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Introducing: Samsung SL10D10 Flip Top LCD/Combo Unit


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#1 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:08 PM

Mod note: Due to the age of this thread, the photos are no longer available.

Welcome to the review of the latest product from Samsung / DirecTV.

The Samsung SL10D10 Flip Top LCD with Integrated DirecTV Receiver.
Samsungs Official WebSite for the Unit

Other names for the unit: Kitchen, Under the Cabinet, and Desktop
(The Manual is Online at Samsung's website)

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I got the unit about a week or so ago. I have hooked it up and absolutely love it. It is the perfect unit for my office. I have it sitting right next to my 19" LCD monitor for my computer (which Ironically is a Samsung as well). It is kinda the "little brother" but packs such a great punch.

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So some quick basics:

The unit is FIRST an LCD TV... which means, this is an OWNED unit (not leased).
Basically you can summarize.. this is a 10.5" LCD with a built in D10 reciever.... but looks a lot nicer.

It is NOT a DVR, it is a standard receiver.

The UNIT does have composit analog inputs, so you can easily add a DVD player or game system to the unit.

The only output from the unit is your standard mini-headphone jack. So you won't be connecting this unit to your stereo any time soon.

Now for the details..

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 26 February 2010 - 03:43 PM.

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#2 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:14 PM

All images are links to two different files sizes; Large and Small. They are the same picture, just the Small is about 25% the size of the large..

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Overall Image of the Unit:
(sorry, broken links)

The unit is in a high gloss BLACK almost lacker type finish. It is really sharp.
My photography skills don't do it justice. In fact, I can't even show you a top view of the unit, as my camera picks up non-visibile to the eye finger prints and other marks, that I just can't get out.

The outer rim is in a shiny near titanium/platinum color. It is not a crome or bright silver, is is more muted against the black.

The front display... Is well lit DirecTV logo, and controls. The power blue is the ICE Blue ring we have gotten use to from the R15.

The display is designed to INVERT along with the screen, if you decided to use the unit on a desktop, or under a counter

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 26 February 2010 - 03:42 PM.

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#3 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:22 PM

I was trying to figure out a way to describe the size of the unit.

Here are the official specs:
Physical Specifications:
-) STB: 230 x 38 x 226 (mm)
-) LCD: 270 x 12.5 x 202.6 (mm)
Weight: 2.3kg
Video Screen: 10.2" Diagonal 16x9 ratio

But to put it into terms that the average consumer may understand.
I compared it to my Hard Copy version of "Harry Potter VI, the Half Blood Price"

Top view, with the book flush to the back of the unit:
(sorry, broken links)

Front view, with the LCD down, and the book right next to it.
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On it's side, next to the book
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IMHO; This unit is near the perfect size for what I am using it for.
This unit is sitting on my desk in my office. takes up very little space, and provide me with the perfect TV to watch the "ball game" on while I am working. (In fact I am watching the Indians/WhiteSox game right now)

This unit is NOT going to rival my 50" plasma... nor is it's purpose.
But this unit will be perfect in a Kitchen or Small Office.... or even for a college student that has access to a DirecTV signal.

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 26 February 2010 - 03:42 PM.

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#4 OFFLINE   Earl Bonovich

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:23 PM

Here is a quick view of the back panel:
(sorry, broken links)

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 26 February 2010 - 03:42 PM.

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:30 PM

So here is what a lot of you like to see... the guts.

First of all, the unit is VERY well put together. Not flismy at all. Solid unit.
It is also is a piece of cake to disasemble. I had it taken apart in about 5 minutes.

Very compact, and very well done.
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The Circuit connecting the LCD to the base:
(sorry, broken links)

The Screen Seperated from the base:
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Off with it's top:
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You can see the TWO speaker assemblies, with two speakers each... more about the sound quality later... Quick hint... it is VERY good

Side profile of one of the speaker units:
(sorry, broken links)


Main "guts" connection to the circuit board
(sorry, broken links)

That is a small, yet powerfull magnet right there in the corner

Overall SnapShot (then each region) of the circuit board
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Region 1
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Region 2
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Region 3
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Region 4
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Bottom line...
There is not a whole lot to this unit.

Edited by Stuart Sweet, 26 February 2010 - 03:43 PM.

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:35 PM

That's it for all the pictures.

As for the operation of the unit:
I will brake that into to two pieces, DirecTV and Samsung.

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DirecTV usage:
Basically from a DirecTV point of view, this is a D10 reciever.
The Remote is the RC23.

The menu structure, channel selection, ect is identical to that of a D10.
If you are used to an D10/D11 or R15 or H20; You will know how to use this unit the moment you turn it on.

ONE bit of warning (And it took me about 5 minutes to figure out, as you know... I am a guy... I don't read manuals.. :)

The ACCESS card installation.
The GOLD chip has to be on the same side as the RED reset button in the access port. For the longest time, I thought I had a bad access card (as the unit said I did), until I flipped the card over.

The unit is INTERACTIVE. The What's Hot, Mix, and ACTIVE content is available on this unit.

The GUIDE data only goes out about 3 days or so... (as copared to the 14 that the R15 does)... The unit does support the "AutoTune" feature. So if you find a show, and want the unit to remind you to watch it... it will tune it in.

This unit is not a DVR, so it only has 1 tuner and 1 input.
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Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:39 PM

The LCD piece of this is all Samsung.

Volume and Power is all that can be controlled via the remote.
All the other settings for the unit, have to be from the front panel.

You have two buttons to control volume.

The other three are for the "menu"
This is where you can select the input: DirecTV or External
If you want the unit to be in : WIDE or Normal mode
If you want to: INVERT the screen, if you are using it on a table top or under a cabinet

And then your typical, color, brightness, saturation, sharpness options.

It takes a few minutes to get used to... as navigating the menu, is a little akward when on a desktop. The buttons are marked + or -. When you are using it in desktop mode. The + moves the cursor right, the - moves it left. Which is opposite from it's orientation.

Other then that... the controls are very standard and self-explanitory.
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Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:41 PM

Okay.... I am no audio-fanatic... but... the audio out of this tiny unit is just amazing.

It is not a replacement for your home stereo, nor is as clear...

But given the speaker panels are about the size of a $.50 piece, the sound is crisp, with a good amount of base.

Watching TV the sound is clear and very understandable.
Listening via XM just provides a nice sound.

I don't know else how to explain it other then you really won't be disappointed in the sound quality, for such a tiny unit.
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Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:44 PM

The screen is a small 10.5 LCD.
It is only 800x480 resolution, with 262,144 colors
However... the picture is very watchable. And enjoyable.

I have left it in strech mode, as in normal mode, it puts the black bars on the side and I just have gotten used to the stretched look of things with my plasma.

The TV at this size, you see very few of the compression artifacts that you see at 50".

The unit is NOT HD... not even by a long shot.
The image reminds of maybe a few steps above the picture in my Nissan Quest.

Not something you are going to have to the family sit around watching.
Not something you want to watch the SuperBowl on...

But for daily baseball games, the news, a show here and there.... it does the job just fine.
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Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:46 PM

I have not tried to install the unit under a cabinet yet....

I have to get the wife's permission, but it will probably have to wait till I get a second one. This unit is not leaving my office.. :)

It comes will all the hardware and template to install under the cabinet.

Including a mount for the power supply as well.


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The rest of the installation is just like any other DirecTV reciever.
Connect the feed from the dish, phone line, and power... and you are off to the races. (remembe to put the Access card in, GOLD side facing the reset button.
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Posted 10 June 2006 - 12:48 PM

Okay.... there is ONE thing i don't like about the unit.


If you CLOSE the screen... LCD side facing the unit.... The system shuts off not only the LCD, but also the AUDIO. So slightly disappointed there, that I just can't play an XM station and not have the LCD turned on... but I guess I will live


So that is about it....
If you are looking for a small office, or kitchen unit. Definently give the SL10D10 a look.
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Posted 10 June 2006 - 02:02 PM

geez, why don't they make it more obvious they plopped a screen on top of a directv receiver.

Just noticed they want $500 for this?! What are companies thinking these days. This is an awful idea.

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 05:52 PM

Nice review, Earl, but why would anyone shell out $500 for a 10" low res LCD tv?
The fact that it has a built-in IRD is almost irrelevant. I have a 17" LCD flat panel
on the corner of my desk that cost less than half that, and it gets the Platinum pkg
+ HD channels wirelessly from my base stb.

This week I saw a 15" EDTV LCD @ CC for $199, not that I would buy an ED set.

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 06:06 PM

but why would anyone shell out $500 for a 10" low res LCD tv?


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You would have to ask Samsung....
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Posted 11 June 2006 - 08:44 AM

Well, I just bought a new 20" flat screen (not flat panel) CRT TV for $94 out the door. Add a worst case cost $50 STB and I've got the same functionality for $144.

I really don't see a market for this Samsung device, but time will tell. Let's see if it is still on the market a year from now.

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 11:48 AM

Well, I just bought a new 20" flat screen (not flat panel) CRT TV for $94 out the door. Add a worst case cost $50 STB and I've got the same functionality for $144.

I really don't see a market for this Samsung device, but time will tell. Let's see if it is still on the market a year from now.

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No you don't. I wouldn't even think about bolting a CRT monitor under your kitchen cabinet :D.

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Posted 11 June 2006 - 09:06 PM

But it sits on top of the fridge just fine.

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Posted 13 June 2006 - 02:45 PM

Earl, great review, very accurately articulates the product features and benefits. I love this under-cabinet TV and think it serves a very useful and needed application.

Samsung has just reduced the MAP to $449. and I would expect we will see some dealers selling on private sales for $399. very soon.

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 05:10 PM

Been a couple of months now...
So, how well is this thing selling?

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Posted 16 August 2006 - 05:54 PM

:) not sure how well it is selling..

But it has been FANTASTIC here on my desk..
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