Samsung - 50" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV
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Built-in HDTV tuner
Add HD-capable antenna to receive over-the-air high-definition broadcasts, where available. Optional set-top box required for high-definition cable or satellite programming.
49-9/10" screen size
Measured diagonally from corner to corner for watching the big game in lifelike quality.
1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
For stunning image clarity and a true-to-life display.
16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
Delivers a cinema-style entertainment experience.
E-Panel with FilterBright antiglare technology
Reduces glare from ambient light sources for improved viewing and more placement options.
600Hz Subfield Motion
With a blazing-fast 0.001 ms response time for clear moving images.
Wide Color Enhancer2
Delivers life-like color reproduction.
High brightness (1500 cd/m²) and stunning 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast
For clearer images and accurate color representation, even during scenes where both bright and dark images are present.
Built-in 20W speaker system
Delivers high-quality sound.
Ultraslim (3" deep), lightweight design
Ideal for wall mounting (with optional mounting kit, not included).
WiseLink 2.0 USB port
For playing MP3 and displaying JPEG files through the USB 2.0 connection.
4 HDMI inputs
Provide an uncompressed all-digital audio/video link for the highest quality connection and support copy-protected HD broadcast content.
Lets you connect your computer to experience high-resolution images.
Include 4 HDMI, A/V (side), 2 component video and 1 PC.
V-Chip parental controls
Let you block programming above a set rating to keep children from being exposed to undesirable material.
ENERGY STAR qualified
Assures a high standard of energy efficiency.
Anynet Plus HDMI CEC function
Allows peripheral devices, such as a DVD player, to be controlled by the TV's remote.
Touch of Color cabinet
Features gray accents in a sleek black frame to provide a stylish appearance.
Include intelligent power saving, trilingual (English, French, Spanish) on-screen display and favorite channel list for fast and easy recall of your most-watched channels.
- Samsung 50" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV
- Owner's manual
- Height11.4 inches
- Width59.8 inches
- Depth34.8 inches
- Energy Star CompatibleYes
- TV TypePlasma Flat-Panel
- Screen Size Class50"
- Screen Refresh Rate600Hz
- USB PortYes
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedYes
- Language OptionsEnglish, French, Spanish
- Brightness1,500 cd/m²
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very Nice TVPosted .
The HD picture on this set is stunning, the Olympics in HD were incredible, especially the opening scenery shots. DVD movies on an up-converting player are almost HD quality. I researched for weeks all the TV options and hadn't considered Plasma as an option until my bro-in-law recently purchased his second one. Did some online searches of LCD vs. Plasma and realized that plasma was suitable and in many cases better than LCD for my needs. There is a lot of screen reflection on this set (and all plasmas due to the glass screen) so if you have windows directly opposite the TV, you might have issues during the day. My TV faces away from my windows, so it was not as much of an issue. Bright lights need to be dimmed (which we do anyway when watching TV) and indirect lighting (like up) is best. But the screen is plenty bright and watching in a brightt room is no problem, it's just that direct relections can be distracting on the screen. This is a nice looking appliance even when it's not on. Got it for $979.00 on sale at Best Buy. Also got a Sanus tilt mount as it's up above my fireplace. The tilt feature makes it much easier to connect the cables. The sound quality is so-so, but I have it hooked up to a surround sound system, so I don't even use the TV speakers. As I mentioned, the HD picture is awesome, but some regular non-HD pictures look really fuzzy and poor, not the TV's fault, it just that some regular video looks worse on a large screen. But a lot of regular definition channels look fine, just not as a good as HD. Although I’ve been careful with the break-in period (100 hours or so) and kept the brightness down, there has been some temporary screen burn-in when the screen remains static for too long, like some video game menu’s (darn kids!). They quickly went away when I switched the screen to something else. I haven’t had to use the screen refresher yet, and I do have the pixel shift option turned on. It’s really not a major issue, but you do need to be aware of it and avoid static images when you can, especially during the break in period It doesn't have all the internet bells and whistles, but they can easily be added via a Blu-Ray player later. The Misses originally thought 50" would be too big, but up above our fireplace (about 6' up) and typically viewed from about 11 ft., it looks fine and now we don't even realize how large it is. I'm glad we didn’t go any smaller. So far an awesome TV and I'm loving it.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great Picture quality, but does have minor issues.Posted .
I did tons of research before purchasing this TV. I had a Samsung LCD who had some dead pixels before the 90 day warranty at sam's was expired, so i took it back. I thought my LCD had a good picture, but this TV just blows the LCD away in picture quality. The blacks are very dark and the colors just pop. I have not tried to calibrate it yet, because it looks so good right out of the box. The detail is great on HD satellite. And with Blu-Ray it is amazing. I cannot vouch for the sound quality because I have a 5.1 surround system that I use. There are a few drawbacks to the TV. It does emit i slight buzzing sound when turned on. The buzzing is really only noticeable when there is no volume or the volume is low. I wish I had researched b550+buzzing sound before purchasing. The second drawback is that the TV leans VERY slightly to the left on the stand. I have tried several methods of alleviating this to no avail. I think with the price I paid and the picture quality I can live with the buzzing. I usually listen to the audio fairly loud anywase. I would say this is a great TV overall and a very good value.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I must have gotten one of the last ones...Posted .
This is my Third Samsung Plasma TV in the past 6 years and not becuase they have broke down or died. My first one from 6 years ago still works and the picture quality looks as good as the day we baught it. Average use per day is about 3 hours. This 50" plasma Replaced a 42" SAMSUNG 720P I baught a couple years ago. I was looking for a deal on a larger Plasma TV with 1080P and this one at $979 was too good to pass up from BestBuy. To get the SAMSUNG NAME with a PLasma panal you know they made along with the electronics in the unit they made are from the same manufacturer just makes for a great product. I also purchased on the BB credit 36 month no interest. 33 bucks a month with no interest & a free $100 BB gift card!!! for a TV and Stand, can't beat that deal!!!!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
phenominal tvPosted .
Television purchased 10/12/09. After doing casual research for 6-8 months I finally decided to pull the trigger on this set after seeing it go on special for $1099 with samsung blue-ray included.... wow! As so many others have wrote after extensive research I decided the plasma technology was the ticket for me. The deep blacks, 600mhz movement, and overall smooth lifelike picture has always been what defined the best looking hd sets in my opinion. I orginally was going settle for a 42' samsung but I knew I would always regret not going larger. 50' in my opinion is the first size where people look at the TV and go... wow... thats a expensive looking set! Also the clear framing around the edges of the black finish gives the set a real nice look. Having family and friends that own lcd's made by other manufactures (much more expensive sets too) I can say this picture blows those away. Another friend of mine just purchased the 50' samsung led (which is great looking) and he volunteered that he thought the plasma picture looked just as good as his for 1/2 the cost. Having only owned the set for 2 weeks I have not made many adjustments as far as the picture settings go as warned by the folks at bestbuy. He said to keep it in the movie or standard mode for the first 100 hours at least before messing with the settings to avoid problems. Right out of the box hd from the cable box looks great and the blue-ray looks phenominal. I went with the monster hdmi for the blue-ray as recommended but bought a much cheaper one for the cable box. The only minor issues I can see with this set is the slight glare you get from the windows during the day which I encountered while watching football yesterday. Mainly you see the reflection when the screen is blacked out so its really not much of an issue... and I typically watch tv at night anyways. If this TV is going into a very well-lit room with many windows a lcd or led may be the better option for you. The other minor issue being the sound is not great when in a large room due to the rear facing speakers. Its definately sufficient... but I plan on getting a soundbar before mounting the tv to the wall... which i'm telling you makes these tv's look even bigger and better. I'm debating between the soundbar (samsung makes a nice one for $300) and a full surround sound system... but I like the clean look of not having any cords exposed and don't feel like going through the hassle of drilling holes and running wires through walls that I rent! Overall I think this set is a great bang for your buck. The picture-quality competes with the led's that are twice as expensive. Samsung plasma's run at only 3" thick making them one of this thinnest on the market. If your looking for the internet widgets I would recommend the 650 model... its the same TV but with that feature added. It's a cool "new" thing to show off to visitors but I have a new laptop so if I need to know what the temperaure is outside I can look on the computer (and hooking it up to the TV is awesome for watching video by the way) To conclude if what you want is a high quality tv that looks really expensive but isn't... you will be very happy with this set. A fews day after I brought this bad boy home my friend went out and bought the same set... and all the bestbuys' in the area where out! He has to wait few weeks for it to come in. Thanks for taking time to read my review.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Picture Quality for the PricePosted .
I went into our new Best Buy with the intent of getting a 46", 120Hz, 1080p, LCD, HDTV for under $1200. I had been researching that particular class of HDTV for some time, so I had a few models in mind that I wanted to look at. I spent a lot of time looking at the various models and had it narrowed down to a Sharp 46" model. Then I happened to glance over at one of the nearby Plasma HDTVs. Hmmm. Better color, deeper blacks, and no blurring/pixelation when watching sports. Even with 120Hz, the LCDs still had too much blurring/pixelation, at least for me, when watching fast action scenes. So, I started looking at the Plasma HDTVs in my price range. That’s when I found this Samsung. The picture was great and the price was only $999 (the online BB price was $1099 at that time). Now it was decision time. I typically don’t make a purchase of this magnitude without doing some homework. I must of spent another 15-20 minutes just looking at this model. For the price, I couldn’t find anything that I liked better. At that point I took the plunge. However, Best Buy didn’t have one in stock, so it had to be ordered. While waiting for delivery, I started looking online for information on this model. I was happy to find several, positive reviews and no significant negative reviews. That made me feel a lot better. Now that it’s home and set up, the picture is stunning (our local cable HD stations are all 1080i). The color, sharpness, and detail are impressive. I can’t find any fault with the picture. The picture also has quite a bit of adjustability. The speakers are okay for general TV watching, but for serious movie watching, you’ll want an external sound system. That seems to be fairly typical of most flat panel TVs. The only possible complaint is that although you can input a digital 5.1 audio signal, the digital audio out of the TV is only 2 channel. This TV doesn't have some of the bells and whistles of higher priced models, but that isn't a major issue for me. Also, as with many Plasmas, reflections off the screen can be an issue. However, I only notice them when the screen is dark. So, I don’t find it a significant viewing distraction. We generally keep the lights down in that room anyway, and there aren’t any windows opposite the TV. At the time I bought it, BB had interest free financing for 36 months. I also got a $50 BB gift card as a store opening promotion. So far, I’m extremely happy with this TV. I’m not a hardcore videophile by any means, but this TV might be the one of the best values in this price range. In my opinion, to get an LCD with the picture quality in this size, you’re looking at 240 Hz models in the $2000 price range. I noticed that when I got onto the BB website to write this review, the price is now up to $1259. But, the Samsung 50" 6 series model (the next model up) is only $1139. Go figure. Also, when I registered the TV on the Samsung website today, I got an extra 3 months of warranty coverage.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Phenomenal Value and quality picturePosted .
My search for a new TV began when a 20 year old plus tube TV finally decided to die unexpectedly. I researched flat screen replacements online and at Best Buy, taking one trip for recon, and a second to make a purchase decision. As many probably notice when you walk into a big retailer these days to look at TVs, there are really no dogs in the bunch these days...they all look pretty good. The plasmas, however, seem to have a smooth picture with sharp, lifelike colors and dark blacks and greys. When I stood back and looked at the wall of units, the Samsung and Panasonic Viera plasmas seemed to jump out at me as the best quality pictures. The new Samsung LED TVs were also extremely good, though perhaps not as lifelike as the plasmas. They are also considerably more money that the same-size plasmas. The traditional "downsides" to choosing plasma over LCD seem to have, by most accounts, diminished over the years. They now are said to have a half-life of 60,000+ hours, which is about the same as a good LCD. The issue of "ghosting" or image retention has now become more of a temporary issue, if it happens at all. They are consuming less energy than before, and they do not throw off as much heat as earlier plasmas. Finally, their high cost (remember the $40,000 plasmas in Bose stores not too long ago?) has now dropped to being below comparable LCD models, which surprises me. The upsides are evident - great picture, smooth motion, thick glass screen (not a softer membrane-like screen like on some LCDs), and price. Looking at this particular model at this particular sale proce, it is like having your cake and getting to eat it as well. It is hard to believe that you can have this size and quality for less than $1,100. Unbelievably, even standard TV (through cable box, but non-HD) is rediculously good, and Blu-Rays are outstanding. Watching this TV is easy on my eyes as well, something that has bothered me with some LCD screens. All in all, this is an outstanding value. If I were to drop down a size to the 42", I probably would move over to the Panasonic Viera line, as the Samsung offering at that size is not 1080p. For a 50", you cannot go wrong with this set. One important note. I almost disregarded this set based on the specs chart that Best Buy posts on their site, which shows that the unit does not have component video jacks. This is not true! There are two sets of component jacks, as evidenced on the Samsung site (and on my set). BB should correct this!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Incredible TV!!!Posted .
I spent about 6 months on and off looking for a flat screen, but not seriously looking until last month. After shopping at several other big box retailers I kept coming back to Best Buy as no one could beat their prices. I had my mind completely made up to purchase the Samsung 46 inch LCD, 240 hz, but when I looked at the Sunday circular I noticed this TV on sale for $400 less. I really had no intention of buying a plasma for some of the reasons that you will read here, but the salesman assured me that image retention and ghosting that you are reading about here is a bunch of hogwash. He was right on!! We've had this TV for 2 weeks now and have not experienced any image retention or ghosting. The picture is crysal clear and the colors are deep and rich. I asked the salesman if I could expect as good of a picture at home as I saw in the store, thinking that the tech guys adjust the picture quality for the showroom and he assured me of two things: 1. They do not adjust the picture quality in store. They plug and play right out of the box. And, 2. I would have a better picture quality at home than the store because the TVs in the store have some picture degredation due to all of the coax splitters that they have to have to set up the displays. I'm thinking, "Yeah, right, better at home? We'll see about that." Once again, he was right on. My picture quality right out of the box is unbelievable. I have no intentions of making even the first adjustment to the picture quality. It's right on. I did give the sound quality a 5 because I don't think that you can expect great sound out of any flat screen due to the size limitation of the speakers. We also purchased a Sony 5.1 blueray home theater system and I have to tell you, between the TV and the home theater, I now have a TV room that is the envy of my neighbors. If I had to say anything negative about this TV it would be that you might have issues with glare from a lamp or window if it is opposite of the TV. We have ours in a room that is set up like a home theater so glare is not an issue for us. The TV and the Sony blueray home theater system is by far the best electronics purchase that we have ever made.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
One good dealPosted .
prior to buying this TV, i spent about a year doing research. i first figured the difference between plasma and LCD, then 1080P to 720P, last i took into consideration the refresh rate. almost immediately i figured i was going to get a samsung, whether it be a plasma or lcd because of quality and price. sony seemed like a rip off and samsungs always seemed to have a better picture quality over all the other tv's. when i finally came down to decide on what tv i wanted, bestbuy was offering the TV at an incredible price with no interest for 3 years. naturally, i jumped on the finance offer that let me pay $40 a month to pay off the cost. my original set up was my ps3 connected to the tv via hdmi (bought the cables online, so much cheaper and a digi signal is a digi signal). from the first day i saw a huge difference between the quality of picture on the samsung over my old CRT. when i had done my research i knew the sound wouldn't be that great which made sense. a tv like this isn't meant to use its own speakers, but a surround sound system. anyways, i waited about 3 months till black friday rolled and about a sony 5.1 to complement the awesome picture quality. my current set up is ps3 to tv via hdmi, tv to sony receiver via optical cable. whenever i watch tv, play video games, or watch blu ray, i now have my own home theater set up. i play a lot of video games and my room gets a fair amount of light. there is some very minute burn in from when i played madden 09, the large score board would burn in but the built scrolling feature clears that up or i just watch tv and it gets rid of it as well. my concern with light in the room with the plasma made me worried about glare, but its really not that bad. i have this tv in my room which is roughly 12x10 or so. a lot of people think a 50 inch is way too big, i think its the perfect size. it sits on my dresser (i'll eventually get it mounted to the wall) and i sit about 11 feet away from it so i think i'm in optimal viewing distance. like i mentioned, the only downside to this tv is the sound, but pony up some cash and you can get a decent 5.1 system and then create a awesome home theater experience.I would recommend this to a friend
Q: QuestionWhich tv is better between LCD & Plasma?I've heard that the plasma tv's have a bad glare. How true is this? Which tv has a better life? Why are plasma's priced so much lower than equal sized LCD's?
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer A common question among consumers is how Plasma Technology differs from LCD Technology. Both provide an excellent HD picture, offer stunning arrays of colors, and of course, Samsung’s exclusive technologies which allow you to get the most out of either panel. LCD traditionally uses a CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) backlighting system that runs across the rear internal portion of the unit to illuminate the LCD panel from behind (however, some emerging LED Televisions differ from this design). The lamp life is estimated up to 60,000 to 100,000 hours (with optimal settings), enjoys a tremendous following of enthusiasts, and translates into years of enjoyment of an affirmed, reliable and trusted technology. Plasma Televisions operate using a combination of gas and glass to illuminate the individual pixels, or light sections, within the screen. The life of a plasma panel is up to 100 thousand hours, allows an expanded viewing angle over LCD, and has a response time as fast as .001ms. Some models are also capable of 3-D video. All of the Samsung Plasma units have a feature called Screen Burn Protection, which helps reduce the effects of static images and provide a quality image for the life of the panel. Conventional LCD Televisions offer a great picture without image-retention and smooth image motion using the Auto Motion Plus processing. Plasma Televisions offer faster response times, future abilities for 3-D experiences, as well as appeals to customers replacing a tube television with a glass screen they are familiar and comfortable with. And, due to advances in technology, both plasma and LCD screens can work well even in the brightest rooms. Although the Plasma TVs may suffer from more glare then matte screened LCD TVs, the same amount of glare and anti-glare properties are shared with Plasma's Glass screens and the LCD's Glossy panels. Also the reason the Plasma TVs are so much lower in price then the LCD's is because Plasmas have been produced a lot longer then LCDs, thus the manufacturing process has been in practice for much longer as well, allowing for the panels to be produced at a reduced cost. -MrSamsung
Answered by MrSamsung
Asked by bear61.
- A:Answer Nope I've wathched games with the side banner and no problems. In fact I paused the DVR for a little over an hour, came back, pushed play, and there were no visual issues at all. This set has an anti burn in feature that will shift the pixels around every 4 seconds and you can customize that.
Answered by KingsN09
Asked by avidjack.
- A:Answer I'm a firm believer of getting the extended warranty on things like these. BB seams to have a pretty good set up with the GS to take care of any and all issues with the tv. I have read on other forums that Samsungs customer service isn't good to deal with. I have not yet had to deal with BB (knock on wood) but at least you can go into your local store and talk to somebody in person instead of being told no over the phone by somebody who doesn't care about your problem and how much you spent on their product. Remember the tv only has a (1) year warranty. And we can say all we want about how it should last, and I paid alot of money for this. But the point is (1) year is (1) year and the manufacturers are not going to doing anything for you after that.
Answered by Go Vikes
Q: QuestionIm a hardcore gamer, is this the right TV for me?I play video games for about 10-15 hours a day.
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer This TV might be a little big for a gamer. It does have PC input if you are into that. I play my PS3 on it and it looks great. I still prefer to play on my 42" LCD if I am in a small room though. If you are asking if the Quality is good enough...the answer is YES
Answered by BMW335i
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer please note though that the old mac book and the new mac book pro have different connections from the laptop so once again carry it to store , the HDMI part that goes to TV is the same all the time and for the audio part you need a one eighth jack that you would plug in to your mac headphones output with RCA male jacks to go into your audio input in TV, this you can get at best buy
Answered by Anonymous
Q: QuestionWhat is the main difference between this model and the PN50B650?What is the difference between this model and the PN50B650?
Asked by Gus.
- A:Answer There are a number of differences between the B550 and the B650 Plasmas. Mainly, the PN50B650 has these features over the B550: ToC Red, a higher contrast ratio, Ultra Filter Bright Panel, Samsung Crystal FHD Engine for enhanced picture quality, Cinema Smooth for more cinema like movies, Inretnet@TV, Content Library, Wireless DLNA, USB 2.0 with movie playback, BD Wise, and PiP. -MrSamsung
Answered by MrSamsung