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Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV review

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Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV
  • Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV
  • Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV
  • Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV
  • Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV
  • Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV
  • Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Prior to our surprisingly underwhelming experience with Samsung's PS50A556, we were really looking forward to getting our hands on the PS50A756. After all, as well as introducing Samsung's delicious ‘hint of colour' design to the 50in plasma market, the PS50A756 grants us our very first glimpse of Samsung's much-hyped InfoLive system.

But then the PS50A556 came along and rather burst our expectation bubble thanks to its old-fashioned user system, flat audio and a picture quality that reminded us of plasma picture quality circa 2006.

So instead of hitting our test rooms on the crest of a wave, the PS50A756 arrives amid an atmosphere of anxiety and even a little suspicion. Here's hoping it can turn us round.

As a first step in rejuvenating our enthusiasm, let's go over the key InfoLive functionality for anyone currently oblivious to its existence. Essentially it's the first concerted, mainstream effort to bring some sort of Internet interactivity to a UK TV. This doesn't mean you've actually got a full copy of Internet Explorer pre-installed on your PC, though. There are all kinds of reasons why the ‘whole Internet' approach to interactive TV is seriously hard to implement - not least the thorny issue of how you would incorporate keyboard and mouse functionality into a TV interface.

So what you get instead with InfoLive is a Samsung deal with Yahoo to supply news, weather and finance data - from a dedicated online hosting location - that's formatted to harmonise both with the TV's screen and the menu navigation buttons on a normal, TV-style remote control. We'll go into more - much more - detail on the whole InfoLive aspect of this TV later, but right now we want to keep the excitement flowing by telling you about the PS50A756's truly extravagant looks.

These comprise an even more refined version of the ‘hint of colour' design sported by Samsung's A656 LCD TVs, with the TV's bezel - and in this case, the TV's stand - sporting a very fetching touch of deep red that becomes more overt the nearer you get to the TV's extremities.

What's more, the bezel on the PS50A756 is semi-translucent, so that if you happen to get any direct, penetrating light on it, you can actually see through the bezel to the inner chassis behind. Believe us when we say that this idea is much cooler in practice than it sounds when you just write it down.

The icing on the cake of the PS50A756's really imperious design is its use of a bold red stripe power light running across the width of the (swivelling) pole that supports the TV on its desktop stand. Though you can switch this off if you find it distracting.

The designer glories of the TV even extend to the remote control, as a hint of the same deep red colour is used in the handset's fancy menu navigation wheel.

Beaky69

October 13, 2008, 3:25 pm

My main concern with using a plasma display essentially as a PC monitor, is the risk of 'screen burn' from a static image. Most manufacturers don't cover such damage under their warranties...

Frederic73

October 14, 2008, 1:13 am

In this day and age, you should mention the 750 watts of power consumption vs 290 for the 52" LCD LE52A756.

basicasic

October 14, 2008, 2:05 am

Apart from needing deep pockets to buy it and a power-station to run it sounds perfect for today's ecologically minded viewer.

Nystagmos

October 14, 2008, 2:27 pm

I think screen burn is much less a problem now than it used to be, I've been using a 50" 1080P Samsung plasma as a TV and PC monitor without an issue for almost a year now. You would save on your heating bill as quite a few of those 750 watts will be converted to heat.

Bernardo

October 14, 2008, 2:36 pm

I can't wait until someone does a review of Samsung LE52A756. Only then we can really evaluate the goodness of this plasma vs LCD technology.

phantoma

October 19, 2008, 2:05 am

It would be really useful if we could have a rated power consumption measurement in the review.





One measurement in torch mode straight out of the box and then another measurement after calibration for the review.

Eric67

October 19, 2008, 1:21 pm

@Frederic73: according to the Dutch website of Samsung the power consumption of the PS50A756 is 550 Watt. You should also bear in mind that this is the maximum power consumed since it's a plasma TV.


OTOH, the power consumption of the PS50A750 on the British website of Samsung is 750 Watt! Now what's correct?!

charleywhite

October 21, 2008, 12:47 am

Where can i purchase this TV? i cant seem to find anyone selling it?





can anyone recommend any others?, i want a top 50" but dont want to spend over �

Mário F

January 29, 2009, 2:35 am

Anyone who purchased this can vouch for the tv? is it as good or better then the review? i cant w8 to purchase one of these babies but im having doubts :|

Rigsby

April 8, 2009, 12:53 am

I see reviews for the 5 series and 7 series plasma. Anyone have a view on the 6 series which is going for good prices at the moment - around � on line. Is it closer to what looks like a pretty strong set in the 756 or closer to the underwhelming 556.

Will Smith

May 7, 2009, 2:09 am

I live in the UK and have read reviews of this TV,BUT I cannot find a single place which stocks it.I have spoken to Samsung,who are also (believe it or not) unable to confirm to whom they ship them too.Samsung head office,is staffed (it appears anyway) by telephonists and ghosts,as no-one rings you back to confirm where it can be bought from.


So here I am,on a website asking for some help from anyone with info as to where i can buy this TV from.............all help appreciated.

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