The short of it: The TXN is an all analogue set w/o any digital inputs and a NTSC tuner. The TXP has DVI w/HDCP and an ATSC tuner.
I just scrounged a nice N and was completely stunned with the S-Video performance. So this was going to be a keeper for a good while as long as I was concerned. Then I started vacillating over whether to invest in a tuner and perhaps a problematic HDMI to Component converter OR get another TV with HDCP and tuner.
So I found, amazingly, the P model only days after I got the N. The P was also cheap like the N and I also had found someone who would buy my N so I figured it was a slam dunk to get the P model. So I sold the N and bought the P and dragged it home.
Little did I know...
Much to my horror, it appears the P uses a Trinitron tube which I hate with a passion because I can see the vertical pixel lines even 4' from the monitor. The N had a computer grade dot matrix that was nearly invisible at 2'. Even with HD sources, the P model seems like there is this blurry cloud over the whole image when compared to the N running an S-Video source
. I can only imagine what the N would have looked like with 1080i component input.
But in the Trinitrons defense, the black levels seemed superior.
In conclusion, I was truly disappointed.
The digital tuner in the P is inferior to a Channel Master CM7000 DTV converter box and frankly, with the C-M S-video output, the N had very good image quality which was quite watchable.
NOTE: I have not confirmed it, but I think the P splits out the DD5.1 through the back panel optical jack which is a huge plus compared to the N.
Of course now, I have the ability to watch HD OTA however, I can't get my most important channel which carries Steeler football games.
I just can't win.
Double Ironically, there is yet another Samsung locally for sale
which is a newer 32" SlimFit model with the image geometry issues as discussed to length in many forums. I wonder how it would rate in the above things I have noticed? My guess is that all subsequent Samsungs will use the Trinitron tube, however, maybe, just maybe, they went back to a computer monitor dot matrix for the SlimFit. If that was the case and I could get that fabulous N sharpness, I would completely embrace the geometry issues. I'd bet the digital tuner would even be better.
I think these CRT sets are really a tremendous amount of performance for the $50 giveaway prices they are sold for. There is absolutely nothing inferior about them in that size class other than the fact they they are big heavy boxes. But keep in mind the Samsung is not really that heavy - it probably weighs about 70 lbs. And I'll bet a lot of them will work for 20 years after purchase. I'd like to see a flat panel still standing after 20 years.
I'd be interested to see if anyone else has seen what I have seen and if there might be some advice on which CRT sets are really the best because as far as I'm concerned, newer is not necessarily better.
Thanks in advance,