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Samsung LN32C550 LCD HDTV Review

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Overall, the Samsung LN32C550 is a mediocre TV.

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Vs LG 32LD350

LG 32LD350 Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


The LG 32LD350 runs a lot cheaper, definitely a point in its favor. It also performed better in some of the key testing areas, including RGB curves and motion performance. However, it's limited to a 720p resolution and the contrast ratio is not as strong as the Samsung LN32C550. The LG also lacks all the fancy connectivity options that Samsung offers. It's a definite trade-off, so know what your needs are in a TV before you buy.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Samsung LN32C550 LG 32LD350
Size 32 inches 32 inches
Price $699 $408
Type LCD LCD
Format 1080p 720p

Blacks & Whites


The Samsung LN32C550 produced deeper blacks and brighter making for a much larger contrast ratio. The LG is not necessarily bad, it's just not as good. 

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


The LG 32LD350 hardly wavered in its color temperature maintenance, while the Samsung LN32C550 had a short spike at in the darkest portion. The LG showed a much larger lead in the RGB color curve test, in which the LN32C550 had a very hard time. 

Color Temperature Comparison
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Samsung LN32C550 Score: 8.08
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LG 32LD350 Score: 9.82

 

RGB Comparison

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Samsung LN32C550 Score: 5.56

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LG 32LD350 Score: 8.0

 

Motion


The LG 32LD350 showed a better motion performance, overall. The Samsung LN32C550 had a hard time with vertical lines, which became diagonal when in motion.

  Motion Scores
  Samsung LN32C550 LG 32LD350
Motion Smoothness 6.63 7.0
Motion Artifacting 3.5 6.0

Viewing Effects


The LG 32LD350 did not have a fantastic viewing angle – about 19 degrees from center – but it was better than the 14 degree performance from the Samsung LN32C550. 

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Samsung LN32C550 Score: 3.40 LG 32LD350 Score: 4.47

Connectivity


Connectivity is the one area where the Samsung LN32C550 has a clear advantage, with more HDMIs and other inputs, as well as a digital audio out (strangely lacking on the LG), and an ethernet port for connecting to a DLNA home theater system. 

  Connectivity Comparison
  Samsung LN32C550 Samsung LN32C350 LG 32LD350 Sony KDL-32BX300
HDMI 4 2 2 2
Component 2 1 1 2
Composite 2 1 2 1
S-Video 0 0 0 0
VGA 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio In 3 1 2 4
Digital Audio Out 1 1 0 1
Analog Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Ethernet 1 0 0 0
WiFi Requires separate purchase 0 0 0
USB 2 1 1 0
Memory Card 0 0 0 0
  DLNA Yes No No No
Other EX-LINK N/A N/A N/A

 

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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. Vs Samsung LN32C350
  14. Vs LG 32LD350
  15. Vs Sony KDL 32BX300
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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