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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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Motion

Motion Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Samsung LN32C550. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the C550 series. The C550 series includes the following models: LN32C550, LN37C550, LN40C550 and LN46C550.  Read here for more details on series differences.
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Motion Smoothness*(6.63)*


The Samsung LN32C550 showed a decent performance when it came to motion smoothness. Objects in motion  certainly lost some fine detail, but not more than we see on any other LCD display. Unlike more expensive Samsungs, there are no special features that improve motion smoothness. (More on how we test Motion.)

 

Motion Artifacting*(3.5)*


While objects in motion showed sufficient smoothness, the screen showed a lot of artifacting. Most notably, vertical lines became diagonal. That's a hard one to ignore, and enough for us to knock a lot of points off. There were no other notable problems that we could see, such as false color trailing or strobing, so it's not all bad.

 

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps*(8.5)*


Like nearly every HDTV, the Samsung LN32C550 can process and display native 24fps content, most frequently associated with Blu-Ray discs. In order to get the best possible performance, though, the Samsung's menu provides a few options in a feature called 'Film Mode.' The default setting is Auto 2, and we recommend leaving it there. We didn't notice any difference between Auto 1 and Auto 2, but you definitely don't want to leave it off.  (More on how we test 3:2 Pulldown and 24fps.)

 

Resolution Scaling*(8.0)*


The Samsung LN32C550 is a native 1080p display, but most of the video you'll be watching is of a lower resolution. It's up to the TV's processor to scale those images to fit the screen. Overall, the Samsung LN32C550 does a very good job at that task. (More on how we test Resolution Scaling.)

480p

When displaying 480p content, the Samsung LN32C550 had the hardest time scaling. It lost 2% of the top and bottom of the screen, and 3% of the sides, due to overscan. There was also some appearances of Moire patterns in areas of high frequency detail. 

720p

With 720p content, there was no overscan loss and very few problems other than minor Moire patterning.

1080i

The 1080i content showed more problems with Moiring than 720p, but there was no overscan loss.

 

Other Models in the C550 Series
This is a review of the Samsung LN32C550. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Samsung LN32C550 32 inches

Samsung LN37C550

37 inches

Samsung LN40C550

40 inches

Samsung LN46C550

47 inches

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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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