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Samsung LNS3241D 32-Inch LCD HDTV

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  • Powerful entry-level 32-inch LCD TV with integrated HDTV tuner; measures 35.1 x 24.2 x 9.8 inches (WxHxD) with included stand
  • 3D Y/C digital comb filter for improved transition detail; picture-in-picture (PIP) capability
  • 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, 500 cd/m2 brightness, super-fast 8ms response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 178-degree viewing angle
  • Connections: 2 composite A/V (1 side), 2 S-Video (1 side), 1 component (Y/Pb/Pr), 2 HDMI, 2 RF, 1 USB, 1 RS232
  • Two stereo speakers, 10 watts apiece (20 watts total); SRS TruSurround XT virtual surround
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model Number: LNS3241D
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 32 inches
  • Speaker Count: 2
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Product Description

Product Description

The new 41 series of LCD panels from Samsung's state-of-the-art Gen 7 plant offer entry level access to this exciting synthesis of design and technology. The thin bezel, side speaker cabinet design ensures clean lines as well as a sleek, contemporary look. 41 Series HDTVs feature a 170 degree viewing angle and a 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for a true cinematic HDTV picture. Two HDMI connections make it easy to connect the entire range of digital peripheral devices. An integrated ATSC Tuner allows for off air reception of HDTV broadcasts (requires optional HDTV antenna). 170 Degree Wide-Viewing Angle (horizontally & vertically) Response Time - 8ms Supports 720p & 1080i Unit Dimensions - (w/ stand) 35.1 (w) x 24.2 (h) x 9.8 (d) / (w/o stand) 35.1 (w) x 21.4 (h) x 3.2 (d) Unit Weight - (w/ stand) 30 lbs.


If you're just entering the HD arena and don't want to break the bank on your first flat-screen television, the entry-level 32-inch Samsung LNS3241D LCD TV is a great fit for your budget and it offers many of the same video processing features as its higher end 51- and 52-Series siblings. It features an integrated HDTV tuner, 10-bit video processor, and a 3000:1 contrast ratio for smooth, vibrant pictures. It also includes dual HDMI inputs for simultaneous signal transfer of audio and video from digital devices and PC connectivity. The dual purpose pedestal stand can also be used as an articulating wall mount when it’s folded back. Additionally, the stand can be removed for wall-mounting via optional VESA compatible hardware (such as Samsung wall mounting kit WMTL4001).

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

Motion Optimizer: The visual data are automatically broken down into signal and noise and adjusted through a combined spatial/temporal process to eliminate noise and blurring without the slightest damage to the original signal. This guarantees the viewer a picture of astounding sharpness, whether the scene is still or moving.

Contrast Enhancer: DNIe has done away with the unwanted side-effects that conventional contrast enhancement can produce, such as noise boost-up and flicker by developing an algorithm that recognizes over 1 million criteria for applying contrast. Its detail contrast enhancement technology can automatically analyze up to 70,000 local images within a frame, treating the viewer to a picture rich in contrast even in the tiniest details.

Color optimizer: For each scene the color optimizer calculates the saturation of red, green, and blue in the input signal and adjusts it to the shades that the human eye accepts as natural. Even a conventional process like white tone enhancement produces more striking results when when used with DNIe. The end result is a palette of vivid hues and pure white tones to satisfy the most discerning viewers eye.

Detail enhancer: Many viewers complain of the unnatural effect that conventional uniform detail enhancement produces by relying on artificial amplification of the input signal. In contrast, DNIe automatically analyzes the portion to be amplified, detecting and re-processing any noise or defect to bring the viewer a startlingly sharp and lifelike image.
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. The 3D Y/C digital comb filter constantly analyzes the three dimensions of picture height, picture width, and picture changes-over-time to dramatically reduce edge image artifacts while improving transition detail.

Get a great view from anywhere in the room with this TVs great verticle and horizontal 170-degree viewing angle.
The LNS3241D features a stunning 3000:1 contrast ratio, 500 cd/m2 brightness rating (for brighter whites, deeper blacks, and every shade in between), a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution (for a widescreen 16:9 screen aspect ratio), 178-degree viewing angle, and a super-fast 8ms (millisecond) response time, which minimizes blurring of moving images and is especially helpful for sports and action movies. Other convenience features include:
  • Picture-in-picture (PIP) enables convenient simultaneous viewing of TV programs and video or PC sources.
  • Built-in image scaler to handle inputs from a variety of digital and analog audio/video sources.
  • Parental Control (V-Chip) helps parents monitor what their children watch on TV by establishing rating limits.
  • Auto volume leveler keeps audio volume consistent during channel changing.
  • Multi-lingual on-screen displays in English, Spanish or French.

High-quality virtual surround sound can be experienced with just the speakers built into the sides of the TV. SRS TruSurround XT technology delivers an amazing, simulated 3D effect with clear dialog and powerful bass. It produces 10 watts of power per channel (for 20 watts total) and offers the following connection options:

  • Composite (RCA audio/video): 2 inputs (1 on the side)
  • S-Video: 2 inputs (1 on the side)
  • Component (Y/Pb/Pr): 1 input
  • HDMI: 2 inputs
  • PC: 1 D-Sub15 input
  • RF: 2 inputs
  • Sound monitor output: 1
  • Digital optical audio ouput: 1
  • Headphone: 1
  • RS232 port: 1

Tech Talk
HDMI is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver) with your TV--all over a single cable. HDMI supports standard, enhanced or high definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. It supports all ATSC formats--standard (SDTV), enhanced (EDTV), and high (HDTV).

TruSurround XT audio adds three new audio enhancement technologies to produce an amazingly immersive sound experience.

  • Dialog Clarity brings movie dialog into Focus during the playback of any surround-encoded material to make speech much clearer and crisper.
  • TruBass creates incredible deep rich bass allowing a person to perceive significantly deeper, richer low bass tones that are far beyond the physical low frequency capabilities of the speaker itself.
  • The SRS WOW feature widens the soundstage by processing standard two-channel stereo material as well as multi-channel encoded material for a dramatic improvement in the playback of any stereo audio over a two-speaker system.
Component video (also called Y/Pb/Pr) features a three-jack video input, which provides separate connections for luminance (Y), blue color difference (PB) and red color difference (PR). This results in increased bandwidth for color information, resulting in a more accurate picture with clearer color reproduction and less bleeding than you would get with S-Video or composite (RCA yellow video plug) connections. You will need a separate RCA left/right audio cable for sound.

What's in the Box
32-inch LCD TV, tabletop stand, remote control (with batteries), AV cable, AC power adapter, printed operating instructions

1 year parts and labor (90 days parts and labor for commercial use)

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Samsung
Item Weight 30 pounds
Product Dimensions 35.1 x 3.2 x 21.4 inches
Item model number LNS3241D
Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
Color Name black

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Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #305,410 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#3,331 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Shipping Weight 39.8 pounds
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Date First Available October 2, 2001

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I went into my local Circuit City recently intending to look at the Sharp Aquos LC-32D40U. I had heard so much abou the Aquos TVs and how good they were. Since it was on sale I came close to buying it. But the Samsung LNS3241D was sitting right next to the Sharp on the rack and I immediately noticed that the Samsung's picture just looked a whole lot better. Compared to the Samsung, I couldn't believe how washed out the blacks were on the Sharp. I even played with the controls on the Sharp to make sure it's settings weren't messed up. It became very clear that the Samsung has a way better contrast ratio...in fact it pretty much looked the best out of all the other 32" TVs on display except for maybe the Sony XBR which is twice the price. So I picked up the Samsung and have loved it ever since. Mine didn't have a single burnt pixel out of the box. The built in speakers are pretty respectable. When having friends over to watch movies...they have asked if all that sound was coming from the TV's speakers. The picture quality is great with Comcast HD and with DVDs. It's awesome to have an LCD with such deep, rich blacks, but my only complaint is that sometimes the darks are a bit too dark. It may just be a setting issue. I haven't tried seriously to fix it because it doesn't bother me that much. I was also blown away by the quality I was able to get hooking up my laptop computer to the TV. since the PC connector is just VGA and not DVI, I thought "this is going to look like crap" but it looks great...extreamly crisp and clear. The TV. could very well be used as a computer monitor too. All in all, I'm a very happy camper...except for the fact that Amazon's price is now cheaper than Circuit City's sale price! aarrgh. Oh well. It's a great TV.
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This is my first HDTV. I've been waiting a several years for prices to go down and my preferences were Sony, Sharp, or Samsung. Sonys are still too expensive. The Sharp Aquos' picture was poor in comparison to either the Sony or Samsung. I was surprised since Sharps have good buzz. I originally wanted last year's model--329D, but oddly that model was more expensive. Initial consumer reviews were good about the 324 and the price was right. There were cheaper prices on the Internet but the store names were not familar to me and I didn't want to lose my money. As I was checking out, a popup offered a free trial to Amazon Prime. I got it shipped overnight for $3--sweet. Arrived in perfect condition, beaucoup connection ports, great picture, and I don't even have HDTV yet. The pic tends to be dark but that can be changed in the settings. As someone mentioned, it's so minor it's not worth bothering with unless you're a perfectionist. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
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Recieved this Samsung LCD two days ago and I have to say for the price, this TV is hard to beat. I knew I was buying a 32 inch LCD for about 2 months and researched the Sharp Aquos model, the Sony XBR, and this one. After much research and comparing of pictures I felt the Samsung was the best combination of price and picture. The Sony XBR will give you a better picture, no doubt, but it is not such a jump that is justifies spending the $900 more to buy it. I also thought the Sharp Aquos's picture looked a little washed out compared to this Samsung.

I've been told that seeing TV's on display at Best Buy and Circuit City is a bad way to go about this because store managers tend to turn up the contrast or brightness on the TV's. I never have understood this theory, I mean maybe they are trying to get rid of some inventory or something of that nature but has anyone tried playing with their brightness and/or contrast balance on thier TV's? It helps but it doesn't make a crappy picture brilliant or vice versa. Therefore when I went to Best Buy and saw the picture on the Samsung compared to the Sharp it was a no brainer for me which TV had the better picture.

Anyways back to the actual TV. I have Brighthouse Cable TV and run an HDMI cord from my Scientific Atlanta HD DVR to the TV and the picture is brilliant. The HD picture is amazing, the first thing I turned to was HBO HD and Spiderman 2 was playing. I watched the last half of it in amazment because the picture was that good. My father in law and my father both have the 32 inch Sony XBR and although I did not have them side to side I felt the Samsung's HD picture was just as colorful and vibrant as the Sony XBR.

The biggest differance I noticed between the XBR and this Samsung was how they handled SD TV.
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I was able to score a great deal on this TV - online, for $800 on Thanksgiving. It took me four weeks to actually have it show up at my house (note that this wasn't ordered from Amazon.com), but its been worth the wait. Out of the box, the TV is very sleek and attractive. I have it hooked up to my DVR Cable Box via HDMI, which looks fantastic. The HD channels are absolutely amazing to watch - I've watched NFL games, NBA, Dexter on Showtime, etc and they all look great. Non-HD channels vary in quality - some are pretty ugly. It helps to actually turn down the brightness / sharpness when watching regular TV. Unless you're very close to the TV, thoguh, its not like its unwatchable.

I also have a Sony Up-converting DVD Player hooked up through the second HDMI. So far, I've used this to watch Pirates of the Caribbean 2, and Cars. I watch Pirates first - the menu screen was awfully ugly, as was the movie itself. For a few minutes, I was getting terribly disappointed - but its all a matter of playing around with settings. Once I had the TV and DVD player set up correctly (which took about 10 minutes of trial and error) I found the right settings, and WOW. Pirates looked absolutely INCREDIBLE. You'd never know it was a regular DVD and not HD programing. Ditto for Cars - so just a heads up, you DEFINITELY need to play with the settings on both the TV and whatever is outputting to the screen to make sure you have the right display settings. I hooked the DVD player to my Sony surround system using a Digital Optical cable - the sound is great.

Attached to the surround system are a PS2 and Nintendo Gamecube. The surround system is hooked up to the regular A/V on the TV. Playing videogames on this TV, even "last gen" games, is not a problem at all.
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