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Samsung LN32C550 LCD HDTV Review

32 in.

Overall, the Samsung LN32C550 is a mediocre TV.

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Conclusion

Conclusion
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.
{{article.attachments['Samsung-LN32C550-intro.jpg']}}The Samsung LN32C550 had its problems to be sure. The viewing angle was terrible and the RGB color curve test indicated that it chokes when the colors get to bright (a phenomenon called peaking.) However, the black levels looked great and the contrast ratio ranked among our best. The C550 series has a few features that try to set it apart. There's a red-tinge around the whole edging, which Samsung calls 'Touch of Color.' There's also the inclusion of an ethernet port and the option for WiFi. Don't get your hopes up, though; it doesn't offer any streaming content. Instead, the ports are only for connecting to a DLNA home entertainment system. Seeing as though most people have no idea how to set up a multimedia home network, the simpler streaming content would have been welcome. Overall, the Samsung LN32C550 is a mediocre TV. The connectivity options make it desirable for high-end AV fans, but that crowd may feel the performance comes up short. Check out the cheaper C350 and C450 series if you're on the fence. They lack the DLNA features, but cost a lot less.

 

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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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