I bought (2) 50" C550's and a Samsung C5500 BluRay Player two days ago. I didnt do my usual "due diligence" because the wife was nagging to "just buy the damn things" at the store and the manager cut me a GREAT deal....
This is my 1st HD display. I am very excited, especially being on a tight budget. One display will be in my living room, the other in the den.
I will not get my HD Digital Cable setup until tomorrow and all my cables from monoprice until the day after....
I will report back with a review when I have all my equipment set up!
So far, I have noticed a couple of BS issues with these models that I was not aware of at the time.
*** Using composite A/V input from a DVD player or Digital Cable DVR Box is horrible! I get a huge buzzing sound that increase when I turn up the volume (goes away when muted) and I get these scanning horizontal lines. The picture was not what I expected as far as the pixelation (yes I know that composite is the worst, but the good stuff arrives in a few days!)
*** There is only 2 audio outs, 1 is a 3.5mm analog jack that IS NOT VARIABLE OUT! The second is an optical out, but only can pass Dolby Digital if using an over the air antenna!
*** No S-Video inputs, limited component inputs,
*** Internal Speakers are TRASH
*** It has a nice 5 channel Audio EQ, but it deactivates when any mode other than "Standard" audio is selected. If the "Dialouge" mode or others are selected, then the EQ turns off.
I was P!$$ed about the non-variable audio outs because for the time-being, I was going to use my Creative Labs 5.1 PC Speakers that I had before on my 36" Sony Wega CRT. It had variable outs and I could use the volume on my remote to change level..
The problems mentioned before will be hopefully rectified when I get the HD DVR's from Time Warner and all the appropriate cables from Monoprice.