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Samsung LN32C550 LCD HDTV Review

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Overall, the Samsung LN32C550 is a mediocre TV.

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Vs Samsung LN32C350

Samsung LN32C350 Summary
{{article.attachments['Samsung-LN32C550-vanity.jpg']}} • LN32C350 about $200 cheaper • LN32C350 has better performance in several key areas • LN32C350 limited to 720p resolution
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Value Comparison Summary


The Samsung LN32C350 runs about two hundred dollars cheaper than the Samsung LN32C550. There are several key differences: the LN32C350 is limited to 720p, has fewer ports, and lacks the LN32C550's ethernet port for connecting to an Allshare home entertainment network. If this last feature leaves you cold, you're probably in the majority. Strangely, the Samsung LN32C350 had superior performance in some key areas, including RGB color response and viewing angle. All in all, the Samsung LN32C350 may be the wiser bet, if you can sacrifice the reduced resolution.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Samsung LN32C550 Samsung LN32C350
Size 32 inches 32 inches
Price $699 $499
Type LCD LCD
Format 1080p 720p

Blacks & Whites


The Samsung LN32C350 was nearly on par with the Samsung LN32C550 in terms of black and white performance. The black levels were identical, but the LN32C550 produced a brighter white, which contributed to an expanded contrast ratio. 

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


Both the Samsung LN32C550 and the Samsung LN32C350 did s good job maintaining a consistent color temperature. As you can see from the charts below, they both drift when the signal gets dark, but it opposite directions. The RGB color curve test, however, proved to be in theLN32C350's favor. The LN32C550's performance was not smooth enough and the colors peaked too early.

Color Temperature Comparison
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Samsung LN32C550 Score: 8.08
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Samsung LN32C350 Score: 9.21

 

RGB Comparison

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Samsung LN32C550 Score: 5.56

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Samsung LN32C350 Score: 8.19

 

Motion


Neither the Samsung LN32C550 nor the Samsung LN32C350 dealt well with motion performance. It maintained a decent level of fine detail, but vertical lines became diagonal when in motion. That's no good. 

  Motion Scores
  Samsung LN32C550 Samsung LN32C350
Motion Smoothness 6.63 6.63
Motion Artifacting 3.5 3.5

 

Viewing Effects


The Samsung LN32C550 has a terrible viewing angle, only 14 degrees from center. For whatever reason, the cheaper Samsung LN32C350 showed a vastly superior viewing of 30 degrees. There are a few possible explanations for the discrepancy, the most likely being simple differences in components. 

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Samsung LN32C550 Score: 3.40 Samsung LN32C350 Score: 5.0

 

Connectivity


The Samsung LN32C550 has several more ports, including two additional HDMIs, an additional composite and component AV, and an ethernet jack for connection to a DLNA 'Allshare' home network.

 

  Connectivity Comparison
  Samsung LN32C550 Samsung LN32C350 LG 32LD350 Sony KDL-32BX300
HDMI 4 2 2 2
Component 2 1 1 2
Composite 2 1 2 1
S-Video 0 0 0 0
VGA 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio In 3 1 2 4
Digital Audio Out 1 1 0 1
Analog Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Ethernet 1 0 0 0
WiFi Requires separate purchase 0 0 0
USB 2 1 1 0
Memory Card 0 0 0 0
  DLNA Yes No No No
Other EX-LINK N/A N/A N/A

 

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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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