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Samsung PN50C550G1F Plasma HDTV Review

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

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Value Comparison

The Sony KDL-52EX700 is an outstanding TV, but it also costs a lot more than the Samsung PN50C550. With the bump in price you get access to Sony's great streaming content, better contrast ratio, and better color performance. Is that enough to warrant the price gap? That's up to you. The Samsung PN50C550 is also a good TV. You'll need to figure out where your standards are.

Blacks & Whites

The Sony KDL-52EX700, as an LCD display, simply couldn't manage the deep blacks of the three plasma TVs, particularly the Samsung PN50C550. However, LCDs have no problems getting a nice, bright white, which was enough to make a wider contrast ratio.

Contrast Chart
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Color Accuracy

The Sony 52EX700 had real problems with maintaining a consistent color temperature, but it produced much smoother and more uniform color curves. Overall, we much preferred the Sony.

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Motion

The Sony EX700 was a great performer in our motion tests, exceeding the Samsung, which was good but suffered from some specific artifacting problems.

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Viewing Effects

The Sony 52EX700, as an LCD display, could not come close to the viewing angle of a plasma display. The Samsung PN50C550 was approximately three times wider.

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Connectivity

The Sony EX700 series has many ports, and matches the Samsung PN50C550 only point-for-point. The only real differentiating factor is an extra USB and an EX-LINK on the Samsung.

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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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