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Samsung PN50B560 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV
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- New attractive Touch of Color cabinet design
- Full HD 1080p performance
- New 600Hz subfield motion technology
- HDTV off-air and Clear QAM Digital Cable Tuner
- “Green” design lead-free components
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- Brand Name: Samsung
- Model Number: PN50B560
- Display Technology: Plasma
- Display Size: 50 inches
- HDTV Compatible: Y
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If you are comparing Samsungs, the B560 has the Crystal Full HD Engine with Cinema Smooth, while the B550 does not. The B650 also has Crystal Full HD Engine with Cinema Smooth, but an with an added feature, an ethernet port for using widgets, like weather, sports, stocks, etc... Something I've read is very slow and not very impressive. The 650 also has the red touch of color bezel. The 550 and 560 both have charcoal blended in, which I preferred.
I am pleased with the colors and black levels of this TV. I also have a Panasonic 50PX80U and I can't tell much of a difference. Physically, the TV is also very attractive, much nicer than Panasonic, and the swivel stand is also nice to have.
Defending the common CONS:
Buzz: My TV does not buzz
Speakers: They sound fine, my Panasonic sounds slightly better. But speakers in flat panel TV's are not going to be impressive, I think people just expect to much out of them.
Glare: Yes, there will be some glare, its a Plasma. However, compared to other Plasma's I looked at in the store, it's not a big difference. I didn't make it a factor.
In summary, if you are on a budget, I recommend the Samsung B560 or B550. If you can spare an extra few hundred more, go with a Panasonic G15 or G10. When it comes down to it, you'll be happy with any of these choices, unless you are a videophile, you'll never notice the difference.
i've owned this television for 2 months
usage: 90% tv and 10% video games
#1 thing to remember when you buy a plasma...BREAK IT IN. avoid channels or video games with stationary logos or else you'll get image retention (not permanent). fyi, typical break in time for a plasma is about 100-200 hours. what i love about this plasma, there's a build in scrolling black to white screen which helps with break in of the plasma and with image retention. so every night for the past 2 months before i go to sleep, i would set sleep to 30 mins, turn on the picture mode to dynamic (for high contrast and high brightness), and use this screen of scrolling black to white. after about 2 months, image retention is almost non existant. any questions about break-in? go to [...] and look up their plasma break in thread.
picture quality is on par with panasonics in this price range. but if you have the money, go for the panasonic. slightly better picture quality. panasonics also have their break-in period built in. so you don't have to worry about it.
didn't test the speakers, since i use a home theatre setup.
glare is a slight problem for me (depends where you put it). my room is small. walls are white. so glare is expected, but it is not a deal breaker.
i have almost no complaints about this television. everything i expected. one complaint but it's a small one. my set has a little buzz sound coming out of it, but it isn't loud. my home theatre system easily drowns it out. but if you stand next to the plama, you can hear it.
the plasma is REALLY REALLY heavy. make sure you have a solid spot to mount it on your wall, not just dry wall. don't go cheap on the mounting bracket!
I know about the story over the buzzing sound of the panel. So when I turn on the first time, I heard a buzzing sound, and I was like " ooh crap" but then soon afterward I realized the TV went straight to my home theater system as I was scanning for channels, the buzz I heard likely came from the noise of having no channels. After I got my channels, no more buzz. And everything worked out perfect.
The unit is on the heavier side, but what can you expect, its Big, 99lb for with the box, 85 with the stand on. The stand allows 100+ degree of swivel, not sure the exact degree, but I didn't see it on the Manual, I know the Samsung 650 stand can swivel. But I don't need the internet TV thingy, my HTPC can do all of that and better. All and all even if you don't get the discount over this TV set, this is one amazing set to have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another life lesson Do NOT purchase a Samsung Plasma TV! 8 months ago we bought a SAMSUNG 58 in. PLASMA for nearly $2,000. Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Dennis
We are really impressed with this Samsung 50-inch plasma TV. Picture quality is excellent; black colour is solid, and glare from the screen is minimal. Read morePublished on July 7, 2010 by tjg
Couldn't be happier with this TV: beautiful design, picture, and was delivered promptly and in great condition. Picture is phenomenal and can't believe I went without for so long.Published on April 17, 2010 by D. Hinkle
(PN50B560 50" plasma)I bought this TV Oct. 25,2009. 11 days later it started acting up. The red light in front would start flashing and it wouldn't respond to the remote. Read morePublished on March 23, 2010 by M. Cummins
Nov 29,2009, Ordered a samsung pn50b560 50 inch plasma TV from amazon.com
Dec 7,2009, TV is delivered. Read more
For the money ,the Samsung 1080p plasma cannot be beat. I did way too much research on this before I purchased,both online and in the retail stores. Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by Joe Ramirez
.....just call Amazon back, and they'll send you a new one that day. I ordered this TV on Black Friday after extensive research and comparison to similar models. Read morePublished on December 31, 2009 by Scoopy
Purchased on black friday 2009 directly through Amazon.com. Had a glitch in delivery due to an old telephone number I had on file but the delivery service did not have an immediate... Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by Explorer 1016
after tedious resarch on the net, i settled on this tv and have not been disappointed! i had a $1200 budget i wanted to stick to, and 46" tv was the biggest lcd i could find in... Read morePublished on December 21, 2009 by Tamir Hasan