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Samsung HPT4254 42-Inch Plasma HDTV

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  • 1024 x 768 resolution
  • 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 16 bit color
  • Filter Bright 2 Anti Glare Technology
  • 3 HDMI, 2 component, 1 PC input
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model Number: HPT4254
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Speaker Count: 2
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Product Description

Product Description

42" Widescreen Plasma HDTV

Offering a rich feature set and exceptional quality for its price, Samsung HPT4254 42-inch 720p plasma TV uses the company's latest DNIe enhancement circuitry to deliver outstanding brightness, contrast, and image clarity. Use it for home theater and use it for your PC--it's perfect for both. In addition to a standard-broadcast NTSC tuner, it also features an integrated ATSC tuner that can capture over-the-air digital broadcasts from local network affiliates (the set will still require a set-top tuner for receiving non-terrestrial HD broadcasts from channels like HBO or Discovery). Other noteworthy features include a 60,000 hour panel life, Samsung's unique auto pixel-shifting technology to prevent burn-in, a gaming mode, cinema progressive film mode, and 3 HDMI connections. This model is also compatible with an Auto wall-mount Samsung will release this year that is controllable in 3-dimensions via the HTDV's own remote control.

While the HP-T4254 Samsung's entry level 720p plasma for 2007, it differs from the step-up HP-T4264 on in the cosmetic design, and the lack of a USB2.0 connection. Both models offer the same high level of digital image processing, 15,000:1 contrast ratio, and HDMI connectivity. If you want a USB connction for playing photo files or MP3s, check out the HPT4264.

The Samsung Digital Natural Image engine (DNIe) Video Enhancer refines all analog NTSC and wideband video inputs for an overall improvement in picture quality. DNIe improves contrast, white level, picture detail and incorporates digital noise reduction to improve lower quality video inputs. Thanks to the new 13-bit processing capability of DNIe, the HP-S4253 can produce over 549 billion colors (compared to the one billion colors that TVs with 10-bit processing can produce.

Single-tuner Picture in Picture
This HDTV has a picture-in-picture feature, but it only has a single tuner which does not allow POP to function n the same mode. For example, you can't watch one TV channel in the main screen and another channel in the PIP screen. You can watch a tv channel in one screen and view contnet from your computer or a DVD in another. This tends to be the functional limitation of PIP in most HDTVs currently available.


  • HDMI connections: 3 (1 side 2 rear)
  • S-Video Inputs: 3 (1 side 2 rear)
  • Component Video A/V Input: 2 (rear)
  • PC (RGB) input: 1 (rear)
  • Composite video input: 1 (side)
  • Headphone Jack: 1 (side)
  • RF input: 2 (rear)

What's in the box Plasma HDTV, Remote control, 2 AAA batteries, Power cord, Owner's Instructions/Quick Setup Guide, Warranty Card, Registration Card, Safety Guide Manual, Cloth-Clean.

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight73.2 pounds
Product Dimensions3.7 x 41.5 x 27.5 inches
Item model numberHPT4254
Batteries:2 AAA batteries required. (included)
Color NameBlack
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Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #254,253 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight88.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Date First AvailableApril 18, 2005
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264 of 267 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey W. Kite on August 3, 2007
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I ordered the Samsung 4254 on July 31st and it arrived on August 10th which matched the estimated delivery-time exactly. The TV was shipped from Harrisburg PA and sent to my home in central NH. The EGL 'white-glove' delivery was as advertised. The TV was brought into my house, the box was opened so I could check the condition of the TV. The set arrived in original packing and in perfect condition. The delivery men even offered to take the set down to my TV-room. EGL was great!

I had been wary of having such a large and fragile item shipped. I saved $200 below the lowest retail price buying this through Amazon. In fact, the item price dropped while the TV was in transit and Amazon refunded the difference within a day. In the end buying through Amazon saved me a chunk of change and eliminated the donkey-work involved in transporting such a large item from the box store. In exchange, I had to wait 10 days for the TV to arrive.

Plasma vs LCD:

I did a lot of research in the process of settling on the Samsung 4254. Going in, I was convinced that I wanted an LCD because of my concern that the plasma might suffer 'burn-in'. I read in many places that this is not a real concern with current plasma sets. In the end, the decision to go with the plasma came down to the picture quality. I watch sports and movies and the plasma sets just produce a better image. There is far less motion-blur,the colors are more vivid and the viewing angle is wider.

The second disadvantage of plasma technology is that the screen is shiny (just like a standard CRT TV). The matte LCD screen is certainly less prone to problems with glare although the viewing angle can't match what you get with a plasma set.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Zossima on April 9, 2007
This is brand new from Samsung. Two features enticed me to choose this over LCD:

* 15,000:1 contrast ratio---this is as high as you'll currently get in a set that goes for around $1500

* Anti-glare technology

I've seen friends' plasmas for years. They all had serious glare issues, greater than what were present in a tube tv. The family room in my new house has 20' high ceilings and south-facing 20' high windows. But I see no glare even with the blinds open!

I'm thrilled with the picture. HD looks stellar. DVDs look incredible on my up-converting player.

The sound isn't exceptional, though it's better than on my 4 year-old tube tv. I have surround sound, so that issue is overcome. The sound is good, though. My advice would be to not let that sway you from buying this. Many brick and mortar retailers have deals for getting a surround-sound system with a new flat-panel tv.

Television choices are hard these days. Rear projection DLT offers great price, but you've got to replace the bulbs and the viewing angle is limited. LCDs just might win out in the future, but I still notice slow response (latency) when watching action films or sports. I think plasma still produces the best picture.

Samsung's HPT4254 looks to me to be the best value in plasma televisions.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jay Stocker on March 31, 2007
We had two LCDs out of the box and hooked up at home. It's a long story, but we ended up taking both of them back for different issues, one of which turned out to be a bad cable. CC was so great to take them back and we hadn't considered a plasma because of the glare issue. Well, I started reading about this Samsung plasma and how that had implemented some sort of anti glare system. We went back and I realized how much more vivid the colors are on this TV than an LCD. Plus, I thought the picture on this new model was quite a bit better than any other plasma models on the floor. We got it home and running and after having the other two LCDs to compare with, this thing ROCKS!!!!! Even in our bright room, the glare is not a problem for us. There is definitely more glare than an LCD, but it is so much better. There is this blurry thing that happens with motion on an LCD. And, I had read about it, but people were saying it's not so much of an issue anymore with recent models. I don't buy that after experiencing both kinds of TVs, the plasma is so much more clear with fast motion, and there is so much more depth to the colors. I'm extremely happy.

The only issue I have is with the sound. It's terrible. The sound was much better on the LCDs I had here at home. I have external speakers, so the sound quality is not important to me, but if you care even a little bit about the sound quality, I would consider buying even some low-end bookshelf speakers. Anything will sound better than the speakers built in to this thing. The speakers on my 5 year old 27" tube TV were better. I still gave it 5 stars, even with this sound issue because if you're in the market for this type of TV, you'll likely have some sort of surround setup and the speakers won't matter. Buy this TV for the picture and the price.

Go see for yourself.... the depth of color and clarity are unmatched in my opinion.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rbhatta TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2007
After considerable amount of research I decided to buy this TV, as most of the reviewers on Amazon has pointed out, This TV has the best picture your money can get PERIOD.

This TV might not have the latest frills and plethora of unwanted features which most other TVs in the market today, but given for the money you get the BEST Plasma TV in the market.

Buy with confidence, this TV is superb, Excellent Picture Quality, Lots of adjustments available for user preferences which most other TVs of this class needs to use Service mode adjustments to get perfect Color and contrast, But this TV right out of the box and factory settings gives you excellent Picture quality.

Given the fact that this is a PLASMA Panel, You must follow simple guidelines to make sure that you do not have BURN-in on your display.

1. DO NOT watch 4:3 aspect Ratio Material for extended period of time during the initial 150hrs of the Panel's life
2. DO NOT play games or display stationary pictures with high contrast for initial 150hrs of the Plasma panel's life.
3. Use the built-in Burn-in protection and correction methods to safeguard your PLASMA panel's life.
4. Set the TV to HIGH Energy Saving Mode which reduces contrast and brightness and also save some money on electricity bill


1. Excellent HD Picture Quality - Best in its class.
2. Built-in TV Tuners have excellent MultiPath rejection and detection for solid stable ATSC reception over the air. Works with Simple Rabbit ear antenna for Local HD channels
3. Beautifully designed fits any living room due to it's Glossy Black finish
4. Plenty of inputs for all your AV equipments' (3 HDMI and 2 Component + PC input)
5. Remembers each AV input's user preference independently.
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