Samsung PN50C550G1F Plasma HDTV Review
The Samsung PN50C550 is a 50-inch, 1080p plasma with a very attractive price.
The audio quality on the Samsung PN50C550 is surprisingly good. Perhaps it's a better set of speakers than usual, or perhaps just the large panel in which to reverberate the sound. There was good clarity throughout the tonal range, particularly when balancing dialogue midtones at the same time as deep, bass-y explosions and high-pitched bullets sounds.
There are five audio mode presets: Standard, Music, Movie, Clear Voice, and Amplify. We recommend Standard or Movie. In Standard mode, you have access to a 5-channel equalizer. Other features include a surround sound emulator called Virtual Surround, Dialog Clarity, and Auto Volume (a volume leveler). You don't even need the Virtual Surround feature enabled, though, because the speakers are far enough apart and positioned in such a way that it sounds pretty convincing on its own.
Of course, you'll never get the deep bass that a dedicated surround sound system with a subwoofer produces, but this is a very good start.
The Samsung PN50C550 features that same great menu we've seen on most recent Samsungs. The main submenus are arranged vertically on the left, so you almost always know where you are. Familiarize yourself with the Return and Exit buttons on the remote and you should be all set.
There are just two sub-submenus that ditch the left-side navigation. To exit, just hit the Return button.
The instruction manual that ships with the Samsung PN50C550 has nearly all the answers you seek. A table of content in the front and alphabetical index in the back make searching a breeze. You can search the digital version. You can find the Samsung PN50C550's manual online here.
- Tour & Design
- Blacks & Whites
- Color Accuracy
- Viewing Effects
- Remote Control
- Audio & Menus
- Multimedia & Internet
- Power Consumption
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