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Samsung PN50A760 50" Plasma Review

by December 04, 2008
Samsung PN50A760

Samsung PN50A760

  • Product Name: PN50A760
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: December 04, 2008 04:58
  • MSRP: $ 2799.99
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Screen Size - 49.96"
Aspect Ratio - widescreen
Resolution - 1920 (H) x 1080 (V)
Dynamic Contrast Ratio - 1,000,000:1
Viewing Angle - 175º/175º

Sound Effect System - SRS TruSurround
Sound Output(RMS) - 15 W x 2

Input & Output
Side (1 each) - HDMI, Composite (AV), S-Video, Headphone
Back - HDMI (3), Component(Y/Pb/Pr) (2)

Anynet, Infolink

Set size (WxHxD) with stand - 48.8" x 32.9" x 12.4"
Set size (WxHxD) without stand - 48.8" x 30.5" x 3.8"
Package size (WxHxD) - 53.7" x 37.7 x 16.9"

Set weight without stand - 102.5 lbs
Package weight - 114.6 lbs


  • Fantastic out of the box performance
  • Great deinterlacing and scaling
  • Lots of calibration options
  • Great styling
  • Tons of extras for you to experiment with


  • Stylized edge sometimes reflects image
  • Slow response to remote commands
  • Random loss of picture


The Samsung PN50A760 has basically the same feature set as its LCD counterpart (with a few plasma/LCD specific exceptions) and changes only a few styling cues from the 750 generation. As you'd expect, the differences between the two panels (even though they are different technology) are pretty minor. While the Samsung plasma didn't quite do as well as the LCD, it was close enough for me to call it a wash. I feel about the PN50A760 the same as I did about the LN52A750 - I want one. If that isn't a crowning endorsement, I don't know what is.
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EJ1 posts on December 04, 2008 13:49
I'd love to do a side-by-side comparison between my LN52 and the PN50. I'm thinking the loss of picture might be a firmware issue? I recall Samsung releasing a new firmware but that might have been for displays shutting off completely.
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