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Samsung PN50C550G1F Plasma HDTV Review

50 in.

The Samsung PN50C550 is a 50-inch, 1080p plasma with a very attractive price.

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Calibration

The Samsung PN50C550 requires a few tweaks to get best performance. As per usual, the labels in the menus don't necessarily correspond to what you think they should control. For instance, the "Brightness" setting was more of a contrast control, while "Contrast" shifted color temperature. It's no wonder most people don't calibrate their TVs; how on earth would you know what you're doing without some practice and dedicated software/hardware?

We should note that we noticed an unusual reddish tone in the whites. In order to correct it, we lowered the "Red Gain" in the White Balance settings.

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Video Modes

Note that any video processing features that could be disabled were disabled, although in Movie mode most of them are defaulted to the off position anyway.

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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. Panasonic Viera TC-P50G25 Comparison
  14. LG 50PQ30 Comparison
  15. Sony Bravia KDL-52EX700 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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