Samsung PN50A550 Plasma TV Conclusion
At the top of this review, I called the PN50A550 the flat-panel equivalent of a Honda Accord. Can you buy a better-performing vehicle? Of course, but you'd best be prepared to spend a whole lot more if you insist on owning the flat-panel equivalent of a BMW. Something like the $6000 Pioneer Elite PRO-110FD would qualify.
The Samsung PN50A550 is excellent all-around performer with no serious flaws. It's a good deal at it's list price of $2700, but you won't have to pay that much—it's widely available for hundreds less, making this well-equipped and attractively designed 50-inch plasma TV one of the best flat-panel values on the market right now.
Excellent blacks and shadow detail
Excellent video processing
Practically no solarization
Component input exhibits lots less horizontal detail than HDMI
Only one, side-mounted composite input