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Samsung HP-S5053 50-Inch Plasma HDTV

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  • 50-inch plasma TV with integrated high-def ATSC tuner; measures 48.3 x 33.3 x 13.4 inches (WxHxD) with stand
  • Samsung Digital Natural Image engine improves contrast, white level, picture detail and incorporates digital noise reduction
  • 1366 x 768-pixel resoltuion, 1300 cd/m2 brightness, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 175-degree viewing angle
  • Connections: 2 HDMI, 2 component, 2 composite, 2 S-Video, 1 digital coaxial, 1 digital optical
  • Two stereo speakers, 10 watts apiece (20 watts total); SRS TruSurround XT virtual surround sound
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Product Description

Product Description

Samsung HPS4253 42" Plasma HDTV


Offering an incredible feature set and exceptional quality for its price, Samsung's fifth-generation 50-inch HP-S5053 plasma TV uses the company's proprietary electronic chassis and the latest DNIe enhancement circuitry to deliver outstanding brightness, contrast, and image clarity. Use it for home theater and use it for your PC--it's perfect for both. In addition to a standard-broadcast NTSC tuner, it also features an integrated ATSC tuner that can capture over-the-air digital broadcasts from local network affiliates (the set will still require a set-top tuner for receiving non-terrestrial HD broadcasts from channels like HBO or Discovery).

The Samsung Digital Natural Image engine (DNIe) Video Enhancer refines all analog NTSC and wideband video inputs for an overall improvement in picture quality. DNIe improves contrast, white level, picture detail and incorporates digital noise reduction to improve lower quality video inputs. Thanks to the new 13-bit processing capability of DNIe, the HP-S5053 can produce over 549 billion colors (compared to the one billion colors that TVs with 10-bit processing can produce.

This set features a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, 175-degree viewing angle, brightness rating of 1300 cd/m2 (candela per square meter), and an amazing 10000:1 contrast ratio. (The higher the contrast ratio, the greater a TV's ability to display subtle color details and not get washed out by ambient room light.) The 3D Y/C digital comb filter constantly analyzes the three dimensions of picture height, picture width, and picture changes-over-time to dramatically reduce edge image artifacts while improving transition detail.

The anti-glare plasma panel offers several protective features to resist burn-in, including auto pixel shift, signal pattern processing, and white screen function. It's rated for a 60,000-hour panel life (6 hours of usage a day for 27 years). Other features include:

  • Picture-in-picture (PIP) enables convenient simultaneous viewing of TV programs and video or PC sources.
  • Parental Control (V-Chip) helps parents monitor what their children watch on TV by establishing rating limits.
  • Auto volume leveler keeps audio volume consistent during channel changing.
  • Multi-lingual on-screen displays in English, Spanish or French.
  • Side A/V input

High-quality virtual surround sound can be experienced with just the speakers built into the sides of the TV. SRS TruSurround XT technology delivers an amazing, simulated 3D effect with clear dialog and powerful bass. It produces 10 watts of power per channel (for 20 watts total) and offers the following connection options:

  • Composite (RCA audio/video): 2 inputs (1 on the side)
  • S-Video: 2 inputs (1 on the side)
  • Component (Y/Pb/Pr): 2 inputs
  • HDMI: 2 inputs
  • PC: 1 D-Sub15 input
  • RF: 2 inputs
  • Digital audio: 1 coaxial and 1 optical

Tech Talk
HDMI is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver) with your TV--all over a single cable. HDMI supports standard, enhanced or high definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. It supports all ATSC formats--standard (SDTV), enhanced (EDTV), and high (HDTV).

TruSurround XT audio adds three new audio enhancement technologies to produce an amazingly immersive sound experience.

  • Dialog Clarity brings movie dialog into ÒfocusÓ during the playback of any surround-encoded material to make speech much clearer and crisper.
  • TruBass creates incredible deep rich bass allowing a person to perceive significantly deeper, richer low bass tones that are far beyond the physical low frequency capabilities of the speaker itself.
  • The SRS WOW feature widens the soundstage by processing standard two-channel stereo material as well as multi-channel encoded material for a dramatic improvement in the playback of any stereo audio over a two-speaker system.
Component video (also called Y/Pb/Pr) features a three-jack video input, which provides separate connections for luminance (Y), blue color difference (PB) and red color difference (PR). This results in increased bandwidth for color information, resulting in a more accurate picture with clearer color reproduction and less bleeding than you would get with S-Video or composite (RCA yellow video plug) connections. You will need a separate RCA left/right audio cable for sound.

What's in the Box
Plasma TV, remote control (with batteries), power cord, printed operating instructions

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight108 pounds
Product Dimensions53 x 38.4 x 18.3 inches
Item model numberHPS-5053
Color Nameblack
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #212,031 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight131 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMay 31, 2006
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: HPS-5053
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 50 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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I'm very happy to say that Samsung has finally seemed to isolate this buzzing problem with this particular 50" model.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mark Glass on October 15, 2006
After shopping for several months I finally took the plunge and purchased this TV from a national chain. I finally decided plasma over DLP because of the vertical fading effect I saw with all the DLP sets. I took two of my own DVDs in to the store with me and made the staff there hook up a player so I could see both the fast action of The Matrix and the beautiful scenery of Spring, Summmer, Fall, Winter, Spring. The picture on the Samsung HP-S5053 was the second best of the many plasmas that I examined. The Pioneer had a better picture but was significantly more expensive. I do not use the built in speakers because I had an existing 5.1 speaker system. I really like the minimal black casing since the silver finishes are distracting-at least to my eye.

The menus are extremely intuitive. I didn't have to read the instructions at all to get anything working within an hour of unpacking my system. I purchased an upconverting DVD player and an HDMI cable at the same time I purchased this TV. My old DVDs look great on this TV. The 10-15 HD channels I get with Cox cable also look incredible. The one fault I've found is that if I use the HDMI cable from my cable box or DVD player and connect to the TV and then connect the digital audio out of the TV to my receiver I only receive stereo sound even when the original broadcast is 5.1. I get around this by using composite video cables from the cable box and DVD player to the HPS5053 and also run a digital audio line from each source to the receiver. The HPS5053 has plenty of inputs to support almost any type of user.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Richard S on October 18, 2006
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I sent a month reading reviews and in circuit city and best buy looking at plasmas. The samsung had the best picture and best setup. Amazon had the best price--shipping included and no sales tax--beat CC by $800. Ordered on a Wend and had it in one week. Shipping service was phenomenal. Not one problem. Had the set set-up and on in an hour and haven't left the couch since. Samsung and Amazon both get 5 stars!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By B. Underwood on November 17, 2006
After spending much time reading reviews and spending hours at the local Magnolia home theater center seeing the displays for myself and playing with the different picture settings and functions, I finally decided on the Samsung HP-S5053 over the Pioneer PDP-5070HD and Panasonic TH-50PX600u. My decision was based primarily on Picture Quality and overall value of the display.

Picture quality on the s5030 is simply amazing and in my opinion better than the Panasonic 50px600u and the Pioneer 5070. Panasonic's black level clarity is superior, but the s5030 comes very close, especially with the ability to turn off the DNIe function, and has superior image clarity overall. The Pioneer has great clarity, but a much softer picture overall than the s5030 which provides very sharp and detailed images. Overall, the picture quality is truly stunning and deserves recognition as one of the top plasma displays in this respect. With HD service the detail is unbelievable, whether it be watching sports on ESPNHD or Discovery Theater. I've had the s5053 for 2 months now and the picture just seems to get better and better. I'm 110% satisfied in this respect.

In addition to the amazing picture quality, the display it self looks very nice. The piano black finish makes the s5053 look great even when it's not turned on. A huge advantage over the Panasonic's ugly silver cabinet on the 50px600u.

The s5053 also had a lot of other features that made the decision easy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Gregory on November 27, 2006
I have never purchased anything that big from the internet before. But when I saw the price for this TV I decided it will be now or never.

I placed my order Nov 19, and TV was shipped in two days as planned. Inspite of Thanksgiving Day Holidays my TV arrived on the earliest possible date of schedule Nov 27 (Nov 27-Dec 13). The value of shipping Standart Ground was $78, but Amazon discounted it for me down to $0. On the moment of purchase the price of my TV was $2069, and after a three days it went down to $2019, when I called Amazon they immediatelly returned $50 bucks on my credit card. Little unexpected bonus. Customer servise in general is very helpfull. Ordering this TV from Amazon, I literally saved $800 compared to BestBuy and CircuitCity. No tax and free shipping you have got nothing to lose.

Delivery "Eagle" guys always made calls prior to delivery, initially it was scheduled for delivery at 10 am, but since they were running late waiting for some customers, they called me again and said about it. When delivered, they connected and installed TV without even asking.

TV looks fantastic, the image is great. I wanted to buy this TV for a long time. Two reviews made me worry by talking about buzzing noise coming from the back of the screen, well in my case, nothing was standing out. Just like every other plasma TV. May be one guy was unlucky, but the other guy's review history showed there was not a single good review there. If you are thinking of purchasing this TV, go for it. It will go nice and smooth with the Amazon.
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