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Samsung PN42C450 42-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV (Black)

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  • Mega Dynamic Contrast
  • Anynet+(HDMI CEC)
  • ConnectShare(TM) Movie
  • 600Hz Subfield Motion
  • Game Mode
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 40.6 x 27.4 inches ; 43 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 151 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0036WT3V6
  • Item model number: PN42C450
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,051 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 15, 2010
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Samsung PN42C450 Plasma tv (March 2010)
The new PN42C450 PDP flat panel HDTV by Samsung offers great value and features smartly wrapped in an attractive and accented "piano key black" cabinet. Add 600 Hz subfield motion technology, 3 advanced HDMI inputs that feature our Anynet+ (CEC standard) technology making system control of your DVD or Blu-ray Disc player a one-touch operation. New for 2010, all of Samsung's plasmas feature our new E3-panel single filter design that delivers improved performance, meets the new ENERGY STAR power consumption specifications, and eliminates off-angle blur making the sharpest of details like scrolling text easier to see and read. Experience the performance of Samsung's new 42-inch plasma HDTV that's both easy on the wallet and the environment.

                       Samsung Plasma PN42C430

Key Features
  • Screen Size: 42 inches
  • 600 Hz subfield motion: Offers crisp, clear Plasma HD action in every frame.
  • E3-panel single filter design delivers improved performance in the areas of color saturation, contrast and energy efficiency.
  • Mega Dynamic Contrast ratio: An unparalleled Mega Dynamic Contrast ratio brings together the deepest blacks and brightest whites.
  • Response time: A fast .001ms response time optomizes fast motion video content.
  • Built-in digital tuner: no external box needed.
  • Exceeds ENERGY STAR Standards: PDP Energy saving, up to 43% less than our similar 2009 Plasma TV in standard mode.
  • Clear Image Panel: Samsung's new single-filter clear panel design eliminates the off-angle reflections that cause picture blurring of images
    and details. Images and text look great straight on or at any angle.
  • ConnectShare JPEG: Connect a thumb drive or digital camera quickly and easily. Userfriendly interface allows access to videos, music playlists and pictures via the remote.
  • Game Mode: Enhances dark areas, sharpens the picture, speeds up the image processing response and enhances the sounds of your games. Picture and sound quality optimized for the special needs of gaming systems at the touch of a button.
  • 10 Watts x 2 audio power stereo broadcast reception: Supports multichannel sound (MTS)and second audio program (SAP) with 181-channel capacity.
  • SRS TruSurround HD: Get crisp, clear digital-quality sound via advanced SRS technology.
  • Warranty: 1-year parts and 1-year labor warranty (90-days parts and labor for commercial use), with in-home service, backed by Samsung
    toll-free support.


  • HDMI: 3
  • USB: 1
  • PC Input: 1


  • TV without stand: 40.6 x 24.8 x 2.7 inches (WxHxD); 38.6 pounds
  • TV with stand: 40.6 x 27.7 x 11.2 inches (WxHxD); 43.0 pounds
  • What size TV should you get?

Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

HDTV Size chart
With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

Product Description

Get a true cinematic experience without going to the cinema with a Samsung plasma HDTV. This Samsung PN42C450, with Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio makes sure every frame is saturated with dense, rich color. Samsung is also ENERGY STAR compliant so you are assured that your 42 -inch plasma HDTV is helping the environment by using less enery while saving you money.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Never had issues with "burn-in." The picture quality is outstanding in 720p. We mounted ours, so we don't use it on the stand. Read more ›
I am very happy with the decision. The picture is excellent and is better than any LCD I have seen without tripling what I paid for it. I use this TV with my xbox 360, Wii,… Read more ›
I got this Samsung recently and it looks great! The picture is awesome, even though it isn't full 1080p. The stand was kind of tricky to get on, but it wasn't a big deal. Read more ›
is all I can say about that price... I can't say anything bad about it... Picture quality is great, sound quality is great and is better than the last Philips LCD by a… Read more ›
I did a lot of research for this TV and the only bad things i found were problems dealing with the Samsung…We have had this TV for only a month but the picture is great! Read more ›
Not happy at all with Amazon and had to call Samsung for the…The picture is very good...but buyer beware, you get what you pay for, especially with the free shipping offer. Read more ›
The product claims to work with DVI and a 3.5mm audio cable. The audio is not working. Read more ›
Oh, and the sound is pretty crappy for anything except dialogue on TV shows (music or soundtracks with any kind of bass are a joke), but that is true of just about every… Read more ›
the speakers are pretty good for such a thin product but I will get a Sony HTS-S370 Surround Sound Home Theater System for under $400 so I may never go to a theater again! Read more ›
I was shopping around at other…The clarity on the TV is awesome, the plug ins are great, ease of use, the speakers are very good and I was amazed how loud it can get. I… Read more ›
Great value for money. The sound is pretty good and the picture is fantastic. In this price range you cannot do much better. Read more ›
I use it with rabbit ears ,the picture is really good for a low price set. There is no variable audio out feature like my old set. Nice remote with a neat on air guide. Read more ›
Fortunately for me,…The sound was not good and the picture quality was subpar, so I returned it and got a Panasonic for the same price that is amazing in sound and picture! Read more ›
First speaking of its price/value, you cannot find a…The price is lower than any other retailer for one, and second there is no sales tax, saving you another ~$40-50. L… Read more ›
I found that closing the curtains in the room ends that. All-in-all, an excellent value. Read more ›
This TV is a great value for your money, if you are fine with 720p. On the other hand, I wish I went with a 1080p option, since I can clearly tell the difference. Read more ›
We are waiting for it to be repaired under warranty, but we will see how well it works…So far, what seemed like a great value at first seems like a pretty bad choice now. Read more ›
- Quick (and free) delivery by Amazon, it arrived in about a week - Great price Read more ›
Picture…I generally don't need to use the black level enhancement because the blacks are so rich already, but I love the dynamic contrast feature under advanced settings. Read more ›
Same goes for Plasma vs LCD or LED. I love the deep rich color this TV produces (the black levels are amazing!). Read more ›
The picture is gorgeous and…Color is amazing, no blur at all and it's not fuzzy when you get too close like some LCDs I've seen (including my step-daughter's 42" Samsung!). Read more ›
I prefer to watch this set at night .. when there isn't any glare and the colors are vivid and like an oil-painting. Read more ›
Colors, contours, and motion look much more natural. Blacks are really good. Although LCD tv's with their motion-blur technology help significantly, they add that… Read more ›
We have had this TV since October of 2010 and have not had a single…The picture is great, the colors are true, the blacks are actually black and I can view it at any angle. Read more ›
What a pleasant surprise! For a PC monitor this screen is awesome! Webpages are huge, YouTube is like watching TV. Read more ›
It's not bad when you're sitting directly in front though, and if you do a lot of daytime viewing, just close the…I will say the glare is worse than I expected though. T… Read more ›
I was really satisfied with this product. The package was slightly torn due to shipping when I received it, but no problems with the screen. The quality of the picture is… Read more ›
In the end, it was worth the few challenges. Awesome picture clarity, life-like color, and very clear crisp sound. The price on Amazon was amazing! Read more ›
The picture is excellent, not blurry or grainy. Also, when there are lights on in the room, it doesn't get a bad glare on the screen. the sound is great as well, it has a… Read more ›
I originally was going to buy the new LG but the samsung just looked…Initially adjusted the set and it looked pretty nice, and it was great with higher resolution inputs. Read more ›
A really good TV for a very cheap price. It's impressive to see the features that are so quickly trickling down to the lower end sets. Thus far, I'm very happy with the… Read more ›
Havent gone through the setup menu to review burn in features pixel shift scrolling etc. but read about some unique features that year old $3k Panny plasma doesnt have. Auto… Read more ›
I was going to spend $700 at the Sony outlet store for a 40" LCD, I am glad I waited. 1080p is a great feature but you wont miss it if you get this set. Trust me you will… Read more ›
Great Sound (through TV speakers) Great Picture Adjustment Options (I was able to calibrate the greyscale) Upgradeable (I've already run the latest firmware upgrade) Read more ›
This TV is the best option at an incredible price, I have mine for 1 week and have been amazed with the image quality and a good sound, AMAZING COLORS. If you want to put… Read more ›
- emits a "buzzing" sound which is audible when it's on at night - is not as bright as my LCD's in bright settings so looks dark when the blinds are open in midday Read more ›
The menu system and set up is very no-nonsense and straight forward. I found this TV's instruction set very easy to navigate and setup. Kudos to Samsung on this, as I much… Read more ›
Bottom line: It's gorgeous. Easy to use and set up. TV is exciting again here. Read more ›
Plenty of inputs. I found the remote control and menu intuitive and easy to navigate. Read more ›
The speakers are adequate for viewing most TV shows, however they would be…I think the next step is to get my dad a Soundbar speaker system; small and easy to use/connect. Read more ›
It is very sleek and stylish and makes my living room look great. Menu is very easy to navigate and viewing pictures with a card reader or USB is a snap. Just plug it in… Read more ›
It's got a few connections which aren't…The menu is very easy to navigate and adjust, and in it you can turn off it's startup/shut down sound if you find it irritating. I… Read more ›
It is very sleek and stylish and makes my living room look great. Menu is very easy to navigate and viewing pictures with a card reader or USB is a snap. Just plug it in… Read more ›
It's got a few connections which aren't…The menu is very easy to navigate and adjust, and in it you can turn off it's startup/shut down sound if you find it irritating. I… Read more ›
While that works well, I would like if there were a way to quickly (one button on the remote) access the entire list of `favorites' and then be able to scroll and select a… Read more ›
The set just looks dazzling in my living room.... it has all the inputs i…Even has a very cool USB interface that you can use to directly play music and picture files!! Read more ›
Other features:Virtually no motion blur whatsoever (great for sports!), plenty of configuration…I even like the remote, with plenty of easy to find function buttons. Read more ›
Pros - Amazing colors, excellent menus w/ lots of useful options, great inputs/outputs (in my opinion), amazing and highly customizable sound, great zooming features for… Read more ›
Set up was easy without reading the manual thanks to the quick start guide. We don't have cable or satellite so we use the free digital channels and the built-in tuner in… Read more ›
The picture on this plasma beats LCD,it was easy to set up and easy to operate. Read more ›
The sound is good and the picture is beautiful. It was very easy to put together and took only minutes once it was out of the box for us to have it up and running. That's… Read more ›
After monthes of researching reviews and prices, we decided on this one because of the great reviews and the good…The picture is amazing and it was easy to setup/hookup. Read more ›
Pros: Built-in speakers, Bright display, Inexpensive, Realistic color, Lightweight, Easy setup, Great boxing Read more ›
This TV is awsome the picture is so sharp and the colors bright as I've ever seen you would never no it's a 720P I swear you can't tell the difference between this and a… Read more ›
This brings me to the lone gripe…Now while the stand itself is solid and does what it's supposed to do, there are definitely a couple of things left to be desired with it. Read more ›
2. The stand is not flimsy Read more ›
Setting up this TV was so simple. Some people have commented that screwing in the stand is extremely difficult, however I had no such issue. They are a bit tough, but once… Read more ›
i am using hdmi on dish network for best picture quality. i didnt have any issues with stand or screws. no buzzing in mine others with problem either have a ground problem… Read more ›
I carried both of these TVs upstairs and found out upon unpacking the box that one of the reasons I had a harder time with the Samsung was because of the much more solid… Read more ›
It's been an adjustment going down to 42" from 50" but it's…The picture on HD channels is excellent and standard def channels look a lot better than they did on the Sony. Read more ›
The samsung 42 inch tv that i purchased is great! the size is good it was easy to set-up and to hang on the wall. delivery was fast and i picked my own date. I love this… Read more ›
Amazon, as always, was great. Delivered on time and in great shape. Also can't beat the price! Read more ›
the tv showed up early its brand new and works perfect. the price is great considereing its size and brand Read more ›
Arrived on time good shape easy setup looks great and provides a great picture especially for the price, which was usually $140 more Read more ›
Everything looks great on this tv, remote is super easy to use, as…Overall, a fantastic picture and amazing value at less than half of like sized Samsung LCD or LED models. Read more ›
Unwieldy as the MP3 player is - when one considers the price point of this HDTV - it's really not difficult to view this feature as anything more than just one of those… Read more ›
Now, when tuning in channels that are provided in Hi-Def, I am VERY pleased. Picture quality/clarity is extremely good and makes everything more pleasant to watch. Read more ›
During the day this actually appears to work better than the regular flat…We have found it easier to view (regardless of sun), but we placed it so the sun was at its back. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By David Campbell on February 25, 2010
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Just received the TV today! It arrived a day early, which was a pleasant surprise. Once I fired it up, I was ecstatic with this set. The quality is amazing for the price, the picture blows away a top of the line 42" 1080p LCD display that I've seen. Deep rich colors, high contrast, fluid motion...there is nothing not to like! Streamed Spartacus off Netflix, and compared to my old little 22" LCD it really came to life.(Even if the writing is really bad)

It was able to find some basic cable channels in HD, which is awesome, and Modern Warfare 2 looks simply astounding (again, much better than on aforementioned 42" and 22" LCDs.)

The sound is decent, it's actually better than I was expecting. It's obviously no Home Theatre, but I was impressed. It's got a few connections which aren't listed on Amazon...the 3 HDMI, 1 PC, 1 USB, 1 Component, 1 Dual Component/Composite, Audio In 1/8", Audio Out 1/8", Optical out, and cable. The menu is very easy to navigate and adjust, and in it you can turn off it's startup/shut down sound if you find it irritating. It's kinda soothing though.

One negative I've found is that the audio running out isn't controlled by the televisions volume, I guess that's pretty standard, but it means my cheap computer speakers aren't much good. (No remote) Also when installing the base stand it felt like I was about to destroy the thread on the screws that are used...They aren't easy to get in there!

It's very elegant, and looks great in my living room. It's not super bright, which I love (LCD panels hurt my eyes after a while) All in all, for the money it's a fantastic TV. I was looking for quality, affordability, and style.
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145 of 157 people found the following review helpful By S. Kolopic on May 31, 2010
Everything was fine with it for about a month and a half and then I started noticing faint gray streaks on the tv, only visible if the background is a solid, light color, like during a hockey game or a blue sky, for example.
I couldn't return the set, as a month had already passed, so I contacted Samsung about getting it fixed or replaced under warranty. They sent out a third-party tech who checked it out and confirmed the lines and he explained it to Samsung.
Samsung concluded that the problem has to do with the EMI filter and with the anti-reflective coating, which is on the outside of the glass panel and will not be covered under warranty.
Samsung claims that it is my fault due to negligence, claiming I'd used chemicals to clean the screen, which can not be farther from the truth.
Needless to say, this felt like a slap on the face from Samsung. They don't stand by their product and accuse me of being at fault. When I mention that the anti-reflective filter might have been installed improperly, they just recite the standard "we are very sorry" speech...
I'm very tired of spending hours on the phone trying to argue my point to their reps who are not even listening and am very dissapointed in Samsung. I understand TVs can sometimes have faults, but those faults need to be replaced or fixed.

I am never buying another Samsung product again, because the company doesn't stand behind it.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By R. Baxter on March 11, 2010
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I am truly impressed with this TV. I have been researching LCD and Plasmas for a little while and found this to be the best HDTV for the price. I had a chance to check it out at a local retailer beforehand and compared to other TVs in the store this one completely stood out. Picture was MUCH better than the 1080 models which were more than twice the price. The Sony next to it showed people with grey suits while this one had deep black and vibrant color. The specs (2million:1 contrast, 600hz) blow away anything I could find in this range and the picture is simply fantastic. Plus you can't beat this price!

I ordered this TV on a Tuesday night, received it on Thursday and the guy brought it to my door(4th floor walkup in NYC). I guess Beach Camera should receive the credit there.

Set it up and the TV was able to find a bunch of HD channels and channels I didn't have before, so that's a big plus. I have to say, like the other review, installing the stand was a pain in the ass. I don't think the screw holes were completely drilled out, but I managed.

Sound is great, no buzzing or anything. It is very sleek and stylish and makes my living room look great. Menu is very easy to navigate and viewing pictures with a card reader or USB is a snap. Just plug it in and you have many options for slideshows with music and other options. PC input also very simple to hook up.

You will not be disappointed. Especially with the free shipping, no tax (for me at least) and the great amazon price, this HDTV cannot be beat!
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Last weekend, I purchased the Insignia NS-42P650A11 from BB for $449.00, and then returned it the very next day when this Samsung went on sale. Although the Insignia is essentially a less featured, re-branded Samsung, this TV is well worth the extra $50.00 that I paid for the upgrade. Whether TVs or mp3 players, I prefer Samsung products, which tend to be competitively priced and have superb quality and durability. I am replacing a 27' Samsung TV that I have had for 12 years and still works flawlessly!

This was my first time purchasing an HDTV, and I really did not know what all to look for in one. I am not well-versed in the technology, and the associates at BB really helped out here, encouraging me to choose a plasma over an 37 inch LCD. I hope this information helps prospective buyers who might be on the fence about the two or about buying this HDTV in general.

Some features this has that the Insignia does not:

1. Slightly better PQ, although both can play at 1920 x 1080i

2. Cell light brightness function, which really does make a difference

3. A more sophisticated, although awkward and large, remote that allows direct changes of picture/sound mode and picture size without having to go into the on-screen menu

4. Option to transfer mp3 files and play them through the TV. This might be a common feature on these newer TVs, but I am new to this technology so I would not know.

5. USB port and 1 extra HDMI

6. The touch of red color strip across the bottom of the TV giving it a classier look

7. A much sturdier base. I carried both of these TVs upstairs and found out upon unpacking the box that one of the reasons I had a harder time with the Samsung was because of the much more solid stand.
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