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Samsung's PN50B540 is a 50" plasma HDTV with a 16: 9 widescreen aspect ratio and 1920 x 1080 resolution.

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Pros

no buzzing sound, complete silence from the unit when muted

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sound is reasonable quality, can hear the actors speaking clearly

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takes a wide variety of input types, enough inputs for as many devices as found in most homes

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no blur or artifacts on the screen during fast-moving scenes

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slick aesthetic - nicer than 'touch of colour'

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picture is great out of the box, may not need any calibration

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colors are natural and realistic, great contrast between subtle shades

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full 1080p - nice improvement over the 400 series

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Cons

suffers from the backlight buzz common to all '09 Samsung plasmas

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image retention issues - common to most plasmas, but especially noticeable on this model

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audio is slightly under-powered, needs an external audio system for larger rooms

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Samsung's PN50B540 is a 50" plasma HDTV with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and 1920 x 1080 resolution. It falls in the mid-range of Samsung's plasma lineup, falling in Series 5 out of 8 (8 being the high-end) and is supposed to offer numerous standard features at a more affordable price than the higher series. It has Samsung's e-panel bright room glare-reduction feature, and it also has a game mode that speeds up image processing to increase game image quality. It is also about 40% more efficient than the models from the year before, and Energy Star compliant. The remote can also act as a universal remote to control numerous A/V devices, as long as they are also Samsung brand and HDMI compliant. It has numerous video inputs, and a dual-tuner for digital and standard signals.

Features
  • Released April 2009
  • 49.9"-diagonal flatscreen plasma display
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 2 000 000:1 Contrast ratio
  • 1080p
  • .001 ms response time
  • ATSC/NTSC tuner
  • Game mode processing
  • e-panel glare reduction
  • Samsung Anynet universal remote capabilities
  • Wide Color Enhancer2 selectable color enhancement settings
  • 2x 10W stereo speakers
  • Inputs: USB, 2x Component RCA, 1x Composite RCA, co-axial, 3x HDMI, 15-pin D-subminiature
  • Comes with base, can be wall-mounted
  • Energy Star compliant
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