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Samsung PN51D550 Budget 3D Plasma Review

A new Samsung plasma TV made ​​its appearance in our comparison. This is the PN51D550, a 3D Full HD TV 51 inch with an affordable price.

Last year, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality/price ratio of Samsung PN50C6970 plasma. So we were eager to test this new PN51D550. No luck, the manufacturer was not in a position to provide one. We therefore appealed to a reader – whom we thank – we proposed to test it.

To recap, the D550 plasma offers a lot of functions, including access to online services, 3D compatibility (active technology), all at a great price.


Good picture quality in 2D and 3D

Crosstalk is kept in check in 3D mode

Very wide viewing angles

Image quality is consistent across the screen


Glossy screen is prone to reflections

2D-to-3D conversion isn’t particularly effective

No motion interpolation

Add a home cinema speaker kit if you want top-notch sound


While the Samsung D550 plasma TV isn’t without its faults, it’s good enough to meed the needs of most users, delivering good image quality in both 2D and 3D. All in all, though, in the same price range, we still have more of a soft spot for the Panasonic TX-P50ST30.

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