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Samsung LN55A950 55-Inch Touch of Color 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV

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  • Screen Size : 55-Inches
  • Resolution : 1920 (H) x 1080 (V)
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio : 1,000,000:

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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 250 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 139.6 pounds
  • ASIN: B001DT0LSI
  • Item model number: LN55A950
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,356 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 4, 2008

Product Description


This Samsung LCD TV is absolutely stunning with revolutionary Touch of Color(tm) design. And you can customize your TV watching with up-to-the-minute content from USA Today. Ready for action scenes that look more real than you ever imagined? Auto Motion Plus 120Hz(tm) virtually eliminates any motion blur. Substance, style, and advanced high definition features you expect-the Samsung LN55A950 delivers all of that and more.
Wide Color Gamut LED backlight
HD-grade 1920 (H) x 1080 (V) pixel resolution
1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with LED SmartLighting
DLNA Certified
Wide color enhancer
NTSC/ATSC Tuners with Clear QAM
Fast 4ms response time
Picture-in-Picture
Watts per channel: 15W x 2
SRS TruSurround XT
Down firing speakers
4 HDMI (HDMI-CEC) version 1.3 (3 rear/1 side)
2 Component video inputs (rear)
1 S-video input (side)
Side and Rear composite inputs
PC input
WiseLink Pro (USB 2.0 MPEG)
RF antenna inputs
Headphone
Wheel key remote control
Net Dimensions (w/o stand): 53.7" x 32.3" x 4.4"
Net Weights (w/o stand): 80.0 lbs.
Net Dimensions (w/ stand): 53.7" x 34.7" x 13.3"
Net Weights (w / stand): 91.3 lbs.
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. Non-metric weights and measurements are approximate.

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 5, 2009
We bought the Samsung LN55A950 and the LN46A650 at the same time - one for the family room and the other for the bedroom. Side-by-side, the difference is very noticeable. Even though I set the image parameters the same on both sets, the colors on the 950 are definitely more vivid. You need not be a videophile to see the difference. Even when I view the 650 by itself in our bedroom, I can tell the subtle difference. It's still a great picture, but it just lacks the "pop" of the 950. Also, when viewing the two sets in total darkness but still powered-up and in the absence of any video signal, the 650 screen is a dark navy or gray, while the 950 is nearly (but not entirely) invisible. Granted, no one ever watches a blank screen in the dark - but there really is a difference in the black levels between these sets.

Both sets have the "glossy" screen, but to my delight and great relief, they pose absolutely no problem whatsoever. Both our sets are located in rooms with windows and overhead lighting. Can I see any reflections? Sure, if you look hard, you can see them - as I could on my old CRT TV. Before I turned-on the sets, my wife commented on the reflections, but no one has ever commented about reflections when the set is on.

As other reviewers have noted for the 650, the 950 also takes 3-4 seconds to pick-up the video signal on start-up. Images do not instantaneously appear as soon as you turn-on the set. This is a very minor issue.

I looked over the games, recipes, and other content that you can access with the 950. I actually found a good recipe for beef kabobs, but the material is mostly forgettable and this content would not be a deciding factor in my purchase.

I paid $4200 for the 55" 950 and $1600 for the 46" 650.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Arnold Guinto on October 26, 2008
I've had this for a month now. I also bought the Samsung BD-P1500 with it. I love both units. I connected them to my Sony HT-CT100 soundbar and I am perfectly happy with the sound. Yes, I know the soundbar does not do HD sound,etc,.. but I don't care because the soundbar is quite slick with the TV. Plus, it does what I want it to do so no complaint.

As for the TV. The picture is so crisp and clear and the black level really black that it took a while to get used to watching it. I have a DirecTV HD DVR attached to it too via HDMI and it is an entirely different level of watching TV. The images look so "real" as my daughter said.

I know the TV can do a lot of other things if you attach it to the internet. But, I bought it really for just watching HD TV and movies. So, I was/am not that concern about its other functions.

Right now, DirecTV just upgraded my DVR to 1080p, so I can't wait to see any program or shows in 1080p. But the 1080i resolution is great as it is. So, no complaint in there either.

BTW, the upconversion from the BD-P1500 looks great too. Also, make sure you use HDMI 1.3b cables. I got mine here from BargainCell for < $10 each.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By movierat07 on December 18, 2008
This TV is amazing. The picture is near perfect and it has the darkest blacks I have ever seen on any television. I watched The Dark Knight on Blu Ray and I was blown away by the performance of this TV compared to my old Sony LCD. One of the main complaints I have is the 120hz feature. Thankfully you can turn it off. It makes everything look fake and ruins the viewing experience. After the first couple of minutes of The Dark Knight I had no choice but to turn the feature off.

Though on the expensive side, the TV is worth every single penny. You will not be disappointed.

Update: After doing some research and monkeying around with the settings, it should be known that the 120hz feature is not what ruins the viewing experience. 120hz TV's will always play content in 120hz, and it practically eliminates motion blur. What ruins the viewing experience is Samsung's "Auto Motion Plus" feature. This is the feature that I recommend turning off. Some people like it, some people don't. I personally am not a fan of the feature. Here is a more in depth description of the way 120hz TV's work.

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I have owned the TV for a few weeks now and am still loving every minute of it. The TV is beautiful. I have found myself pausing while walking through the living room and starring at the TV even when it is off. Once again, you will not be disappointed.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Astroboy on January 14, 2009
Final Update:03/17/09
I have had the second TV for almost two months now. I do believe that later firmware update improved the TVs viewing, at least from my view point. The first TV the back lighting was not optimized and I found that all of the darker sences from Dark Knight sort of blended together. That is not the case with this example.

One thing I have noticed now that as I have gone from the reviewing phase of the TV to the watching phase, I find myself liking this TV more and more each day. I was really intent on going to see Watchmen in the theater but when I kept seeing the previews in HD on my TV I decided I will wait for it to come out on blu ray because the previews looked simply awesome on this TV. I can't think of a better endorsement than that.

Update: 01/31/09
Vizio has come out with their version of a 55" LCD TV the 55" vf550xvtia. I brought this one into the home to compare against the Samsung, here are my observations:

The color was surprisingly good. It started out a little over driven but Vizio provides enough ability to manipulate the screen that in no time I was able to get a fine viewing picture. Honestly, I would have to say that it compared very favorable to the Sony. However, the samsung, just has a more pleasing viewing image.

Dejudder: The vizio weakness came in the dejudder. It didn't do a good job handling any fast scenes. The Ironman Blu-rayer disc is the one I used to test all the TVs. During Ironman's confrontation with the air force jets the structure of the aircraft are never symmetrical unlike the samsung which renders a perfect picture and the scene plays flawlessly.
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