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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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- Brand Name: Samsung
- Model Number: PN50B550
- Display Technology: Plasma
- Display Size: 50 inches
- Image Contrast Ratio: 15000:1
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From the Manufacturer
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.
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.
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.
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?
|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. |
Top Customer Reviews
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!!
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.
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).
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
TV died within three years. I expected it to last at least 7-8 years. I have been waiting now to replace it. Was a waste of a cool grand. I wont be buying Samsung next time.Published 6 months ago by Brice
This is the worst model Plasma you can buy. Stay away. After less than a year the black vertical bars appeared. Most TV repair shops won't even touch this model.Published 11 months ago by Martin Quiroz
This TV has beautiful color and a very clear picture. The sound is good too. I have had a for a year now. No complaints at all.Published 12 months ago by Bonnie
Had this for years, great picture,sound not so good. I would buy another but, the new ones have more goodies in them.Published 18 months ago by Edward V. Mccormack
An excellent TV - Samsung seems to be a step above the others. I also have a 58" that is about 15 years old and never a
problem with it.
I have owned this TV since Jan '09 and I still LOVE it. The image quality is SUPERB! The only downside to this set is the reflective screen. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Adelaide Zvaigzne
A great picture with quick refresh rate. Great sound! Would buy again, great for a present or for a second room.Published on September 15, 2013 by Teres C. Tate
This TV is awesome! Great picture quality! The only annoying this is the buttons on the right side of the screen. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Gilbert Alvarez
I bought this TV new for around $1500 and boy what a mistake. It had a pixely picture on HD tv and some blotchy images that randomly appeared. Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Tiger094