REVIEW: Samsung LE-52F96BD Part 10
For playing back TV, video and film material, we used a Sony PlayStation 3, a Philips DVP5980 DVD player and a Topfield TF500PVR DVB-S twin receiver. Furthermore, the F96 was coupled with the DVDO iScan VP50 video processor (scaler) which we tested recently.
Scene from the film "Geisha" (2,35:1 Cinemascope format), upscaled to 1080p and played on PlayStation 3 via HDMI.
Scene from the Blu-ray film ´Last Samurai´ (2,40:1 Cinemascope format), played on PlayStation 3 via HDMI.
The Samsung LE-52F96BD is a FullHD TV, which means that the 52-inch can display the image format 1080p as its native format. 1080p stands for the supported resolution, whereby the number 1080 stands for the number of lines that can be displayed vertically and the "p" stands for ‘progressive’.
Progressive means that the current signal is transferred in full frames. Thus, a television with 1080p support has a native resolution of 1.920 x 1.080 pixels and can process a progressive signal in this resolution. If there is an "i" after the number of lines, this indicates an interlaced signal (i.e. transfer in half frames). In order to be displayed, the signal must be deinterlaced, since an LCD always functions on a full frame basis.
Scene from the Blu-ray film "300" (2,40:1 Cinemascope format), played on PlayStation 3 via Component.
The Samsung LE-52F96BD supports the following video formats:
The Samsung high-end device is really flexible in terms of frequencies and supports 24Hz, 48Hz, 50Hz and 60Hz. Playback at 100 or 120Hz, on the other hand, is not offered by the LE-52F96BD. However, an LCD-TV is basically flicker-free and a higher refresh rate than necessary does not represent a direct improvement of the image unlike tube televisions.
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