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Samsung PN-A550 Series Plasma TV (50",58")

alaTest has collected and analyzed 706 reviews of Samsung PN-A550 Series Plasma TV (50",58"). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the sound and design are generally positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability and glare. There are some mixed reviews about the energy efficiency.

image quality, usability, price, design, sound

glare, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Samsung PN-A550 Series Plasma TV (50",58") is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung PN-A550 Series Plasma TV (50",58")

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 614 user reviews of Samsung PN-A550 Series Plasma TV (50",58") from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the sound and design. The price and usability are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the energy efficiency. There are some negative opinions about the reliability and glare.

image quality, usability, price, design, sound

glare, reliability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung PN50A550 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTVSamsung PN50A550 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : David Katzmaier (cnet.com)

Samsung PNA550 review: Samsung PNA550

 

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.

Subpar antireflective screen; black levels not quite as deep as those of the best plasmas; confusing picture mode arrangement.

Accurate color helps set apart the excellent picture quality of the Samsung PN50A550 50-inch plasma TV.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by (electronicsme.com)

Samsung PN50A550

 

Samsung has been challenging the competition for the last decade and now is positioning itself as a major player in consumer electronics. A glossy casing with a futuristic base, good mounting options and well hidden speakers make this a beautiful TV.

3 HDMI inputs for TV versatilityMounting compatibilityWell-designed remoteMultiple picture options make the menu flexibleAttractive casing

The Samsung PN50A550 offers superb color and super clean picture quality...

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : Adrienne Maxwell (hometheaterreview.com)

Samsung PN50A550 Plasma HDTV Reviewed

 

This model "offers many on the advanced features found in the higher-end A650 Series, but at a more reasonable price," explains Adrienne Maxwell. The side panel features a USB port for JPEG and MP3 playback and has picture-in-picture functionality......

Color and detail are the PN50A550's strongsuits. Add in solid contrast and a clean image, and both HD and SDsources can look very good ; This TV has a wide viewing angle and does not suffer from motion blur with faster-moving images ; You get a ton of...

The PN50A550's black level is not as deep as the best plasmas and LCDson the market, so the image lacks that extra bit of depth and dimensionyou see in the best high-end displays ; Even though the Cell Lightfeature improves the panel's light output,...

Samsung's PN50A550 offers much ofthe performance and many of the features you'll find in a higher-end1080p display at a more reasonable price. It's a very good all-aroundperformer.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Lawrence E. Ullman (soundandvision.com)

Samsung PN50A550 Plasma TV

 

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....

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Thomas J. Norton (hometheater.com)

Samsung PN50A550 Plasma HDTV

 

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,...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Lawrence E. Ullman (ultimateavmag.com)

UltimateAVmag.com: Samsung PN50A550 Plasma TV

 

The Samsung PN50A550 is my favorite kind of product. This 50-inch, 1080p plasma TV sits one notch below the company's flagship model (the PN50A650), which means it has all the most important high-end features without a high-end price tag. Think of...

Excellent blacks and shadow detail, Natural colors, Excellent video processing, Practically no solarization, Excellent value

Component input exhibits lots less horizontal detail than HDMI, Only one, side-mounted composite input

At the top of this review, I called the PN50A550 the flat-panel equivalent of a Honda Accord. Can you buy a better-performing vehicle? Of course, but you'd best be prepared to spend a whole lot more if you insist on owning the flat-panel equivalent of...

Jul, 2008

Consumer review (cnet.com)

"Do Not Buy"

 

To reply to repete66211, this is a widespread issue. The pink hues on my PN50A550 have been getting worse and worse. Its time, after almost a year and a half, to replace this TV! I would suggest to anyone that wants to buy a good plasma, do your...

Great picture, until it comes to very white pictures.

Bright white pictures on this TV display a pink hue that is getting worse and worse through the days of usage and Samsung, though this is a known issue, says it is not.

Aug, 2013

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Fantastic TV

 

Bought this TV for $1699 from New Egg with free shipping, what a steal!!! The picture on this Plasma is fantastic. The only issue I had was the stand. The first one i got titled to one side, there was a 1" height difference on one side... Replacement...

At $1,699 with free shipping and no sales tax this TV is the best thing out there

Cheap Stand. 1st one was defective

Sep, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

display only

 

Great picture

Sound is a great example of over-educated and under qualified engineering. This set should not have speakers in it because of the noise generated by the power supply. Get buzzing even with the speakers turned off and the ferrite core installed on the...

Jun, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Ideal Plasma TV

 

Shipping could be faster, my TV was delivered from NJ to Syracuse, NY, looks like those guys came to my home walking, lol.

After 15 days searching, surfing and reading reviews I did but this one. Incredible colors, amazing black levels, my eyes got exited playing Fifa09 with my PS3 hooked via HDMI. Unpacked, 10 min later I was watching TV. Easy Setup.

Not really a con but spread a lot of heat in my living room.

Feb, 2009

Product Specifications

Model Brand SAMSUNG Model PN58A550 Convenience Features Ultra FilterBright anti-glare technology ACE Silhouette editor 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. 100,000 hour panel life. Anti Burn-in Technology DNIe The Samsung Digital Natural Image engine. Direct down-firing speakers SRS TruSurround XT Natural true color. Wiselink Entertainment Mode Universal Anynet Plus (HDMI-CEC) V-Chip system Trilingual on-screen displays Model Type Consumer Cabinet Color Black Display Screen Size 58" Aspect Ratio 16:9 Native Resolution 1920 x 1080 Contrast Ratio 30000:1 Viewing Angle 175°(H) / 175°(V) Connectivity Input Video Compatibility PC Input: Analog RGB ATSC, NTSC, QAM Tuner 1080i/p, 720p, 480i/p HDTV Capability HDTV Tuner Inside Connectors HDMI ver. 1.3: 3 Component video inputs (Y,Pb,Pr): 2 Side and rear A/V inputs: 2 S-Video: 1 PC input (D-sub): 1 Wiselink (USB 2.0) Headphone RS232C HDMI 3 Convenience Built in Speakers 15W x 2 Dimensions Dimensions (WÃHÃD) 55.4" x 3.9" x 33.9" without stand 55.4" x 13.6" x 36.5" with stand Weight 126.3 lbs. without stand 137.8 lbs. with stand

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers
Surround Mode: Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:12.6in
Height:32.7in
Weight:91lbs
Width:48.4in

DVD

Type: None

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Manufacturer:Samsung
Model:PN50A550/PN50A550P
Product Line:Samsung

Miscellaneous

Color:Gloss black

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Television

Diagonal Size:50in
Diagonal Size (cm):127cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:1080p (FullHD)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio:1000000:1
HDCP Compatible: Yes
HDMI Ports Qty:1/3
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Image Contrast Ratio:30000:1
Parental Channel Lock: Yes
PC Interface:VGA (HD-15)
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Technology:Plasma (PDP)
Type:Plasma TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video/HDMI
Viewing Angle:175 degrees
Widescreen:Widescreen

TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner:ATSC
HDTV Tuner: Yes
Multi-channel Preview:Picture-in-picture (PIP) (1 tuner)
TV Tuner Presence: Yes