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Samsung PS50Q7HD 50in plasma TV review

John Archer



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Samsung PS50Q7HD 50in plasma TV
  • Samsung PS50Q7HD 50in plasma TV
  • Samsung PS50Q7HD 50in plasma TV
  • Samsung PS50Q7HD 50in plasma TV
  • Samsung PS50Q7HD 50in plasma TV
  • PS50Q7HD 127 cm 50" Plasma TV (549.8 Billion 13-bit - 170° / 170° - 16:9 - 1366 x 768 - 720p - Surround)


Our Score:


Today’s review is all about two things that just don’t belong together. Namely, a flat TV screen size of 50in and a price tag of under £1750. With your average 50in plasma these days still costing in excess of £3k, it’s anyone’s guess as to how Samsung has managed to get the PS50Q7HD out for under two. Let’s just hope the reason it’s so cheap doesn’t turn out to be that it’s, well, crap…

First impressions suggest that any such worries are unfounded. We’ve seen some pretty attractive 50in plasmas in our time, but this one takes the biscuit. Everything about it reeks of quality, from its opulently glossy finish to its sumptuous deep black colour scheme and minimalist, elegantly sculpted lines.

Perhaps the PS50Q7HD’s budget price will make itself felt with the TV’s connections? Yes and no. In the yes column, the TV only has one HDMI socket and two Scarts when such a home cinema-friendly TV really ought to provide one extra of each. In the no column is the inclusion of a D-Sub PC input, and a couple of jacks which immediately prove the presence of a built-in digital tuner: a CI slot for subscription TV channels, and a digital audio output.

The latter of these lets you ship Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks – should the Freeview terrestrial digital platform broadcast any - to a suitable surround sound receiver.

Remarkably the digital tuner is far from the only eye-catching feature of this cut-price plasma. For starters it’s also HD Ready thanks to: the inclusion of component video jacks alongside the HDMI; a sufficiently high native resolution of 1,366 x 768; and full compatibility with the necessary 720p and 1080i HD formats. (There’s no 1080p support, though.)

Also startling is a claimed contrast ratio of 10000:1, an outlandish figure that promises black level talents that at least rival those of plasma superstars like the latest models from Panasonic and Pioneer.


October 21, 2008, 12:40 am

i bought this tv a few months ago for 𨀊 which was a good price, this plasma is now even cheaper and well worth the money, i bought this TV for my main living room and have it set up on my virgin + box and PS3. The HD quality is stunning, PS3 games and blue rays are perfect...

only negatives - the sound is not very good, the standard definition is average if your about 3 or more meters from the screen otherwise you can clearly see noise and frame drops when something on screen is moving, but if you sit over 3 meters from the screen the picture improves.

3 hdmi ports are plenty enough and the piano black finish and silver strip looks very stylish, swivel stand is easy access to the rear of the TV and helps when your connecting your components.

great large tv for about 𧽴

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