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Samsung PS50C6900 review

John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Samsung PS50C6900


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  • No motion blur, excellent viewing abgles
  • Elegant design
  • Less 3D crosstalk than rivals


  • Average contrast
  • Soft SD pictures

Review Price £895.00

Key Features: 3D shutter glasses included ; 4 HDMI ports; Samsung Internet@TV platform ; 50-inch 1080p panel; Freeview HD tuner

Manufacturer: Samsung

Aside from the simple issue of how many people really want 3D TV in their homes, three problems have undermined 3D’s 2010 debut. First, the number of full HD 3D Blu-rays coming out has been lower than expected. Second, the TVs capable of playing alternate-frame HD 3D have consistently been very expensive. And third, all the alternate frame LCD 3D TVs we’ve seen to date have suffered with distracting crosstalk (double ghosting) noise.

Despite - or maybe because of - all this, it’s actually with a high level of excitement that we take receipt of Samsung’s PS50C6900. For while this 50in TV clearly can’t end the 3D Blu-ray drought, its remarkably low price tag of £1,010 and use of plasma rather than LCD technology certainly raise hopes that it will be able to conquer the other two big 3D objections.

Let’s focus on that price a bit more. Basically, £1,010 would look pretty darned cheap for an ordinary 50in TV, yet here we’ve got one with full HD 3D support - complete with a built-in 3D transmitter and one pair of 3D active shutter glasses (worth around £100) thrown in for free. What’s more, the 3D capabilities are just the tip of a surprisingly large feature iceberg.

As for the fact that the PS50C6900 uses plasma technology, this is significant because the only 3D TVs we’ve seen that broadly avoid the dreaded crosstalk noise have been Panasonic’s plasma 3D models.

As well as the anticipation built by the factors we’ve just covered, the PS50C6900 builds on its instant ‘shelf appeal’ with a surprisingly pretty design. The single most striking thing about this is how slender the screen is - a surprising discovery given that the screen is a) so cheap and b) equipped with plasma rather than edge LED technology. We’re also fans of the cute grey colour used for the bezel - especially since this is offset so elegantly by a see-through outer trim.

Expectations that the PS50C6900 might have compromised its connectivity in its quest for cheapness are quickly shot down by even a cursory glance at the wealth of jacks on offer. Among the highlights are four HDMIs, two USBs, a D-Sub PC jack, and LAN port: everything, in other words, that we’d expect to find on a much more expensive TV.

What’s more, the USB and LAN ports just mentioned are all put to impressively wide-ranging use. First, the USBs are able to handle pretty much all the main video, photo and music file formats. Second, the USBs can be used to timeshift stuff - with no loss of quality - from the TV’s Freeview HD tuner to USB HDDs. Third, you can use an optional extra dongle in one of the USB ports to make the TV Wi-Fi capable. Fourth, the set’s LAN port can be used to stream files from networked DLNA PCs if you don’t pay extra to go Wi-Fi. And finally, the LAN port can be used to access Samsung’s online Internet@TV platform.

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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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