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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 Sony KDL 32BX300

Sony KDL-32BX300 Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


The Sony BX300 series is an entry level line of HDTVs. As such, the resolution is limited to 720p, while the Samsung LN32C550 is 1080p. The 32BX300 is, however, much cheaper than the Samsung, which can't be underestimated as an incentive. It also managed better performance in some areas. However, the Samsung offers a more robust selection of connectivity options, including an ethernet jack for DLNA-supported home theater systems.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Samsung LN32C550 Sony KDL-32BX300
Size 32 inches 32 inches
Price $699 $429
Type LCD LCD
Format 1080p 720p

Blacks & Whites


The Sony KDL-32BX300 did not quite match up with the Samsung LN32C550. The blacks were not quite as black and the whites were not as bright. However, a contrast ratio of 3050:1 is still quite good.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


The Sony had a harder time maintaining a consistent color temperature, as you can see from the charts below. However, the RGB color curve performance was better, with smoother curves and less peaking than the Samsung.

Color Temperature Comparison
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Samsung LN32C550 Score: 8.08
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Sony KDL-32BX300 Score: 6.35

 

RGB Comparison

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Samsung LN32C550 Score: 5.56

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Sony KDL-32BX300 Score: 7.73

 

Motion


The Sony KDL-32BX300 showed a slight advantage in the motion performance tests, due to the Samsung's tendency to render vertical lines as diagonal when in motion.

  Motion Scores
  Samsung LN32C550 Sony KDL-32BX300
Motion Smoothness 6.63 6.0
Motion Artifacting 3.5 6.5

 

Viewing Effects


The Sony KDL-32BX300 has a viewing angle of about 18 degrees before it loses a lot of contrast ratio. That's not a very good performance, but it's better than the 14 degrees from the Samsung N32C550, which is really bad.

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Samsung LN32C550 Score: 3.40 Sony KDL-32BX300 Score: 2.44

 

Connectivity


The Samsung LN32C550 has a far better array of ports than the Sony KDL-32BX300. If you're more interested in a Sony but wanted expanded connectivity, check out the EX700 series, like the Sony KDL-32EX700.

  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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