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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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Motion Performance

The Samsung PN50C550 proved to have a very smooth motion performance, which is something that we typically see in plasmas. They manage avoid the clippy, stuttering motion that we see in bad LCD TVs.

While the motion was smooth, the Samsung PN50C550 experienced some very distinct problems with motion artifacting. We noticed that images of complex color and detail – say, for instance, a face – becomes color-banded and blocky when in motion. Unfortunately, complex color and detail pretty much described most TVs and movies. However, large, simple blocks of color and detail looked perfectly fine. Usually, when a TV chokes on one, it also chokes on the other. We've seen it time and again. We had to split the difference and give the Samsung PN50C550 a decent score. More on how we test motion performance.

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps

The Samsung PN50C550 can certainly accommodate native 24fps content, like you might get with a Blu-Ray movie, but it's not a perfect picture. During slow, horizontal pans, we noticed obvious stuttering due to poor 3:2 pulldown. More on how we test 3:2 pulldown and 24fps.

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Resolution Scaling

The Samsung PN50C550 has a native 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution, but much of the content you'll watch will be of a lower resolution. It's up to the TV's internal processing to rescale that image to fit the screen. In general, the TV is quite good at the task. More on how we test resolution scaling.

480p

The 480p content we tested lost 3% of the picture on every side due to overscan.

720p

The 720p content showed only minor problems with Moires in high-frequency, high-contrast patterns.

1080i

The 1080i content also showed very minor problems with Moires in high-frequency, high-contrast patterns.

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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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