail considerably often from the strain of so many parallel balancers, the power supplies that multiply your wall outlets 120 volts to 2,000 and beyond for 52″ sets tend to fail. LED is the only way to go, and this TV is the best. Also the motion plus features is highly overrated even on the 240Hz TVs. This feature is primarily for things to come, not for what is already out.

  • Mac Computers

    I’ve tried hooking this up with my macbook pro… and the quality is incredible – a real improvement on my old sony 24 inch HDTV.

  • D. Hilton

    My son purchased one of these from Future Shop around Christmas. He had done his homework. Neither one of us are fond of Plasmas. They have one particular fault – heat, lots of it. A local cable company puts on a video of a fire place and run it through the whole Christmas season. If you wander by a plasma TV with that video running it’s truly realistic. You have the hissing, snapping, and crackling of the fire plus the radiated heat. I don’t need the heat in the summer. No thanks. Another negative of plasmas I won’t get in LCD backlit screen as found in this TV is metal ions migrating around causing my screen to darken over time. I liked my son’s new Samsung I purchased one too and one of his friends did the same. These things are just great. Plasmas look fine but no thanks my future doesn’t have one in it. My new Samsung LNT4681 TV is much greener (less power consumed).

  • joe

    hi
    tryting to decide between the sony 40 xbr 7, the samsung ln 40 A750 and the samsung t40 81F for home bedroom use thanks

  • John

    What does guru think about the Samsung A950? and what is a good price to pay.

  • Greg

    The LNT-4081 is now $1,199.99 free ship. at CF.com not sure if it’s ok to name seller.

  • Rodney Bowling

    how does the 81 compare to the 650?

    Not numberts your eyes! I have watched a 650 and enjoyed the picture. They are now the same price. I am wondering which I should buy?

    Thank you,

  • LCD TV Legend

    Guys, Im gonna assume the new LG Scarlet is much better than this?

    Not sure what to go for atm, Samsung, LG or a local own brand :/

  • Rich

    On the 10-bit panel, I thought it sounded weird, in that we usually hear 8-bit, 16-bit, etc., when it comes to “bits.” However, Crutchfield’s catalog mentioned “10-bit panel” for some advanced TVs. Maybe they meant “16-bit.”

    On the subject of performance, newer Samsungs (Series 6/7, boast 4 ms response times, while the Series 65/81 have “only” 8 ms response times. My question is whether a 120 Hz/8 ms set is better or worse that a 60 Hz/4 ms set. Or are they apples and oranges?

  • Rich

    Wow! Now I’m totally confused. “Everyone” said Samsung HDTVs were so great. That was last year. What about now? I’m interested in a 46″ set, but models currently available include Series 7, Series 6, Series 81, Series 65 and maybe others, Some have 60 HZ processing; some have 120 Hz. The latest (Series 6 and 7) don’t have LED backlighting, which I thought was better than flourescent backlighting (because of bulb replacement issues). Then there’s the issue of “how many bits in the panel processor.” I’ve heard 8-bit, 10-bit and (I think) 16-bit. Which is a feature that is worth the (extra) money? Finally, there’s price. I can get an LN-A46A650 delivered for about $1837. The 750 would be about $2350. But the 4681, which is an older model than Series 6/7, still goes for about $2500. What’s with that?

  • chris

    I just got my 4681. I love it, except I am disappointed that the LED motion plus is only accessible in MOVIE mode.Roger, does firmware upgrade 1009 solve this problem? I saw the most current upgrade on my tv is version 1008.Please help, as Samsung gives me inconsistent info.

  • Roger

    I just purchased the 4081 after months of comparing it to the 71 and the Sony’s XBR4 and XBR5. This LED/LCD stands alone in image quality and resolution. As of this writing the firm ware has been upgraded to version 1009. Unless you have this revision do not try to offer an intelligent comparison to another LCD.

  • abu musa

    I am in the process of buying a tv, I have come across two tv’s which would you recommand out of these two ln t4081f… or ln40 a6550a?

  • Leo

    i recently purchased the ln-t4081f and i really enjoy watching tv now! but there is one issue that i experienced after about 2 hours of viewing. before i start describing my problems…i have made sure that ALL connections to my tv are very secured.

    the problem: in any input i have the tv at…av1, av1, hdmi, i have images that flicker. a simple off and on procedure will remedy this until it starts to flicker again. after the flickering gets worst…the set turns to full black but i can still hear audio. i have tested my other inputs by running it and i have no video, but i hear the audio.

    is anyone else experiencing this problem?

  • Joe

    HDTV’S look great when there is no motion, but tv and moives are all about motion. The technology is still poor as we see 120Hz, Moition Plus, and other failed attempts to correct the inherent flaw in all LCD screens- they can’t handle motion.

    I wouldn’t call a technology that can’t handle it’s sole purpose high definition. I’d call it POSTV.

    I won’t pay thousands of dollars to get an inferior picture. My 40″ Sony XBR CRT will just get a convertor box and then still perform better than HDTV.

    They have suckered us consumers with their POSTV.

  • Carl

    need sopme help in deciding on the Sammy 71 series or the 81 series. I am concerned on the off -angle viewing issue on the 81 – read many reviews that commented on the greater than 20 degs and the picture quality goes down drastically. Is this a significant issue or not, and if I go with the 81 should I get a mount that can swivel to get the sweet spot back. Please advise -welcome all comments

  • Andy

    One thing that I have not heard discussed about this TV. (I sent an email to Samsung about it and received no response) Most white LEDs are blue LEDs with a Yellow phosphor coating or UV LEDs with a white glowing phosphor coating. Both types of LEDs tend to change color after a short period of time (months). I believe the short wavelength light degrades the phosphors. How is the color of the LEDs being controlled? Will they turn blue after a year or will the color become inconsistant?

  • Jack

    I also verified that I have the same LED Motion Plus problem that Ed reported. You can set LED Motion Plus on and the screen gets a bit darker. Turn off the TV. Turn the TV back on and you’ll notice the screen brighter. Then you go to the setting, it shows on, you go to change it and the screen immediately jumps to the darker setting. I have a LNT4681. I just filed my report with samsung.

  • won

    I would like to add a post script to my last comment.I would buy the Samsung with out hesitation if not for the room reflections.I have viewed this TV extensively,just recently I was out shopping with my wife and I said to her let’s go into Harvey Norman and look at some TV’s/we sat down in front of the Samsung in some home theatre chair’s(I had said nothing to her about the reflection issue’s)Then after a few minutes I said what do you think of that TV/and I quote her verbatim “I can see myself in the screen”.We need to boycott this technology and put our protests out on the web/and to Samsung,SAY NO TO S/PVA (if you do not you will pay a lot of money and regret it/High defination not High reflection

  • won

    I say no matter how good the technology is if the screen is reflecting other room images then it is unacceptable/sure the s/pva panel is excellent for color and contrast/and definition,BUT! the room reflections are distracting in all but a completely black out home theatre.This why smart manufacturers are not going there/I SAY NO TO SAMSUNG SUPER CLEAR PANEL (s/pva)

  • Jane Charboneau

    I am considering purchasing 1 of these Tv’s which one do you recommend. The Samsung HL-T7288w DLP or the Diamond Series Mitsubishi WD-73833. Your assistance in choosing is greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely,

    Jane Charboneau

  • ED

    well the SAMSUNG LNT5281 LED MOTION plus is a motion bust.THERE IS NO FIX AND WILL BE NO FIX for the 5281 MOTION PLUS.this means its is on the low end for resolution and must not have the same processor as the smaller 40 ” that the HD GURU HAS NO PROBLEM WITH.SAMSUNG IS BLOWING SMOKE AS USUAL ABOUT FIXING THERE CRAP.ALL I CAN SAY IS THEY EVEN GAVE A LINE OF BS TO HD GURU .I guess this is going back .I can see keeping something this expensive that just cant seem to perform to SAMSUNGS own spec.On to the next trial

  • amatot

    LCD’s, be it cold cathode or LED backlit use more energy to display BLACK (filtered LCD charged element orientation) than WHITE (open LCD element orientation). For sake of comparison it suits you best not to change your methodology but for sake of acuracy, you should be stressing the display dynamics or at at minimum, using a test pattern or frozen frame to simulate AVERAGE.

    “One other feature that is deserves mention is the LN-T4081F’s energy efficiency. Using a full frame white pattern at 20% (20IRE) the Samsung consumed an incredibly low 79 watts a level that is the lowest I have ever measured.”

  • clara junko

    Followup on Honyock’s post:
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    I thought the TBE issue (not sure it’s so “glaring” — not as glaring as that glossy screen in a lit room) only relates to the 71 series, as it is at 120hz vs. 60hz on the 81s.
    ————————–
    The TBE issue is best seen watching sports. Football, hockey, tennis, where there is a small fast moving object. The motion interpolation that “Motion Plus” is doing fails on these small objects and what you see is three balls at once (triple ball effect). Unfortunately, most sports involve small fast moving objects and when you tend to stare directly at those balls, pucks, etc, it becomes a pretty big problem.

    It has nothing to do with glossy/matte screens.

  • ED

    SAMSUNG UPDATE.SAMSUNG CANADA has contacted me saying that they have no firmwear fixes for the LN-T5281.They dont know anything about the problem with the motion plus,they have no information on it.They would like to send a services tech…..but admit they dont know how to fix it.HD GURU who did you talk to at samsung?Could you possible put me in contact with them .I have several others who are having the same problem.thanks ED

  • Russell

    the 81 series do not experience TBE

  • ED

    I did contact SAMSUNG.I described my problem to the tech,whom said they have no reports of such a problem.I was passed on to the second level tech who said they could fix this.The tech said i was because i still had it on shop set up and needed to change it to home setup.I followed the home setup instructions, now because of that my program guide for my HD box will not display the program menu.The other problem that started right after i did home setup is when i hit program guide it shrinks to pip in one corner.The funny thing is i have pip set to off.SAMSUNG said someone would e mail me back because they cant figure it out.PIP does not work with hd set top boxes..its not me many say the same thing ,in other forums.I also notice that the reviewer at CNET and a BRITISH REVIEW had the same problem with the motion plus staying engaged and backlight jumping to 10…the problem is widespread.i will keep HD GURU informed if there is a fix.Over all is a excellent first LED lcd tv from SAMSUNG.

  • ED

    The LED MOTION PLUS problem.This option does not stay on.when you go to menu and turn it on,it will only stay on till you shut off the tv.Once you turn it back on the led motion plus drops out..but still says ON in the menu.You have to hit the on button when you turn on your tv every time for it to restart.This is easy to see because the brightness drops when its on.This is a major flaw in the tv and needs to be addressed by SAMSUNG.By leaving if off it drops 33% in resolution and does not perform its intended use to cut down on motion blur.If you setup you color, brightness,contrast for this function it all changes when it drops out.HD GURU DID YOU INFORM ANYONE OF THIS FAULT…..SAMSUNG ..THE PUBLIC?

    My review sample did not exhibit the behavior you describe, (if it did I would have reported about it) however I did contact Samsung regarding the problems you are having with your set.  I was told Samsung is aware of the issue and is working on it. My Samsung contact suggested you call customer service at 1-800-samsung in a week for an update.

     The HD Guru

  • Honyock

    …………………………..
    Quote from above: Why was there no mention of the Motion-interpolation errors (TBE, or triple ball effect) ? This is a glaring issue with both the 71 and 81 sets.
    ……………………………
    I thought the TBE issue (not sure it’s so “glaring” — not as glaring as that glossy screen in a lit room) only relates to the 71 series, as it is at 120hz vs. 60hz on the 81s.

  • clara junko

    Why was there no mention of the Motion-interpolation errors (TBE, or triple ball effect) ? This is a glaring issue with both the 71 and 81 sets. If you watch sports, this is a serious issue as the resulting video sprays copies of fine details (such as a baseball, football, stripes in players’ socks as they’re running, etc). This may actually be what’s going on with the mercedes picture above.

    Also, the Motion Plus is inconsistent. It will smooth out video superbly for a few seconds, then it will get choppy again, etc. While still pretty neat, it’s noticable, and hard to ignore when what you’re really trying to watch is the *content*.

    As for color accuracy Pio Kuro wins as the samsung oversaturates colors at times. Blacks- Pio Kuro undeniably better. Scaling from 480p/SD, the Kuro also wins. The real kicker though… is that although the Pioneer doesn’t get quite as smooth as the Samsung, it does an excellent job consistently and it much easier to watch.

  • John Sapienza

    Gary, you said you reviewed a pre-production unit of the Samsung 81. I wonder whether the production units have better upscaling of SD? At the very least, they should do line-doubling. Can you get more information from Samsung? This is important to those of us who lack an external AV upscaler.

  • Cleop

    One thing you didn’t explicitly discuss was shadow detail; one store demo of a 52″ 81 I saw seemed to have some “black crush” (of course, store demos are notoriously unreliable). In your experience, did the terrific black levels yield equally terrific shadow detail, or is this one area the 81 still lags behind a good plasma?

  • Steve

    I tend to agree with what Joe has said. It seems like you found more negatives with the Samsung 81 than the Sony XBR4, yet it’s the best LCD? Come on! I believe your wrong about the 81 being the first LCD to be awarded your “top HD Guru rating.” Re-read your review of the XBR4, you gave your top rating to the Sony first.

  • Jim

    For the people who can’t control lighting in a room I think you should not be spending money on any quality HDTV. Period

  • Joe

    This review is a joke. We all know your bias toward plasmas, so I guess your top rating for the Sammy 81 makes it just as good as your holy plasmas. While I don’t own a Sony, you gave the Sony top ratings, but in the same paragraph knocked it down a notch cause you compared it to plasmas. I find this very odd the difference between the two ratings for the Sammy and Sony. Makes you sort of wonder what is really going on here and how honest these reviews are. Did you forget about that Sony XBR4 review you did and the ratings you gave it?

  • etype2

    I hate to say this…but I told you so on this site months ago and it’s only going to get better. This is the first wave of LED backlighting. There is more comming.

    The 40 inch panel weighs only 48 lbs. For people who can not control room lighting,the non relective screen is best.

    A quick check on the internet,reveals a low price of $2140.00 for the 40 inch panel and as we have seen, prices will come down further.

    Starting in first quarter of 2008,you will be able to buy panels only 1.5 inches thick and later in 2009 or sooner,panels will be reduced to .75 inch thick. What dose this mean? Easy installation on walls,reduced weight and power consumption. Why are the manufactures doing this? Because they fear OLED which is the best techknowedgy for flat panels. Sony will begin to sell the worlds first OLED television next month,December 1,2007 with a firm commitment to expand this tech.

    Happy viewing folks,this is getting exciting.

    Gary,I can hardly believe my ears. :-)

  • Sergio

    Was the poor 480i performance also present when fed 480P, hence a flawed scaler or is this only pointing towards poor deinterlacing ?

  • Andrew

    I know that posting your settings used to evaluate this television are specific to the set that you had, but for those of us without calibration equipment it might get us in the ballpark until we purchase our own calibration equipment and/or pay for an ISF calibration.

    It would be most appreciated.

    Thank you for the review!

    These setting were made with the HDMI input with a 1080i signal from a Sencore 403 signal generator. Color, tint and brightness will probably need to be changed for other sources, such as HD Cable or satellite box .

    Mode-Movie

    Contrast-90

    Brightness-53

    Sharpness-29

    Color-57

    Tint G51/48R

    Color Tone (temp)-Warm 2

    Detail Settings -(see below)

    Size- Just Scan (1:1)

    Digital Noise Reduction-Auto

    LED SmartLighting- On

    LED Smartlight Demo-Off

    (Detail Settings)

    Black Adj-Off

    Dynamic Contrast-Off

    Gamma- -3 (minus 3)

    Color Space-Auto

    White Balance (using warm 2)

    Red Offset 14

    Green Offset 13

    Blue Offset 12

    Red Gain 17

    Green Gain 18

    Blue Gain 15

    My Color Control-Default (all at 15)

    Edge Enhancement-Off

    XVYcc-Off

    LED Motion Plus-On

    (with Motion Plus On a number of settings i.e backlight, active color and DNie are grayed out meaning unadjustable.)

    HD Guru

  • Todd

    Correction to my last paragraph above:

    LN-T4081F reviewed above is the first ** LCD ** flat panel to receive ♥♥♥♥

  • Kevin

    Poor SD.
    No light in the room.
    Off-axis viewing degrades image.

    So basically, if you only use it for HD material, in a completely dark room, and only by yourself (since you would have to be sitting in the sweet spot)…then this set is for you.

    If you are part of the other 99% of the people buying a TV, maybe you should look elsewhere.

    I hardly call the above “issues” minor and they are the reason I didn’t go with the 81 series.

  • Todd

    Joe,

    While true the HD Guru said within the LCD category the XBR got ♥♥♥♥, that rating was as compared to other LCD flat panels. He clarified the rating by stating:

    “However, compared to other flat panel HDTVs, regardless of technology, the rating drops down to ♥♥♥, simply because the best plasma TVs produce better images, with better reds, wider viewing angles, and significantly better motion detail and usually for less money!”

    I think the distinction here is that the
    LN-T4081F reviewed above is the first flat panel to receive ♥♥♥♥ regardless of the type of technology used to generate the image.

  • Carlos

    (…)
    Embora ainda tenha algumas falhas, particularmente no que diz respeito a video de resolução normal, consideraram este televisor LCD como o melhor de sempre!
    Como era esperado, no que respeita ao contraste e nivel de negros, superou todos os outros LCDs testados até agora.

  • Joe

    Funny, I thought you also gave the Sony XBR4 your top rating also? And further stated the XBR4 was the best LCD set?

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