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Samsung HL-P4674W

We preview Samsung's 46-inch DLP-based rear-projection TV.

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Matthew Moskovciak

Senior Associate Editor / Reviews - Home theater

Covering home audio and video, Matthew Moskovciak helps CNET readers find the best sights and sounds for their home theaters. E-mail Matthew or follow him on Twitter @cnetmoskovciak.

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Samsung HL-P4674W
Samsung's HL-P4674W is a 46-inch DLP-based rear-projection HDTV. At less than 17 inches deep, the HL-P4674W can fit into places that CRT TVs can't. It and the 56-inch HL-P5674W are available at list prices of $3,800 and $4,500, respectively.

Upside: The HL-P4674W is more expensive than its counterpart in Samsung's 2004 DLP lineup, the HL-P4663W, because it uses a more advanced DLP chip dubbed the HD2+. The chip has a high native resolution of 1,280x720, which means it should be able to display every pixel of 720p HDTV material. The set's ample connectivity is highlighted by an HDMI port, a DVI port, and two component-video inputs. The HL-P4674W is also designed to accept computer signals via a PC input.

Downside: The HL-P4674W lacks an HDTV tuner and a CableCard slot, so you'll need a set-top box if you want to watch HDTV or digital cable. And as with all DLP TVs, you should be aware that some people may notice rainbow effects.

Outlook: With its higher-end DLP chip, the HL-P4674W should provide slightly better image quality than the 63-series Samsungs, although its higher price will probably make it less popular.

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