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Samsung LN52B550 52-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV with Red Touch of Color

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  • 52-inch LCD HDTV with full HD 1080p resolution for the sharpest picture possible and red Touch of Color design
  • 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 6ms response time, Wide Color Enhancer 2 for more vivid colors
  • Game mode speeds up image processing response; side-mounted USB port for displaying JPEG/MPEG files and listening to MP3 audio
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI-CEC, 2 component, 1 composite, 1 PC, 1 USB, 1 optical digital audio output
  • Includes removable stand; measures 49.5 x 33.6 x 12 inches with stand
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  • Built-in Subwoofer

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 49.5 x 31.4 inches ; 54.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 100 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001U3Y8PY
  • Item model number: LN52B550
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer Samsung LN52B550 52-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV_REVISED (April 20, 2009)
With the Samsung 52-inch LN52B550 HDTV, you're investing in a high-quality LCD TV that offers top-of-the-line picture quality with 1080p high definition resolution. Enjoy the sharpest details and vivid color with 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for more realistic images and a 6ms (millisecond) response time--virtually eliminating any blurring and providing smooth motion while watching fast-paced sports and action movies. Superb connectivity and networking with a USB port and four HDMI 1.3 ports with Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) means this HDTV plays well with all of your other electronics.



The stylish Samsung LN52B550 1080p HDTV with innovative Touch of Color design.
This HDTV is accented by Samsung's TOC (Touch of Color) bezel design, which offers a hint of red translucent color around the edges of the unit for a uniquely fashionable look. Plus, it's Energy Star compliant, which helps you be green while saving on your electric bill.

In addition to this 52-inch model, the Samsung B550 series also includes the 32-inch LN32B550, 37-inch LN37B550, 40-inch LN40B550, and 46-inch LN46B550. (Learn more about what size TV should you get.)

Key Features

  • Screen Size: 52 inches
  • Full 1080p HD (Learn more)
  • Fast 6ms response time minimizes blurring of fast motion in sports programs.
  • Mega dynamic contrast ratio (Learn more)
  • HD-Grade 1920 (H) x 1080 (V) pixel resolution: High-resolution pixel density is combined with a built-in image scaler to handle inputs from a variety of digital and analog audio/video sources.
  • Built-in digital tuner: No external box needed
  • Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC) allows the TV's remote control to operate at the push of one button, peripheral AV devices such as a DVD player featuring HDMI-CEC.
  • Game Mode enhances dark areas, sharpens the picture, speeds up the image processing response and enhances the sounds of your games. Picture and sound quality optimized for the special needs of gaming systems at the touch of a button.
  • Side-mounted USB 2.0 port: Connect USB devices directly to your HDTV to view JPEG photos or MPEG movies or easily listen to your MP3 player through your HDTV's audio system or your home theater system.
  • Touch of Color (ToC): Samsung's unique manufacturing process accents the surrounding bezel with a stylish red tone. (Learn more)
  • Wide Color Enhancer 2 optimizes a given color's hue, resulting in more natural rendering of colors. (Learn more)
  • Audio: Two 10-watt stereo speakers (for 20 watts of total power)
  • SRS TruSurround HD creates an immersive, feature-rich surround sound experience from two speakers, complete with rich bass, high frequency detail and clear dialog.
  • Energy Star Compliant: Reduces energy consumption by up to 25 percent compared with standard TVs.
  • Swivel stand included.
  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labor with in-home service, backed by Samsung toll-free support

Connections
A wide variety of multimedia devices can be connected to the set through any one of the four HDMI 1.3 inputs (including one on the side), and the handy Anynet+ feature (HDMI-CEC) lets you control all your CEC-enabled peripherals--such as a DVD or Blu-ray player--using just one remote. Connect HD digital devices like disc players, game consoles, and satellite dish components into the two 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.

  • HDMI (version 1.3): 4
  • Component: 2
  • Composite A/V: 1
  • USB 2.0: 1
  • PC input (15-pin, D-Sub): 1
  • Digital audio output: 1 optical
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Dimensions

  • TV without stand: 49.5 x 31.4 x 3.1 inches (WxHxD); 54.9 pounds
  • TV with stand: 49.5 x 33.6 x 12 inches (WxHxD); 63.3 pounds
  • 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 6ms (milliseconds).
1080p

Wide Color Enhancer 2/Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp

Wide Color Enhancer 2 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 percent of this standard. Samsung LCD HDTVs use Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp backlights to give you 92 percent coverage of the NTSC standard, ensuring truer, more breathlessly vivid colors.

Samsung's Wide Color Enhancer 2 technology delivers more brilliant colors by expanding the gamut of color expression into a third axis, creating a 3D diagram of luminance. This creates a dynamic display of on-screen color and allows traditionally weak colors, such as green and blue, to look vivid and deep. In addition, red colors are enhanced to provide strong colors across the spectrum and the perfect balance of RGB.


70,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio

70,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio 70,000:1 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 TVs give the most stunning realistic picture quality ever.

Touch of Color

Touch of Color In 2008, Samsung created its unique Touch of Color (ToC) design, which uses dual-injection molding to coat a translucent, colored surface to achieve an attractive crystalline appearance. The latest evolution of Samsung's ToC design begins with a deep piano black bezel that fades into distinct chrome that finishes as light ruby highlights. The intensity of the color subtly changes depending upon the viewing angle, and further accentuates the TV's slim bezel.


Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

HDTV Size chart
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

With the Samsung 52-inch LN52B550 HDTV, you're investing in a high-quality LCD TV that offers top-of-the-line picture quality with 1080p high definition resolution. Enjoy the sharpest details and vivid color with 70,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for more realistic images and a 6ms (millisecond) response time--virtually eliminating any blurring and providing smooth motion while watching fast-paced sports and action movies. Superb connectivity and networking with a USB port and four HDMI 1.3 ports with Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) means this HDTV plays well with all of your other electronics.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I kind of want to upgrade to an LED but why? This HDTV works amazing I just can't replace it Read more ›
The picture is outstanding. But the sound is ridiculous why anyone would pay over $1000 for a tv that you cannot hear is beyond me. Read more ›
Product arrived January 13th (very speedy and courteous delivery!), hooked it up with PS3 Bluray, Comcast HD, and calibrated with DVE…The picture was absolutely STUNNING! Read more ›
After careful consideration Samsung won out as the best you can get. We mounted it on a wall and could not be happier with the picture it is the best. The football and… Read more ›
In fact, I found out from comcast that they do not have a cable box that supports 120 Mhz yet. The picture is just incredible. Read more ›
Overall I am very happy…I used it for quite some time as a monitor, too, and , other than the HDMI issue I mentioned, it works flawlessly and provides a crisp clear image. Read more ›
The price was the best I could find, the picture is beautiful, and the delivery from Ammy was perfect! I will leave the technical reviews to the people who know what they… Read more ›
i would definatly recommend this tv to anyone looking for a quality tv at a good price. i purchased this tv about 2 months ago and it has been performing well. Read more ›
Two thumbs up! Well worth the price! Read more ›
I love it! And good price now that the 3D TVs are coming out! For a little over $1K, this 52" 1080P Samsung HDTV is no doubt a great buy, if u don't need 120 or 240 Hz to… Read more ›
My son bought a # 650 model and I was really impressed so I purchased one for us. It was at a great price and I am pleased with it so far. I don't even have it hooked up… Read more ›
Great TV! Great Price! Don't think twice to buy this from Amazon. Read more ›
Could not be happier with quality of…I do agree with many that the sound quality is not terrific, but doesn't matter to me as I also purchased a home theater system. (O… Read more ›
So 95% of…Sound on this TV is great, if you are used to a home theater than setup a home theater, but the speakers work very well on this TV and are plenty clear and loud. Read more ›
Great picture! The sound is very clear and plenty loud. No need to rush out and buy a sound system unless that's your thing. Read more ›
I am not such a person. I enjoy movies, watching tv, and playing a few games on my xbox, but as long as the audio isn't noticeably bad it's always been acceptable. That… Read more ›
We have surround sound, but I hate it so I normally just listen to the TV without it (I…I haven't noticed any problems with the speakers on the TV- they sound fine to me. Read more ›
We have a…When im watching TV late at night, I dont feel the need to have my surround sound on and wake the neighbors so Its nice to have decent speakers built in the TV. Read more ›
It was good deal. Picture/black levels are too good. We started spending more time watching TV now (its not good :( ). Read more ›
I am very happy with this television...in the beginning I had a problem with the color, but quickly learned how to make it right. Once we connected the HDMI cable the… Read more ›
This is a great value and everyone loves the picture. It's got a sharp picture with fantastic color. I have made a few tweaks to get it how I like it (surprisingly found… Read more ›
Like many have mentioned, the picture quality is excellent as well as the color/contrast. The 60hz refresh rate is not as severe as a handicap as some has mentioned. Read more ›
So Far this 52 inch TV is one the best buys that I have made on line, free shipping and received when said, a good price, with a nice discount, good picture and a very nice… Read more ›
This Samsung is so much better a TV. The quality of the picture is outstanding and the color also. I, like Rob, cannot compare the sound because we also are connected to a… Read more ›
My question when purchasing this unit as opposed to some other model, was whether the 60Hz screen refresh was good enough in light of all the talk about 120Hz and even… Read more ›
I love this tv. I have not had any issues with the refresh rate. I watch action movies all the time and there has not been any blur issue. Read more ›
This TV has excellent picture quality, especially for the money, and I've…I have always been a fan of Samsung TVs, and I think they make some of the best LCD TVs out there. Read more ›
Also, one of my main reasons for purchasing this particular model is that it…Our old 50" Sony standard TV had terrible glare from the 3 big windows directly facing the TV. Read more ›
I watch mostly sports, which is where this issue seems to tested the most. All in all, a nice LCD for the price and certainly better than the 40" Sony I had before. Read more ›
Very impressed with the resolution and color on my new tv! I especially like the fact that there are plenty of ports for different hardware hook-ups and the pre-set screen… Read more ›
The colors are vivid and the picture is great. The picture on this model is as good or better than the picture on my Samsung LN52A860 which is a much more expensive TV and… Read more ›
Does not have internet capabilities, LED back…In spite of lacking the aforementioned features, the picture is very bright and beautiful, with little noticeable lag. Thi… Read more ›
Also, from the A550 page on Amazon, a reviewer offered some advice…[...] I think it needs a little more mid, but it should get you closer to a reasonable audio setting. Read more ›
I used the built in speakers for about 30 seconds and was not impressed (they sounded like average TV speakers), but the TV has a nice setting for using external audio,… Read more ›
Having said that, Samsung is a great tv and we like this model very much. Read more ›
Controls on the remote are pretty easy to understand. Color controls are very good. Read more ›
Regardless the tv works lovely. The menu is easy to navigate also. No problems with the remote either. Read more ›
Turn the backlight down to 4, set the mode to "Movie" and turn off all of the…The results after tweaking in the user settings and service menu have been *excellent*. Read more ›
The menu is easy to navigate also. No problems with the remote either. There are other decent televisions of this size, but this had the best sale at the time also. Read more ›
They would have unpacked the set for me but I declined as it was pretty cold that day and…It didn't matter anyway as setup was easy and no issues with operation as of yet. Read more ›
1. HDMI…Otherwise, your cables will be kinked hard against the wall, making it extremely difficult to mount flat and impossible if you want to tilt it downward slightly. Read more ›
My large screen Panasonic died after 5 years and was a big disappointment. Although the screen size is the same, Samsung has a smaller overall size and is just great. Read more ›
Got th television in great shape. Was informed that he could only drop it off and not help in anyway. Read more ›
The grayscale tracking on the tv is excellent (once adjusted), and it can be controlled very well through the standard user settings (the gain and offset settings in the… Read more ›
Regardless the tv works lovely. The menu is easy to navigate also. No problems with the remote either. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Rob on April 20, 2009
I researched the purchase of this TV for over six months- far more than I ever researched even a vehicle purchase. I've had it for approx 2 weeks now and am very impressed. I was originally planning to purchase the 44in model but eventually changed my mind and purchased the 52 in model.

The only feature I was worried about not having was the 120 hz. I went to an electronics store and viewed both 60 and 120 hz side by side and could not tell the difference- the 60 hz is plenty fast for me.

Many people complained about the sound quality of last year's model. Unfortunately I have no pertinent information to add here as I am utilizing a surround sound system.

You will not regret purchasing this TV
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Karen on April 28, 2009
I agree totally with what the reviewer Rob said about this TV. I also bought the 52 inch after considering the 46 inch and am very, very satisfied. We replaced a Panasonic big screen with this Samsung and are so glad we did. The Panasonic died after 5 years, and I hated it from the moment we bought it. This Samsung is so much better a TV. The quality of the picture is outstanding and the color also. I, like Rob, cannot compare the sound because we also are connected to a surround sound system. We shopped for about six months also before buying this one, and in the stores with different brands side by side, the only other TV that came anywhere close to the Samsung's picture was the Sony Bravia. According to Consumer Reports, the Samsung is the one to buy...the Sony was second on the list, so we went with the Samsung. Since all of the TV's in our house have decided to die all at one time, we will definitely be buying more Samsungs in the near future.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Freedom First on June 2, 2009
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Just wanted to comment on the sound for this TV because that seems to be the weak point in so many of the Samsung LCD reviews. I think the sound quality is just fine. This model does not have the built-in subwoofer available with the 700 series, but the sound is still quite adequate. I'm sure that any type of enhanced audio system will greatly improve the sound, but don't be too concerned about what the TV itself provides. I was expecting the sound to be tinny, weak, etc. but I don't find that to be the case at all.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sean U on June 28, 2009
I received this tv as a warranty replacement for a 56" dlp. I was initially not happy to be getting a smaller screen, and I was not looking to own an lcd. My fears were unfounded, as the B550 is turning out to be an excellent set.

I have been tweaking the settings on this set using the HFCR software and a Spyder2. I'm not an expert... I just like tweaking to get as good a picture as I can out of the set. The grayscale tracking on the tv is excellent (once adjusted), and it can be controlled very well through the standard user settings (the gain and offset settings in the advanced menu).

The out of the box settings on the set are almost blinding, and on the cool side. Turn the backlight down to 4, set the mode to "Movie" and turn off all of the picture enhancements. The results after tweaking in the user settings and service menu have been *excellent*.

Info is very sparse about the 550 series. You can find lots of technical info here : [...]
In case anyone is looking for panel information, my set has a code of SS02.

I recently purchased a Blu-ray player, and the picture on the B550 is amazing.

The only downside I can come up with is that the contrast will drop as you move too far off center. The colors remain accurate, but a "haze" develops as you pass 45 degrees. The stand does allow the set to be turned, which makes this a non-issue for me, but if you are mounting the set on a wall, it may be a bigger issue.

I was very nervous about getting a 5-series Samsung. Don't worry if the 6 or 7's are out of your price range... the 5 series seems to be very capable of providing a great picture.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Todd on May 27, 2009
I purchased this TV in May, 2009 and shopped it for several months. I did side-by-side in store (Best Buy) comparisons with the LG and Sony and they were not even close to this set. I too couldn't tell the difference between the 60 Mhz and 120 Mhz refresh rate. In fact, I found out from comcast that they do not have a cable box that supports 120 Mhz yet. The picture is just incredible.

The only negative comment I can make is the sound. I purchased a sound bar which was well worth the upgrade.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Chris P. on September 29, 2009
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The clarity on this Samsung model is phenomenal. The black is definitely blacker than any model I have seen but if you're gonna spend upwards of $1,500, do yourself a favor, spend the extra $300 and get a 120 hz refresh rate. This model boasts a 60 hz, which in itself is not bad at all, but it seems like when you get as big as a 52", the fast action seems to blur a lot more than my older 40". Maybe it is the size difference effecting it, but I wish I had sucked it up and got the 120hz. On slow movies, or even sports such as golf, hockey, or football, you won't notice. But watch a quick movie with lots of action scenes, and you will notice a bit of a blur/pixel on this model. Just go and get that extra 60hz, you won't regret it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Highum on January 8, 2010
This reviews contains the stuff I would have wanted to know before paying for a TV of this size.

I recently upgraded to a Samsung LN52B550 1080i 60Hz HDTV from a 32 inch Samsung 720p HDTV. I liked the old Samsung set but it is kinda small by today's standards. The picture on this TV is awesome. At first the 52" screen looked too big for the room but now after viewing several movies, its perfect. (My distance from the set in the room where I use it varies from 10ft to 13ft away.) Definitely not too big - I see new details in movies that I never saw before and the big screen experience really makes watching your old favorite DVDs like they are brand new movies. (Do get a DVD player that upscales the DVDs to 1080i resolution - they are just to cheap not to get the clarity that gives you... better yet get a Blue-Ray since prices have come way down)

The TV arrives in a large carton. Putting the stand on it is easy. The TV is not so heavy but it is big and therefore cumbersome to move. It will take two people to lift it up the stairs and onto the table surface or whatever where you will set it down. I did not wall mount it but if you want to do so you could purchase a mount for probably $150 bucks. Hooking the TV up is a breeze if you use HDMI cables - probably buy two six footers - and probably buy them on the web for the best price because they are overpriced in most stores.

If you have a receiver, use HDMI cables to run the sound of this TV through it. The TV sound is nothing special but running it through your receiver it sounds great. There are other options like RCA cables, Composite video connections etc.
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