Let it never be said that TrustedReviews lacks variety. For mere days after we reviewed one of the smallest HD TVs in the business, Humax's 19in LGB-19DTT, we're now sitting before one of the biggest: Samsung's truly gargantuan 63in plasma TV, the PS-63P76FD.
And quite a sight it is, too, as its sheer prodigious acreage of screen combines with a rather industrial, serious-looking black bezel that's clearly had to ditch Samsung's usually more stylish lines due to the simple, no-nonsense requirements of having to support such a huge weight of screen glass. The funny thing is, though, I liked the rugged simplicity of the 63P76FD's looks almost as much as I like the fancier finishes of Samsung's current smaller TVs. Go figure.
As a TV with clearly vast home cinema potential, it's pleasing to find the 63P76FD carrying three HDMIs, as we wouldn't be surprised if the sort of person likely to buy this TV used all of them: one with a Sky HD box, one with an HD DVD/Blu-ray player, and one with an Xbox 360 Elite or PS3 games console.
These HDMIs are no ordinary HDMIs either, since they're built to the v1.3 standard allowing compatibility with the Deep Colour system for producing a richer, wider colour palette from HD discs encoded with the Deep Colour data. Which would be great if any such discs actually existed…
The HDMIs are also CEC enabled so that you can control CEC-compatible attached kit via the TV's remote, plus they're able to take the ultra-pure 1080p/24fps format that's now in vogue with the launch of Blu-ray and HD DVD. What's more, the 63P76FD carries a special 48Hz playback mode for use with 24fps sources, to hopefully reproduce them with less noise than if a less mathematically tidy 50 or 60Hz refresh rate were used.
So far the 63P76FD is pushing all the right buttons in pretty spectacular fashion - but it's only just got started, for there's also the small matter of its full HD pixel count to consider. Yes, the large screen has helped Samsung fit in all ,1920 x 1,080 of the requisite pixels. And of course, Samsung has followed through on the set's full HD nature by offering an aspect ratio option in the 63P76FD's menus that allows 1080-line HD sources to be mapped to the screen pixel for perfect pixel, without any mess from unnecessary overscan processing.