Originally Posted by SoberDude
One TV that I was very excited to see when I first went shopping for a 50-inch plasma was the Samsung PN50A450, that is until I saw it in person. This TV has by far the worst black levels of any plasma TV I have ever seen. I have looked at this TV at many different stores and do not know how anyone is willing to buy one. It perplexes me that people actually compare the A450 to the budget 50' Panasonic Plasmas, as in my world, there is no comparison. The screen on the Samsung A450 actually looks more like dark grey than black. Looking at it next to any other TV was a major turn-off. I have no idea how these A450's are being bought.
Anyways, that's my rant. Other Sammy's look great, but the PN50A450 is a major bust in my book. I'm guessing I'll be very happy with my 'budget' Panasonic. Peace out.
I don't know about the worst black levels ever seen, but dark blacks are not the A450's strong point.
Blacks are important, but understand, they are not everything.
When I was at Magnolia Hi-fi yesterday they had a A450 just below a Panny TH-50PE8U, and the blacks on the Panny were not substantially different than the Sammy. They were perhaps a smidge better.
What was plainly obvious however was that the Panny looked much softer than the A450 and lacked detail that the A450 had. The A450 had a noticeably sharper and more detailed picture.
The Samsungs I've seen have better color accuracy than the budget model Panasonics too, and better whites.
The truth is, the budget model Panasonics and Samsungs both have different strengths and weaknesses, and the reason there is always heated debates as to which of the two is better is because different people are sensitive to various different aspects that go into the overall picture experience.
Some people are more sensitive to noise in the picture, others colors that are unnatural. Others cannot stand greyish blacks.
The Panasonics do tend to have blacks a shade or two darker than the Samsungs, and if having deeper blacks is extremely important to someone, then they will prefer the budget Panasonics over the budget Samsungs.
But I personally prefer the colors on the Sammies.
If someone is very persnickety about their television viewing experience, I don't see why they would want either of the budget Sammies or Pannies.
I think that there is quite a noticeable step up in quality when you get to the 2008 650 series Samsungs--either LCD or PDP.
The 550 series LCD's and PDP's just don't impress me that much. Perhaps it's the glossy screen on the 650 series LCD's that attracts me to them over the 550's. I think it helps the PQ.
I think the new B650 LCD's have horrible viewing angles that I don't remember with last years A650's. I will have to go look closely again at an A650 LCD from last year.
The LN46B650 that I saw yesterday at Magnolia was a major disappointment. I could not own that TV, period. It would drive me crazy, knowing thatI would have to sit dead center just to get a decent picture.