Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV - Samsung PS50A756

John Archer

By John Archer

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Samsung PS50A756 50in Plasma TV

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

What's more, the Samsung's superb black levels are joined by much more intense brightness levels than we witnessed with the PS50A556, leading to images of truly outstanding dynamism during high-contrast National Treasure scenes such as the early one in the university lecture hall.

The PS50A756 also thrashes the PS50A556 - and gets right up there with Panasonic again - with its colour reproduction. There seems to be a much wider range to the colour palette; colour blends are shown with greater, striping-free finesse; and tones generally - but especially skin tones - are much more consistently believable. In fact, at the risk of sounding blasphemous I might even say that the PS50A756's colours are even better than those of Panasonic's plasmas, at least when it comes to showing a convincing red colour.

Yet more good news concerns the PS50A756's handling of motion, as even during NT2 action scenes, like the car chase across London, there's practically no blurring or resolution loss whatsoever. Nor is there any sign of plasma's once common ‘fizzing noise' problem. Basically, if 99% of LCD TVs even dream of having motion that looks as clear and natural as it does on the PS50A756, they'd better wake up and apologise.

While I'm making comparisons with LCD, I might as well say that conventional wisdom has it that LCD does a better job of picking out fine detail in HD sources, motion blur notwithstanding. But the PS50A756 counters that argument too, serving up levels of clarity and sharpness that reproduce the exceptional fine detail in the NT2 Blu-ray like you wouldn't believe.

In keeping with most feature-heavy TVs, it is possible to mess the PS50A756's pictures up if you're not careful. The provided Edge Enhancement feature, for instance, tends to make HD images look grainy and standard definition images look ugly thanks to the appearance of overt whitish ‘haloes' around sharply contrasting edges.

Processing glitches can get thrown up by the Movie Plus system if you set it any higher than its ‘Low' level too, and you should avoid the Dynamic image preset like the plague. Especially when watching standard definition (which actually otherwise looks surprisingly good by Full HD TV standards).

Finally, while the PS50A756's colours are exceptional by plasma standards, one or two skintones do still look just a touch orangey from time to time.

After the considerable - and to some extent unexpected - picture joys, the PS50A756's audio comes as a bit of a disappointment. The downfiring speakers can go reasonably loud, and even deliver a little bass. But they also lack clarity, are short of treble detail, and even occasionally make dialogue sound a little dislocated from the image.

Verdict

The PS50A756 is a milestone product in a number of ways. It blazes a trail on two separate technology fronts: Internet connection and pre-stored image/interactive content. Its design is unlike anything you've ever seen before. And it even manages to produce pictures that propel Samsung right up there with the ‘big two' on plasma performance standards.

If I were to be really harsh I might say that the PS50A756's trailblazing Internet and built-in content features occasionally feel like a ‘trial run' for something likely to become much more satisfying in future generations. But you have to start somewhere, right? And in any case, the set's picture quality is so good that all the multimedia functionality ultimately becomes just the icing on the cake rather than the set's main raison d'etre.

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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