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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

Product Description

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.

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 Information

Product Dimensions 11.4 x 47.8 x 31.4 inches
Item Weight 62.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 80.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Item model number PN50C550
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 116 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #146,698 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#91 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > Plasma TVs
Date first available at February 23, 2010

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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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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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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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