Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD)

  • 37" 1080p LCD
  • 60 Hz
  • Internet enabled
Released March, 2011
The picture quality of the LND550 wasn't up to the high standards of Samsung's LND630 series, but it was still quite good for an entry-level TV.
Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

Conclusion Check out the Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD)

Front view of Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD)
We like both designs better than the alternatives from Sony, LG and Vizio, for what it's worth.
Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

size

37"
55"
19"
We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 40-inch Samsung LN40D550, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series.
550 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Nov, 2011)
Photo/Music/Video. The big spec sheet difference between the LND630 and the LND550 is refresh rate; this set lacks 120Hz processing and the associated dejudder (smoothing) options.
550 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Nov, 2011)

thickness

Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD)
Philips 6000 Series
Panasonic VIERA U30
 

Performance Real world tests of Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD)

black levels

Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD)
Samsung 630 Series (2011)
LG LK450
Thanks to superior accuracy, the Vizio and the LG looked better than the D550 as well, despite appearing more washed out.
550 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Nov, 2011)
Black levels, shadow detail, and uniformity are strengths, while color accuracy and video processing are weak points compared with the field.
550 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Nov, 2011)

contrast ratio

Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD)
LG LM670
LG LK450
The LND550 falls short of the color accuracy of its step-up brother, and we still prefer the entry-level Sony BX420's picture by a nose, but the LND550's superior styling, media file support and input bay make it a compelling alternative in the budget TV space.
550 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Nov, 2011)
The LND550's selection is still very good however, highlighted by a gamma control and 2-point grayscale.
550 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Nov, 2011)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • access streaming content over the Internet
  • 1080i content is smoothly rendered at the TV's native resolution
  • other devices can control the TV; better for home automation
  • MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV9
  • MP3
  • JPEG
  • built-in, 802.11n
  • 37"
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
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  • 4
  • 2
  • 1
  • 1
  • keep an eye on two channels at once
  • 1080p
  • 1
  • 1
  • 81.3 mm

cons

  • 0
  • 12,609 g

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 62%
Read the review (Nov, 2011)
As with some previous Samsungs the LND550 needs to be in Auto 1 film mode to pass the 1080i video deinterlacing test, for what it's worth.

Picture quality

These non-LED-based models managed deeper black levels than like-priced competitors, and largely avoid the uniformity problems associated with those razor-thin LED-based sets-while costing hundreds less.
Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD) 37" | Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)
The Movie mode delivered the most accurate picture prior to calibration, although it was worse than on most Samsungs we've seen-too blue, too bright, and with inaccurate gamma that made everything look darker.
Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD) 37" | Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)
We also appreciated the TV's realistic shadow detail, which made areas like Snape's robe and the shadows as he ascends the stairs (4:29) look better than on any of the other sets aside from the plasma.
Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD) 37" | Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

Ports

Unlike other entry-level TVs, however, it does support streaming of media files from a home networked computer or other device via DLNA, as well as USB.
Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD) 37" | Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)
The composite and component ports share jacks, however, so you'll have to choose one or the other.
Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD) 37" | Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)
The LND550 is best-in-class connection-wise, with all the HD video connections you could want as well as plenty of ports (USB and Ethernet) for media streaming.
Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD) 37" | Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

Panel

Samsung lets its signature design touch, a transparent edge around the glossy black bezel, trickle down from more expensive models to the LND550.
Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD) 37" | Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)
While it handled the full 1,920x1,080 resolution via its VGA input, the LND550 wasn't as good as the LG or Vizio in this department.
Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD) 37" | Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

Type

To judge from the LND630 we checked out earlier and the LND550 reviewed here, Samsung's low-end LCDs are pretty dang good.
Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD) 37" | Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)
It wasn't up to plasma standards when we looked closely at test patterns, of course, but obvious flaws in screen uniformity-the kind that show up in program material-were absent.
Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD) 37" | Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

Video

When fed a 1080p/24 source, the LND550 failed to preserve the proper cadence, instead seeming to "catch" every second or so during the pan over the Intrepid from "I Am Legend.
Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD) 37" | Rated 62% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Samsung 550 Series (2011 LCD)

Price Edition Size Composite A/V inputs VESA mount Manufacturer code Compare
32" 2 200 mm x 200 mm LN32D550
 
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37" 0 None LN37D550
 
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40" 0 None LN40D550
 
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46" 2 None LN46D550
 
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