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Samsung PS-63P76FD 63in Plasma TV - Samsung PS-63P76FD
Also catching our eye in just the right light is the 63P76FD's claimed contrast ratio: 15,000:1. This is only a little short of the 16000:1 quoted by Pioneer's KURO plasmas, and their black level response is, as regular readers will recall, nothing short of spectacular. Our only concern about this is that Samsung is notoriously good at playing the specification ‘numbers game', and so the 15,000:1 figure might not be quite so reliable as that of Pioneer's KUROs.
One of the key elements in producing such an outstanding claimed contrast figure is the 63P76FD's use of Samsung's new Ultra FilterBright technology, which builds a filter into the screen array that is reckoned to block out as much as 90 per cent of all ambient screen reflections. Less ambient light on the screen obviously means greater scope for allowing dark scenes to look more impactful.
If the sort of high numbers we've been bandying round so far in this review have already got your head spinning, then we're sorry, but we've got another one for you: 18 quadrillion. This, rather hilariously, is the number of colour shades the 63P76FD's 18-bit colour processing should be able to deliver. Obviously I'm not in a position to check the veracity of this claim, but it should at least lead to a more expressive, natural palette and a picture that's free of plasma's old-school tendency to show colours in bands rather than smooth blends.
Heading at last into the 63P76FD's onscreen menus we find what's really the only bum note to hit us so far: slugghish responses to our remote control button presses. Still, we guess you probably won't have to return to the onscreen menus too often once you've got everything set up right in the first place.
That's not to say the onscreen menus don't offer plenty of adjustment flexibility, though; they do. More than we've the time or the inclination to cover in full here, in fact. The only things that really need to be explained are three different video processing systems: Digital Natural Image engine (DNIe), Movie Plus, and Edge Enhancement.
DNIe is the latest version of Samsung's long-running proprietary picture engine, designed to boost colour response, black levels, fine detailing (especially with standard definition sources), and noise reduction.
Movie Plus interpolates extra frames of image data to make motion appear more fluid across the screen, and as for the Edge Enhancer - well, it does exactly what it says on the tin, basically.