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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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Value Comparison

The Panasonic TC-P50G25 is a much more expensive TV, but that comes with some definite improvements in performance over the Samsung PN50C550. We saw deeper blacks, wider contrast ratios, better color performance, slightly better motion performance, a wider viewing angle, and connection to streaming content over the internet. The Samsung, by comparison, offers DLNA support that the Panasonic lacks, as well as a few connectivity enhancements. Take a moment to figure out the TV you need before making your decision.

Blacks & Whites

The Samsung PN50C550 has a good contrast, but the Panasonic P50G25 managed noticeably lower black levels, which created an even wider contrast ratio. It might help if we remind you that the cd/m2^ numbers are logarithmic rather than linear, meaning there's a big difference between 0.04 cd/m2^ and 0.06 cd/m2.

Contrast Chart

Color Accuracy

The Samsung PN50C550 and Panasonic TC-P50G25 both did well in maintaining a consistent color temperature, but the Samsung was particularly weak in producing smooth color curves.



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Motion

The Panasonic TC-P50G25 managed a slightly smoother picture, but showed a little more artifacting.

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Viewing Effects

The Panasonic TC-P50G25 has a slightly wider viewing angle than the Samsung PN50C550.

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Connectivity

The Samsung PN50C550 definitely beats the Panasonic TC-P50G25 in connectivity, with an additional HDMI.

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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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