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Samsung PS50C6900 - More Picture Findings and the Final Word

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Samsung PS50C6900


Our Score:


The PS50C6900’s 3D pictures are slightly brighter than Panasonic’s, meaning that it arguably delivers a little more colour punch and shadow detail. However, before we get too excited about this, the screen can't produce as profound a black level as Panasonic’s screens. A downside of which is that 3D pictures don’t tend to appear quite so full of depth or convincing during dark scenes as Panasonic’s.

Taking Samsung’s reasonably comfortable and effective 3D glasses off and switching to 2D material emphasises the slight black level shortcomings noted before. For without the darkening effect of the shuttering glasses, it’s apparent that there’s a sheen of greyness over black colours that you just don’t get with Panasonic’s sets - or, at least, that you don’t get with sets from the middle G20/GT20) upwards of Panasonic’s range.

Another issue we have with the PS50C6900’s 2D pictures is that they’re not particularly comfortable with standard definition material, leaving all but the most pristine of standard def sources looking rather soft. You get the odd quirky looking colour tone with standard def material, too.

Thankfully, though, the PS50C6900 really shifts through the gears with HD pictures. The softness evaporates and turns into some excellent sharpness and detailing, while colours look more natural and subtle across the board. More subtle shading in dark areas hides the set’s slight black level shortcomings to some extent too, making HD pictures look more dynamic and rich.

Also with HD pictures, you can really get a sense of how decent the PS50C6900’s motion handling is for such a cheap screen. There actually seems less judder with 50Hz sources, in fact, than you get with Panasonic’s sets. And there’s not a sign of the motion blur so common with LCD TVs.

You can also watch the PS50C6900 from almost any angle without it losing colour saturation or contrast, unlike the vast majority of LCD TVs.

As well as its mostly impressive pictures, the PS50C6900 proves a surprisingly decent audio performer. There’s still a problematic shortage of bass, and the soundstage can’t really open up to immersive levels when required to by a thumping action scene. But the soundstage is more rounded, dynamic and clean than you get with Samsung’s edge LED TVs.


With interest in 3D arguably slightly waning as we head into Christmas (especially with Panasonic keeping the Avatar 3D Blu-ray off the streets while it bundles it exclusively with its TVs and Blu-ray packages), the PS50C6900 couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Sure, Panasonic’s 3D screens still outperform it with 2D and 3D, and it will be interesting to see how much of a difference the black filter in Samsung’s C7000 plasma screens makes. But the headline-grabbing bottom line with the PS50C6900 is that it’s the first big-screen TV that makes alternate frame 3D both truly watchable and truly affordable all at the same time.


November 9, 2010, 2:44 pm

@John Archer - Great review. It's good to see more manufacturers combine 3D with plasma, since it seems to be the best technology for 3D at the moment. I wish the 2D picture quality was a little higher though, since it's still going to be used more often than 3D. But 50" is too big for me anyway, so I guess it doesn't matter...Which brings me to my question:

Will you be reviewing Panasonic's TX-P42VT20 any time soon?? =)


November 9, 2010, 3:00 pm

Just one quick thing - is there any chance of testing gaming on TV reviews in the future? Particularly the motion blur (for LCDs) and input lag. Thanks.

ronesh amin

November 9, 2010, 5:47 pm

I have the PS50C7000 (for about 4 months now), and as i cant compare it to the C6900 to see if there difference in the Real Black Filter they use - what i can say is that the the TV could be found for as little as £1100 4 months ago. The TV is brilliant, apart from two things:

1) the widget based system is not as robust as Samsung's LED variants (for example it has no games you can play, even though TR imply that you can on the C6900; and it also has no skype)

2) the remote may be good to look at - but the buttons around the arrow keys are frustratingly close together, causing you to constantly press the wrong the button in menus/sub menus (and this is with having the set for 4 months)

apart from that, TR were spot on with the review, (but as mentioned earlier, my opinions are based on the PS50C7000, which is identical, apart from the RealBlack Filter reflection blocker which is on the PS50C7000.


November 9, 2010, 10:19 pm

It's interesting what the review notes about the quality of the SD processing as I believe, historically, it has been Panasonics that have provided a rather soft SD image whereas the Samsungs tended to deinterlace and scale the image more pleasingly, plus score much higher on the HQV benchmark.

Maybe the SD image processing ability was scaled back to get the price down.

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