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Samsung TX-R3080WH 30" Wide SlimFit HDTV

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  • Slim 30-inch flat-screen CRT HDTV with widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio measures ww x hh x dd (inches) with stand
  • Integrated NTSC, ATSC tuners for over-air reception; view HD channels via dual HDMI and component inputs
  • DynaFlat screen delivers increased viewing angles; digital comb filter minimizes dot crawl and blurred edges
  • Connections: composite (2 in, 1 out), S-Video (1 in), component (2 in), HDMI (2 in), RF (2 in)
  • Two stereo speakers, 5 watts apiece (10 watts total); four sound presets plus custom mode
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model Number: TXR3080WH
  • Display Technology: CRT
  • Display Size: 30 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

If you're looking for a widescreen HDTV Compatible TV but aren't ready to spend lots of money for one right now, here's a dynamite alternative. It's compact, bright, and affordable. It uses reliable CRT performance that you're accustomed to. This Samsung TX-R3080WH delivers the high brightness, contrast and outstanding picture performance that you demand. This new SlimFit TV not only has a sleek space-saving design but it's HDTV built-in tuner, progressive scan and 3:2 pull down deliver a crisp, flicker-free picture. This model is about 16" deep, about 12" thinner than comparable 30" Widescreen CRT sets so it occupies less space in your room. So, at least for now, you can enjoy widescreen TV without the bulk and get ready for receiving widescreen TV broadcasts from the built-in ATSC TV tuner. Bottom speakers make this model even sleeker and more stylish. Add an optional home-theater sound system for true surround sound. It's really unbeatable! Offers True Compatibility with Progressive-Scan DVD Players 3 - 2 Pull Down Film Frame Rate Correction Digital Signal Processing with INVAR Shadow Mask Color Temperature Adjustments Velocity Scan Modulation Improves Edge Detail Interpolated 1080i mode for near HDTV display Multi Function Universal Remote Control Bottom Built-In Speakers with 20 Watt Stereo with Adjustable Equalizer / BBE High Definition Sound Processing Net Dimensions - 31.3(W) x 23.1(H) x 16.3(D) / Net Weight - 119.1 Lbs. Delivers high-quality 1080i HDTV

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You don't have to take out a second mortgage to enjoy the brilliant colors and vibrant realism of high-definition television, thanks to this 30-inch Samsung TXS3082WH CRT HDTV. At just 16.3 inches deep, it's 30 percent slimmer than a conventional CRT TV. It's also a great choice for smaller home theater cabinets, thanks to the bottom mounted speakers which shave 5 inches off the total width. The silver and black bezel provides an elegant and modern look.

Samsung's DynaFlat screen increases the viewing angle while minimizing distortion and glare, and the finer pixel dot pitch flat CRT improves picture resolution and brightness. You'll enjoy 480p, 720p and 1080i high-definition viewing right out of the box thanks to the built-in digital ATSC tuner, which pulls HD signals right from the airwaves. You can also connect the set to an optional receiver or cable/satellite set-top box using either the single HDMI or dual component connections. An analog NTSC tuner receives standard-definition (SD) programming.

The TXR3080WH is packed to the gills with advanced video and audio features. 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. The 3:2 pulldown cinema video processing feature detects and compensates film--which is shot at 24 frames per second (fps) compared with video's 30 fps rate--to video for a smooth theater-like experience at home. The velocity scan modulation function improves black to white image transitions for sharper detail and enhanced picture definition in high brightness operating conditions.

It also includes an Invar shadow mask for rendering detailed, high-contrast images free of geometric distortion. A shadow mask is a thin sheet of perforated metal behind the screen that restricts electron flow, each hole in the sheet corresponding to a single pixel. An Invar mask uses an alloy that's especially resistant to the high temperatures generated by the electron beam, allowing a brighter, clearer picture.

Choose the mode (standard, dynamic, movie, or custom with adjustable brightness, contrast, sharpness, and color selections) that best suits the program you're watching. You can also select from five screen filling modes--normal, wide, zoom 1, zoom 2, or panorama (which stretches less in the middle and more towards the edge). It has a number of convenience features, including Remote Surf timer (returns TV to original channel so other channels can be browsed during commercial breaks), sleep timer, V-Chip parental controls, auto channel programming, channel labeling, and tri-lingual on-screen displays (English, French, and Spanish).

It features two built-in, 10-watt speakers (for 20 watts of total output) and right/left stereo output for connection to a home theater audio system. The Auto Volume Leveler feature keeps audio volume consistent during channel changing to minimize static sound bursts, and it offers four preset sound modes (standard, movie, music, and speech). 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. Enjoy progressive scan DVD playback or game play using the component video inputs. The full line-up of video and audio connections includes:

  • Composite AV (RCA): 2 (1 side) in, 1 out
  • S-Video: 1 (side) in
  • Component Video: 2 in
  • HDMI: 2 in
  • RF: 2 in

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. It provides up to a 5 GB per second bandwidth for transmitting pure digital video and audio signals with no degradation in the transfer. It can carry up to eight discrete audio channels, making it compatible with 7.1-channel surround sound systems. Signals are encrypted with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) to prevent recording. HDMI is fully backward-compatible with most DVI connections .

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.

High Definition Formats: The most common high-def (HD) video format is 720p, which displays video at 720 vertical by 1280 horizontal pixels. The "p" denotes that it is progressive scan, meaning that all video lines are filled at the same time. The 1080i format displays video at 1080 vertical by 1920 horizontal pixels, and the "i" means that it is interlaced (the old-school way of presenting video where the screen scans the odd-numbered video lines first, then the even-numbered lines). The 1080p format has the same pixel resolution as 1080i, but it is a progressive scan format and thus has a constant vertical resolution of 1080 lines.

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

  • Dialog Clarity brings movie dialog into ÒfocusÓ 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.

What's in the Box
Flat CRT HDTV, remote control (with batteries), printed operating instructions


Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Samsung
Item Weight 132 pounds
Item model number TXR3080WH

Additional Information

ASIN B000B66EJO
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #962,141 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#8,394 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions
Shipping Weight 132 pounds
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Date First Available May 13, 2006

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By Hunterrick on November 14, 2005
Great TV. Fabulous picture. No complaints of any kind. Several reviewers of the sister model TX-R3079WH, which is identical except the speakers are on the sides, complained of geometry problems, specificaly bowing at the bottom and blooming at the sides during transitions between bright and dark seens. Mine has virtually no bowing at the bottom and very little blooming. I think that the reviewers that have complained about the geometry issues are simply fixating on a minor problem. In reality, the tube in this TV is a marvel of engineering. Frankly, I expected and was ready to accept much more distortion than exists because of the difficulties in steering the electron beam around corners to make this design work. You have to have your priorities. If you want a svelte design picture tube, then you generally have to pay the price somewhere else - geometry. I was very pleasantly surprised by how good it actually is. I was originally in the market for a flat panel. However, the less expensive ones have poor picture performance. In order to do close to as well as this Samsung, I would have had to spend twice the money and even then the picture wouldn't have been as good - especially in a darkened room. And the Samsung is amazingly thin at 16 inches. Not as thin as a flat panel for sure, but no mammoth box like the competitors.
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This product was purchased after extensive review and comparison of HDTVs. Compact design with speakers on the bottom and slim depth was a perfect fit for my setup. More features than you'll probably ever need, a marvel of engineering. HD picture is stunning. Love the dual antenna connections and multiple picture settings (16:9, 4:3, Panorama, Zoom1, Zoom2) all controlled from the remote. The only thing missing is more HD programming. This one is a keeper. Only thing negative I've found is it weighs a ton.
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We purchased the Samsung 30" Slimfit HDTV so we could watch the Superbowl in High Definition. For about 5 months, it had an amazing picture. The bad news started (of course) after our store return period expired. The edges of the screen became blurry (so much so that you can't read text displayed near the edges of the screen), and there are fine white horizontal lines in the screen that will not go away. Lately, the screen colors fade in and out, like the color changing nightlight in my daughters room. We found other similar complaints on the web, so at least we are not alone, but we are curious about how well, and how soon, Samsung will solve this problem. This is our first Samsung product, and the jury is still out on our intent to repurchase.
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We bought this model at a Best Buy last October. It was fine for awhile and then after a month or so we started getting the distortions that are well documented across the web. We made some adjustments on the picture and that seemed to help - for awhile. Then after the New Year we started getting this hideous strobe-light flashing effect every time there is a lot of white on the screen. It was especially bad during the winter Olympics - all that snow and ice! I have been on the phone with Samsung several times over the past many weeks and they keep telling me they will have a technician come to my house to look it over. So far of the two authroized techs in my area - one does not make house calls and the other has totally ignored our phone messages. If we had not invested over $800 in this incredibly awful piece of electronic junk it would be on my tree lawn awaiting the sanitary engineers. I have been surprised by some of the positive comments I have seen about this TV posted on the web. That being said there are plenty of thumbs down reviews posted and that screams incosistent product from Samsung. If you're in the market for a new TV - stay away from this one.
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I just picked up my second Samsung TX-R3080WH and this one has a major defect too. My first one had serious distortions after 2 weeks that made it impossible to watch so we returned it for a new one. We just unboxed the new one this afternoon and this one shuts off automatically every 3-4 minutes and then turns back on. So this one is going back too... *sigh*
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I've had this model for close to a month now, and I've been pretty satisfied with it. I picked the R3080WH over the nearly identical R3079WH because the cabinet space I had would just barely accommodate the speakers-on-the-bottom '80 but not the spearkers-on-the-side '79.

On the positive side, the picture is generally quite good. I'm no true video expert, but I've been quite pleased with the overall picture quality, especially in widescreen, in a variety of lighting conditions. The audio is probably nothing to get too worked up about, but it's a vast improvement over the tinny speakers in the 10-year-old 20" stereo TV this model replaces. Not bad sound at all, really, for built-in speakers, though any serious audio fan is going to want to spring for a separate set of speakers. The set does have a nice look to it--superior, in my view, to that of the '79 and '81 versions, and it looks fairly slim despite the obvious protrusion of its tube. No one's going to be fooled into thinnking that this set's an LCD or plasma, but it's not a bad look, anyway. The TV also has a built-in HDTV antenna, which would be a better deal for someone living in an urban area with more nearby HD signals than I get where I live.

My chief complaint is, probably no surprise, the bowing. It's neither as severe and disturbing as some would suggest nor, I dare say, as insignificant as some others have implied. It's quite noticeable even in normal viewing; when you call up a satellite-receiver menu or even the volume slider, it's pretty darn blatant. Your mileage may vary. I find it to be distracting, but I pretty much knew from other reviews what I was getting into, so I have no room to complain much. I'd advise trying to see a '79/'80 in the store first before buying.
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