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Samsung LN37A550 37-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV
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Once you experience the amazing picture quality that high definition offers, it'll be almost impossible for you to watch "normal" TV. The SAMSUNG LN37A550 is the perfect way to upgrade your home entertainment. With full 1080p resolution, images are sharper and more realistic. And a 15,000:1 contrast ratio delivers stunning contrast in dark or bright scenes. Full HD (1080p) contains 1.5 times more scanning lines than conventional HD TVs. That means more pixels, more details and a better picture. A resolution that is approximately twice as much as conventional HD TVs creates the most perfect picture imaginable. Contrast and brightness levels achieve new heights in this LCD TV. Watch movies and shows come to life with enhanced details in very dark or bright scenes. Enjoy a more realistic, sharper picture quality that's sure to catch your eye with 15,000:1 contrast ratio. One of the most important features for an LCD panel is the pixel response time. Response time refers to the amount of time it takes a pixel to "refresh" itself-to go from being active to being inactive, (ready to be re-activated). The lower the milliseconds, the faster the response time. A very fast 5ms response time virtually eliminates any blurring and gives you smooth-motion action scenes. The newest feature is the Wiselink USB Connection that easily hooks up your MP3 player or digital camera to your TV with the USB 2.0 connection. A simple user interface lets you scroll through and view play lists and pictures. You can zoom, rotate or play photo slide shows and even add music. With the SAMSUNG LN37A550 HDTV you really get the total package. 15,000 - 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio 5ms Response Time 16 - 9 Aspect Ratio SRS TruSurround XT 10 W + 10 W Audio System Input Ports - 3 x HDMI (1 side, 2 rear), 2 x Component, 2 x A/V (1 side, 1 rear), 1x 15-pin VGA PC, 1 x S-Video (side), Wiselink (USB 2.0), RF antenna inputs, Headphone jack (side) A

Samsung's 550 Series is a perfect? way to step up to Full HD 1080p resolution. 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 ¨C 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
  • Series 5 1080p LCD HDTVs are available in 32-inch, 37-inch, 40-inch, 46-inch, and 52-inch models
  • Series 6 1080p LCD HDTVs are available in 19-inch, 22-inch, 32-inch, 40-inch, 46-inch, and 52-inch models
  • Series 7 1080p LCD HDTVs are available in 40-inch, 46-inch, and 52-inch models
Features:
  • Full HD 1080p Resolution
  • Wide Color Enhancer
  • 3 HDMI Inputs
  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI-CDC

Customer Reviews:

  • FLAT SCREEN TV
    Samsung LN40A550 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV
    GREAT TV AND GREAT SERVICE......FIRST ONE ARRIVED DAMAGED....ONE EMAIL AND WAAALAAA......NEW ONE ARRIVED ON MY DOORSTEP WITHIN 10 DAYS.....THAT`S WHAT I CALL GREAT SERVICE.....AFTER THE SALE !!!
    YOU CAN TRUST AMAZON.COM !!
    BE WELL, DO GREAT WORK AND KEEP IN TOUCH,
    FLYBOY STINSON...more info
  • Great HDTV
    The Samsung LN37A550 is a very nice television and after about 1 month I still feel the same. I would also like to say that I was very pleased and impressed with the company that I got it from - Sixth Avenue Electronics. Instead of just shipping the TV in the manufacturers box as many retailers do. It was double boxed and had lots of packing material. That was very nice to see since I do worry about purchases possibly getting damaged in shipment. Lastly, I have made many purchases from Amazon and have always been 100% satisfied! ...more info
  • Samsung LN37A550 37-Inch 1080p LCD
    I received the the Samsung in great condition and the delivery person brought it inside where I took over the set up. It was set up friendly (thank the Lord). The 37A550 was up and running within 30 minutes. It has all the hookups that you could ask for, laptops, camera, camcorders and more. The price was below $1000 plus they were asking for when it came out.
    The Samsung picture is Awesome and I would recommend this product to anyone....more info
  • Nice, but ....
    What I was not told when I purchased this TV was that I would get a worse picture when viewing analog cable that I got with my 11 year old Sony. I was pretty much forced to subscribe to digital cable. The so called "auto audio" is totally useless. The commercials still scream loud enough to blow ear drums with or without this "function" activated. My main complaint is the switching of TV to DVD or VCR. With the Sony, it was a push of one button. With the Samsung, I have to go to the menu, find the source selection function and switch signal source from TV to "Component 1 or 2. Reverse to go back to TV. Unacceptable. ...more info
  • My own review
    The Samsung 37" LCD is great. Colors are excellent and sharp. The only complaint I have is the skimpy sound system. Everything sounded "echo-y" and tinny: I had to add a sound system. Now it's great and I wouldn't trade the Samsung TV with any other one....more info
  • Samsung 37" 1080 TV
    This has been one of these best TV's iv'e ever owned. Set up was easy and it was a great bargain compared to the Best Buy stores. The stand was broken when we received it but Samsung made this good for us....more info
  • Great picture and performance.
    I had been looking for my first HD Television for years. Between being picky and also not having a lot of cash flow(College student) I kept looking and looking. Finally after narrowing down my size down to a 37, and my price around $1000, I found this gem. The picture on this television is fantastic and for several functions. I play my Xbox 360 on it, and the picture looks as sharp as ever and there is little to no blur, (Gears of War 2 is crystal clear. Some games arent rendered very high, but the picture still looks great). I also watch DVDs on it a lot, and they look great too, unfortunately my DVD player is pretty basic and doesnt put out the best colors. When I see content in true HD, this television shows just how well it can perform. The blacks are very black and other other colors are bright and sharp. The only down side to this television would be the slight motion blur, and I mean slight. And even though there is not much 1080p content out there, I thought is would be nice to have when such content becomes more abundant. I give this a confident 4.8 out of 5, leaving out the .2 for technology flaws that I am not keen enough to notice or care about. I highly recommend this television....more info
  • what more do you want?
    This pictute is as good as or better than a Sony TV for a lot less money.
    As others have pointed out the sound is really poor on Samsung. I agree and have, as others have done, used my Bose system for sound.
    This makes this TV perfect.
    I needed a 37" Tv because I have an entertainment center that I would not replace. Sony had a 37' tv but the speakers made it too big for my entertainment center.

    I am very, very pleased with my purchse of Samsung....more info
  • Beutifull tv, once set up correctly.
    First I will say this is one of the best looking screens I have seen, once configured correctly. It did require some tinkering:

    I have read some reviews complaining about the "Made in Mexico" models not having as nice of a picture as the korean models, so I was a bit weary when I received the mexico one. I was a bit disappointed, particularly when hooked up to the PC input with the out of box settings. dull and somewhat muddle looking color. However, a quick adjustment to brightness contrast and color profiles quickly solved this. HDMI by contrast was WAY to bright and sharp on factory settings when hooked up to the PC. (I have not tested this on any bluray players, as I currently use it as a screen for my HTPC.) I had to turn the sharpness down all the way, it just does not work well with PC text and 3d gaming, and brought out too much artifacts in Xvid and mpeg4 encoded media files. Took me roughly 2 weeks of playing with all the settings before I got a truly fantastic picture on this model, which is why i give it 5 stars. Lets just say if you are comparing to in store models, you have not seen anything yet. most stores do not correctly configure the screens before displaying them.

    I do not use the sound, however I can testify that it does sound tiny when i tried my PS2 on the component inputs, but most flat panel TVs do not have good sound, so I recommend a good external setup regardless to the TV brand. ...more info
  • Good set.
    Pros: Very good HD picture, easy to set up. Non-HD channels are satisfactory, but not outstanding.
    Cons: Tinny sound from speakers on the back of the unit that can be improved somewhat through menu adjustments. External speakers a must if sound is extremely important to you. Best viewed close to head on, as colors fade at sharper angles.
    Overall: Very satisfied. Looks great with Blu-ray. ...more info
  • Great
    Perfect size for me, not too big and not too small. Picture is good. Lots of options for viewing. Price was what I expected. And it was mailed to my home, loved that....more info
  • Excellent TV
    Bought this in November and it is well worth the money. We don't have cable, but get excellent over the air HD reception with this tv. It is amazing that the non-cable quality of this TV is this good. Plus, shipping was easy and this TV was a great deal.

    Well worth it if you are in the market for a digital TV....more info
  • Love this TV!
    When connected to my Dish HD receiver, this TV has an awesome picture. Sharp and crisp with beautiful color. I'm very happy with my purchase....more info
  • Samsung 37" A550 1080p
    The box arrived much sooner than the delivery schedule stated. I was surprised at the small amount of packing material that surrounded the TV when I unpacked it.
    The TV arrived still set in the "SHOP" mode with all sections at their maximum settings. It took around 90 minutes to set up the TV using the onscreen menu for color, sound, channels, etc. I used a guide I found online at a review site for the next larger size Samsung to speed up the process of set-up. Without it to get me in the "ballpark", It probably would have took an hour longer to get it right. I am disappointed with the AUTOSOUND option which states it controls volume at a standard level. This feature is useless when it comes to commericals that literally turn up the volume automatically. The surround sound feature does work reasonably well. The picture is "standard" with receiving signals that are not HD.
    I will appreciate the feature of software upgrades to the set as they become available. Maybe they will fix the auto sound problem in the next upgrade. Overall, the great TV for a small display space....more info
  • Good for an LCD, but still prefer PLASMA
    Bought this top rated LCD for the bedroom - very nice. LCD is the way to go if you want light weight, cool running television for a bright, sunlit room. OTHERWISE, I would still stick with the plasma technology.

    We have an older Pioneer plasma (720p resolution) in the living room - this Samsung LCD can't touch the Pioneer plasma when it comes to picture quality. The plasma provides much more realistic "film" type picture. The real difference is in flesh tones and blacks (such as a man's black suit on a show like David Letterman, etc).

    I know the LCD's look so much better when you see them in a huge, brightly lit store like Best Buy, but in real life there is no question that plasma provides the better, truer picture.

    The VERY NEW and EXPENSIVE technology of LED seems to have the benefits of the LCD with the picture quality of a plasma....but it's pretty pricey right now. But just wait a few years, and the prices will come down.

    Also, don't get hung up on the 1080p resolution - the human eye can only detect so much. A 720p resolution will look just as good as a 1080p (unless you stick your nose a few inches from the screen...which nobody does.) Sitting back in your easy chair, they're just the same.

    We really do like this TV, especially the clean look when it is turned off. However for our next TV purchase (far in the future....) we will look to the new LED technology, or stick with Plasma....more info
  • Refurbished Samsung LN37A550 37-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV Review
    Electrozone Service:
    Pros: Television was packaged with tons of foam. No dead pixels. Excellent customer service and communication. CHEAP PRICE!

    Cons:The shipping was delayed but Electrozone was able to compensate for it. Scuffs and scratches along the border of the t.v. Biggest issue was the "FIXED" writing that was etched permanently along the border of the television due to being a refurbished product( Luckily, Can only be seen at a glared angle and not a big enough issue to return but still COME ON GUYS please don't scratch up the refurbished televisions with "Fixed" writing, common sense).

    Television itself:
    Pros: Amazing 1080p picture. Best remote control, ever. Tons of extra settings and features.

    Cons:Can get a bit too bright from time to time but nothing major. As expected, the sound it bad but replacement speakers or a sound system fix the problem. ...more info
  • fayesioux
    we have had this TV for aaboaut a month. The picture is great (and we aren't subscribing to HD yet), but the comments about the sound being 'crappy' or 'tinny' are also true. There is a menu to adjust the equalizer, etc, but it doesn't sem to help a lot. We have chosen to run the digital sound output through stereo receiver, so it si not an issue. Overall, the Amazon price is the best bargain. Delivery was GREAT. TV was easy to install and setup. ...more info
  • Fantastic for the $$
    I received this item as an early Christmas gift in Nov '08, and am extremely happy with it. The picture quality is excellent, buch better than my previous HD TV from TSHBA that was not 1080p. The viewing angle is excellent, the blacks are very black, and the brights are very bright. There is no banding, blooming, distortion, or pixallated edges. Samsung makes a high quality product that is frequently better than many of the higher priced products from their competitors.

    I've seen a few reviewers complaining about a few things, here is my input on their issues as someone who is not only an A/V enthusiast for over 20 years, but also an IT technician:

    Check for firmware updates, my S@NY BDP-350 Blu-Ray player (purchased in Dec) has had 3 Firmware updates for it so far. One of them solved an HDMI issue.

    As with anything else in this world, it is possible to get a bad unit & this is true of ALL manufacturers (even S@NY). Electronics today are all produced by the lowest bidder. You can buy a TV today, and 3 months later I can buy the exact same model, and if we compare the internal parts, there will be differences... whatever chips were cheapest when they placed the parts order are what go into your set, and it is assembled in a factory by human beings being paid peanuts.

    Picture quality: The source makes a huge difference. I switched from Cablevision to FiOs & the difference in picture quality is stunning (on both the standard & HD channels). I have not run satellite, so cannot comment on the quality of that source.

    Audio quality: For the life of me, I can't determine why someone would be using the internal speakers on this TV. Why you would have an almost 40" TV and not run it through an audio system is beyond me...

    Picture blacking out: This has A LOT to do with the HDMI outputs on the cheaply made set-top boxes that are used to receive Satellite/Cable/FiOs. They ALL have HDMI issues, and the issues will cause problems whether the box is turned on or off. Complain to you service provider, not Samsung. If you want to test this, unplug the HDMI running from your box to the TV & run component video at 720p instead (there will not be a discernable difference in picture quality on a TV of this size when running broadcast content). Then power off both the box & TV, and UNPLUG THEM FROM THE WALL as well, as todays equipment will never truly 'power off' (or else your remote couldn't turn it on). Wait 2-3 minutes, then plug the power back in. If your issues go away, then you can be 100% sure it is the set-top box & not your TV causing your woes.

    AnyNet+ issues: These are software issues, and HDMI issues. Most likely, the culprit is one of your other devices and not the TV. Check for firmware. ...more info
  • Samsung 37 inch HDTV
    Samsung LN37A550 37-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV
    Good value. Easy set up, great picture. Amazon delivery service was excellant!...more info
  • Samsung LN37A550
    This TV is wonderful. The picture is of very high quality. Some people complained about the sound being small, but I connected mine to my stereo and the sound is great. This is one of the best purchases I have made at a price that I could find no where else. The white glove delivery was very good, and it gave me a chance to make sure it worked before I let the delivery man go. I would reccommend this TV to anyone. So far so good.
    Beth...more info
  • Love it!
    I've had this TV for about a month now, and I echo every positive thing people have said about it. I agree that the speakers are not the greatest, but I've got it connected to my home audio system - it's great!...more info
  • Pretty Good, But.............
    Excellent picture, below average sound. Measurement of width (critical for my installation) didn't include the buttons on the side of the screen cabinet. That made planned installation impossible without extensive rework....more info