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Samsung LN32C550 LCD HDTV Review

32 in.

Overall, the Samsung LN32C550 is a mediocre TV.

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Audio & Menus

Audio & Menus Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Samsung LN32C550. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the C550 series. The C550 series includes the following models: LN32C550, LN37C550, LN40C550 and LN46C550.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Audio Quality*(5.0)*


The built-in speakers on the Samsung LN32C550 are sufficient for basic TV watching or for the undemanding owner. They certainly sound better than a pair of battery operated iPod speakers, if that's your concern. But they in no way stand up to a dedicated surround sound system.

Of course, the TV offers an assortment of settings for the audio, including some presets, an equalizer, and a simulated surround sound effect. These simulated effects never work great. In this case, it seems to suck all the mids and some of the bass out of the mix, though it does sound a bit more 'surround-y.'

 

Menu Interface*(8.0)*


The menu interface on the Samsung LN32C550 is the same as on nearly all Samsung HDTVs, and equally clean, simple, and efficient. It's hard to beat this menu system. The main submenus are lined along a vertical axis. Some of the items have pop-out sub-submenus, but the aptly placed 'Return' button on the remote always assures you safe passage back to the previous screen.

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*The Video settings menu *

 

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*The Picture settings menu *

 

Instruction Manual*(6.75)*


The instruction manual that comes with the Samsung LN32C550 is informative of all the TV's features. It features an index and a glossary, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding what you need. Our only complaint is that the features' descriptions seems a bit brief. You can find the Samsung LN32C550's manual online here.

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*Informative instruction manual *

 

Other Models in the C550 Series
This is a review of the Samsung LN32C550. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Samsung LN32C550 32 inches

Samsung LN37C550

37 inches

Samsung LN40C550

40 inches

Samsung LN46C550

47 inches

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Samsung LN32C350
  14. Vs LG 32LD350
  15. Vs Sony KDL 32BX300
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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