Hey guys, my 46" just came in on tuesday with NO DEAD PIXELS!! Woohoo.
Anyway, here is the review for the set that I just posted on Amazon. I love the set so much that I'm just gushing about it lol. Enjoy.
Oh, and make sure to notice the shameless plug of AVS forums at the beginning.
I just received my LN-46A550 on April 29th and absolutely love this set. I am coming from a Samsung HP-S4253 42" plasma that I've owned for two years. That set was always a strong performer with great black levels and a decent 720p picture. But after living with that TV for a while, I began to get frustrated with the constant threat of burn-in and the TV just had to go. I'm a heavy gamer and I knew that I needed to go with LCD.
About a month ago, I got on the AVS forums and asked for those guy's recommendations for a good set. This 550 came up time and time again, so I took the plunge and ordered the 40" version. It took less than a week from Amazon and CEVA did a great job of delivering and unpacking the set. Yet soon after CEVA left, I noticed a single dead pixel, and I ordered a replacement from Amazon. They were very understanding in the matter and very quick to accept the replacement order. [*Quick side note, Samsung considers "a few" dead pixels "normal" and will not replace things as easily as Amazon did. I simply explained this to Amazon and they ordered the replacement, no questions asked!] By the time I had decided to replace the 40", I said what the heck, and I got the 46" instead.
CEVA again came out, packed up the old TV and dropped off the new one. Ever since then, I've been in love. This is the first LCD I've ever owned that did not have a dead pixel, clouding, flash-lighting, banding, or any of the other many problems a LCD can have. The set looks absolutely fantastic inside and out. The bezel is very sleek with the piano black finish. I had always enjoyed this on my plasma and I still like it on this LCD. The bezel is also very thin, so it feels as if the screen is even bigger than it is. The chrome finish on the bottom is very attractive as is the small LED blue light that shines from just under center. The small light fading when the set powers down was a very nice touch as well.
I also really enjoy having a swivel base. My HP-S4253 was always stationary, so it made things very difficult if you were sitting far off of center or if you had to adjust some cords behind the TV. Now with my 550, I can swivel the TV to watch anywhere in the room and also very easily get to my connections in the back. All of the connections are conveniently located on the back left side of the TV, and it takes one quick swivel to have access to everything.
Now for the picture. All I can say is WOW. If you're familiar with the quality of LCDs over the past few years, you'll really appreciate how fantastic this TV looks when correctly calibrated. The black levels are comparable to my old Samsung Plasma. They are by no means "pitch black" or "inky", but very, very close to my Plasma's picture quality. I can now watch movies in 2.35:1 and not be able to see the black bars because they are truly black. I also am free of the worries of burn-in or retention of those black bars. It's a wonderful feeling.
The brights are impressive as well. Very impressive! If you aren't careful, in a dark room this 550 can cause eye strain. I recommend some ambient lighting while viewing this set haha. All in all, this is a good thing. Sports and brighter colorful movies have a lot of "pop" to them, which is something my plasma could never do. In a movie likes Cars, the plasma always looked kind of muddy and bland, whereas this LCD looks incredible!! I am extremely pleased with the picture quality of this set.
Overall, you'd have to be a fool to not realize the value of this television. Two years ago I spent roughly $2,500 on a 42" plasma with a marginally worse picture. Today I can spend over $1,000 LESS than that and get a 46" set with a superior picture. Amazon gets two thumbs up in my book! They handled everything flawlessly and the customer service was great as always. I also give credit to CEVA for their kind employees and prompt service. This was a great purchasing process and one that no one should be afraid of. If you're in the market for a TV that is full of value, without all of the unnecessary fluff out there today, I say dive in and get this 550!