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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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Connectivity

Connectivity 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.
{{article.attachments['Samsung-LN32C550-vanity.jpg']}} • Plenty of connection points for a home theater • 4 HDMIs • Ethernet port for connecting to a DLNA home theater, not streaming content
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Input Ports*(7.5)*


The Samsung LN32C550 has a solid selection of ports, spread out between the back and sides. Highlights include 4 HDMIs, 2 component and 2 composite AVs (though one of these is shared), and 2 USBs. There's also an ethernet port, though its purpose is dubious. More details can be found in the Multimedia & Internet section.

 

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  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

 

 

Output Ports*(2.0)*


There are two output ports, an analog audio out and a digital audio out. This is standard for most HDTVs. You'll want both, because you don't know what kind of audio system you'll be connecting to in the future.

 

Other Connections*(4.0)*


The Samsung LN32C550 has an ethernet port, despite the fact that it does not connect to any streaming content. For more details, jump ahead to the Multimedia & Internet section.

 

Media*(2.0)*


The Samsung LN32C550 has two USB ports, one on the side and one on the back. These allow you to play back photos, video, and music from a thumb drive or a full HDD. 

 

Placement*(7.0)*


The port placement on the Samsung LN32C550 is just fine. There are enough ports on the side for quick-swap devices like camcorders, cameras, and thumb drives. The rear ports are intended for more permanent connections. All are well-labeled and easy to reach, thanks to the swivel port.

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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