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Samsung PNXXc550 Owners Thread *NO PRICE TALK*

post #1 of 2803
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Just got my Samsung PN50C550 on Wednesday. Set looks amazing especially going from an 11 year old 32" RCA CRT to this High Def Beauty. I am still in the break in period but even with everything turned down the set looks incredible (Battle Field Bad Company 2, I think I wet my self). I would also Like to report that I have "NO BUZZING"

Let me know any settings I need to change or check and also any other questions you may have about the set. Keep it simple though I'm an HD Noob.
post #2 of 2803
Nice to see some samsungs pop up now..
Although i'm waiting on the 6500/7000/800 series to show themselves!
post #3 of 2803
great news on no buzz!
post #4 of 2803
Just wanted to make notice, I'm new to the forum, but have visited on a couple occasions. I've been trying to decide on a new television for about 6 months now. I'm to the point where I just need to pick something up now, and had thought I wanted a new Panny. Well much like everybody else, I'm not touching them till the whole Black Level thing is sorted out (not likely?). I'm thinking I have made my mind up, and I'm almost completely set on picking up a new Samsung. I notice only positive things being said, and also the "buzzing issues" sound as if they aren't as big of a factor anymore?

I was thinking about picking up one of the newer Samsung Plasmas, specifically the new one showing up at Best Buy: PN50C550G1F (can't post the link)

Any thoughts from anyone, anyone else have a hands-on with them?

P.S. Thanks to OP for some more great news on the lack of "buzzing"!
post #5 of 2803
Wondering how the C550 was as well.
I noticed HH Gregg got them in this week.

Looked pretty nice in the store.

Somebody mentioned in another thread that the C550 doesn't have a calibration mode.
Does this mean it can't be calibrated ?
post #6 of 2803
Just got home with one. More later
post #7 of 2803
I wonder if the 1080p models have the same black spacers between each horizontal row of pixels that the 720p C450 sets have?
post #8 of 2803
i just got home with one from HH Gregg by accident. I bought the 50PNC450 on Saturday. Went to pick it up today, and they told me that they oversold them, so they upgraded me to a 50PNC550 for free.

No buzz, I bought this for my bedroom TV, but it might have to supplant the Pioneer 50" 720P as the living room TV after seeing it in action!
post #9 of 2803
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Originally Posted by erock9174 View Post

Wondering how the C550 was as well.
I noticed HH Gregg got them in this week.

Looked pretty nice in the store.

Somebody mentioned in another thread that the C550 doesn't have a calibration mode.
Does this mean it can't be calibrated ?

Absolutely not. This tv can definitely be calibrated. All that means is that it doesn't have the full color controls for each primary and secondary. The grayscale, gamma, etc are still fully calibratable.
post #10 of 2803
After a few hours of being on I got the buzz. Audible even with volume up over halfway at about an 9' viewing distance. Returning tomorrow. Boooo
post #11 of 2803
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Originally Posted by petem23 View Post

After a few hours of being on I got the buzz. Audible even with volume up over halfway at about an 9' viewing distance. Returning tomorrow. Boooo

Are you returning or exchanging? Did it look good otherwise?

Can anybody with one of these confirm that it has optical audio output? I read somewhere that only the C590 has this, but the pictures of the C550 on Amazon clearly shows an optical audio output jack.

Thanks!
post #12 of 2803
Yes it has an optical out.
post #13 of 2803
Hey guys - long time lurker here.

I just purchased a 50C590 at a local electronics chain here, and was curious what settings you all were using.

They didn't have the C550 setup there, but the C590 was setup right next to a Panny 50G20. After watching them both for a while, I decided that everything about the Samsung was better - picture, styling, and price

And as for the question about black line/spacers, I did not notice anything like this on the display model, but will keep a look out for it when my set is delivered later this week.
post #14 of 2803
The C550 I saw at BB didn't have any weird lines or "spacers". Up close, looked like a normal 1080p TV to me. I won't comment on the PQ because it was fed a poor feed under the nuclear lights of BB. Of course it didn't look very impressive, because the C550 has a poor filter.
post #15 of 2803
Well Karma got me... dead pixel in the upper right quadrant close to center. Cant see it from viewing distance... what if any recourse do I have?
post #16 of 2803
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Originally Posted by Rasolomg23 View Post

Well Karma got me... dead pixel in the upper right quadrant close to center. Cant see it from viewing distance... what if any recourse do I have?

Call HHGregg and let them know and then they'll probably exchange it for you.
post #17 of 2803
Well after "sleeping on it" I think I'm going to hold out on returning the c550 for now. I don't see what good exchanging for another one at BB is going to do. I'm sure they are all from the same production run. No point in playing the swapping game now. I have 30 days. I'm going to hold off for a few weeks for either a newer production run of the c550 and try the swap or see what other models come out by then. Any suggestions or thoughts on this?

Other than the buzz I like the tv. It looks great in my living room. Last night I watched a variety of material and formats SDTV, 1080i&720p HDTV, PS3 1080p games, 24fps Bluray, and some 1080P AVCHD .mts clips. I have only calibrated the set using the AVS forum disc, but my first impression of the picture quality is just meh. I'm upgrading from a 30' Sony 1080i tube and was expecting to be blown away. Obviously size aside, the picture seems, soft I guess. It seems like the depth and the detail I've seen on other sets isn't there. Blacks are very good. Hopefully when some other peoples settings start popping up I can improve the pq. As it stands right now with the loud buzz and the unimpressive pq, I will be exchanging for something else.
post #18 of 2803
I am an inch away from buying the B550.

I hope someone can tell me asap which one has superior IQ n color.

thanks
post #19 of 2803
Does the box or the manual for the C590 mention anything about the model having the Crystal Full HD Engine?
post #20 of 2803
Are there any picture quality differences between the 550 and the 590?
post #21 of 2803
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Originally Posted by erock9174 View Post

Wondering how the C550 was as well.
I noticed HH Gregg got them in this week.

Looked pretty nice in the store.

Somebody mentioned in another thread that the C550 doesn't have a calibration mode.
Does this mean it can't be calibrated ?

It doesn't have a full CMS. Any TV can be "calibrated" but without a CMS a professional ISF calibrator or hobbyist with the correct instraments will not be able to precisely adjust the color. The result will still be good enough for most.
post #22 of 2803
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Originally Posted by nicholc2 View Post

Call HHGregg and let them know and then they'll probably exchange it for you.

Would you do that for 1 dead pixel, or live with it? Just worried that the replacement could have more than 1 dead pixel.
post #23 of 2803
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Originally Posted by Rasolomg23 View Post

Would you do that for 1 dead pixel, or live with it? Just worried that the replacement could have more than 1 dead pixel.

I would absolutely do that for one dead pixel. For a brand new out of the box TV you've only had for one day. Heck yea!
post #24 of 2803
Anyone care to share their settings on the 50"?
Thanks!
post #25 of 2803
Ok got the new panel in, still no buzz. Had some bad IR from the DirecTV programming page after less than 5 min, but running the scroll and watching some HD content for a couple of hours cleaned that up.

Who has some suggestions on break-in settings? I have it on Movie mode right now which seems to be pretty dim, but I am def open to suggestions.
post #26 of 2803
Just set up the new 58C550 yesterday and had it running for approximately 5 hrs. No buzz, at least not yet, and no dead pixels. Played around with the picture settings just a bit, adjusting by eye for now. PQ on HD is great, as expected. What I didn't expect was the generally good PQ on SD material. I streamed an old B&W movie (Fellini's 8 1/2) from Netflix and I was really surprised at how it looked.

The 550 does NOT have Cinema Source option -- manual says that's only on 590 models. I wonder if the service menu trick for the B series will still work with the new model. I might try it down the road.
post #27 of 2803
It does. You can change the model to any number of the 2010 lineup or even back to a B if you want. (I think I remember seeing the B series. I'd have to confirm later when I get home.)
post #28 of 2803
just got a 58c550 about a week ago. Looks great ,very vibrant color. Waiting for some picture settings that people rec. ,I am new to plasma. On a side note ,I came home from work and my g/f had left the spiderman3 blu ray menu on for about an hour or so !!lol. I turned it off and there has been 2 slight lines on the bottom when viewed on scroll or with bright lights. Seems pretty sensitive to IR. Hopefully with 100% full screen viewing and all levels turned low it will leave the screen soon .
Has anyone else had this happen ,and how long till it is 100% gone from the screen ?
Other than that I love the tv ,the buzz is very, very quiet .With volume at 12-15 or so it is unaudible .
post #29 of 2803
Does it have any audio out besides the optical audio out?
post #30 of 2803
Has anyone measured the black level yet on a PN58C550 (after calibrating the brightness and contrast, of course)? If so, please let us know what reading you get (and which tool you used).

Thanks!
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