The Samsung 40" 1080p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV, Model LN40A550 comes packed with many features that are sure to please high definition enthusiasts.
The model comes with 3 HDMI ports to make 3 connections. You can use them on your HD Cable box if you have one (if not I recommend the upgrade), You can use them for other devices as well, such as video game consoles. If you have more than three devices that require HDMI cables, you can simply switch them around.
There is also a VGA port for you to plug your tower in to the unit to use your HDTV as a monitor for your computer. I did this a few times, but it took forever for me to drag my mouse around the 40 inch surface. Ha! There is also a USB port
You also have of course 1 RF, 2 component A/V ports, 2 composite A/V ports, and 1 S-Video port.
The Samsung 40" 1080p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV, Model LN40A550 comes with a built in HD Tuner. You have to however purchase an optional box in order for this feature to work. Personally I have never used this feature, and frankly don't think I ever will need to. We get HD Channels with our cablevision box and it works for us perfectly.
The unit also supports PIP (picture in picture); the ability to watch 2 channels at once. I like this feature, but use it very seldom. It's great for women who like watching their shows, while their spouse needs to catch a game at the same time.
Entertainment mode is especially useful for when you want to adjust picture setting for different content. For instance, you can customize game viewing settings and save the settings to use for when you are video gaming.
There is also Output, which allows you to set up headphones with the unit. I never used this feature, and probably never will. But hey, it's there if you want it.
Oh but that's not all folks, the unit is of course 1080p, which as of now is the best of the best when it comes to picture quality. Although the difference is very subtle from 720p models, you can see it, and you will love it! Many newer XBOX 360 and Playstation 3 video games support up to 1080p, so you will notice it in gaming as well.
There is also a 16:9 aspect ratio, which allows you to enjoy a full wide screen cinematic like viewing experience. Personally I love the wide fit viewing the most.
We also cannot forget High brightness (500 cd/m²) and 30,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, which brings viewers superb, accurate coloring in different on screen lighting conditions.
You also have 178 degree wide and horizontal viewing which allows you to see the screen pretty much anywhere in the room. I'm at my PC right now, and the unit is to my left. I am able to fully view the screen without head strain. Although it's an odd feature it is one that you will take notice of, and appreciate.
The Samsung HDTV also has 5 millisecond response time which means less blurring and more crystal clear picture during fast paced scenes and gaming.
The list goes on and on my friends, the features seem to never end. The LN40A550 also has 2 built in speakers with SRS TruSurround XT. The sound is pretty phenomenal, but I'd still have to recommend an external for those looking for the ultimate in their high definition viewing experience.
One of my personal favorite features that is included with the HDTV is the Auto Volume Leveler. This nifty feature makes sure that during loud scenes the sounds level remains the same. With my old boob tube, I constantly found myself lowering the volume during loud music scenes. With the Samsung LN40A550 I never have to lower the volume, as it stays consistent throughout my show.
Honestly there are just so many fabulous features that come packaged with this model that it will impress just about anyone.