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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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Connectivity

Input Ports (6.5)

The Samsung PN50C550 offers plenty of ports for a home theater hub. There are 4 HDMIs and 2 component AV inputs. One of these component AV inputs doubles as a composite AV input, and there's a dedicated composite on the side. The LAN and optional WiFi can connect to DLNA home theater networks, but not streaming content from the internet. The 2 USBs can connect to USB storage devices to play back photos, video, and music clips.

Connectivity Tour Image 1

The ports are spread out between the back and sides.

Connectivity Tour Image 2

Output Ports (2.0)

The Samsung PN50C550 has two output ports, an analog and a digital audio output. This is great, because it means you can connect to both old and new sound systems.

Other Connections (4.0)

The Samsung PN50C550 has a LAN port for connecting to DLNA home theater networks. There's also the option of WiFi, using a separately purchased USB dongle.

Media (2.0)

The Samsung PN50C550 has two USB ports that can be used to play media files from USB storage devices.

The table below has a complete breakdown of the ports, compared with three similar TVs.

Placement

The ports are placed as well as they can be on a giant TV like this. Most are gathered in a bottom corner on the back of the TV panel. A few more are on the side. The TV panel can swivel on the base to help you reach the back.

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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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