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Samsung LN-R408D 40-Inch Widescreen Flat-Panel LCD HDTV

by Samsung
3.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • 1366 x 768 pixel resolution
  • 3,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • 500 cdm2 brightness
  • Digital cable ready tuner with CableCARD slot
  • Integrated ATSC terrestrial tuner
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model Number: LNR408DX/XAA
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 40 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Product Description

Samsung 40"" 720p LCD TV - 16:9 - ATSC - 170° / 170° - 1366 x 768 - Surround Sound - 1 x HDMI

Combining big-screen viewing, sleek looks, and high performance, Samsung's 40-inch LN-R408D LCD television lets you enjoy not only regular TV, but full HD images from any high- or enhanced-definition source. This TV comes with a built-in ATSC Tuner for recieveing over the air HDTV broadcasts, and also includes a digital-cable-ready tuner with slot for a CableCard. Its suite of state-of-the-art connections accommodate a wealth of associated equipment, such as a DTV set-top box, a progressive-scan DVD player, and even your PC. Samsung's Patterned Vertical Alignment (PVA) screen provides high brightness and amazingly rich contrast for lifelike images and realistic colors. A mere 3.9 inches thick without its detachable stand, the TV produces exciting, perfectly flat, images while occupying minimal space in your office, living room, bedroom, or kitchen.

Samsung's DNIe™
Samsung's revolutionary DNle™ (click for demo) technology offers digital perfection in naturally presented, crystal-clear images that uncover even the most minute detail.

Motion Optimizer
Fast-moving images are optimized to produce more natural-looking motion, thus reducing video noise or blurring.

Contrast Enhancer
Brightness and contrast levels are enhanced for deeper, richer blacks with greater detail and more natural whites.

Color Optimizer
Colors are reproduced with a more lifelike realism, whites are more accurate, and skin tones are given a more natural hue.

Detail Enhancer
DNIe analyzes video signal elements to produce sharper detail, clearer image separation, and more natural edge transition.
The set boasts a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution. Its widescreen, 16:9 aspect ratio matches the dimension of most movies and HDTV broadcasts, while its wide, 170-degree viewing angles (horizontal x vertical) ensures everyone in the room will enjoy a great view, even when you've mounted the unit on a wall. A built-in brightness sensor automatically adjusts the TV's luminance for the ambient brightness of a given room.

Onboard 10-bit processing produces 3.2 billion lifelike colors and aids in video signal processing for your analog sources. And with its lightning-quick 12 ms response time, astronomical 3,000:1 contrast ratio, impressive 500 cd/m2 brightness rating, and onboard 3D Y/C digital comb filter (which separates the color signals to minimize dot crawl and blurred edges), you'll see sharp, focused images regardless of their source.

LCD screens offer a number of benefits over CRT monitors and televisions, including general ease of use, freedom from eye strain (no screen flickering or radiation emissions), quiet operation (no high-pitch "flyback" noise, an issue with CRT TVs), accurate image geometry (no curvature distortion or susceptibility to magnetic interference from, say, speakers), long screen life, space savings, and light weight/easy positioning. They also tend to be more affordable than their flat-panel plasma counterparts, which often (though not always) offer faster response times and higher contrast ratios.

The LN-R408D’s DNIe (Samsung Digital Natural Image engine) offers a vision of digital perfection in natural, crystal-clear images that reveal even the most minute detail. The process involves 4 key enhancements: contrast and brightness (for deep, rich blacks and natural whites), motion (which optimizes fast-moving images to produce natural-looking motion, reducing video noise or blurring), color (for lifelike realism, accurate whites, and skin tones with natural hues), and detail (DNIe analyzes video signals to ensure sharp detail, clear image separation, and natural edge transitions).

Samsung's patented My Color Control technology lets you control specific colors without affecting the whole screen. Samsung provides 6-color control selections: white, red, pink, yellow, green, and blue. It's your picture--you decide how it looks. Samsung's PVA screen permits brighter whites than standard TFT LCDs, as well as deeper blacks and every shade in between.

The LN-R408D makes flexibility a top priority, giving you several preset picture and sound modes (and custom settings for each). The TV also permits color temperature adjustment for warm, cool, or neutral tones, along with 4 onscreen languages to choose from (English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese). Choose one of several preset sound modes (standard, music, movie, speech, and custom) for broadcast through the set's built-in speakers (10-watts-per-channel x 2).

Connections include 2 component-video inputs (480i/480p/720p/1080i), a direct-digital HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface), a PC input (15-pin D-Sub with minijack analog audio), 2 composite-video inputs, 1 S-video input, 1 RF input, 5 attendant sets of stereo (left/right) RCA audio inputs, and 1 stereo RCA audio output. The set's Anynet (RS-232C) control option simplifies use with other Samsung audio/video components.

Other features include single-tuner picture-in-picture (view 1 TV channel and 1 input source simultaneously), a sleep timer, V-Chip parental control, closed captioning, and an auto volume leveler to minimize jarring differences in loudness between, say, TV programs and their commercials.

What's in the Box
TV, detachable stand (with screws), a remote control, remote batteries, an RF video cable, a user's manual, an Anynet AV manual, an AC power cord, a cover bottom, an Anynet cable, a cleaning cloth, and warranty information.

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Technical Details

Brand Name Samsung
Item Weight 60 pounds
Product Dimensions 38.9 x 13.1 x 30 inches
Item model number LNR408DX/XAA
Output Wattage 10 watts

Additional Information

ASIN B0009E3T14
Customer Reviews
3.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #871,540 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#6,532 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Shipping Weight 71 pounds
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Date First Available October 2, 2001

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After spending WAY too much time researching all of the various televisions in the market between 37 and 45 inches, I finally decided on this beautiful looking Samsung 40" LCD HDTV. I wanted a set that would work great now but also in the future; because Tivo has yet to produce an HDTV capable DVR (and I'm NOT giving up Tivo), I knew that I would only be using this TV for Digital Cable and DVDs in the meantime, so I was concerned about non-HDTV signals and how they would look. Well, let me just say that I'm pleasantly surprised. Sure, regular cable channels are a bit grainy if you sit too close to the screen, but to be honest they look better than I expected, even when I put it in "panoramic" mode and it's technically stretching a 4:3 picture to fill the screen ... and I know in a year or so many more channels will be in HD and they'll all look spectacular then. And of course DVDs are already amazing.

Some of the reasons I opted for this LCD over some of the popular Plasma flat panels such as the 42" Panasonic or Pioneer, or an LCD rear projection:

- I have an XBOX, and with plasmas the burn-in effect is definitely a concern. This isn't to say that LCD screens aren't susceptable to burn-in, but it's far less likely.

- Plasmas start out as bright as they'll ever be and the screen pixels slowly dim over time, until eventually they die. LCDs have a much, much longer lifespan.

- LCD Rear Projections are nice (Sony offers a new one that looks pretty good), but this flat panel LCD has a much better viewing angle, the picture is a little brighter and more vibrant, and you'll NEVER see any digital pixelation when objects are moving quickly on screen. This TV was over $650 more than the aforementioned Sony, but to me it was worth the difference.
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Not sure why the other reviewer was so disgruntled over this TV. We just got it last month and really like it. The display is gorgeous, we have Dish TV, and DVD on S-video and the quality has been fantastic every time we watch.

We love the design- it's quite elegant. Compared to the other prevailing technologies- LCD is a good way to go for the $$ spent. The feature sets are robust- amybe too much and it does add to complexity but we familiarized ourselves with it enough to get what we need.

To be careful we did by a 4 yr extended warranty -a good idea for any electronics where you are forking over more than 400 bucks. If I see a dead pixel- well then it's covered- so far every pixel appears a live and content.

There are many choices out there but 40" seems like a good size -beyond the typical old school 32 and 36 in TVs of old and with flat screen- it is an excellent size for movies. Doesn't feel as excessive as going for the really big screens and yet is very satisfying. We liked the overall dimensions- fits perfect in an entertainment armoire. All of the ports/jacks in the rear are abundant and quickly accessible. We looked at a lot of different models and even test drove 3 in our house for a a few days each and this TV simply had the brightness/clarity and design that the others didn't. We tried Sharp, ProView, Toshiba, Phillips- and looked at a dozen more. In the end we were very happy with our selection.
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I have been waiting to purchase our main TV for a couple of years--constanly worried that technology would render my purchase "old" or that prices would slash by half within a year.

However, after thorough researching, I decided to take the plunge and went with this Samsung.

This is the best picture I've seen for an LCD. The viewing angle is fairly wide. And the picture is still clear and bright despite our brightly-lit room. The 1366 x 768 native resolution means that every single pixel of HDTV is displayed without any "downconverting." In addition, it uses half the power consumption of a plasma TV.

Cable card from Comcast works (no box is need for HDTV or digital channels). I am a little disappointed that is is only a single-tuner PIP (note: if you use a splitter with your cable and plug one cord into Antenna 1 and the other in Antenna 2, I'm guessing you could overcome this limitation.) However, the PIP picture is extremely clear and displayed in 16:9 ratio.

So far, I am very pleased with the television.
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I did a lot of research and comparisons before deciding on a flat panel HDTV to buy. After all this was a huge chunk of change to invest in. After looking at several models I ended up setting on this model. It seemed to be reasonably priced and fit my viewing needs.

Actually I was originally looking for a 36 inch TV, 40inch, although very nice seemed a bit "too big" if such a thing is possible. But after doing some comparisons with other models, the Samsung 40inch was only a few hundred dollars more than it's competitor's 36inch model and a heck of a lot lighter. This unit only weighs 60lbs while the 36inch competition weighs nearly 90lbs!

Although it is 40inch it doesn't look that big because it's widescreen. Comparing it to my old standard 29inch cathode ray tube just isn't a fair comparison. Television sizes are determined by the length from opposite screen corners. Overall the picture quality is great! Unfortunately it really makes you aware of the limitations of your standard cable signal, ugh, how did I ever live with normal non-digital signals before? Even regulars DVD's show their limitations. But I guess I'm ready for HD-DVD now! I hooked up my PS2 and unfortuanately it really made me wish for the PS3 or even the XBOX 360 for HD mode.

Anyway the picture quality was just amazing. I'm very impressed with the video capabilities. The menu system is also fairly easy to use and very intuitive. I was a bit nervous because when I first set it up I had a hard time setting the channels, but I was just too impatient. It just took a little time for the system to warm up it's auto-channel detection. When you order the unit from Amazon, the delivery guys helped us plug it in and made sure it was working properly before I signed acceptance.
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