HP-S5053 50" Plasma Review, just in time for Christmas
With my birthday, the SEC Championship, and promotion all creeping up on me; I decided to go out and get myself something I've been wanting for a while. I went to Circuit City and stood in front of an amazing array of TV's, but I was focused in only on those 50" and larger. After some deliberation I selected the Samsung HP-S5053.
The TV is beautiful and the price wasn't bad either, only 2519.00. I got it into my apartment and hooked it up to my Harmon Kardon receiver and Infinity surround sound. What a package! The speakers on this unit are almost good enough that if you don't have a surround sound system already, you almost don't need one. It has A/V inputs right on the side of the panel, making it easy for video games to be hooked up without digging around behind it, but if you are back there take not of the two sets of HDMI inputs for all of your high def needs. To top it off, the plasma display is framed with a gloss black border featuring a blue LED power button on the front; making it easy to find.
The picture is only 720p. This WAS the only option I was concerned with, but I realized that there aren't many HD channels available yet and the HD DVD market is still quite thin. Whenever I get back into a real house and upgrade to a 60", I'll get a 1080p. It has a feature that moves the plasma slowly in the display to keep images from burning in. I watched a widescreen movie on it for half hour or so and turned to a regular station and noticed lines for only a second. Image burn is a major problem with plasma TV's therefore you should avoid leaving it on movie menus, tv guides, or paused games. If you really want to be safe you can just use the picture feature in the menu and change the size from 4:3 to 16:9 to Zoom 1 or Zoom 2. The zoom features are for widescreen programming you want to make full screen.
For those of you considering a 42", don't do it! Spend the extra $800 dollars or so and get the larger viewing area of the 50". You only need 9-11 ft. of distance to view it comfortably. I would say in my tiny apartment I'm about 81/2 ft. away and it looks great. I would have spent the extra $600 for the 60" Toshiba/Hitachi (I don't remember which exactly it was) but the color had a green tint to it and didn't look quite right.
For you video game players, you wouldn't believe the colors. I picked up the new Tom Clancy Rainbow Six for XBOX 360 and the picture is unbelievable. By far the clearest picture I have ever seen in my life. HD is amazing, especially on Sat. and Sun. when football is in full swing. I totally recommend this TV for anyone in the market. It's probably the second best electronics purchase that I've made (behind my VAIO laptop). Hope this helps your holiday decision making, Happy Holidays!
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