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Samsung SPN4235 42-Inch Widescreen Plasma Flat-Panel HD-Ready TV

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  • 42-inch widescreen high-definition plasma display with DVI input and 16:9 aspect ratio; 40.4 x 24.8 x 3.1 inches (W x H x D)
  • 852 x 480-pixel EDTV (480p) resolution; built-in image scaler accepts 720p and 1080i signals and scales them for 480p viewing
  • Extraordinary 1,200:1 contrast ratio, high 700 cd/m2 brightness
  • NTSC dual-tuner, split-screen PIP lets you watch two programs simultaneously
  • 10-watts-per-channel speaker outputs (for use with optional matching speakers, model PSM4230); subwoofer output for a direct sub hookup
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model Number: SPN4235X/XAA
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Now you can use your PC and enjoy home-theater entertainment all from a single, broad flat-panel screen with brilliant colors and extraordinary contrast. Samsung's 42-inch SPN4235 plasma TV offers high-definition compatibility with HD sources and a native resolution of 852 x 480 pixels. Its direct-digital DVI input works with compatible DTV set-top boxes and PCs, and the EDTV set accepts full HDTV inputs (720p, 1080i) and scales them for progressive 480p viewing.

A built-in analog tuner, a pedestal stand, and a generous array of inputs and outputs make set up a snap, and the SPN4235's widescreen (16:9) display is specially configured to match or approximate the native aspect ratios of your favorite movies, either from DVD or from HDTV broadcasts when the set is hooked up to a DTV receiver (not included).

With a plasma screen you get vivid colors like you've never seen before, extremely wide viewing angles (wider, even, than those of most LCD screens), and easy placement due to a plasma monitor's slim profile. The SPN4235 is an astoundingly slim 3.1 inches deep, perfect for desk or wall mounting (the set includes a convenient pedestal stand, pictured). Brightness tends to be extremely uniform across plasma screens, which are also impervious to the picture distortion and negative color balances that afflict CRT monitors when placed near lighting or sound systems.

Additional inputs include one HD component-video input (480p/720p/1080i) and one SD component-video input (480i) as well as one each S-video, composite-video, and RF. Samsung's proprietary video-enhancement technology, Digital Natural Image engine (DNIe), performs 3D noise reduction and detail and contrast enhancement for all interlaced (non-HD) sources.

The set also houses a 10-watts-per-channel audio amplifier for use with optional speakers, such as those in your existing stereo or home theater, or Samsung's matching PSM4230 speakers. A dedicated subwoofer output is just what you need to hook the set up with a powered sub for rafter-rattling low frequencies from your favorite movies and music. And, if you're listening in stereo or 2.1 (stereo plus subwoofer), onboard Dolby Virtual surround sound will simulate an enveloping surround experience with no need for rear-channel speakers.

The set's NTSC two-tuner picture-in-picture (side-by-side, split-screen) grants convenient, simultaneous viewing of two TV programs, and a fanless cooling system ensures quiet operation. Other optional accessories include a wall-mount kit (WMN4230) and a pneumatic floor stand (FS420).

What's in the Box
TV, pedestal stand, remote control, remote batteries, 3 ferrite cores, 2 speaker cables, 1 RF audio/video cable, 1 S-video cable, 1 PC cable, 1 component-video cable, 1 composite-video cable, stereo analog audio (left/right RCA) interconnect, detachable AC power cord, user's manual, and registration information.

From the Manufacturer

Samsung's SPN4235 TV sets a new standard in premium digital TV, offering a fresh alternative with lifelike sensations on a slim screen that dwarfs what was once considered 'large screen'. Overcoming the limits of bulky box TVs, Samsung's super-slim ultra-light subtlety creates a unique entertainment environment with a clean, simple display solution. This new creation and digital experience are delivered with perfect digital picture quality. Samsung's Plasma TVs will heighten your senses, intensifying your total experience to the outer limit. Samsung's unceasing efforts in plasma technology have redefined the standards of flat-panel TV's, whether it's producing the largest plasma TV at 63" or designing incredibly slim plasma TV's.


  • Digital Picture: Extremely powerful and quick, Samsung’s Plasma TV can handle the greatest challenges presented by digital and analog sources. With up to 852 x 480 resolution, they can handle the fine detail and rich color of computer graphics, as well as fast-moving video from DVD and HDTV sources.
  • Digital Natural Image engine by DNIe This first ever unique digital processing algorithm from Samsung, the DNIe, realizes revolutionary life-like pictures through 2 enhancers and 2 optimizers--motion optimizer, contrast enhancer, detail enhancer, and color optimizer. This superior digital picture quality is clearly distinguished even in HD signal and works effectively with any display device type.
  • The Crystal-Clear Digital--Plasma TV is generated through total internal digital processing. When the TV turns on, the two address electrode panels cause gas to change to a plasma state and illuminate UV light. Then red, green, and blue phosphor filters absorb the UV light and re-radiate it as visible light. The self-illuminating system of Samsung Plasma TV delivers a crystal-clear and vivid image on a wide screen.
  • High Definition Image with WVGA resolution--Samsung’s plasma panels are both high definition TV and PC monitor ready. This allows the panel to be set up primarily for TV use, whilst at a flick of switch can transform it into a PC monitor for business application. Plasma with w-VGA resolution display realizes the truly picture-perfect screen quality of HDTV.
  • High Quality Picture on a Wide Screen--Plasma TV provides a high contrast ratio (1200:1) is designed to have remarkable brightness while consuming low power. With a high brightness and contrast ratio Samsung Plasma TV reproduces images as real as reality and eliminates screen reflections. For watching movies or videos with color-rich images, Samsung Plasma TV is the perfect choice.
  • Faruoudja Lab Technology Processing--Samsung Plasma TV performs directional interpolation on each pixel with DCDi technology, which detects the angle of an outer tilt by pixel, and then de-interlaces a video signal according to the angle. By this cutting edge process, it reproduces a soft and natural picture without any coarse outlines.
  • Totally Convergent: It’s not just entertainment TV, it’s also your gateway to the digital experience. Samsung’s Plasma TV is totally compatible with external digital devices such as Digital STB, DVD players, personal computers, etc.
  • The built-in tuner in the plasma TVs increases user convenience. Consumers do not need to buy a separate tuner nor install additional STBs for regular television programmes. Just switch the built in tuner on, then prepare to be amazed at how much better everything looks on a Samsung's Plasma TV.
  • DTV and DVD Compatibility--Samsung's Plasma TV offers two digital component smart input slots for DTVs and DVDs. Transmitting a sense of the high definition picture and theater experience, it processes diverse digital signals such as 480i/p, 720p, and 1080i. Transform your home into a personal theater with Samsung.
  • DVI input--The DVI (Digital Visual Interface) applied in a Samsung's Plasma TV transmits visual signals 100% without any loss of signals, which means a picture-perfect reproduction of images. DVI allows connecting digital divices such as PC, D-STB, D-VHS and DVD Players, as well as guarantees the interface with upcoming digital devices of the future.
  • 2 Tuner Picture-in-Picture (PIP) and Double Screen--It allows you to experience the vast world of entertainment and information at the same time. With various PIP modes you can simultaneously enjoy TV and DVD movies, PC applications, or any other source connected to your TV.
  • PC Compatibility--Samsung's Plasma TV can function as a high-resolution PC monitor and a high-end TV without any sacrifice in picture quality. This TV allows the flexibility and practicality of both the a perfect PC monitor and home entertainment.
  • Personalized Theater: With Samsung Plasma TV, you can get the excitement of cinema in the comfort of your own home. With surround sound, you can be totally involved in the experience of the movie you are watching.
  • Superior Sound Quality--Samsung's Plasma TV has Dolby Virtual Surround System, which means the TV itself revives 3D Dolby surround sound without on additional audio system. The Dolby digital surround sound is enriched when the plasma TV is connected with Samsung’s digital STB PRL3100 or SIR-T165. Its 3D sound effects complete a home theater system. This TV adopting a sub-woofer output (2.1ch) deepens lowpitched sounds.
  • 2.1 ch Speaker System--Samsung's Plasma TVs have a subwoofer output jack, allowing you to easily attach a 2.1 ch subwoofer to create a home theater atmosphere.
  • Large and Slim Screen--Samsung's Plasma TVs are ultra-slim, measuring only 79mm deep. The compact design accentuating the wide screen emphasizes clean and sheer simplicity. Together with the matching floor stand, the Plasma TV upscales your home interior.
  • New Look Design: Samsung's Plasma TV has a new striking design that enhances your viewing pleasure. A dramatically simple black casing frames your television, whether it is on or off, making it a stylish and welcome addition to your home.
  • High Contrast (1200:1), High Brightness(700cd/m2)
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 2 Tuner PIP and Double Screen
  • 160 degree Wide Viewing Angle
  • 720 line Progressive Scan
  • Dolby Virtual Surround
  • Cinema Progressive Scan
  • w-VGA PC Input (852 x 480)
  • DVI Input
  • Fanless for noise-free
  • Built-in Stand
  • Sub Woofer Output

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight98 pounds
Product Dimensions40.4 x 24.8 x 3.1 inches
Item model numberSPN4235X/XAA
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Color Nameblack
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #98,259 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight98 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 AvailableFebruary 13, 2003
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. D'Eugenio on April 21, 2004
I was considering (having narrowed it to) a couple of different well known brands in the six thousand dollar price range. Having started out leaning towards the bigger name brands the service tech did a fine job trying to keep me in the higher priced models. I'm not sure who wore who out. As I read more about the different models I found them to be very similar in their offerings, however, I kept leaning towards not what the descriptions said, but where I felt it mattered most, in the visual presentation of the picture I saw. I also found that visual presentation to be equally as personal. I asked others (in the showroom) their opinion and no surprise, I got as many differences as there were people. For example, I viewed some that looked to be naturally lighter and some darker and some with the hues more sedate than others that were more brilliant. We all saw them differently, yet the specs were all the same. My decision to buy this Samsung plasma screen wasn't scientific, I bought it because I've had great success with Samsung products in the past and I found the picture to be as pleasing as the more expensive models. With the money I saved, I upgraded to the Bose audio system and still had plenty of money left to buy DVDs and the popcorn to go with them. I would strongly recommend this plasma screen and feel confident that you made the right decision. PS, don't let those clerks up-sell you, let your eye decide, after all it's you that will be watching it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William D. Johnston on May 21, 2004
Great picture and great sound. Especially when you hook up a subwoofer to the set. I also purchased the optional speakers which have good overall quality. I have read some other reviews regarding some buzzing with the set but I have found that when I have hooked up the speakers there are 3 screws on the side of the set. If these are overtightened this could cause some buzzing noise. By loosening the screws you can make the buzzing go completely away. It worked on my set. hope this wil help if you get some buzzing on you sets enjoy
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew William Cohen on January 25, 2005
I can't complain about this set at all. I originally had a used Daewoo plasma from sams club and it sucked big time, heated up the room like crazy, and constantly had ghosting. I returned it at sams club and bought a samsung spn4235 at circuit city because they had a promotion (2,700 dollars) plus a 300 dollar gift certificate. They were getting rid of the model to get in new ones. The only thing I was let down about was it was EDTV but I found out HDTV models were a heck of a lot more expensive. When I first got the model it had this weird clayface effect and the picture wasn't what I expected however I adjusted the settings with Avia home theatre setup and I was very impressed with dvd picture. I thought this was as good as it was going to get but recently I ordered HDTV through dish network. I thought the standard channels looked like crap but I was able to set my settings at 1080i and 16:9 and hdtv channels were amazing. The picture was very lifelike and colorful and it fit my whole screen without stretching. I watched the discovery channel and the DNIE option is great for hdtv viewing. The unit does decent with blacks but not the best. The set definitely can provide a great picture but every tv can only provide as good a picture as the source it gets from. My suggestion is if you go hdtv use either component or dvi and avoid svideo and rca cables. The price is great and if your looking to save money and have a good picture I recommend the unit. There is a slight buzzing noise but I haven't noticed it. Don't bother with the side speakers go with surround sound it will enhance your experience much more. Overall a very good unit and I am definitely not disapointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dwayne on May 18, 2004
I purchased this Plasma for a friend and have had it in my home for 2 weeks. I too have looked at many plasmas in the stores and compared. I have to say this one has a beautiful picture. Compared to true HDTV plasmas in the store, this EDTV has a great picture. It is hard to spend the extra money for subtle differences that are hard to see even side-by-side. Most of our viewing is cable or DVD movies so I can't rationalize the extra money. Even with a cable input, the picture is great. It is clear and has little "noise" or "graininess" considering it is a cable signal. Friends come over and remark what a great picture.
Internal amp for speakers is fine. The Virtual Dolby does give good impact to the 2 speaker sound. For DVD's I use my separate surround sound system. One thing Samsung forgot on this model are audio output jacks to connect internal tuner sound to your surround sound system. So many other inputs, I don't know why they forgot those outputs.
This is one of the few Plasmas that comes with a 2 year warrenty in home! The appearance of the TV is perfect in our home and looks great on or off. We are likeing it soo much, I will probably buy one for myself now that I have seen and used it my home.
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