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Samsung PN51D450A2D Plasma HDTV Review

51 in.

An inappropriately low resolution for a TV its size, and it lacks much else to make up for this shortcoming.

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Vs. Samsung PN50C550

Samsung PN50C550 Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


There is virtually no reason at all to purchase the PN51D450 over the PN50C550, unless that extra inch is absolutely essential to you, or you prefer pixels the size of Lego blocks. With the same MSRP, you can buy a TV of the same brand with internet content, more ports, a higher resolution and comparable picture performance. It's not very often that we find a no-brainer in our comparison models, but this is as close as we get.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Samsung PN51D450 Samsung PN50C550
Size 51 inches 50 inches
Price $799 MSRP $799 MSRP
Type Plasma Plasma
Format 720p 1080p
Other USB playback Internet content

Blacks & Whites


As you can see from the chart below, both Samsungs do well in our black and white tests, but the PN50C550 produces a brighter screen without sacrificing much of its black level, allowing you to view in a broader range of lighting than the PN51D450.

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


Both Samsungs performed well in our color temperature error testing, with the slight edge going to the PN50C550. In terms of RGB performance, however, the PN51D450 gave us much better test results.

Color Temperature Comparison
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Samsung PN51D450 Score: 9.29
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Samsung PN50C550 Score: 9.49
RGB Comparison

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Samsung PN51D450 Score: 7.86

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Samsung PN50C550 Score: 5.65

Motion


Both of these TVs have good motion performance scores, and you really can't go wrong with either one in this regard.

  Motion Scores
  Samsung PN51D450 Samsung PN50C550
Motion Performance 15.50 14.00

Viewing Effects


Because both the PN51D450 and the PN50C550 are plasma screens, it's not surprising that they both have very wide viewing angles, as this is more or less characteristic of plasma screens in general. Still, if the comparison is important to your purchasing criteria, the PN50C550 has a much wider total viewing angle

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Samsung PN51D450 Score: 7.38 Samsung PN50C550 Score: 11.31

Connectivity


This comparison isn't even really a contest: the PN50C550 is clearly as-good or superior to the PN51D450 in every way, unless having a large number of ports and dramatically expanded connectivity options available scares and confuses you.

  Connectivity Comparison
  Samsung PN51D450 Samsung PN50C550 Panasonic TC-P42X3 Vizio E321VL
HDMI 2 4 2 2
Component 2 2 1 1
Composite 1 1 1 1
S-Video 0 0 0 0
VGA 1 1 0 1
Analog Audio In 3 3 2 3
Digital Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio Out 0 1 0 1
Ethernet 0 1 1 0
WiFi No Require separate purchase Requires separate purchase No
USB 1 2 2 1
Memory Card 0 0 SD/SDHC 0
  DLNA 0 Yes Yes No
Other EX-LINK EX-LINK N/A 3.5mm input jack
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Vs. Samsung PN50C550
  13. Vs. Panasonic TC-P42X3
  14. Vs. Vizio E321VL
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
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