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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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Color Temperature

The Samsung PN50C550 did very well in maintaining a consistent color temperature. As you can see in the chart below, there are some fluctuations throughout the signal range, but only when it gets very dark do the colors start to noticeably warm up a little. More on how we test color temperature.

Color Temperature Chart

RGB Curves

The color curve performance of the Samsung PN50C550 was a bit strange, as you can see in the chart. Normally, we look for the red, green, and blue channels to slope smoothly up from shadows to highlights, and for the three channels to move more or less in tandem. Clearly, they do not move in tandem and the lines are not smooth. Each of those bumps in the line is an area where you're likely to see color banding, so don't expect the smoothest transitions. The blue channel is the worst, peaking very early and showing a lot of difficulty seeing detail in the highlights. The reds also peaked, but not as harshly. Only the green channel looked relatively consistent. More on how we test RGB curves.

RGB Curves Chart

The color strips below are digital recreations of the RGB color curve tests. You can see the Samsung PN50C550's performance compared to three similar TVs, as well as an ideal response curve.

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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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