"Nervously ended up taking a chance on this TV. - Happy!"5.0 starson by mrgoteman
Pros: Stunning 2D & 3D picture quality. Fantastic value for the price. Relatively light weight for a Plasma. Reasonably nice design. 3D Glasses included.
Cons: Relatively basic/limited picture style settings, but I still found the available settings to be pretty sufficient. No headphone output. Only 3 HDMI ports. No dedicated PC input (HDMI works fine though).
Summary: A have been trying to decide (for about a year) which seems to be the best 46-55inch Plasma with stunning 2D AND 3D picture quality for right about $1000. I decided to wait for the 2012 lineup, and ended up choosing between this and the Panasonic UT50. The ONLY reason I decided against the Panasonic UT50 was because of the criticism of its 3D performance in the reviews I read.
There weren't that many PN51E550 reviews out yet when I decided, but I took a calculated risk based on reviews of other and previous Samsung plasma reviews. After having had it for a couple of Months I couldn't be happier with my decision. The TV performs phenomenally with anything I throw at it. 3D, Blu-Rays, Using it as a secondary iMac monitor, Gaming, Pictures... you name it. I'm thrilled with every aspect of use that I've been able to think of for this TV.
I truly believe the Samsung PN51E550 is the best decision for a $1000 budget when you want 46-55" and stellar 2D and 3D performance.
Also good to know:
- The 2 included 3D glasses are very cheap and obviously not the same as buying these separately. One pair didn't even work right out of the box but Best Buy replaced these for me free of charge with another $20 pair (even those were slightly better built than the included ones)
- The record the built in speakers and "Smart Internet Features" work fine, but I'm not really using these anyway due to external sound system and other connected hardware (PS3, iMac, Apple TV).