Samsung PN43D490

PN43D490 43" 720p Plasma HDTV

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Brand: Samsung
SKU: PN43D490
UPC: 036725234857

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Samsung PN43D490

Samsung PN43D490 43" 720p Plasma HDTV
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If you are looking for brilliant color and bold contrast, plasma TV is the way to go. Samsung's 43" plasma flatscreen HDTV is a true cinema lover's TV. Featuring the PN43D490's Plasma Plus One Design, you get an extra inch of Samsung's high-gloss screen for your viewing pleasure. The advanced 600Hz subfield motion technology and 3 HDMI connections give you crystal-clear images and brilliant color. And the PN43D490's 3D picture performance brings 3D HD movies to life.


If you are looking for brilliant color and bold contrast, plasma TV is the way to go. Samsung's 43" plasma flatscreen HDTV is a true cinema lover's TV. Featuring the PN43D490's Plasma Plus One Design, you get an extra inch of Samsung's high-gloss screen for your viewing pleasure. The advanced 600Hz subfield motion technology and 3 HDMI connections give you crystal-clear images and brilliant color. And the PN43D490's 3D picture performance brings 3D HD movies to life.


  • Reaching pure plasma perfection
  • Who needs to go to the movie theater when you can watch high definition movies with cutting-edge plasma in the comfort of your own home Your friends and family will “ooh” and “ah” over your Samsung PN43D490 plasma 43” HD TV. Ahead of the pack, Samsung’s plasma televisions offer superior picture performance and advanced HD technology. The result Bold contrast, bright color, crystal-clear details, and shockingly precise action during your favorite action scenes. With 720p resolution, the PN43D490 gives you image clarity and sharp features. An incredible .001ms response time optimizes fast motion video content. You'll be able to see every move during a car chase with Samsung’s innovative 600Hz subfield motion technology. And, you'll be able to hear the wheels turning with the SRS TheatreSound system. The PN43D490 also boasts a narrow bezel with a 1" larger screen, which means you'll get a bigger picture with a narrower outer frame.
  • The wonderful world of 3D
  • Leap onto the 3D bandwagon from your own sofa! The Samsung PN43D490 also features 3D picture performance, which offers a breathtaking, cinema-quality 3D experience. How does it work To recreate this experience of depth on television, a 3D TV will display two separate but overlapping images of the same scene simultaneously, and at slightly different angles. Watch your favorite movies transform with added depth and dimension to create larger-than-life visual experiences. HD movies in 3D come alive with eye-popping reality which practically leaps from the screen. Simply connect to a Samsung Blu-ray 3D Player to play 3D titles. You can even intensify your viewing experience by upconverting regular 2D content to immersive 3D content. See all the 3D action through Samsung's sleek Active Glasses (sold separately). You’ll be jumping out of your seat in no time!
  • Get more from your television
  • Think your TV is only for surfing channels Think again! A dual-purpose LCD screen, the Samsung PN43D490 instantly transforms into a computer monitor via the handy PC input. Stream media from your PC or other compatible devices any time you want. What’s more Samsung's smart ConnectShare Movie technology lets you plug in a thumb drive or other USB device right into your TV, letting you access a host of media files for you to share with your friends and family. Watch movies, check out home videos, access music playlists, view pictures, and more! The built-in user-friendly menu makes sharing easy and fun.
  • The green scene
  • Green is in with the Samsung PN43D490. A classic overachiever, the PN43D490 exceeds ENERGY STAR standards. And as you know, reduced energy consumption is good for Mother Nature and your pocket book.
  • Life in 3D
  • 3D movies are all the rage and now they can be in your home. The Samsung PN43D490 also features 3D picture performance. HD movies in 3D come alive with a true sense of depth and action that practically leaps from the screen. Simply connect to a Samsung Blue-ray 3D Player to play 3D titles. You’ll be jumping out of your seat in no time.
  • Advanced HDMI technology
  • Bringing you the absolute best in connectivity, Samsung's PN43D490 features three HDMI inputs (version 1.4). HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the only interface in consumer electronics that can carry both uncompressed high-definition (HD) video and uncompressed multi-channel audio in all HD formats including 720p, 1080i and even 1080p. Your incoming media content comes in a variety of sizes, resolutions and formats, and with that in mind, HDMI systems automatically configure to display that content in the most effective format. Since HDMI carries all channels on video and audio, there is only one cable to plug into any HDMI-enabled source and display device. No more complicated cable set-up when installing your home theater system, and no more ugly cable mess behind your components. HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on this single cable. Also, HDMI is fully backward-compatible with DVI. (Please note that a physical adapter, sold separately, is needed to make the conversion from HDMI to DVI.)


Comparison Specifications
  • 600Hz Subfield HD Motion performance
Response time:0.001ms
Connections:3 HDMI, 1 USB
PC input:1 (back)
Component video inputs:2 (back)
Component audio inputs:2 (back)
Digital audio:1 (back)
PC audio input:1 (back)
Audio:SRS TheaterSound, 10W x 2
Additional Specifications
  • Exceeds ENERGY STAR® standards
  • High-gloss design
  • Narrow bezel with 1" larger screen
  • 3D picture performance
  • ConnectShareMovie feature
Dimensional Specifications
Dimensions:39.8" W x 24.5" H x 2.2" D without stand / 39.8" W x 27.5" H x 12.0" D with stand
Weight:35.3 lbs. without stand / 44.8 lbs. with stand

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Types of Televisions:

In Plasma technology, the display itself consists of cells. Within each cell two glass panels are separated by a narrow gap in which neon-xenon gas is injected and sealed in plasma form. The gas is electrically charged at specific intervals when the Plasma set is in use. The charged gas then strikes red, green, and blue phosphors, thus creating a television image. Each group of red, green, and blue phosphors is called a pixel.

Some Advantages of Plasma Televisions are:
  • Larger Screen Sizes Available
  • Better Contrast Ratio, so Blacks are deeper
  • Better Color Saturation
  • Little to no lag in Fast Moving Images

  • Some Disadvantages of Plasma Televisions are:
  • Susceptible to Burn-Ins(Image is “burnt” onto the screen when left on the screen too long)
  • Generates a lot of heat
  • Does not perform well at high altitudes

  • LCD
    LCD stands for liquid crystal display. These types of displays are made of two layers of transparent material, which are polarized, and are "glued" together. One of the layers is coated with a special polymer that holds the individual liquid crystals. Current is then passed through individual crystals, which allow the crystals to pass or block light to create images. LCD crystals do not produce their own light, so an external light source, such as florescent bulb is needed for the image created by the LCD to become visible to the viewer.

    Some Advantages of LCD Televisions are:
  • Low energy consumption
  • Reduced Glare
  • No "burn-in" effect
  • Cool running temperatures
  • No high altitude issues
  • Greater Brightness
  • Lighter in weight

  • Some Disadvantages of LCD Televisions are:

  • Low contrast ratio
  • Fast Moving Images sometimes lag
  • Individual Pixels can burn out and cannot be replaced
  • Smaller Viewing Angle (although not significant difference)

    DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology utilizes a small Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) to tilt more than 1.3 million micromirrors-each of them less than the width of a human hair-toward (ON) or away from (OFF) the light source inside the DLP. This process creates light or dark pixels on the face of the projection screen. The light then filters to a color wheel, which rotates 120 times per second, producing the correct hue. Each mirror can turn on or off several thousands of times per second resulting in a technology that can reproduce up to 1024 shades of gray.

    Some Advantages of DLP Televisions are:
  • Little to no affection by ambient light
  • Better Contrast Ratio, so Blacks are deeper
  • High refresh rate
  • No lagging images or burn-ins
  • Not affected by altitudes
  • Tuner built-in in most models
  • The only thing that can burn out is the bulb, which can be replaced, so you could use this TV virtually forever
  • Many connections available - Can also be used as a monitor

  • Some Disadvantages of DLP Televisions are:
  • Must be viewed at eye level for the best picture
  • While a bulb will only cost around $200, a professional will need to install it, incurring an additional cost.
  • They are heavy and cannot easily be moved.

  • Direct View(CRT)
    Direct-view TVs, also known as the traditional tube television, consist of a single cathode ray tube (CRT) and electron beam that excites and illuminates phosphors on the inside surface of the TV screen.

    Some Advantages of CRT Televisions are:
  • Low in cost
  • Best black level, contrast, shadow detail and color performance of any video technology out there
  • Not affected by ambient light
  • Can be viewed from any angle
  • Very Long Life Expectancy

  • Some Disadvantages of CRT Televisions are:
  • Size and Weight of Television make it very heavy
  • Limited screen size - 38 inches is about the max for CRT TVs
  • Uses old technology

  • Choosing the Best TV Size:

    Where you are putting your television and what you are using it for will determine the perfect TV size for your room.

    Living (or Family) Room
    For living rooms and other spaces with high TV use, 37 inch and larger are the most popular choices. In large rooms, the largest size possible is usually best.

    For bedrooms, offices and other medium-sized spaces, a tv that is from 26 to 37 inches is your best bet.

    Kitchens & Smaller Rooms
    For kitchens and smaller rooms where you will be close to the TV, a 15 to 19 inch screen is best suited.

    Refer to the below chart for the mimimum distance you should be from the television.

    TV Viewing Distance Chart
    Diagonal Size Minimum Viewing Distance Maximum Viewing Distance
    26" 3 ft. 6 ft.
    32" 3.5 ft. 7 ft.
    37" 4 ft. 8 ft.
    42" 5 ft. 10 ft.
    47" 6 ft. 12 ft.
    50" 6.5 ft. 13 ft.
    60" 7 ft. 15 ft.

    High Definition vs. Standard Definition

    Standard definition is analog signals with resolution of 480i (480 lines drawn onscreen in an interlaced pattern, odd lines separately from even), the format in which TV content is delivered over regular analog broadcasts and basic (non-digital) cable. On the best TVs, the picture quality can be very good or even excellent, but it doesn't compare to the best that HD can offer.

    Enhanced definition falls between standard and high definition. ED signals are digital, with resolution of 480p (480 lines scanned progressively). This is equivalent to DVD quality, which is a little better than standard definition but not as good as high definition. Some ED sets can accept HD signals, but they convert them to a lower resolution that they can display, so the picture quality won't match that of true HD. On the best EDTVs, it can be quite good.

    High definition offers the best TV viewing possible. HD is a digital-TV format that contains more and finer detail than other formats, so images can have almost lifelike clarity. The picture quality can be stunning, especially on a large, wide-screen set. In technical terms, HD images have higher definition, meaning more picture elements (lines or pixels) make up each image. Most HD broadcasts today are either 1080i (1,080 lines drawn on-screen separately in an odd/even pattern, then interlaced to form one image) or 720p (720 lines scanned in one sweep, or progressively). Another HD format, 1080p, has 1,080 lines drawn in a progressive pattern, which potentially yields the finest detail. This format isn't yet being used for TV broadcasts, but some HD DVDs that support 1080p are expected to arrive this year. TVs with 1080p native resolution have already started to appear on the market.

    The below chart explains further the difference between Standard and High Definition Signals.

    Resolution and Picture Quality Table
    Picture Quality Good Quality Better Quality Best Quality
    Standard Definition TV Standard Definition DVD Enhanced Definition TV 720p High Definition TV 1080i High Definition TV 1080p High Definition TV/Blu-Ray
    Aspect Ratio Full Screen 4:3 Full Screen 4:3/Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9
    Resolution 640 x 480 720 x 480 854 x 480 1280 x 720 1920 x 720 1920 x 720
    Scanning Interlaced Interlaced Progressive Progressive Interlaced Progressive

    Which Audio/Video Connection is the best?
    Connector Type Quality Signal Type Description
    HDMI Highest Digital HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an uncompressed, all-digital signal that combines both audio and video. This connection gives you the optimal 1080p signal and up to 7.1 channel sound.
    DVI Highest Digital DVI (Digital Video Interface) is a video connection that will deliver 1080p video signal, but it does not carry audio signals.
    Component Video Good Analog Component Video, or RGB, is an analog signal connection that splits the video into 3 separate signals, 2 for color and 1 for brightness. The maximum resolution on this connection type is 720p or 1080i.
    S-Video Decent Analog S-Video (S for Separate) is a type of component video signal because the color and brightness signals are transmitted on separate wires. S-Video is not used for high definition resolutions.
    Composite Video Average Analog Composite, or RCA, connections can be found on almost all video components. Color and brightness pass over the same cable. Although it is the most common connection found, it is also the least quality.