Features and Ease-of-Use
Summary Be very careful when buying one of the a550 LCDs. Samsung notoriously uses different manufacturers for its panels, resulting in extreme variations of quality. "S" Panels are great, made by Samsung, and they conveniently land into the hands of early adopters and reviewers. Other panels, "A" and "C", are quite inconsistent in terms of quality. Mine, an "A" panel, was horrible. The colors were not the least bit vivid, even after many attempts at calibration. Contrast was good, but only when viewing the LCD at dead center. When viewing the screen even slightly off-angle, the contrast worsened significantly, and the image itself washed out. I was extremely dissatisfied with this LCD, eventually exchanging it for a Panasonic 46PZ85U, which I ABSOLUTELY love.
You may be lucky and get an "S" panel, but be wary of this game that Samsung plays.
"Amazing set"on by Samhassung
Pros Blacks, Color Accuracy, Inputs, great screen uniformity
Cons Nothing to report
Summary I ordered this set from Amazon, and have been loving every second of it. Great set, would rate it with some of the higher end tvs. It does lack 120hz, but honestly from all the testing I have done motion blur is very minimal. Everything about this LCD is fantastic. Like I said the colors are very accurate, plasma-like blacks, and great screen uniformity. At the price it cannot and will not be beat. Samsung did an amazing job with this set. One thing most AV people will like is the wide set of options for picture settings, and sound settings. Much to love on this set, if your in the market for a 42-46" LCD I would consider this one over all the others in this price range. Beats out Sharp D64U easily, and looks much better then every Sony I looked at.
Pros Matt screen prevents glares from windows and lights, 3 HDMI ports, lots of picture settings
Cons Only 60hz refresh rate
Summary I never buy anything without tons of research. In doing so, I was between a Sony, an LG and this Samsung. The picture was better than the Sony. The LG only had a 25000:1 contrast (to the Samsungs 30000:1). Definity the best picture quality for the price. As for the 60hz refresh, it is only noticable when you are about 1 to 2 feet from the screen, and with a 46 inch set, that's too close for me. My games on the Xbox 360 look incredible and my HD DVDs (I know hahahaha) look really good. If you want a reasonable prices set with a high end quality, this is it.
"Buyer Beware"on by MikeJ2110
Pros Excellent picture with actual Samsung boards
Cons Samsung puts lower quality third party boards in product sold to consumers
Summary Samsung sends Samsung boards in LCD to reviewers and retailers for display and then sends product with inferior third party boards to consumers.
Pros Very good HD image with Blu-Ray discs and the best bang for the buck I saw around.
Cons I have a vertical red line aprox. 100 days after purchase. Online Service ticket is relatively easy to make, just waiting for service techs to call and set up an in-house service repair. 10 days gone by and still waiting. Not too happy with TV!
Summary I bought in to the Samsung offer Circuit City had and got a blu-ray, home theater and TV offer. Extremely good bang for the buck, but its having quality problems shortly a few days after the 100 day mark. I called again Samsung regarding my service repair ticket and hope this time Ill get service. Its a good TV, but next time around Ill think twice before switching to Samsung.