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Samsung PN50C680 50-Inch 1080p Plasma 3D HDTV
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- Mega Dynamic Contrast
- E3-panel single filter design
- Exceeds ENERGY STAR Standards
- Game Mode
- Clear Image Panel
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After spending several weeks researching for a replacement to my Panasonic TH-50PZ800U plasma, I settled on this Samsung. There were positive but very limited reviews of this TV - It seems most of the marketing these days are directed towards the super-slim, LED-backlit 3D televisions. Due to Amazon's generous return policy and special Holiday sales/bundles, I decided to take a chance on this model.
I received the TV without any issues - Shipping and unpacking went well as the box did not have any visual indentations and the Styrofoam inside did not have impact damage.
As previously mentioned, the PN50C680 is not one of Samsung's super-slim, single-pane models. It's about 2.5" thick compared to 1.5" - I still consider this to be a thin TV but at the end of the day, "thickness" is a personal preference.
Cabling was very easy as the connections in the back of the TV were clearly labeled. HTPC owners would gladly know that HDMI 1 was labeled to receive video card signals and offers extended compatibility for those that utilize DVI-to-HDMI dongles. The TV turned on and automatically recognized the HD signal from both my Fios service and Blu-Ray player without any problems. Fortunately, the TV was not a "buzzer" as some Samsungs are known to be.
Warning: Here is where the review tends to be personal preference. In my opinion, the initial out-of-box picture was not very good. It was too vivid as the contrast and several of the "picture enhancements" were turned on or maxed.Read more ›
But more specifically, I chose a plasma because I thought the ghosting/crosstalk in 3d would be much less noticeable. Crosstalk amounts to seeing a double image that results in breaking the 3d illusion. Regrettably, crosstalk is still very much an issue. I have been using Nvidia's 3dvision kit for over a year now and I can reliably say that crosstalk is much more significant on the tv than on my 120hz LCD PC monitor. I suspect it will continue to be an issue in 3dtv technology for a few more years still. But if you're like me and in the market for a new tv anyway, might as well jump into a 3d capable set.
That said, it's still a very good 3d experience and I should note that ghosting is also dependent on the content being displayed (high contrast). There's really nothing quite like playing a ps3 game in full 3d on a big screen and the immersion factor alone is well worth the cost of the experience.
But ... unfortunately I have run into a serious problem. The tv has been working great up until a few days ago. Once turned on, the tv will automatically shut off and then immediately back on. It progressively got worse, within the span of a few days, to the point that it now does it every 1-2 minutes. Completely unwatchable as is.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this from a seller on Craig's for 250 complete shriek kit,remote,tv in excellent condition,no permanent burn in. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gmanl1
I am a tv geek, i have read hundreds of reviews on tv's, this is really the only review you need to read about this tv. This TV is amazing!! The 3D is absoultely amazing. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Adam Jones
I only kept this TV for two weeks. It looked nice and performed well. I didn't like that Plasmas require so much work at first to get the screen looking good. Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by CharlotteShopper
I think this product is fair. The picture quality is great. For some reason I can't get my 3d to work now though.... Strange...
Great price for a great size. Read more
Everyone please beware of purchasing ANY SAMSUNG PLASMA. I was very happy with mine until one day I turned it on and saw no picture. Two months old! Read morePublished on May 13, 2011 by DV Prod
Awesome TV. I love the picture. Only real disappointment is that the stand to the TV doesn't really go with my furniture... It's just too modern. Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by Andrew
I've had this TV about two weeks and love it! The picture is great, syncs with my Playstation so I can use the tv remote to toggle through the console's settings. Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by asims
This TV has it all!! Best HDTV I've owned so far and the image is crystal clear. The speakers of the TV are very good oppose to some of the reviews posted before. Read morePublished on April 30, 2011 by Hugo H. Carrejo
My set up is an OTA indoor HD Antenna, Apple TV, laptop for Hulu and ESPN3, Wii, and dvd player. I took it easy the first few weeks with my tv viewing. Read morePublished on April 23, 2011 by Sanjeev