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The Samsung PN59D550 is a 59" 3D plasma HDTV by Samsung.

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good enough sound not to need an external system, clearly defined and loud enough for small and medium sized rooms

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bezel is a dark glass instead of the typical plastic

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picture is extremely sharp and clear, can get right up close to it and not see any blurriness

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unusually thin and light for a plasma TV, only 2 inches thick

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picture adjustment controls are very in-depth, allow for professional-level fine tuning

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lower cost than an LED or LCD with a comparable picture

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some darker scenes aren't very well defined, could use better contrast

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screen glare is very noticeable in certain rooms, need to plan ahead a little

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The Samsung PN59D550 is a 59" 3D plasma HDTV by Samsung. It resides in the 2011 line of Samsung plasma TV's, which are the biggest and slimmest yet. Despite having a large 59" diagonal screen, the Samsung PN59D550 is only 2.2" thick. Like all of the TV's in the 2011 line, the Samsung PN59D550 features an ATSC/NTSC/ClearQAM tuner, can stream media from a DLNA-enabled computer using Samsung AllShare, and has a 1080p resolution as well as digital image processing that creates a 3D effects from 2D source material, such as regular TV, DVDs, and games. The Samsung PN59D550 uses shutter 3D technology, meaning it flickers between two different versions of the same image at a very high frequency. This is correlated with the 3D glasses, which switch between the left and right lens at the same frequency. Hence, the glasses are active and require batteries. However, the Samsung PN59D550 does not offer the Samsung Hub with Samsung Apps and a web browser installed onto the TV, like the higher end D8000, D7000, and D6500 series Samsung plasma TVs do.

  • 59" plasma screen
  • 1080p resolution
  • 3D-ready with 3D upconversion
  • 1/4" depth
  • Samsung AllShare for streaming media from DLNA-enabled computer (requires Samsung WiFi dongle)
  • 2 USB ports (for cameras, Wi-Fi dongle)
  • 600Hz
  • 200,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • ATSC/NTSC/ClearQAM tuner
  • Wall-mountable
  • Inputs: HDMI x4, Component x2, Composite x1 (shared with component), PC VGA x1, RF x1
  • Outputs: Digital optical audio
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