Pros Best flesh tones and most accurate color matching theater viewing
Cons Pink hue on different parts of the plasma screen
Summary I own a PN63a650 not a PN50A550 but want buyers to be ware. What I am seeing is the same for any size Samsung Plasma and any of the 450, 550 and 650 series.
My set exhibits a pink background in three areas on the screen. I went to my local Circuit City and Sound Advise and looked at ALL their Samsung Plasmas. All the Samsung plasmas exhibited the same problem though on different areas of the screen. There was one Samsung 50A450 that was perfect or the way plasmas are supposed to be.
At Sound Advise their 58A650 had a pink band from left to right about 4 inches wide about 10" from the top of the screen.
If you ask the salesman to put on the WHITE screen, which can be found under the Screen Burn In Protection menu, it is instantly visible. What you see on this screen is in the background of anything you watch.
White snow looks slightly pink and sky scenes look like sunset scenes.
Now for the good.
Picture is the best of any large plasma I have seen or own. I own 4 other plasmas. This was supposed to replace a 5 year old 50" Pioneer. I also own a 65" & 50" Panasonic and a 42" Hitachi.
I used the calibration that Plasma Buyers Guide posted and the only alteration I made was changing the temperature setting from Warm 2 to normal.
The picture is incredible. Flesh tones are real with all the color popping you would expect from a HD set without exaggeration.
Truth be known, I don't know what else to buy since I've seen what an accurate large screen can do. The Panasonic 65" and 60 Pioneer 6020 don’t come close. Yeah blacks are better on the Panasonic and Pioneer but they don't have the movie realism or depth that the Samsung has.
If there was no problem with the "pink cast" I would have rated this set a 10 or higher if possible. I love the set but can't live with the problem.
Minor complaints. No finger or handles to hold while lifting a 140 pounder. No presets for each input nor a way to lock your setting so nobody changes them on you.
Pros Very nice design, Excellent Color, better control options then others
Cons none so far
Summary After reserching for several weeks and debating between Panansonic TH50PZ85U, I purchased Samsung PN50A550, 1 wk ago from BB on sale. I am VERY happy with the purchase. There's very minimal diff in picture quality compare 85U but a550's picture/colorlooked more Vivid and clear to me. I like the sleeker frame/design, more controls, base that swivel, etc.. Those little things made the difference for me. Great Buy!
- Be aware of extra warrenty & monster cable sales pitch by the sales person which I declined all. They will really make you feel guilty for not purchasing them..
Pros Great picture on HD channels and HD DVD, picture adjustments
Cons Blacks are not quite on par with Pioneer Kuro
Summary After months of deliberation, I finally decided upon this set because it presented as such a great value. I couldn't justify the Pioneer 5010 for at least 30% more $. There just isn't that much of a difference between the two sets. I stood in a showroom and looked at them side by side on several occasions and liked the black levels of the Kuro, but colors (especially the green) and overall image on the Sami sold me. Purchase without reservation...you won't be disappointed! Looks much better than my 500 series Pani.
"Impressive"on by fishgolf09
Pros Extremely sharp picture, great features and easy settings.
Cons Haven't found any yet!
Summary After doing about 3 months of research, I'm extremely happy I purchased this tv.
"Unreliable"on by InkMot
Pros Great picture
Cons Poorly quality control and poorly supported
Summary Worked great for 7 weeks: nice picture with great resolution and color depth. Had minimal glare in a sunlit room. HOWEVER, if it breaks, you're screwed. Samsung refered me to a local repair company who has not been able to fix problem promptly. The TV died in a shower of green pixels on 7/10. A call to Samsung dispatched RTA, Inc. who showed up on 7/14 and took the TV to their shop. I was told on 7/18 that parts had been ordered ("buffers") and that they were still waiting for them to show up. Followed-up again on 7/22 and was told that "three boards were ordered yesterday, we'll call you when they come in". So, a brand new $2,000 TV breaks and I'm stuck chasing a third-party for almost two weeks. Samsung may not be able to prevent every failure, but they can certainly improve the way they address a problem. They should just either ship me a new TV or send me back to the store for an immediate exchange.