Review: Samsung FP-T6374 -- A display for all seasons
- — 04 December, 2007 10:20
One of the movies I watched this way -- Mel Gibson's Apocalypto --had won a couple of awards for "best cinematography". (Gibson had filmed Apocalypto digitally, using the high-definition Panavision Genesis camera).
Viewing the panoramic forest footage, and the scene where captive villagers are led through the river (shot using a Spydercam from atop a 150-foot waterfall) was pure pleasure.
This time the colors were vivid, images sharp and beautifully nuanced. According to Samsung, the technology that produces these brilliant colors on the FP-T6374 includes:
1. 18-bit processing
2. A 15,000:1 contrast ratio
3. Samsung's Ultra FilterBright technology -- that in addition to eliminating "noise" and glare works to enhance color and contrast, and,
4. The new DNIe (Digital Natural Image engine).
The DNIe function has to be activated. When it is, there's a perceptible difference in visual quality.
In addition the Picture Menu includes and Active Color option -- which when turned on displays stronger and more vivid colors.
Colors and hues also display well in broad daylight, which is another positive feature of the Samsung FP-T6374.
The display also features a new "auto-pixel-shift" technology from Samsung that prevents picture "burn-in". This function that can be accessed from the on screen menu.
The pixel shift feature is particularly important if the display is used play a lot of video games. Many a plasma screen has been ruined by status bars and other stationary game elements -- and thankfully you now have a way to avoid that and protect your investment.
The FP-T6374 includes a pair of 15-watt stereo speakers, which Samsung says is capable of SRS TruSurround XT sound. That would be adequate, if you're not too particular about things like sound depth and richness.
But is you have multichannel home theatre system I suggest you get your audio from that.
While the internal speakers are fine for casual TV viewing (for instance), they certainly won't meet the expectations of an audiophile.
Bell and whistles
While most consumers would use the display to watch TV or play video games, offers you have the option of doing many other things the Samsung FP-T6374 as well -- such as viewing pictures, or MP3 files from a USB memory stick.
The side panel includes a WiseLink USB port that allows you to connect a memory stick with MP3 files or pictures.
When I did this the MP3 files played well (and sounded surprisingly rich on the 15-watt speakers), the images quality was quite good.