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Samsung PN50C550 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV (Black)

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  • Clear Image Panel
  • Reduce glare with E-Panel Technology
  • E3-panel single filter design
  • Mega Dynamic Contrast
  • Exceeds ENERGY STAR Standards
  • Game Mode
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  • Built-in Subwoofer
  • Sleep Timer

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 47.8 x 31.4 inches ; 62.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 151 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0036WT3XO
  • Item model number: PN50C550
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,672 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at February 23, 2010
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Samsung PN50C550 Plasma tv (March 2010)
Samsung's new PN50C550 plasma flat panel HDTV is a refinement of our commitment to design, performance, and cost of ownership. It's 50-inch of 1080p Full HD picture performance is the perfect fit for most rooms. The attractive Touch of Color 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 E3-Panel technology featuring our innovative Clear Image Panel technology reduces off-angle blur and glare in brighter rooms and delivers a better picture while using less energy. Add 4 advanced HDMI inputs with Samsung's Anynet+ (CEC standard) technology makes system control of compatible A/V devices like a Blu-ray player or HTIB system a one-touch operation. Experience Full 1080p HD performance on Samsung's new C550 series plasma HDTVs, it's easy on the wallet and easy on the environment.


Key Features
  • Screen Size: 50 inches
  • 600 Hz subfield motion: Offers crisp, clear Plasma HD action in every frame.
  • 1080p Full HD Resolution: enjoy the powerful picture quality, vivid colors and stunning clarity of Full HD 1080p resolution.
  • E3-panel single filter design delivers improved performance in the areas of color saturation, contrast and energy efficiency.
  • Mega Dynamic Contrast ratio: An unparalleled Mega Dynamic Contrast ratio brings together the deepest blacks and brightest whites.
  • Response time: A fast .001ms response time optomizes fast motion video content.
  • Built-in digital tuner: no external box needed.
  • Exceeds ENERGY STAR Standards: PDP Energy saving, up to 43% less than our similar 2009 Plasma TV in standard mode.
  • Clear Image Panel: Samsung's new single-filter clear panel design eliminates the off-angle reflections that cause picture blurring of images
    and details. Images and text look great straight on or at any angle.
  • ConnectShare Movie: Connect a thumb drive or digital camera quickly and easily. Userfriendly interface allows access to videos, a music playlist and pictures via the remote.
  • 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.
  • 10 Watts x 2 audio power stereo broadcast reception: Supports multichannel sound (MTS)and second audio program (SAP) with 181-channel capacity.
  • SRS TruSurround HD: Get crisp, clear digital-quality sound via advanced SRS technology.
  • DLNA enabled
  • Warranty: 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.


  • HDMI: 4
  • USB: 1
  • PC Input: 1


  • TV without stand: 47.8 x 28.8 x 2.8 inches (WxHxD); 52.9 pounds
  • TV with stand: 47.8 x 33.1 x 10.6 inches (WxHxD); 62.8 pounds
  • What size TV should you get?

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

Get a true cinematic experience without going to the cinema with a Samsung plasma HDTV. This Samsung PN50C550, with Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio makes sure every frame is saturated with dense, rich color. Samsung is also ENERGY STAR compliant so you are assured that your 50 -inch plasma HDTV is helping the environment by using less enery while saving you money.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Have it in my basement hooked to my Samsung Blu-ray player and surround sound. Picture is great and we love watching movies down there. We hardly go to the theatre any more. Read more ›
Really great product for the price. Picture quality is fantastic. Have a ps3 and hd cable box hooked up to it Read more ›
For the money this is a fantastic buy! The picture is fantastic! I tried the settings recommended in the comments here but were a bit too dark for my room. Read more ›
Blu-rays look crisp and…Watching HD television is pretty good - not as crisp as blu-ray, obviously, but definitely a noticeable step up in quality from my 760p 60hz LCD TV. Read more ›
I have…I also looked at the LED sets and although the picture was great, I came to realize that it was really just a gimmick and does not make a movie look natural at all. Read more ›
After reading several reviews on the internet and comparing the various types of flat panel TVs, we…The difference in picture quality and performance is unbelievable . Read more ›
Samsung had a winner on their hands with this TV. The price was great and the picture was even better... For the first couple of years. Now there are black lines starting… Read more ›
I checked out this TV on the net and it had great reviews from all the right sources. The price was so great. It set up in less than 15 minuets. Read more ›
We have enjoyed watching movies and family pictures on this TV. The price was great. The picture is very good but it the sound is hard to hear sometimes. Read more ›
The picture is beautiful. I also found that Amazon had the best price. I even saw the set came down in price a week after I ordered it. Read more ›
the nettop is about the size of a hardcover book and comes with a wireless mouse and a wirelss…we are vey satisfied with all our amazon purchases including lower prices. Read more ›
I considered LCD-LED, LCD and Plasma for…I felt that for the money, this TV offered the best value and quality (since we wanted to spend around $1000 to 1500 at the most). Read more ›
An amazing TV. We use it in a bedroom that has low light and the color reproduction is outstanding. The grays/black are near perfect and watching HD sports really shows… Read more ›
Those where old problems faced by earlier plasma…Now as for this samsung tv the Black levels are horrible basically it has black crush meaning the blacks look grey. The… Read more ›
I am not disappointed at all. The colors are bright, the darks are dark. Pictures are sharp. Read more ›
I felt like it walked the line beautifully - not merely a good compromise, but it seemed truly the best…Black levels were great and with excellent detail - no complaints. Read more ›
The picture quality on the PN50C550 is great. Blacks are black and movies look realistic and beautiful. Read more ›
This tv delivers the same quality as a tv which costs 3000 Great picture quality, good black levels, can't beat plasma for sports action, 600hz is so cool. Don't know what… Read more ›
It was worth the wait. I now have this giant beautiful screen, which is amazing for movies and games alike. I should say that it was almost a serious problem on the wife… Read more ›
I'd give it a 5 star review, except the first screen was broken out of the box (it had two horizontal lines that wouldn't go away). Amazon was very good about simply… Read more ›
The one big con i have is screen burn, as it happens whenever you…Samsung has reduced this problem with their Screen Burn Protection feature, which I use on overdrive. O… Read more ›
I would say its about 60 lbs so it was a struggle to hold it in place as my wife…Great flat screen for the money, but 5 DEAD PIXELS out of the box (bad luck I guess.) T… Read more ›
I am a big fan of Samsung products, but I am going to give this TV just "OK". My mother has a beautiful Samsung LCD that has awesome picture. I expected similar quality… Read more ›
I bought the same one. The picture is bright and detailed on HD. Happy with the Plasma at less cost for a bigger set. Read more ›
Some things that I have read about samsung plasmas is the loud buzzing some seem to expierence, NOT a hint of buzz from mine and that the speaker quality is poor, again no… Read more ›
Problems with playing media…Sound often lags, when re-starting a movie previously paused and switched off, fast forward does not work at all with all video files I tried. Read more ›
Only dislikes is no flash card slot like Panasonic (but USBs and HDMIs), sometimes makes a light buzzing sound( can be heard easier at low volume but not a distraction or… Read more ›
I really wanted the C5500 but I needed the Denon AV1611 with some awesome speakers (we also listen to alot of music in the house) so the $200 went into the Denon and the… Read more ›
Read all of the reviews we could and made the purchase. No complaints what so ever, fabulous picture, great sound, & easy to set-up. Read more ›
The picture quality is excellent. The sound quality is reasonably good for small speakers confined to a small space. The manual addressing the setup, controls, adjustable… Read more ›
However, when we went…So, we bought the C550 and when I got it home the first thing that really impressed me was the stylish look of this model, this is a great looking TV. Read more ›
It took about 15 mins to make all the slight adjustments. Most factory settings are too bright and over saturated colors. I want reality not hyper colors. Read more ›
First off, before I started using the TV, I downloaded and ran the Plasma Break-In DVD from AVS forums. I ran the break-in on low brightness settings for about 120 hours. I… Read more ›
This model does not run too hot if that concerns you, and I do not notice any buzz at all. I think the "C" model improved on these issues from the otherwise great "B" model. T… Read more ›
Three HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, Composite and component ports and a built-in media player for USB devices (thumb drives, hard drives)-- this, for me, is a great feature. I… Read more ›
I used the settings another…2. Great features for the price: I have a number of movies that are in AVI and being able to watch them directly from my TV is a nice plus. I… Read more ›
W…Assembling the TV on its stand was very easy and the set weighed less than our old 40" which my wife and I had extensive experience moving when I repainted our living room! Read more ›
It doesn't have a lot of extra features and frills, but that's not something I really get into, so it is…Also, the delivery service on the standard shipping was great! T… Read more ›
This TV was incredibly easy to unbox, and the box is easily saved for any later transportation. The stand is beautiful, especially if you have a dark plate glass TV stand. I… Read more ›
It has 4 HDMI ports, it is…Once you have it set up (and as a side note it is pretty heavy so you’ll need a good stand for it), the picture quality is absolutely beautiful. Read more ›
Style: 5 The cabinet is glossy black, and it goes great with the stand I put it on, as well as the cable box and blu-ray player. Black hardware seems to be all the rage… Read more ›
I was actually impressed with the Standard pre-set, but do look forward to some serious calibration setting. I did connect my Xbox via HDMI and tried some Battlefield 2,… Read more ›
Sure 60-70 in sets have a theater quality size and I wouldn't mind having it,…This of course, will vary from person to person but I think the size is perfect for my room. Read more ›
I decided to go with a Plasma instead of LCD or LED because (1) These are more suitable for…LEDs for the same size were well out of my budget and so werent on my shortlist. Read more ›
These are the basics, if you want to know more about the negatives and positives of each type of…First off let me start out by saying that 50 inches is really a nice size. Read more ›
While it seems huge it really isn't. I am sitting about 6 feet away and it just seems like the perfect size when I look at it. Sure 60-70 in sets have a theater quality… Read more ›
You're looking at a beautiful TV without paying for features you won't use. I think the 50" is also in the "sweet spot" between size and price. Go any bigger and you will… Read more ›
Picture is great, excellent features. Love the size of the screen... not too big, but just right. Read more ›
The TV's picture quality is great. It was easy to set up. It has a feature where it automatically changes inputs when a HDMI device is activated. Read more ›
We received our Samsung PN50C550 from two exceptionally pleasant and helpful guys from the…Easy to set up, the manual is tolerable, and the picture is out of this world. Read more ›
Delivered on a scheduled timing in one piece. The base is very easy to connect (just a couple nails to screw in which they provide but you'll need your own screw driver). Do… Read more ›
I have a Sony Bravia and now have the SamSung too. Both are wonderful TV's but the SamSung was soooo easy to set up. My elderly parents had no problem using it. Read more ›
I had my Sony lcd wega 42' in the living…I did connect a Bose Cinemate 2 to the Samsung for a better sound, very easy to install by the way (both the Bose and Samsung). A… Read more ›
- Not internet connected, no Apps (buy GoogleTv if that is what you want) - Remote is horrible. It's big and ugly. (buy a decent universal remote) Read more ›
Simply the best tv on the market for…Colors are great, HD is superb, menus are easy to navigate, after a few adjustments of the sound settings the tv provides good audio. Read more ›
- Remote is horrible. It's big and ugly. (buy a decent universal remote) Read more ›
=> Excellent Digital Interface & Networking - With a built-in HD digital tuner, non-subscription HD broadcasts can be viewed without a cable box / STB (Set-Top-Box)… Read more ›
There are few other software which can do the job, I have tried many and Mezzmo did solve my problems and allowed me to stream all my media content on my network on the… Read more ›
BE SURE TO buy a surge protector to protect your investment. This TV has network capabilities for things like netflix. Read more ›
Features 3/5 - Compared to many other new TV's, this one is relatively no frills. It doesn't have things like, Netflix, Amazon Video, or Pandora. But, if you're like me you… Read more ›
But, what…I expected Netflix streaming, with my slow internet connection, to look like Youtube video when blown up onto a 50" screen but it looks better than on my laptop. Read more ›
The remote is not overly large or complicated. Actually the sony TV remote I have has more buttons, so that makes the remote already easier to use. I felt comforable with… Read more ›
I usually have my home theater on at all times, and the other night, I had it off and played with the "Virtual Surround Sound" settings in the very easy to use TV menu, and… Read more ›
Simply the best tv on the market for…Colors are great, HD is superb, menus are easy to navigate, after a few adjustments of the sound settings the tv provides good audio. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

356 of 363 people found the following review helpful By jartwo on March 22, 2010
I had tried to buy the previous "B" model at close-out prices, but I missed the boat. Thought I might be outta luck until the "C" version started showing up a day or so afterward and it turned out to be basically the same TV, just about 25lbs lighter - only 2 people needed to wall mount - I was down with that and $[...] bucks still didn't seem too bad. I had already researched for some time and Plasma was it for me. The Panny G-10 had a similarly good picture too, and although it offers much to consider, I liked the Sammy's picture just a bit more, but you may want to check it out as well. I received the set with zero problems or issues: no dead pixels or any buzzing, whines or anything amiss at all. Outta the box the picture was quite good, and showed me good resolution performance even with SD cable with no video noise issues (although initially I did find it necessary to use the 3 supplied ferrite, choke magnets that snap onto the power cord. These not only eliminated the several horizontal noise bands in the picture, but cleaned up the resolution on the overall picture with no downside - an easy fix that totally nixed the problem for me).

But, tweaking the picture a bit is where this set shines the most. When researching, I came across a site that offered a list of picture control settings for the "B" version. Since this is really the same panel, I factored it into my buying decision accordingly. Especially since the settings were said to be obtained with a Sencore color analyzer (about a $10,000 pro device for calibrating video displays and is the sort of thing used by the Imaging Science Foundation - ISF.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By G. Bell on April 21, 2010
I've had mine for two weeks now and could not be more pleased with my choice. I reviewed LCD, LED and Plasma as I was looking for something in the 46"-50" range. I had narrowed my options down to the Panny G15 ogr G20 and this set. Frankly, they both had a few reports of problems. The Pannys being the changing black levels that panasonic says is a planned adjustment as the set ages vs. the buzzing that some Samsung Plasma owners seem to get. I decided that the buzzing was a hit or miss and if I got one that did buzz, I would return it and by another at a later date. Sicne the Panny is engineered to adjust it's black levels and they are clearly not going to fix the issue with a firmware update, I scratched them from the list. This set has the best picture of anything I looked at straight out of the box. After tweaking with some settings I found on the web, It is truly like looking out a picture window into the real world. Acturate, lifelike colors that are not over saturated and look as natural as I've ever seen. Sound on this set is much better than many reviewers give it credit for as long as your not expecting 5.1 theater type sound from a tv. Plenty loud, no humming or hissing or problems for my family. There's plenty of hookups (4 HDMI, PC, Componet and composite for most everyones needs.

I've mounted mine on the wall using a mount from monoprice and it's now it's like the home theater I always wanted. Great picture from about 10' viewing distance. For under $1200, I feel like I stole this set. If your looking, make sure you give this one a try.

One last thing is to READ the manual. there are a few tips inside that are priceless. One is that the "pixal orbiter" that prevents burn in requires a certain setting (can't remember it exactly since I set it up and forgot it).
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By De Luxman on May 23, 2010
I just got my tv yesterday. TV was manufactured in April 2010. First day, has very light buzzing noise, second day, is getting louder. I think Samsung has not fix their buzzing noise for sure in this 2010 models. I just think this is very annoying even though Samsung will not admit as they say it is normal to have the buzzing. I hate to the return and I don't think Samsung will have a fix either if I report this issue to their repair support. When I complained about this noise, they said it is normal but I could try to contact their ECR (Executive Customer Relation) Dept to escalate the issue which I am doubtful they will do anything about it. So anyone wanting to buy a plasma tv, please consider the buzzing noise as I know some people do get non-buzzing (hit and miss) but most likely you will get a buzzing one. Picture quality. overall is great not excellent but just great especially for the money. Heat produced is very minimal.
Screen is very glossy and reflective. So if you have an open room or windows behind your seat, I would not recommend this tv. I have been a big fan of Samsung products from cell phone, monitor, refrigerator, LCD TV and my last purchase a plasma tv is very disappointing. However, I hope their tech support will do something about it to make the buzzing less apparent. My first LCD tv purchased also do make the buzzing noise but since I bought Best Buy extended warranty, they took care of it by replacing the power supply board or something which I was not quite sure but since then the buzz was gone.

Samsung has to really make their plasma better in my opinion by minimizing their buzz issue otherwise a lot of people will be very disappointed. Boo....Samsung plasma!!

I will post an update once I have hear back from their ECR dept. to see what they plan to do to resolve this issue but my guess most likely they will say it is normal by doing the 15 feet test listening at normal volume.
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