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Samsung LN52A550 52-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV
List Price: $1999.99

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Product Description

52" screen (measured diagonally) * widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio * high-gloss black finish * built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required) * built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required) * 1920 x 1080 pixels *

Samsung's 550 Series is a perfect way to step up to Full HD 1080presolution. A fast 5 ms response rate produces smooth-motion scenes for sports and action movies, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 30,000:1 makes for deep blacks and crisp lines (15,000:1 in 32-inch and 37-inch models). Superb connectivity and networking with a USB port and 3 HDMI 1.3 ports with Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) means these HDTVs play well with all of your other electronics. Easily enjoy MPEG and JPEG files stored on external devices by connecting through the side-mounted USB 2.0, turn your LCD into a full-scale home viewing gallery, or connect your MP3 player for a dynamic audio experience.

lifestyleKey Features

  • New -- 30,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio: up from 15,000:1 on 2007 models (15,000 on 32-inch and 37-inch models) (Learn more)
  • New -- Fast 5ms response time: down from 8ms on 2007 models thanks to a new high-speed liquid crystal
  • Full 1080p HD (Learn more)
  • 178-degree viewing angle from all four axes with Super Patterned Vertical Alignment (Learn more)
  • 3 HDMI 1.3 ports: Simplay compliant (Learn more)
  • USB 2.0 port: connect devices directly to your HDTV--view JPEG photos or MPEG movies or easily listen to your MP3 player through your HDTV's audio system or your home theater system
  • DNIe Digital Natural Image Engine improves the picture by enhancing the contrast, detail, and white balance (Learn more)
  • Hidden speakers with SRS TruSurround XT audio (Learn more)
  • Wide Color Enhancer technology and Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (CCFL) offer a wider color range (Learn more)
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP) enables convenient simultaneous viewing of TV programs and video or PC sources
  • V-Chip system allows blocking of rated TV and movie programs determined by the parent to contain objectionable content.
  • Trilingual on-screen displays in English, Spanish or French.
  • Variable sleep timer to turn the TV off in varying time intervals.
  • Auto wall mount compatible: 3-dimensional operation via TV’s remote control; no external IR receiver required.
  • Swivel stand included
  • 1 year parts and 1 year labor warranty (90 days parts and labor for commercial use), with in-home service, backed by Samsung toll-free support

Step Up Features

  • Series 6: 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, AutoMotion Plus 120Hz image interpolation for smoother motion, 4ms response time, Transparent and Opaque Color (TOC) bezel, Clear Panel, Ethernet port with Infolink free RSS feeds, 4 HDMI 1.3 ports, Sports and Game modes, Compatible with Samsung's Home Digital Media Adapter for playback and navigation of Internet and stored PC multimedia
  • Series 7: Internal flash memory (1GB) with pre-loaded interactive content such as cooking recipes, children's entertainment, HD artwork and more, Integrated woofer for an enhanced audio experience, DLNA-Compatible: for better interoperability with electronics, computers and mobile devices from many different manufacturers
  • Step Up Features

  • Series 6: 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, AutoMotion Plus 120Hz image interpolation for smoother motion, 4ms response time, Transparent and Opaque Color (TOC) bezel, Clear Panel, Ethernet port with Infolink free RSS feeds, 4 HDMI 1.3 ports, Sports and Game modes, Compatible with Samsung's Home Digital Media Adapter for playback and navigation of Internet and stored PC multimedia
  • Series 7: Internal flash memory (1GB) with pre-loaded interactive content such as cooking recipes, children's entertainment, HD artwork and more, Integrated woofer for an enhanced audio experience, DLNA-Compatible: for better interoperability with electronics, computers and mobile devices from many different manufacturers
  • Series 8: super-slim 1.9-inch thick profile
What size TV should you get?


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Full HD 1080P

full HD 1080P Full HD, or 1080p, contains 1.5 times more scanning lines than conventional HD TVs. More scanning lines mean more pixels, more details and a better picture. The new Samsung LCD TV with resolution that is approximately 2 times greater than conventional HDTVs, creating the most perfect picture imaginable.

Samsung’s 1080p panel uses a new high-speed liquid crystal to cut response time to 4ms. The fast response time, coupled with Samsung’s Auto Motion Plus 120Hz motion blur reduction technology dramatically reduces motion blur and judder.
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30,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio/500 nit Brightness

25,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio 30,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio will give you a picture better than you ever thought possible, with whiter whites, blacker blacks and a nearly infinite subtlety of gradations in between. As two of the most important determining factors in overall picture quality, contrast and brightness levels achieve new heights in this latest generation LCD panel. Samsung’s new LCD TV’s give the most stunning realistic picture quality ever.

Digital Natural Image Engine

DNIe image DNIe The Samsung Digital Natural Image engine. This exclusive Samsung technology dramatically improves the picture by enhancing the contrast, detail, white balance and reduces.
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Wide Color Enhancer/Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp

The NTSC (National Television Systems Committee) has established the color standards all TVs in America try to meet. And typical LCD TVs only meet about 72% of this standard. Samsung LCD HDTVs use Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp back lights to give you 92% coverage of the NTSC standard, ensuring truer, more breathlessly vivid colors.

Samsung’s exclusive Wide Color Enhancer technology delivers more brilliant colors, even in bright areas of the picture where blues and greens are washed out on conventional screens. The system displays wider color reproduction, showing you truer colors – the fresh green of spring foliage, the intense blue of the summer sky.
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Connectivity

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To make the Series 6 a true entertainment hub for any home, Samsung has incorporated advanced HD connectivity and networking capabilities that expand the HDTV’s functionality. A wide variety of multimedia devices can be connected to the set through any one of the four Simplay compliant HDMI 1.3 inputs (including one on the side), and the handy HDMI-CEC feature lets you control all your CEC-enabled peripherals using just one remote.

Connect HD digital devices like disc players, game consoles, and satellite dish components into the 2 rear connections and use the side-mounted input for cameras, camcorders, and laptops. HDMI is the best performing interface for displaying an HD source on an HDTV.

Once connected, users can easily access device menus and manage and display content through the newly redesigned Wheel Key Remote control and the HDTV’s sophisticated content management interface.

All Connections
  • 3 HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) version 1.3: (2 rear/1 side)
  • Component video: 2 rear (Y, Pb, Pr)
  • Composite inputs: 1 rear (shared with component) / 1 side
  • S-Video: 1 side
  • PC input: 1 rear
  • Wiselink (USB 2.0)
  • RF antenna inputs
  • Headphone jack: side

Super Patterned Vertical Alignment

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Samsung’s Super Patterned Vertical Alignment (SPVA) panel provides a 178-degree viewing angle from all four axes

Audio Features

TruSurround is a patented SRS technology that solves the problem of playing 5.1 multichannel content over two speakers. TruSurround delivers a compelling, virtual surround sound experience through any two-speaker playback system, including internal television speakers and headphones. It is fully compatible with all multichannel formats up to 5.1 channels. High-quality virtual surround sound can be experienced with just the two hidden, downward-firing side-mounted 2.2-channel dome speakers built into the TV.

SRS TruSurround XT technology delivers an amazing, simulated 3D effect with clear dialog and powerful bass.

TruSurround XT audio also adds three audio enhancement technologies to produce an amazingly immersive sound experience.
  • Dialog Clarity brings movie dialog into Focus during the playback of any surround-encoded material to make speech much clearer and crisper.
  • TruBass creates incredible deep rich bass allowing a person to perceive significantly deeper, richer low bass tones that are far beyond the physical low frequency capabilities of the speaker itself.
  • The SRS WOW feature widens the sound stage by processing standard two-channel stereo material as well as multi-channel encoded material for a dramatic improvement in the playback of any stereo audio over a two-speaker system.
Stereo broadcast reception is offered for MTS and SAP with 181-channel capacity. A sound leveler keeps audio volume consistent during channel changing.

Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

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With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.
If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.
  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5
Features:
  • Full HD 1080p Resolution
  • Wide Color Enhancer
  • 3 HDMI Inputs
  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI-CDC

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent picture quality!
    Great picture. Very easy to set up. The delivery men arrived on time and were very professional. Even wiped their feet on the door mat before entering. The only thing I didnt like was the "feel" of the remote control and the location of its numeric keypad. Holding the remote upside down felt more natural in my hand, than right side up. And changing channels using the keypad was awkward on my thumb. For this, I rate 4 out of 5 stars. ...more info
  • Great TV for Great Price
    I have had the LN52A550 for almost a month now and am very pleased with it. It is my first LCD TV and spent several weeks researching different brands prior to purchasing through Amazon. Amazon had the best price. The matte screen works well in my great room which has three walls of windows/doors. Very little problem with glare. Picture quality is great. Sound quality although downgraded on a lot of reviews is what I would expect from a TV. Never thought any TV would put out great sound without a home theater system. CEVA was the delivery company and did a good job. Scheduled delivery, was on time and did all I asked to check the TV before leaving.
    If you are looking for a 50" or larger flat screen this is a great buy for the price....more info
  • Bad Delivery Damaged TV
    We ordered this product, in part, because of the free "white-glove delivery". The "white-glove delivery" consisted of one guy dragging this 52" LCD TV out of a van, across my dirty driveway and up two flights of stairs. I was shocked!!! The delivery order stated "two-man delivery" The TV works but shuts off and then comes back on by itself. Amazon is sending another one. The delivery company is called Pilot Freight. I called them to complain, hopefully they will send two people this time!!!...more info
  • Great Buy!
    I purchased the LN52A550 about a month ago. Great product. Alot of LCD buyers wish they would have bought a larger unit after their initial purchase. I had planned on purchasing the LN46A550. I could upgrade to the 52' for a few hundred dollars more. A no brainer. Great color and deep blacks. Great matte finish for no glare in a sun bright room. No regrets....more info
  • I own two of them.
    I liked this tv so much, I bought a second. I can't express how clean looking this television is. Mounted on a wall, it really adds to a room. Watching HD content on this tv really makes it shine and with a $1500 price tag, it's tough to beat....more info
  • Samsung LN52A550 Great...but...
    Great quality, only thing keeping it from 5 stars is the lousy speaker quality. If you have a home theater system, not an issue, if not, you may have to do what I did...which was buy one. I do love this tv....more info
  • I threw it off my 8th floor balcony and it still works!!!
    This thing is like a piece of iron.... but its a machine made of chips and plastic I think...more info
  • Samsung 52" LN550 TV
    I am very happy with the TV - it's awesome. However, I'm not very happy with Amazon. The day I received the TV Amazon lowered their price for the TV by $110. I contacted Amazon and their best advice was to send this one back and repurchase it at the lower price. When I purchased the TV and talked to their online help, I was led to believe that if the price went down within a short period of my purchase, they would adjust it. No such luck. Their policy of absolutely no price adjustments after purchase should be published on their website. Amazon needs to be more upfront with their customers....more info
  • great value
    Since ordering my Samsung, I have nothing but good things to say about it. The resolution is awesome, the setup was very easy.
    The whole purchase experience was not difficult at all and the price was amzazing.
    Make sure when ordering that you also buy HDMI cables ahead of time to ease with the installation....more info
  • Great delivery and great TV
    I was nervous about ordering such a large item from Amazon without delivery and set-up but when the Pilot shipping subcontractor arrived (as scheduled) he brought the carton in, unpacked the TV, placed it on the stand, plugged it in, put batteries in the remote, turned on the TV, connected the HDMI cable I already had, and made sure everything worked properly - all within 10 minutes - then removed all the packing materials. I was very relieved about this service. The TV has a very crisp and detailed picture, even on non HD channels or sources. The sound is also of good quality. I am not technically brilliant and did not interconnect the TV with surround sound or tweak the picture fron the factory settings. It just looks and sounds great. It is connected to a DirecTV HD receiver and an old combo VHS/DVD player. I don't watch enough movies to justify a blu-ray player. Both the TV and Amazon at $500 cheaper than the the Navy Exchange or Best Buy sale price with tax and great delivery service was, in my opinion, a great decision. John H....more info
  • TV works great, but delivery could be better
    I received the TV as promised after a mix up in scheduling the delivery. The TV was in great condition. I did have a problem with the delivery. They came late past the window of time they gave me and didn't give me a call 1 hour before. I had to call them to get the status. There was only one delivery guy and I had to help him bring the TV into my home. Good thing I didn't need the TV upstairs. He didn't do any testing to make sure the TV worked. Overall I was please with the price and the TV itself....more info
  • Beautiful picture
    I purchased this television in February of 2008 after doing weeks of research and comparing the picture quality to other HDTVs in store.

    I could not be happier with this television. I have had it for over a year and it has survived two moves, and a toddler spilling a drink down the front of the LCD screen.

    Once you view an action movie or a sports game on this Samsung, you will never be able to stand watching it on a lesser quality television. If you are a serious gamer, you will fall in love with the resolution, clarity and smooth motion.

    If you are in the market for an LCD HDTV, you must buy a Samsung! I cannot wait until I can buy the Samsung LN32B550 32-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV with Red Touch of Color to use in my bedroom for movie watching and as a computer monitor....more info
  • Great TV, also works great with a PC hook up
    I've purchased this TV for about 6 months now and I'm very happy with it. Here's some guidance for new buyers:

    - Initially I was a little disappointed because when you don't have HD, the image does seem a little pixelated. However, use the Samsung software option in their menus and enable the automatic smoothing, and you'll see quite an improvement.

    - I hooked up the TV to the computer and it works great. A PC resolution of 1280x800 is sufficient. It's easy to browse the net, watch videos, checks email and type out documents on the TV, it's great. I do recommend a wireless keyboard and mouse with this setup.

    - If your PC doesn't support PCI-X (PCI Extreme) video cards (which are the cards that handle HDMI output -- and that is desirable because one HDMI cable can carry both video and sound), then you need to hook up 2 cables, one for video (get a long VGA cable) and one for sound (standard 3.5mm RC jack), and connect the 2 cables from the PC to the TV.

    - Lots of people complain about the sound not being amazing, but you really don't notice any mediocricy if you hook up the TV to a surround sound system. Problem solved.

    All in all, for me this TV was a really worthwhile investment.


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  • Great Value for the price!
    I had been looking at both this model and the LN52A650. Before purchasing either of these, make sure you take a look at it in the store. Most of the time the settings on the TV in the store are not adjusted optimally, but even still, it should give you a good idea of what it will look like when you get it home. In my case, looking at identical images on both this and the 650, i could not tell the difference. I do occasionally notice slight jaggedness on the edges of fast moving images, but generally this is ONLY when i am closer than 5 feet to the screen. As with any HD set, if you are watching Standard Def tv it will be quite pixelated.
    I am satisfied with this set, and glad i saved the extra money i would have spent on the 650 or higher models, especially with how quickly the technology is changing!...more info
  • So Far So Great!!
    I have had the TV for about a month now and love it! The sound is not the greatest, but if you play with it a little bit you can get it to sound pretty good. I will be buying surround sound soon so it's not a big deal to me. I have not noticed any motion blur (being it's 60hz). Definately recommended! I hope it lasts along time......more info
  • Great TV - husband loves it!
    No complaints except the tinny sound. Easily fixed once hooked up to good speakers....more info
  • Time to buy!
    Between the recession and the introduction of the 240Hz LCD TV's, the price for this big beauty is down nicely.

    We watch movies, Hi-Def cable shows and kid shows in my family, mostly, and this TV does a fantastic job with each. If your focus isn't on sports, this is an excellent television and a very good deal right now.

    If you haven't bought a TV in a few years, or this is a step up, be warned! there are a lot of options and features to work with. It is worth your time to learn them, but it does take a little time. If you routinely upgrade your computers or cell phone every couple years, you'll be fine. If you don't, be prepared to spend some time learning what this beast of a TV can do for you.

    I recommend it and would buy it again....more info
  • NICE QUALITY TV
    This tv has an outstanding picture!All functions were easy to operate.
    Setting up the picture quality was a lot easier than I was led to believe.
    The only knock I have against this tv is the sound system.Very mediocre.
    Since I am am using a seperate sound system anyway this problem is not
    really an issue for me.I would suggest anyone purchasing this tv to consider
    doing the same,but otherwise a tv well worth the money!...more info
  • Excellent TV
    I was looking for 52" SAMSUNG for about 6months. I was considering the LN46A630 as it had 120hz but the screen size was small and 120hz was waste of money in my humble opinion. So I finally decided on this TV.

    Price:
    At the time of purchase, the price at amazon.com was the best price I have a seen from reputable seller plus the $200 GC from Samsung made it even sweeter.

    Shipping:
    The delivery was thru CEVA and I was a bit worried. The delivery guys were professional. They unpacked the TV attached the stand and set it up on floor as I did not have my TV stand ready at the time. They made sure the TV was working before they left. I also noticed that their truck was half full of all kinds of HDTV's so they must be experienced doing this stuff.

    TV:
    It is heavier for a single person to handle carefully. The picture was amazing. The factory settings are OK to get started but try changing the settings and you will get the picture that you like in a few minutes.

    For the picture brightness, you can change the brightness settings OR change the Power Saving Mode to HIGH setting this will reduce the brightness of the picture and also reduce the power consumption. These is a lot information on calibration settings in the internet for this TV that will give you an idea to get started but there is not much to calibrate as some nerd squads make you think.

    I am watching this TV at a distance of 10 feet and it is perfect. I have not tried Bluray but the standard OTA signals in 720p and 1080i look amazing. 480 signals look OK but this TV is not built for 480 signals.

    I am happy with the 60hz. I was into getting a 120hz but after watching the difference between them at a local store, I decided that is is not worth the additional $$$. I would spend the additional money on getting a nice Bluray player. I personally feel that 120hz is more of a hype created by the manufacturers.

    The sound is OK to get started but I hooked up my Home Theater after a few mins of setting up the TV. It does not do justice to use this TV without a home theater system. I wish Samsung just not include the speakers and give us a price break for the speaker costs.

    I wanted a Samsung HDTV and now that I have one, I could not be more pleased. Highly recommend this TV....more info
  • Samsung TV - LN52A550
    This TV is fantastic. Colors are sharp, has all the ports you need, and bunch of settings to tweak. And it's Samsung so quality wise you know you can't go wrong. The only issue with the TV, which many people have complained about is the sound. Follow the sound settings from this site, http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1020612 and those sounds settings are gone. Nothing else to say about the TV itself as it's perfect.

    Beware of shipping from Amazon's shipping carrier. They say you get some special handling shipping where the carrier sets the TV up for you to insure it works. This is not the case at all. They do the same thing all other shipping carriers do...drop you package off and leave. If you have this type of shipping make sure you turn the TV and test prior to the shipper departing in case the TV has a defect. Other than this issue, shipping was EXTREMELY fast when ordering from Amazon directly. ...more info
  • This is a nice tv :}
    I've owned this tv for a few weeks and i have to say i am very happy with it. The picture with Xbox 360, Playstation and blu-ray is fabulous.
    Also a plus is that you hardly get any glare from windows or lights in the screen. Only downside I have really seen is that the speakers in the tv don't have good sound. Though this isn't really a problem considering i don't use them anyways. And the price for the Tv was the cheapest high quality television i could find.
    ...more info
  • Samsung Television
    So far I have no problems with this television. It is everything I expected it to be. Even though I don't watch a great amount of television the lower price allowed me to justify its purchase.
    ...more info
  • Great TV, Great Price
    CC was going out of business here in town and I was determined to get the best deal I could on a new TV. They wouldn't budge on an open box LN52A550 from $1600. Although I thought this was a good deal at the time...I just felt I could do better. Christmas came and went, the store closed, and I had not purchased a TV...in fact I was kicking myself for not buying the TV at that 1600 price. I then found the same TV, for 1498 w/ what was advertised as "free shipping" and it was out of state, so tax free. I jumped on it. Then through the course of the purchase, I learned that there was a $58 shipping fee. Anyway, besides the horrible shipping conditions, and shoddy delivery service chosen by Amazon, the TV has been great! The picture is beautiful, sharp, clear, bright, and rich. The speakers are on the bottom and back, which take away from it's ability to get the sound out to you on the couch, but they do a good job until you can get a surround system. The controls are easy and comfortable. I don't like that "TV" is always selected for a source to view, since I'm not using it should be grayed out like the rest. I am very happy with my purchase and would buy the same TV again....more info
  • LIVING UP TO EXPECTATIONS
    I chose this Samsung because the 46 inch version of this model was the best-rated one in its size in Consumer Reports (which I trust for everything). The picture is excellent, the onscreen menus logical, clear and easy to use. The sound is OK (as noted in CR), but I have a home theater system to make up for that. The only caveat I have is that there appears to be some sort of issue between Verizon's Motorola set top boxes when hooking up with an HDMI cable. No serious trouble for me yet, but apparently Motorola and Samsung are pointing fingers at each other. I have had to unplug the Verizon FIOS set top box a couple of times to get it to reset (the Samsung was reporting "No Signal." Online blogs seem to think the problems lie with Motorola. I discovered the problem when I called Verizon about set top box problems with a box hooked to a Phillips TV in the house, and they were surprised that the problem I was reporting was not the Samsung....more info
  • Good quality LCD tv
    Bottom line, this is a good Hi-def LCD tv. I bought my first one (46" LCD) Samsung from Amazon, and was so impressed that instead of getting something cheaper in another product for my second purchase, I paid a "little" extra for the quality that I knew what I was going to get with the Samsung. Haven't had any complaints except audio. It works fine, but the speakers are on the bottom of the flat screen..Hence, if you have a tv cut-out over a fireplace like we do, it may look great, but the sound gets lost in the cut-out...Obviously, this isn't a factor if you're using a seperate audio system...
    All-in-all, a good quality LCD tv. I'm hooked on Samsung if I ever have to purchase another one. ...more info
  • Great TV
    This is a great TV and it came with a super price. I was concerned after reading some of the nightmare stories about the shipper, but I had no problems there at all. Bottom line is that this was a flawless transaction and a super product....more info
  • Outstanding picture from Samsung, Outstanding Delivery from Amazon
    Simply put, the Samsung 52A550 is an excellent TV. I have no worries about potential glare because this is in my basement. That said, this TV has the matte screen vice the glossier "Clear Panel" on the 650. After calibrating with DVE (not professional, but good enough for me at least), this set is a sight to behold. If you are seated too close (3-5 ft), you will see blurring during fast motion, but I highly doubt even 120Hz sets would rectify that at such a close distance. The set compared to my other HD LCDs, has a good SD picture but, as expected, HD is where it really shines. After thinking my FiOS connection looked great, I put in a Blu-Ray movie and was very impressed. Additionally, PS3 and Wii games and activities look great. I was a little more nervous about the Wii since it doesn't have HD output, but with the component cables (never tested the Composite), things look great. Upscaling DVDs don't look like blu-ray, but do look like HD. Haven't tested VHS tapes to date. For those who complain about the sound...if you are going to spend $1500 and up on a TV, whether it's Samsung, Sony, or any other manufacturer, just spend another $150-$200 on a basic surround sound system. Even the basic ones will perform well. I had an existing HT setup, so didn't worry about that. Yes, the TV speakers are tinny and weak and the SRS (virtual surround) doesn't really work unless you are in a closed off room (open floor plans, need not apply). You could argue that for the money, you should get premium sound...I just say the price of your set would increase by 25-50 percent, if not more. Outstanding sound in a small package is a challenge and these are TV manufacturers. You can't convince me that a different manufacturer suddenly has premium sound whether or not the speakers point out or down.

    Lastly, I was extremely nervous (but the price trumped that) about the delivery service. I was even more nervous when my email said I had Pilot and not CEVA. Obviously, I cannot speak for Pilot nationwide, but in the Philadelphia area they were excellent (the set was delivered to Delaware County just outside the city prior to them driving out to my place in Chester County). The day after I ordered, they called to set up an appointment and gave me an afternoon window. They showed up during the first half of that window a week after ordering. Yes, one of the guys looked like he was in a gang before he tried his hand at delivery, but I could care less about that than about the services rendered. They verified they had the correct address and carried the TV into the house and set it down. I wondered if that was it when the lead guy pulled out the paperwork from his back pocket, put it back in, and asked where I wanted the TV. I told him the basement and showed him where it was. No moans and groans about navigating the landing, he just told the other guy where they were going and moved it downstairs. After expecting due to all the negative reviews that the journey ended there (and being happy it was at least in the basement, they opened the box, lifted the TV up on my stand, connected the cables, turned it on, did the setup, and had me verify and initial the checklist they had (yes, no BS line about it's cold out, so warm up the TV first). When I ordered my TV, it didn't even have the banner on the Amazon page for White Glove Delivery, or Enhanced Delivery, just Free Delivery. All I cared about was getting the TV on the stand, but setting it up was a nice touch. I would have verified it worked anyway before they left, but again, nice that they did it for me. After a tip for each of the guys (without them waiting around looking like they were lost), they were on their way. No complaints with Pilot (understanding that they aren't the same everywhere).

    Bottom line, excellent TV by Samsung
    Ridiculous price by Amazon (30% off when I pulled the trigger)
    Excellent delivery from Pilot (Philly region)...more info