Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV - Samsung PS50A756

John Archer

By John Archer



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Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV


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The PS50A756's rear is almost as impressive as its front, at least in technological terms. For its connectivity includes no less than four v1.3 HDMI inputs, and a USB 2.0 port able to play JPEG stills, MP3 music files, and even a huge selection of multimedia movie formats. Plus, of course, there's the small matter of a LAN port so that you can jack the TV into the Internet.

Or your PC network, as it happens. For the PS50A756 is fully DLNA certified, enabling access to multimedia files stored on your PC. In other words, there really aren't many multimedia bases this TV hasn't got covered.

If all this talk of hardwiring the TV to your Internet connection all sounds a bit 2006 to you, fear not: you can also connect the PS50A756 wirelessly via a suitable router. All you need to do is buy an optional ‘Linkstick' dongle (price TBC, but we suspect in the region of £30-£40) that slots into the TV's USB port, and get the TV to recognise and connect with your router.

In time-honoured wireless fashion, though, this simple sounding procedure proved anything but straightforward during my tests. It took me the best part of two hours to finally get the TV to talk to my Belkin router, after the connection repeatedly failed at the ‘Gateway Ping' stage.

The TV's instructions manual provides at least a little help for getting round such problems, and it was actually one of the hints in there that finally cracked things for me. Basically, what I had to do was turn off my router's Internet PING blocking system. Which, unless I'm mistaken, potentially laid my entire system open to hacking from anyone with even a fairly rudimentary understanding of how you go about such things. Ouch.

I've been trying to get Samsung to comment on this deeply unsatisfactory situation all week, but have yet to receive an answer worth repeating here. The only good news is that having once established contact with Samsung/Yahoo's remote servers by deactivating the PING blocker, bizarrely I was then able to re-access the service in the future even after I'd put my PING blocking back on. Phew.

Right, after that lengthy but necessary diversion, let's get back to the PS50A756's truly extensive features count. For we've also got its 100Hz processing to tell you about, and its inclusion of the latest version of Samsung's Movie Plus mode, which calculates entirely new frames of image data to make motion look more fluid and clear.

There's also an intriguing bit of fluff known as the Content Library, where Samsung has stored a wide variety of lifestyle-oriented attractions on a wedge of built-in memory.

For instance, you can choose to watch a selection of classic paintings, relaxing landscape photography, or ‘party' photos showing fun stuff like firework displays, Chinese lanterns and fairgrounds. Or you can browse a series of recipes. Or there's a children's section featuring a selection of illustrated, narrated stories, a collection of (awful) songs with accompanying (not exactly Pixar-standard!) animations, and even a selection of attractively presented if rather limited games, which let you do things like adjust a sheep's face like you can adjust the faces of your Miis on the Nintendo Wii.

And finally there's a ‘Fitness' section, within which you can find a nice lady called Suzanne Martin showing you via stills and text how to go through various targeted exercise regimes. Needless to say, I soon left this section and went back to making funny looking sheep heads.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?!


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 :|


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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