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Samsung LN32C550 LCD HDTV Review

32 in.

Overall, the Samsung LN32C550 is a mediocre TV.

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Calibration

Calibration 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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Calibration


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The Samsung LN32C550's first step in the testing process was calibration. To start, we put the TV in Movie mode. The rest of our settings are listed below. If you don't see a feature specified, assume that we left it in the default position.

Setting Default Calibrated
Picture Mode Movie
Backlight 10 20
Contrast 95 95
Brightness 45 44
Sharpness 20 0
Color 50 50
Eco Solutions Off Off
Color Tone Warm2 Warm2
Digital Noise Filter Auto Off
MPEG Noise Filter Auto Off
Film Mode Auto 2 Auto 2

 

Video Modes


The Samsung LN32C550 has four video modes for one-touch changes that affect a wide swath of picture quality settings. 

Mode What it Does
Dynamic Selects a high-definition picture for bright environments
Standard Selects the optimal picture display for normal environments. This setting is convenient for most situation.
Natural Selects the picture for optimum and eye-comfortable display.
Movie Selects a comfortable picture display for dark environments. Select this when the ambient illumination is dim or your eyes are strained.

 

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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