Reviews and Problems with Samsung PS50A550 / PN50A550
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Samsung PN50A550 Plasma HDTV
Sound & Vision Magazine
5 November 2009
Excerpt: Video experts and video reviewers can be a cantankerous bunch. We’re always engaged in a tug of war with manufacturers about what we’d like to see in new HDTVs. We aren’t often successful, not necessarily because the manufacturers are stubborn (OK, sometimes they are), but because they’re more concerned than we are about the realities of the wider marketplace.
Summary: Accurate color helps set apart the excellent picture quality of the Samsung PN50A550 50-inch plasma TV.
Pros: Highly accurate primary colors and color temperature; above-average video processing with effective noise reduction; oodles of picture controls and settings; friendly, intuitive menu design; handsome look.
Cons: Subpar antireflective screen; black levels not quite as deep as those of the best plasmas; confusing picture mode arrangement.
Excerpt: Think of it as the flat-panel equivalent of a Honda Accord. It's not the cheapest car on the lot, but it's not too expensive, either. Most important, you get a product that's beautifully built, sensibly equipped, and a pleasure to own and operate. Let's take one out for a spin, shall we?