Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV - Samsung PS50A756

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV


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Having explored the full expanse of the Content Library, now seems as good a time as any to look in more detail at the InfoLive feature.

First impressions are quite good. Stuff downloads very quickly on our pretty standard broadband connection, and the interface and information are both very clear and attractively designed. Considerable care has been taken, too, to ensure that the InfoLive information doesn't dominate the screen too much, with the various news tickers, weather reports and so on all appearing tidily in different corners of the screen, so that you can keep watching TV.

The only problem with InfoLive, in fact, is how little information it currently carries. Yes, you can refine the weather report you get to your area based on a selection of 227 of the UK's main cities. And you can refine the provided live stocks and shares news (assuming you ever want to look at this sort of information again following last week's stock market carnage!!) to show just your favourite stocks. And you can refine your news reports into Politics, Business, News, Entertainment and Sports categories.

But while this all gives the illusion of something quite advanced going on, in reality the amount of information available ‘at your fingertips' is limited. It's a pity, too, that there are no pictures to accompany the news stories - or at least this was the case during our testing period.

Still, let's not be too churlish here. There's a chance more Internet content might get added over time, as Samsung does more content deals. And the features it does offer are much more helpful in their specificity and speed of access than anything you might dig out from the digital teletext service.

Given how much genuinely cutting-edge technology the PS50A756 sports, it wouldn't have surprised us too much if Samsung had forgotten about ‘boring' stuff like picture quality. But actually the on-paper signs look good, as a Full HD resolution joins forces with Samsung's DNIe image processing and a Panasonic-matching claimed contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 that's tellingly a big step on from the PS50A556's 30,000:1 contrast ratio.

Happily the top spec gives rise to a frequently spectacular image performance. Fed our tried and trusted copy of National Treasure 2 (stop laughing) on Blu-ray, with its fantastic combination of deep black levels, rich colours, supreme fine detailing, harsh contrasts and rapid motion, the PS50A756 passed with distinction every single one of the stiff tests the disc threw at it.

The single greatest impact following the PS50A556 debacle comes from the startling depth of the PS50A756's black levels. The almost complete lack of greyness in dark areas of the picture thrashes anything yet seen from an LCD screen, and appears at least as good as anything Panasonic can offer with its plasmas right now. Pioneer's KURO sets can, of course, go slightly deeper still, but you'll have to spend way more for one of those than this Samsung costs you. There's also only the tiniest, tiniest hint of the green undertone to dark areas that used to characterise plasma technology.


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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