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Samsung PN50B550 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

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  • 50-inch high definition TV with 1080p resolution
  • Four HDMI, two component, and one composite video input; two 15W bottom speakers and SRS TruSurround HD
  • Samsung E-panel technology like Ultra FilterBright Plus, 600Hz Subfield Motion, .001 response time, and a Mega dynamic contrast ratio
  • Anynet+ (CEC standard) technology makes system control of compatible A/V devices like a Blu-ray player or HTIB system a one-touch operation
  • One-year parts and labor warranty
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: PN50B550
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 50 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 48.8 x 2.9 x 30.2 inches ; 73.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 120 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001VSCH74
  • Item model number: PN50B550
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Manufacturer's Review (April 23, 2009)
The PN50B550 plasma HDTV is perfect for action-packed sports and movies. It uses new e-panel technology which reduces blurring and produces crisp, clear images. And 1080p high definition brings out the brilliance and clarity in everything you see. Plus its unique Touch of Color design turns it into a beautiful work of art. Enjoy a more realistic, thrilling movie night at home with this Samsung plasma HDTV.

The PN50B550 plasma HDTV is perfect for action-packed sports and movies. Click to enlarge.

Touch of Color
Make a statement with Samsung's exclusive Touch of Color design. It features a hint of rich red color naturally blended into the traditional piano black frame, transforming an already stylish TVs into a work of art for a look that complements any room.

e-Panel Technology
Samsung's e-panel technology makes sure you get superior picture quality. FilterBright minimizes glare and reflections for optimal viewing any time of day. 600Hz Subfield Motion delivers a clear picture for sports, action, and other fast-moving scenes. And .001ms response time minimizes blurring. 1080p Full HD Motion delivers better resolution during faster motion while Mega Dynamic Contrast ratio creates deeper blacks and enhanced color.

Samsung's Touch of Color design features a hint of color naturally blended into the traditional piano black frame.

600Hz Subfield Motion delivers a clear picture for sports, action, and other fast-moving scenes.

Full high-definition images are sharp, detailed and crystal clear.

Built-In Digital Tuner (ATSC/Clear QAM)
The SAMSUNG plasma TVs have all the tuners you need for any type of cable service, including high definition.

1080p High Definition
Enjoy brilliant, film-like images in full high definition resolution. Full high-definition images are sharp, detailed and crystal clear. Superior clarity and resolution deliver top of the line picture quality that takes your home entertainment to another level.

Wide Color Enhancer 2
Whereas blue and green shaded areas of the picture are washed out on conventional screens, wide color enhancer lets you experience more brilliant colors. Simply imagine a wider range of colors than you ever thought possible.

ENERGY STAR Compliant
By being ENERGY STAR compliant you are assured that your SAMSUNG model is helping the environment by using less energy while saving you money. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy promoting energy efficiency.

Game Mode
Get in the game with enhanced blacks, sharp picture quality and optimum audio. At the touch of a button, game mode speeds up the image processing response so you get the most out of your gaming experience.

SRS TruSurround HD
Assisted by the PN50B550's two 15W bottom speakers, this creates an immersive, feature-rich surround sound experience from two speakers, complete with rich bass, high frequency detail and clear dialog.

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.

Side A/V connections
Provide convenient and easy connections for camcorders, cameras, or other compatible AV devices.

What's in the Box
Samsung PN50B550 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV, Remote control, Cable holders and stand, TV stand and hardware, Cover bottom, Program CD, Owner's instructions, Cloth clean, Quick setup guide, Warranty card

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

Samsung¿s new PN50B550 plasma flat panel HDTV redefines our commitment to design, performance, and cost of ownership. Its 50 inches of 1080p Full HD picture performance makes it the perfect living room centerpiece. The attractive Touch of ColorTM design adds a subtle clear-to-charcoal gray accent to the set¿s bezel. Enjoy brilliant, film-like images in Full HD resolution. Samsung¿s breakthrough mega dynamic contrast ratio offers a more accurate color tonal range, deeper blacks and shadow details. The new E-Panel technology featuring our innovative FiterBrightTM technology reduces glare in brighter rooms and delivers a better picture while using less energy. Add 4 advanced HDMI inputs that feature Samsung¿s Anynet+ (CEC standard) technology making system control of compatible A/V devices like a Blu-ray player or HTIB system a one-touch operation. Experience Full 1080p performance on Samsung¿s new B550 series plasma HDTVs that are easy on the environment and easy on the wallet.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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I have owned this TV since Jan ཅ and I still LOVE it. The image quality is SUPERB! The only downside to this set is the reflective screen. Read more ›
There are plenty of connections, although if you have a 50" t.v. you really just need…The picture quality is amazing when watching Blu Ray movies or other 1080p sources. Read more ›
Also, I took into consideration the viewing angle. We have 2 sofas at extreme angles to the tv and the picture still looks awesome! LCDs - forget about it. Read more ›
Gave him $10 tip. Watched the first blueray movie last night and the picture was excellent. This TV even picks up a few HD local channels from my basic cable subscription. Read more ›
There is not much more to say - the picture quality is simply stunning. Read more ›
This is my first HDTV, but I did spend a good couple months shopping around and studying up on my features, pros/cons, etc... First of all the picture is beautiful, but… Read more ›
The colors are deep and vibrant, inky plasma blacks. I cannot really comment on the built in speakers as I use it with a home theater system. Read more ›
I used to think the DLP looked fine until I replaced it with this. The colors are amazing and the images so crisp and bright. I've been researching for about six months now… Read more ›
CONS: LCD/LED - Blacks are never deep/rich and colors aren't quite as true as plasma. Some viewers will notice "rainbow effects" in fast-action scenes. Read more ›
The picture is very crisp and sharp. The blacks are nice and rich. My favorite feature is the swivel base. Read more ›
Really stunning. I did just a little bit of tweaking with the brightness, color, etc. I'm extremely happy with the result. Read more ›
I did have to mess with the graphics…For a while it looked like the color was running a little too red, but after about 1 week of watching it seemed to cool down a little. Read more ›
At the end of the day, I have no regrets in buying this TV. Build quality, aesthetics, and price were all great. Picture quality is amazing. Read more ›
It has a certain "class" and really looks…The best part was that I got it for an unbelievable price and was able to pay a low monthly payment with no interest for 24mths. Read more ›
And the b550's were being priced to move to make room for the incoming Sammy C series plasmas for…So the best value - price and quality of picture - for us was the b550. Read more ›
I would not hesitate in the least recommending this plasma to anyone. It is a great price and awesome product. Originally, as I'm sure plenty do, we were looking at bestbuy… Read more ›
I had been watching and waiting for the PN50B650 for months, and…Net result is that when i saw the ultra low price of this unit, I just on it and ordered it immediately. Read more ›
The only things its missing is a internet port some newer TV's have and its a little thicker than the newer plasmas out now, but picture wise this TV is a amazing value for… Read more ›
However, there are a…AFAIK, all plasmas make noise while operating, with this set the buzzing is really noticeable at night when the volume is low; maybe I'm too sensitive. Read more ›
TV sound is horrible! at 30% there is already distoring and cant do any bass... if you buy this TV do plan on setting it up with a home theater. Read more ›
I've been watching this for almost 20 days now and have only one issue; its already 100 bucks cheaper than I paid for it. I've heard that the sound is not great on this set. I… Read more ›
Definitely no more glare than the 36 Sony Wega tube TV this Samsung replaced. If you are not picky about the sound, this is a great choice. After a week, we are not… Read more ›
The screen reflection is a bit more annoying than expected…The built in speakers are terrible (suprising because one review actually said this TV had pretty good speakers). Read more ›
I've since tweeked it some more (just by eye), and…The speakers are a bit weak, but i have a nice surround sound system for movies, so tv speakers aren't important to me. Read more ›
i had researched this set prior to purchasing, and had a calibration chart ready (though…the set itself is beautiful, but the 1080i/p image it displays is simply stunning. Read more ›
The picture looks sharp and real. On the other hand, LCD looks sharp, shallow, and fake - due to little light, and hence, barely lively. Samsung makes the best Plasma for… Read more ›
Fortunately, the screen was NOT broken when I opened the box, which has happened to others who ordered from Amazon. Didn't matter, I was prepared to run down the hill and… Read more ›
I ordered this tv about a week…I received the PN50b550 which upon opening the box me and the CEVA delivery guys noticed about 6 different parts of the screen were broken. Read more ›
A great picture with quick refresh rate. Great sound! Read more ›
The LCD's showed over sharpening artifacts like white halos (especially around…I think the sharper looking LCD images would wear on me and look fake after a few days. Read more ›
The features are good and i really like the UI for the menu's. Read more ›
The picture is as good as the $2000 LCD's that I have seen. After I calibrated the picture and selected high energy saving setting, it was perfect. It consumes about the… Read more ›
This TV is amazing and it has a lot of sweet…HOWEVER, it overscans and there is no option to turn that off...and there is still burn in (limitation of plasmas in general). Read more ›
Let me…I originally bought this set because I has thinking the 600hz was comparable to 120hz and 240hz LCD sets for making Blu-Rays looking extremely smooth in 24f mode. Read more ›
After short periods of time you see imaging from the score bars of the game. And I have the screen protection option on at the fastest setting. I am returning this… Read more ›
No doubt this HDTV set excels in that. Also, there are many others good and useful features in this set that I didn't mentioned here that make the above drawbacks bearable. Read more ›
You may want to consider getting a wall-mount for this TV (it is pretty big and heavy and the included stand does a…The wall mounts are fairly cheap (around $25 on Ebay) Read more ›
Feature sets and capabilities are nearly everything you could want (no IP interface...FYI). The TV is very intuitive to setup, navigate features, etc. Read more ›
B…I would constantly find myself going 9-button presses deep into the setup menu to use the screen-wipe feature to remove these HUD's when I took a break every now and then. Read more ›
Almost looks 3 dimensional. I was not happy with the Zip installer that you recommended. They arrived about 3:00pm for a 8:00 am appointment. Read more ›
I know there is already the upgrade to this model, but if you see this one on sale, you MUST BUY IT!! The menus ARE easy to use on screen as well. I'm not sure why other… Read more ›
The pros of this TV far outweigh the one con I have. To start, the Menu functions are great. You can do a lot of adjusting to get the exact picture you're looking for, and… Read more ›
-HDMI-CEC control works well with my OPPO Digital BDP-83 Blu-ray player, hence I can control the Blu-ray players most common functions using the Samsung TV remote. Read more ›
Of lesser importance, the remote is also nice for a guy with big hands. The bigger buttons has cut down on the number of my mistakes. Read more ›
I know there is already the upgrade to this model, but if you see this one on sale, you MUST BUY IT!! The menus ARE easy to use on screen as well. I'm not sure why other… Read more ›
The menus ARE easy to use on screen as well. I'm not sure why other reviewers have said things against the menus, but they are simple and easy to navigate. After having my… Read more ›
Feature sets and capabilities are nearly everything you could want (no IP interface...FYI). The TV is very intuitive to setup, navigate features, etc. Read more ›
In high def they both have great pictures but with a standard signal…I find myself going to the downstairs to watch TV when it would be more convenient to watch the LCD. Read more ›
The screen is like a mirror. It made it impossible to watch with my window open (as I like to during the day), and made it difficult to watch with the light fully-on. The… Read more ›
The color is absolutely amazing. The size is perfect for our living room and all we do is sit around and watch HD movies! I can't say enough about this product, the cost,… Read more ›
bought this set about 3 weeks ago.delivery was made by ceva,it arrived in perfect shape.so far i'm very happy with purchase,picture looks stunning.football games are… Read more ›
We did both. After installing on a mount, I found that viewing was just as good on the stand. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 13, 2009
I received this TV last week and so far it has been AWESOME! I would have given it 5 stars but the sound quality is a little muffled. It doesn't bother us much since we plan on hooking up a surround sound system but if you are using the TV's speakers exclusively, you may want to reconsider. Picture quality is amazing...best I've seen and I did a TON of research before deciding on this model. I was back and forth between plasma and LCD and I'm so glad I went plasma. We have the TV in a bright room and the new filters seem to work great. Not much glare at all. Definitely no more glare than the 36 Sony Wega tube TV this Samsung replaced. If you are not picky about the sound, this is a great choice. After a week, we are not disappointed!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Brian A. Appel on June 4, 2009
I researched a lot of TVs and narrowed it down to the Panasonic Viera 50" and the Samsung 50" Plasma. I had seen the A550 Samsung for a long time and when I was finally ready to purchase I noticed the B550 had come out. This model is just a beautiful television. The picture is very crisp and sharp. The blacks are nice and rich. My favorite feature is the swivel base. I was debating whether I wanted to invest in a swivel wall mount or not, but I knew I wanted to be able to view it from angles in the kitchen and towards the outside of my house. This was the only TV this size with a swivel base. Since receiving my TV, I've watched movies, basic cable, HD cable, and playedmy Wii on it and I haven't found one issue. I highly recommend this television.

When purchasing a TV like this, I wanted to go online to get a good deal. I also wanted a merchant I trusted because this is such a large purchase. [...] I purchased this TV with no tax and no shipping, which right there saved me about $200. I wouldn't have walked out of best buy for less than $1800 and I got this TV for $1360. I chose basic delivery to keep it free and the guy wheeled it right into my house next to where I was going to keep it. It was delivered within just a few days after ordering. Very fast and reliable shipping!

I would definitely buy this TV again [...] Can't wait for football season!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Harris on June 2, 2009
This is a great TV. I was torn between buying last years model the pn50a vs this years pn50b. I decided to get the newer one because its supposed to use half the energy. The pn50B is dramatically cooler to the touch, front and back than last years model.

Picture quality is amazing. The colors and clarity from blue ray and HD Comcast programming in my house is better than I have seen on most other HD TV's at the box stores.

There is more glare on the screen than my old HD Sony tube it has replaced.

Overall, I am very very happy with this plasma and highly recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By imvho on October 29, 2009
Spent almost 2 years researching our next HDTV (I kept putting off our purchase in hopes that CableCard 2.0 would actually be developed...). I studied all the relative benefits & drawbacks of LCD/LED vs Plasma.

PROS:
LCD/LED - No image burn-in risk. Almost no screen reflection, so it's great for rooms with lots of daylight/windows or bright evening lighting.
PLASMA - Richer colors, deeper/darker blacks, greater contrasts, more vivid/natural picture. No "rainbow effect" in fast-moving images. Virtually no image degradation when viewing off-angle (i.e. if seated at an angle to the screen or if standing up).

CONS:
LCD/LED - Blacks are never deep/rich and colors aren't quite as true as plasma. Some viewers will notice "rainbow effects" in fast-action scenes. Picture deteriorates as you move away from "dead-center" (so, people seated at an angle to the TV or standing up will not see a good picture). Considerably more expensive than Plasma for screens 42" or larger.
PLASMA - Screen is more reflective than LCD/LED, which can be distracting in rooms with lots of daylight/windows or bright evening lighting. Potential for image "burn-in". Not available in screen sizes smaller than 42".

I had decided to go with Plasma because picture quality and viewing angle was critical for me, and since I never planned to frequently use a 50" TV as a computer monitor, and didn't plan to watch news channels for hours on end, the burn-in possibility was a non-issue.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By JAK on October 9, 2009
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The Good:It is a great set for the money. You just can't touch a good 1080P 120-240Hz LCD or LED t.v. in this size for this price range. There are plenty of connections, although if you have a 50" t.v. you really just need one hdmi input and maybe an optical out if you need to run sound back to a decent receiver. The picture quality is amazing when watching Blu Ray movies or other 1080p sources.

The Neutral: Which brings me to the sound. Other people have taken marks off for the sound of the built-in speakers. I haven't found them to be that bad considering they are in the back of the t.v. for aesthetic purposes. Speakers are always going to sound muffled when they are facing away from you. I would say again, if you have a t.v. this big you should also invest in a decent receiver and a set of speakers. You can't get the full theater effect with the two little speakers that come on any t.v. you purchase. The built in speakers in this t.v. are adequate for watching the news or other programs where surround sound isn't going to greatly improve the viewing experience anyway.

The Bad: The plasma sets are still having issues with burn in. I didn't realize it was such a problem until I unpacked this and skimmed through my manual. In the very front of the manual it tells you things that can cause burn in. It covers almost every use you could think of for a t.v. Off the top of my head, here were some of the things that were included:

- Watching a t.v. show with a channel logo or stock ticker (all the cable news channels have tickers)
- Playing video games (Think of title screens, pause screens, and in game stat bars)
- Using the t.v.
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