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What's the difference between these 2? Is the B650 that much better then the B550?
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The only real diff is that the 650 has an extra-super duper special anti-glare coating as opposed to the normal anti-glare coating of the 550; I'd be surprised if you saw a difference. 650 also has cinema smooth (which apparently doesn't work). 650 also has extra internet connection dongles. Oh, and it costs more.

BTW, full disclosure: I have a PN63B550 and love it.
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BTW,

If you don't want the internet connection but want the really nice anti-glare (glare reduced enhanced) version pick up a 590. The 590 is the 550 with the 600 series glass, 24fps but without the internet connection.

I have a 590 and I have to resist the temptation to go up it and start humping it!
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The only real diff is that the 650 has an extra-super duper special anti-glare coating as opposed to the normal anti-glare coating of the 550; I'd be surprised if you saw a difference. 650 also has cinema smooth (which apparently doesn't work). 650 also has extra internet connection dongles. Oh, and it costs more.

BTW, full disclosure: I have a PN63B550 and love it.

I just came back from the Samsung web site and I can not see the big need for the B650 additional Internet connectivity. In fact the B550 looks to have better speakers. Does the additional anti-glare dim the whites more so on the B650 than the B550?
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BTW,

If you don't want the internet connection but want the really nice anti-glare (glare reduced enhanced) version pick up a 590. The 590 is the 550 with the 600 series glass, 24fps but without the internet connection.

I have a 590 and I have to resist the temptation to go up it and start humping it!

Where did you pick up a 590?
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The 590 is right there on the Samsung site in the list of Plasma's -- its actually the first one they list in the 5 Series. It is ONLY available in the 63" though so if you are looking at 50" or 58" it is not an open.

The 550 has the same speakers at as the 650. Only the 590 has the better ones.
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The only real diff is that the 650 has an extra-super duper special anti-glare coating as opposed to the normal anti-glare coating of the 550; I'd be surprised if you saw a difference. 650 also has cinema smooth (which apparently doesn't work). 650 also has extra internet connection dongles. Oh, and it costs more.

BTW, full disclosure: I have a PN63B550 and love it.

Apparently you can turn the 550 into a 560 (550 with cinema smooth) with a few tweaks in the service menu.

It was posted a few weeks ago (as a separate topic)
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BTW,

If you don't want the internet connection but want the really nice anti-glare (glare reduced enhanced) version pick up a 590. The 590 is the 550 with the 600 series glass, 24fps but without the internet connection.

I have a 590 and I have to resist the temptation to go up it and start humping it!

And I thought I had a lot of love for Samsungs. Ohh baby!
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I just came back from the Samsung web site and I can not see the big need for the B650 additional Internet connectivity. In fact the B550 looks to have better speakers and perhaps. Does the additional anti-glare dim the whites more so on the B650 than the B550?

Honestly-- hope I don't come off as a jerk here-- but why would anyone buy one of these monster-sized displays and not use a surround sound system. I have my cerwin-vegas pumping out sound. I wouldn't use any tv speakers, 590 or not. They are all tv speakers, after all.

As for the whites issue, I used to have a A650. It had giant streaks of pink when large white screens were displayed. I strongly suspect it was the special anti-glare coating, as my B550 doesn't have that problem.

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I have a 590 and I have to resist the temptation to go up it and start humping it!

Haha, I know what you mean. Whenever we are watching a blu-ray, every other thing I say is, "Holy crap! Look at that picture!" My GF is like, "Shut up and watch the movie."

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Apparently you can turn the 550 into a 560 (550 with cinema smooth) with a few tweaks in the service menu.

It was posted a few weeks ago (as a separate topic)

Really!! Link please.
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This issue (why doesn't everyone use a receiver all the time for sound) has been discussed to death here. Sufficie it to say, to each their own. You are considering the world only from your unique point of view. There are many, many people who want a TV, not a monitor, and either want or need (or both) to have it function as a stand-alone device, sound and all.

I know in my household, we use both. I have a Denon 3808ci AV receiver with nice KEF speakers. But 90% of the time, the TV is still viewed without this system turned on, and that how my wife and younger kids prefer it. And, yes, I have a Harmony One remote with all the macro commands fine tuned to make turning the TV and receiver and sources on correctly with one touch of a nice color graphical button and it makes absolutely no difference.
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[quote=Farland;17254139]Honestly-- hope I don't come off as a jerk here-- but why would anyone buy one of these monster-sized displays and not use a surround sound system. I have my cerwin-vegas pumping out sound. I wouldn't use any tv speakers, 590 or not. They are all tv speakers, after all.

Just pointing out the difference between these two which essentially appears not much however on occasion listing with the TV speakers is preferred at times. I don't need to hear GMA or TODAY type shows in booming 5.1 so decent on board speakers are welcomed.
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On my end I use both TV sound and Receiver 5.1 sound.

Normally about 80% of the time the viewing is done using the stereo system. But sometimes (morning while my I'm up and my wife isn't, and night when I go to sleep and my wife is watching TV) I really don't need the 12" monster booming Sony 100W subwoofer and ceiling mounted (directly under our master bedroom) surround sound speakers blowing the sleepers socks off!

So during those times, I also have a Harmony One remote that I have 2 activities programmed. Watch Dish / Watch TV. Watch Dish turns on the entire AV system, set's HDMI etc. Watch TV turns on just the TV and enables the volume to be the TV volume and not the AV system volume.

Yes, the TV sounds like a tin can compared to the fiber fed, 5.1 mondo AV system. But it's a 2 people live in the same house issue, not a pureness issue.
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BTW,

If you don't want the internet connection but want the really nice anti-glare (glare reduced enhanced) version pick up a 590. The 590 is the 550 with the 600 series glass, 24fps but without the internet connection.

I have a 590 and I have to resist the temptation to go up it and start humping it!

Especially when watching Pron, it's just sooo life like
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Humm, you have a camera in my house? And for the record, I never watch 'Pron'.
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Humm, you have a camera in my house? And for the record, I never watch 'Pron'.

In that case, I sure hope you aren't watching Animal Planet when you get the urge.
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