Summary: Yes the Plasma looks great and was reliable for the first few years, but the panel went bad a month ago. I paid $2,000 (plus tax)in Nov/2007 and I would need to invest another $1,100 to replace the panel. I've already tried replacing the Y board and the Main board, but the service tech said the panel is bad. Given the fact that Samsung claims the following: It's rated for a 60,000-hour panel life (6 hours of usage a day for 27 years), I'd say that is a reach.
Summary: I bought this TV after much research. It looks great, has a great picture and features. HOWEVER, after seven months it is starting to exhibit extreme problems. Plasmas are known to ghost. Typically this memory is not intrusive if you limit your time on channels like ESPN or other channels with tickers or graphics. After seven months this TV ghosts so bad that it has a lingering burn image after watching the loacal TV news.
Summary: I purchased this TV from amazon in Oct. of '06. As others have reported I was very pleased with the picture and other elements of this product. The other day the TV just died. No problem, I thought. It's still under warranty. I can call them, and they'll send out someone to repair it. I called Samsung support, and they created a repair ticket. They said they would call me back when their service locator was available. That took two days...
Summary: I love this TV! I own two 50", and one 42"...I was trying to order another 42". What I absolutely HATE is this company. Amazon claims there's a glitch in their system which won't allow me to leave feedback for this company, so this is my only means of doing so. Here's the story: First, understand that my wife and I have been Amazon customers for over 2 years.
Summary: Loud Buzz right out of the box. I had the guy from EGL pack it up and return it right then and there. Too bad--I was really looking forward to owning this TV. If it looks too good to be true...
Summary: This TV looks great and the picture quality is good. However, its electronic circuit boards are so noisy that you can hear the noise from across the room while the TV's volume is on. Amazon just sent Eagle Trucking to pick it up today. I believe that it is a design problem and I will order another brand.
Samsung 5053 delivered by Eagle and screen was shattered
Dave "Dave", Amazon
29 September 2006
Summary: I ordered the Samsung 5053 from Amazon and used the free shipping with Eagle USA. The box was in good shape when arrived, but very loose around the TV. The delivery guy was very nice and unpacked the TV. The brand new $2400 Plasma TV screen was shattered on both sides clear across the screen. The delivery guy packed it back up and now I have to reorder it, wait for a credit to my account, wait another 2 weeks for delivery. Not the best situation to save a few hundred $$.
Summary: I purchased version HP-S5033 from Sam's club. It looked like a nice TV with sleek design and the necssary PC connections that I was looking for. I connected the power and the cable. The images were really nice. We thought we did the right choice. My family watched the TV for less than 2 hours... And then we heard a "click" sound after which the screen turned into something worse than the dual passive laptop displays of 10 years ago.
Bad picture quality. No way to turn of DNIe which is the biggest cause of the problem.
darth "zerg", Amazon
29 December 2005
Summary: I had this tv for a few months now. Like someone said before picture quality is very inconsistant. It seems the longer I watch it the worse picture quality gets. Especially skin tones look very unnatural. No matter whether its HD or standard programming or DVD. I tried adjusting the picture with AVIA DVD, only marginal difference. It seems that DNIe is the reason behind bad pq however there is no way of turning it off. I even contactes samsung about this, no luck.