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Samsung LN46A550 46-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV (2008 Model)

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  • Full HD 1080p resolution
  • Wide color enhancer
  • 3 Hdmi inputs
  • Usb 2.0 HDMI CDC
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight60.8 pounds
Product Dimensions44.4 x 11 x 30.2 inches
Item model numberLN-46A550
Color Nameblack
Item Display Height11 inches
Additional Information
Shipping Weight157.5 pounds
ShippingThis item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
Date First AvailableFebruary 14, 2008
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Warranty, Parts: 1 Year
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: LN-46A550
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 46 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description--March 24, 2008

Samsung's 550 Series is a perfect way to step up to Full HD 1080p resolution. A fast 5 ms response rate produces smooth-motion scenes for sports and action movies, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 30,000:1 makes for deep blacks and crisp lines (15,000:1 in 32-inch and 37-inch models). Superb connectivity and networking with a USB port and 3 HDMI 1.3 ports with Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) means these HDTVs play well with all of your other electronics. Easily enjoy MPEG and JPEG files stored on external devices by connecting through the side-mounted USB 2.0, turn your LCD into a full-scale home viewing gallery, or connect your MP3 player for a dynamic audio experience.


Key Features

  • New -- 30,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio: up from 15,000:1 on 2007 models (15,000 on 32-inch and 37-inch models) (Learn more)
  • New -- Fast 5ms response time: down from 8ms on 2007 models thanks to a new high-speed liquid crystal
  • Full 1080p HD (Learn more)
  • 178-degree viewing angle from all four axes with Super Patterned Vertical Alignment (Learn more)
  • 3 HDMI 1.3 ports: Simplay compliant (Learn more)
  • USB 2.0 port: connect devices directly to your HDTV--view JPEG photos or MPEG movies or easily listen to your MP3 player through your HDTV's audio system or your home theater system
  • DNIe Digital Natural Image Engine improves the picture by enhancing the contrast, detail, and white balance (Learn more)
  • Hidden speakers with SRS TruSurround XT audio (Learn more)
  • Wide Color Enhancer technology and Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (CCFL) offer a wider color range (Learn more)
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP) enables convenient simultaneous viewing of TV programs and video or PC sources
  • V-Chip system allows blocking of rated TV and movie programs determined by the parent to contain objectionable content.
  • Trilingual on-screen displays in English, Spanish or French.
  • Variable sleep timer to turn the TV off in varying time intervals.
  • Auto wall mount compatible: 3-dimensional operation via TV’s remote control; no external IR receiver required.
  • Swivel stand included
  • 1 year parts and 1 year labor warranty (90 days parts and labor for commercial use), with in-home service, backed by Samsung toll-free support

Step Up Features

  • Series 6: 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, AutoMotion Plus 120Hz image interpolation for smoother motion, 4ms response time, Transparent and Opaque Color (TOC) bezel, Clear Panel, Ethernet port with Infolink free RSS feeds, 4 HDMI 1.3 ports, Sports and Game modes, Compatible with Samsung's Home Digital Media Adapter for playback and navigation of Internet and stored PC multimedia
  • Series 7: Internal flash memory (1GB) with pre-loaded interactive content such as cooking recipes, children's entertainment, HD artwork and more, Integrated woofer for an enhanced audio experience, DLNA-Compatible: for better interoperability with electronics, computers and mobile devices from many different manufacturers
  • Series 8: super-slim 1.9-inch thick profile
What size TV should you get?

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Full HD 1080P

full HD 1080P Full HD, or 1080p, contains 1.5 times more scanning lines than conventional HD TVs. More scanning lines mean more pixels, more details and a better picture. The new Samsung LCD TV with resolution that is approximately 2 times greater than conventional HDTVs, creating the most perfect picture imaginable.

Samsung’s 1080p panel uses a new high-speed liquid crystal to cut response time to 4ms. The fast response time, coupled with Samsung’s Auto Motion Plus 120Hz motion blur reduction technology dramatically reduces motion blur and judder.

30,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio/500 nit Brightness

25,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio 30,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio will give you a picture better than you ever thought possible, with whiter whites, blacker blacks and a nearly infinite subtlety of gradations in between. As two of the most important determining factors in overall picture quality, contrast and brightness levels achieve new heights in this latest generation LCD panel. Samsung’s new LCD TV’s give the most stunning realistic picture quality ever.

Digital Natural Image Engine

DNIe image DNIe The Samsung Digital Natural Image engine. This exclusive Samsung technology dramatically improves the picture by enhancing the contrast, detail, white balance and reduces.
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Wide Color Enhancer/Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp

The NTSC (National Television Systems Committee) has established the color standards all TVs in America try to meet. And typical LCD TVs only meet about 72% of this standard. Samsung LCD HDTVs use Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp back lights to give you 92% coverage of the NTSC standard, ensuring truer, more breathlessly vivid colors.

Samsung’s exclusive Wide Color Enhancer technology delivers more brilliant colors, even in bright areas of the picture where blues and greens are washed out on conventional screens. The system displays wider color reproduction, showing you truer colors – the fresh green of spring foliage, the intense blue of the summer sky.
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To make the Series 6 a true entertainment hub for any home, Samsung has incorporated advanced HD connectivity and networking capabilities that expand the HDTV’s functionality. A wide variety of multimedia devices can be connected to the set through any one of the four Simplay compliant HDMI 1.3 inputs (including one on the side), and the handy HDMI-CEC feature lets you control all your CEC-enabled peripherals using just one remote.

Connect HD digital devices like disc players, game consoles, and satellite dish components into the 2 rear connections and use the side-mounted input for cameras, camcorders, and laptops. HDMI is the best performing interface for displaying an HD source on an HDTV.

Once connected, users can easily access device menus and manage and display content through the newly redesigned Wheel Key Remote control and the HDTV’s sophisticated content management interface.

All Connections
  • 3 HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) version 1.3: (2 rear/1 side)
  • Component video: 2 rear (Y, Pb, Pr)
  • Composite inputs: 1 rear (shared with component) / 1 side
  • S-Video: 1 side
  • PC input: 1 rear
  • Wiselink (USB 2.0)
  • RF antenna inputs
  • Headphone jack: side

Super Patterned Vertical Alignment

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Samsung’s Super Patterned Vertical Alignment (SPVA) panel provides a 178-degree viewing angle from all four axes

Audio Features

TruSurround is a patented SRS technology that solves the problem of playing 5.1 multichannel content over two speakers. TruSurround delivers a compelling, virtual surround sound experience through any two-speaker playback system, including internal television speakers and headphones. It is fully compatible with all multichannel formats up to 5.1 channels. High-quality virtual surround sound can be experienced with just the two hidden, downward-firing side-mounted 2.2-channel dome speakers built into the TV.

SRS TruSurround XT technology delivers an amazing, simulated 3D effect with clear dialog and powerful bass.

TruSurround XT audio also adds three audio enhancement technologies to produce an amazingly immersive sound experience.
  • Dialog Clarity brings movie dialog into Focus 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 sound stage 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.
Stereo broadcast reception is offered for MTS and SAP with 181-channel capacity. A sound leveler keeps audio volume consistent during channel changing.

Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

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With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.
If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.
  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

Product Description

The SAMSUNG LN46A550 has full 1080p HD resolution and an astounding 30,000:1 dynamic-contrast ratio for the sharpest, most realistic picture quality ever, all on a 46-inch screen. Samsung's innovative DNIe technology delivers a crisp, lifelike picture that is closer to film. (Both analog/digital) SRS TruSurround XT - produces virtual surround sound with the left and right speakers Amplifier watts per channel - 10 Watts x 2 Built-in digital tuner - ATSC / Clear QAM Picture-in-Picture mode Wide color enhancer optimizes a color's hue resulting in more natural colors Bottom speakers Sound leveler Hook up your MP3 player or digital camera via the Wiselink USB 2.0 connection HDMI-CEC allows peripheral devices such as a DVD player to be controlled by TV remote control Auto wall mount compatible 3-dimensional operation via TV's control; no external IR receiver required Stereo broadcast reception (MTS & SAP) with 181-channel capacity. TV dimensions without stand weight - 51.4 lbs TV dimensions with stand - 44.4 x 30.2 x 11.0; TV dimensions with stand weight - 60.8lbs Black finish

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Customer Reviews

The guy was adamant that it's not the TV but the cable. Now, the picture quality is so terrible, that watching TV is not enjoyable anymore. Oh, before I forget, I told the… Read more ›
Dish- Picture is great. I have the dish set up to broadcast in 720p, because I watch mostly sports and the progressive looks better than interlaced, a little smoother. Read more ›
I have purchased a Samsung LN46A550 Television. The picture is great, however I have a problem. Read more ›
I got it at a very good price from the seller 6ave through Amazon. The picture quality is awesome. I had my doubts about the audio but it is ok. Read more ›
This tv looks great hanging on the wall and saves alot of space in our small living room. Free over-the-air HD broadcasts look spectacular on this tv. Spending hundreds of… Read more ›
We are very pleased with our 46 inch Samsung LCD HDTV, a model top-rated by Consumer Reports. The picture quality is excellent, even when viewed from 20 feet away. The… Read more ›
The picture was fantastic. My biggest complaint was that the sound quality was really poor. However, the TV just recently broke (July 2012). Read more ›
I'm not fully convinced when it comes to online reviews but I wanted to add in my two cents. First off, picture and sound are amazing on this television. Great gaming and… Read more ›
This is the only HD TV we've ever purchased so the picture is just amazing to us. The sound is terrible. Just terrible. Read more ›
1) SOUND: TERRIBLE! The built-in speakers are terrible. No matter how you adjust the built-in equalizer, everything sounds like it is in a coffee-can, very "tinty". Read more ›
The picture was great out of the box. The sound was good after adjusting the equalizer. This is a 60hz set and I can't see any problems even when watching sports. Read more ›
This is my third Samsung LCD. The picture is great, like the others, but the sound is terrible. It's so bad, sometimes I can't understand what's being said. Read more ›
Bought it on the strength of Consumers Union Ratings. Value is good. Works fine with Verizon FIOS. Read more ›
The picture is great. The price was fantastic. Delivery was earlier than expected. Read more ›
The transaction was so smooth and flawless! The price was the best I could find, and shipping was free. The TV came within a week, and the freight company called me to set… Read more ›
Samsung LN46A550 46-Inch 1080p LCD HDTVAlso after I saw the price was cheaper a week later, the seller gave me almost a full rebate of the difference. Read more ›
I just want anyone interested in this TV to know that they should buy it and buy it from Amazon. Price was as low as any competitor's. Delivery was free and smooth. Read more ›
I am extremely pleased with the ease of use and the picture is unbelievable! Price was good and I would definitely recommend this product! Read more ›
The set happened to work perfectly out of the box. I did a few minor adjustments found on CNET and the picture, color, detail are fantastic. Zero complaints at this stage. Read more ›
As noted on other reviews, the LNA550's picture quality is very good. The color reproduction and black level are outstanding - especially for a TV in its price range. I… Read more ›
Wow. - Amazon "white glove" was amazing. I had my doubts about buying a TV online, and they were great. Read more ›
I have it hooked up to HD cable service and a PS3. Even after several recommended settings, the colors still are not bright and the viewing angles really are a total wash. B… Read more ›
It's great for DVD's but that's it... This Samsung picture is great and it is…The remote is easy to use, the color is wonderful and the picture is great from side angles. Read more ›
The picture quality is fantastic. The colors are bright and crisp. The picture is so clear. Read more ›
Having seen HD TV before we could not wait to get one. Our Samsung 46" LCD TV is amazing! Deep color, clarity and the illusion of 3D in the picture has brought us just what… Read more ›
My wife and son have no problem with the sound…Excellent with wide viewing area and non-reflective screen is great at not reflecting light from windows behind the viewer. Read more ›
The picture quality of my Samsung 46" LCD screen is outstanding. The high definition channels are as clear as any television I have ever looked at, and I looked at them all… Read more ›
We have our living room…It took a little while to learn all the settings and adjustments, and the buttons on the remote, but the on screen menus are very well laid out. T… Read more ›
This TV doesnt have the…The 120hz refresh rate is nice for nature programs, animated movies, and sports but I actually do not like it for live action movies and tv shows. Read more ›
It arrived at my home in rural Minnesota on November 7. Delivery was great and the LCD was in perfect condition. I plugged the LCD into my Onkyo receiver and into my HD… Read more ›
Still for most tv viewing in semi-lit room for normal tv…Also, menus and color calibration controls are great for those who obsess over getting that down to a science. Read more ›
For this size screen, the overall dimensions are very compact, making it fit in a smaller area than a plasma. The menu is excellent, but slightly difficult to master. The… Read more ›
What a picture! Works flawlessy and all the settings menus are very intuitive. Read more ›
They've had the tv for a month and they love it. I'm guessing the interface is user friendly as I've not had to help them with set up. The picture is excellent and they are… Read more ›
It cannot play mpeg videos though from USB. I agree that Remote is not great as some other reviewers are saying. It needs to be pointed right at the center of the TV. Read more ›
XBox 360 could not be more chrystal. Menu is easy and the piano black really makes it classy. Audio is sufficient compared to other lcd's Ive heard but get yourself a… Read more ›
We've only had this set for about 3 weeks now, but I am very pleased with the TV. Set up was easy and the sound and picture are very nice. We hooked the TV up with a… Read more ›
After researching and looking at dozens of HDTVs (too long and too many if you ask my family), the Samsung picture…The setup was quick and the remote is easy to understand. Read more ›
This TV is great. Sound is good, picture is perfect and the set up is easy. The menu is user friendly and it looks great in our livingroom. Read more ›
Set up was easy, just plug and play for the most part. There are 100's of setting you can use to fine tune this television, it will probably take a lifetime to understand… Read more ›
The picture is wonderfully clear and the sound is fine, also. Delivery was very prompt and installation was perfect and pleasant. Read more ›
I purchased a Samsung LN46A550 46-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV from Amazon for about $1200 in November 2008. Set up was easy and the TV has a great picture. The only issue I had was… Read more ›
The other option was sharp, less expensive one with the same size. But sharp TV wall mounting is not VESA standard. Read more ›
This model was an excellent choice for the price. Its got a beautiful picture. Read more ›
I found that Samsung's pricing and features are perfectly interleaved with Sony models and hence a Samsung seemed to give me the best bang for the buck within my budgetary… Read more ›
[[ASIN:B0014175E8 Samsung…AS others stated, picture and features are outstanding; sound quality lacking, but I purchased a Sony HC-CT100 Sound Bar which solves the problem. Read more ›
I opened the box and lifted the TV on my own onto my stand. I hooked up my Xbox 360 and the settings were flawless. I also watch HD movies and the picture quality is… Read more ›
That is just my opinion and some people really enjoy the artificial "smoothness" of the frames on the 120hz set...make your own determination if this feature is compelling… Read more ›
Hooked it up to a Time Warner Cable digital/HD box and wow, what a great picture! The TV is simple to operate and has a really nice remote, too. I did go to a few online… Read more ›
I'm happy with everything about this TV. Easy to operate and the picture is outstanding. Read more ›
This Samsung LN46A550 is an very nice TV, that is easy to operate and is also not heavy so easy to position. Although I find the picture was too sharp and had too much… Read more ›
I have a fireplace, but decided to put it up next to it instead of on top as it would have been too high. Very simple to use from the get go. I got an outstanding deal from… Read more ›
I use a 5.1 receiver and some bookshelves so I…I even like the remote, very easy to use and i like the fact i can push the light button and see every button on the remote. Read more ›
Subjective picture quality is very good. There are so many features that it is difficult to use all of them but the instructions are better than most. My only issue is the… Read more ›
2013 UPDATE - After having the TV…Samsung customer service was great and they replaced it with a newer model, which I've had for about three years now and no complaints. Read more ›
Amazon gets two thumbs up in my book! They handled everything flawlessly and the customer service was great as always. I also give credit to CEVA for their kind employees… Read more ›
People reviewing this TV have knocked it down pretty good for a lot of the wrong reasons, shipping problems, warranty issues etc. I hope to clear this up. Read more ›
negative-The price of TV I bought dropped from $1238 to $1099 within one week of…I thought this was poor customer service and bush league for a large company like Amazon Read more ›
short lived, slow customer service...definitely NOT A GOOD BUY... Read more ›
Kudos to Circuit City for great customer service in the original sale (best buy refused to meet the price on sale at the time) and for the exchange/return and switch to the… Read more ›
Picture is sharp and clear with good black levels. The non-glossy screen is pretty good. The sound quality out of the box is decent as well. Read more ›
Personally I think this TV looks better in light than dark. The semi-gloss finish works great at night and day. Not to much shine during the day. Read more ›
Much better than the Vizio…Screen is neither high gloss/reflective, nor lowest reflective matte finish, but does not reflect bright lights the way 650 and 750 series do. Read more ›
It's beautiful - so I won't say anymore on that. The exterior design of the television is great with the gloss frame, blue light under the Samsung logo, and the side inputs. I… Read more ›
This set is very bright without the glossy screen. Out of the box the picture is pretty good but spend 15 minutes looking on AVS Forum and adjust the set and it'll look… Read more ›
2. Planning to try an HDMI cable to see if its only the composite audio input thats…Despite this problem, I would recommend this TV as an excellent buy no matter what. H… Read more ›
Keep in mind if you want the full effect you should get HD channels. Haven't gotten a Blue Ray player yet, but even the standard DVD looks good. I had read many reviews… Read more ›
Even…You might have read that the contrast ratio varies from one manufacturer to another since there's no standard for measuring, so it didn't matter too much for me. I… Read more ›
We purchased the Samsung 46 inch LCD…Picture quality is good on High Definition, but not as sharp on standard definition as a plasma unit, and the sound qualitiy is poor. Read more ›
It looks great with hdtv signal, better than my dad's aquas. It does so so with standard signal. overall, great tv. Read more ›
that's really it. the hd picture is fantastic, the standard def picture is very good--much more watchable than the smaller set i have. it's a great size for a smaller to… Read more ›
Especially at this price. With my extra money I was able to buy a nice stand for the Samsung. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

140 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Esposito on April 26, 2008
Since pretty much everyone on here has given this TV the same praise, I will spare you all of the details it is certainly the best TV for the money out there today.

However, my customer service experience is something to note here. Like others, I was wary of making such a large purchase online. Low price + no sales tax and free shipping made up my mind. After seamlessly receiving the TV 4 days after ordering it, it broke withing 3 hours of being delivered (there was a loud snap-like sound), and there was no power. I immediately contacted Amazon, who told me to contact Samsung directly, and if they could not handle my concerns, call back. Samsung dispatched a technician to my house 4 days later, who told me that he "thought" it was a defective power card, and that it would take 1 - 2 weeks to get the part and come back for repair.
Now I think most of you will agree that you wouldn't want a TV that was refurbished after just 1 day. Samsung refused to replace it, saying their policy is to repair, not replace. I then emailed Amazon, asking for a new television, giving the above explanation. When I called for an update the next day, my issue had already been escalated, and a new TV was about to ship, no questions asked, at 0 cost to me.

In the end, I have Amazon did everything I asked and more, including crediting my price 4 times, from 1700 all the way to 1469. The biggest fear in buying something like this online is, "what if it breaks???" Well, mine did break, and if you buy from Amazon, you can be sure that you will be happy in the end no matter what.
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118 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Durden on April 17, 2008
First things first, I ordered this TV directly from Amazon and within a few days the price dropped and Amazon refunded the difference. Awesome! Amazon's White Glove delivery service delivered as promised and was OK to deal with; no issues at all. So for those of you wondering whether it is better to spend a few hundred bucks to order this set from a brick and mortar store; keep your money in your pocket and order from Amazon.

As for the TV, I am not a video expert type, but I do research big ticket items thoroughly before buying. This set and the previous generations received great reviews. However, I was torn between plasma and LCD. Being a big sports fan (lots of fast moving action on the screen) I had been leaning towards plasma. But the reviews of this set and the benefits of LCD over plasma (lighter, uses less energy, no risk of burn in and better for well lit rooms) made me make the plunge.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied. This is my first HDTV and I am using Directv HD service and the picture is outstanding. It is sharp, bright and overall beautiful. The only issue I have, which I was worried about with the LCDs, is that I do notice some pixelation when scenes move very fast (Thus 4 instead of 5 stars). However, it is not distracting but I do notice it.

The speakers are not as bad as some of the reviews would indicate. You just need to set the equalizer to the right settings. I have a home theatre set up so this is not a big issue, but to some it is so I thought I would comment on them.

The set looks great, is easy to set up and I am very, very, very happy with my purchase. Especially at this price. With my extra money I was able to buy a nice stand for the Samsung.

I hope this helps.
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182 of 192 people found the following review helpful By B Rice on April 21, 2008
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Why I bought this set:
My old tube TV suddenly burnt out, I guess it sensed that the change was in the air... I originally wanted to go with a 42" 720p set, but my partner insisted on getting a 1080p TV so "We'd be ready for the (near) future." After reading many reviews, I learned that you won't appreciate the 1080p hi-def on a set that's less than 42". So I started to look for a 46" 1080p TV, and my budget was [$...]. I first looked at 4661/4665 models, but soon realized that they were being replaced by the 46A550. Even though this is a 5 series TV that replaced two 6 series TVs (well, sort of, consider the 4/5/6/7 classification is new for 2008), the 46A550 trumps its predecessors in specs, mainly the contrast ratio. You might have read that the contrast ratio varies from one manufacturer to another since there's no standard for measuring, so it didn't matter too much for me. I also read that 4661/4665 had some firmware issues, and at the time of purchase, they were actually more expensive than 46A550 on Amazon. So 46A550 became the clear winner.

So far so good. It's important to note that I currently do not have any HD input-just the standard cable signal and Wii via composite cables. Of course the picture quality is OK at best, but I am hardly complaining as I have faith in the set. Because this set is new (mine was assembled on March 31st and arrived to my house 10 days later), there aren't many extensive reviews online yet. Usually, the Sony sets lead the pack in comparison reviews, but they usually cost [$...] more than the runner-up. To my eyes, the Sony tends to display more details and Samsung does a better job delivering vibrant color and contrast.
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