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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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Formats

The Samsung PN50C550 has a native resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080), but can easily handle all standard NTSC formats.

Viewing Angle

The viewing angle of most plasmas is very good, and the Samsung PN50C550 proves the case once again. It achieved a viewing angle of approximately 155 degrees (77 degrees from center on either side) before losing significant contrast. A similar Panasonic and LG plasma TV managed slightly wider viewing angles, while the Sony LCD TV couldn't even compete.

Viewing Angle Chart

Reflectance

When a strong ambient room lights hits the screen of the Samsung PN50C550, a wide, diffuse reflection is vast. It's very distracting and kills the contrast ratio. If you can manage to change either the angle of the screen or the angle of the light, it will make a big improvement. Remember than any TV will have problems with an overly-bright room.

Video Processing

The Samsung PN50C550 has several video processing features, most of which we recommend you avoid.

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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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