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Samsung LCD TV's 530 vs. 550 series????

by JJRS14 / June 24, 2008 5:13 AM PDT

I have been debating and reasearching on which model to buy in Samsung's 5 series model LCD TV's for a month. I have been waiting for the review from CNET to know avail. I know that the dynamic contrast ratio in the 550 is 30,000:1 vs. 530 20,000:1 (i got this from samsung's website so I 'm guessing this is correct) but is there any other deferences in these TV's??? Differnet websites have posted that the 530 has a dynamic contrast ratio of 12,000:1, 20,000:1, and 30,000:1 which one is it??? Does these TV sets have the glossy or matte screen (I perfer the glossy screen myself)??? Do they have the same processors??? Are the speackers the same??? I have read that the 530 has better speakers. Are this two models better than last years 71 series???? CNET community please HELP!!!

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by CyclonicKitten / June 24, 2008 11:58 AM PDT

Well, i will answer these questions the best i can off the top of my head. I sell these TVs for a living so i have an idea. Anyhoo, yes the contrast ratio of the 530 series IS 20,000:1 while the 550 series is 30,000:1. That is the CORRECT number. Both sets have the matte finish. Only the 650 and 750 series have the gloss finish at the moment however rumor at my store is that a 630 series is coming out, not sure if its gloss or matte. The 530 has touch sensitive controls on the front while thee 550 series has buttons on the side. Im not sure why this is the case since the 550 series is technically a higher rated series. As far as i know the speakers on both series of TVs are 10 watts x2. As far as your question about the 71 series my answer is this...The 71 series had the gloss finish, 120hz auto-motion, 20,000:1 contrast ratio and i believe an 8ms response time. The 530 and 550 both lack the 120hz auto-motion but have a 5ms response time and 20,000 and 30,000 respectively. The 71 series did produce a lot of artifacts while the 120hz feature was active however. If you want 120hz get a 650 series. If you do not want it i would recommend the 550 series. Or if your patient wait for the rumored 630 series which combines the best of both worlds. If it were me and i wanted a TV right NOW i would get the 550 series. In fact i did and i own the ln40a550 and love it. If it were me and i was patient i would get the 630 series later. I wouldn't buy the 71 series at this point since the 650 and soon 630 series will be out. And i wouldn't buy the 530 series because the price difference isn't huge between 530 and 550. By the way dont pay more that 1249.99 for a Ln40a550 or more than 1399.99 for a LN46a550. Pay those prices or less. I have seen them that low or lower. I hope this helps.

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Is 550 series $300 better than 530 series???
by JJRS14 / June 25, 2008 12:48 AM PDT
In reply to: help

Thanks Cyclonickitten lots of great info. Couple more questions. I have found LN40A530 for $950 that is $300 less than the best deal I could find for a 40 inch 550 series so my question is the 550 series $300 better than the 530 series? Since you mentioned the 630 series is coming soon. Do you know if it will have the ToC around the border (I perfer not to have the red border)? Do you know the specs for the 630 series? Do you notice the difference in response time from 8ms (71 series) to 5ms (550 series) in motion blur on the TV (I watch alot of sports)?

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by CyclonicKitten / June 25, 2008 1:09 AM PDT

That looks like a good price on the 530, but to be honest i would still get a 550. This is my personal opinion however so take it for what its worth. As far as the 630 goes i only know what my samsung rep told me. I dont remember what he said about ToC on it. I doubt it though. He told me it is basically going to be a 550 series with 120hz. Im sure there will be some other small differences but overall pretty similar to a 550. It will also be $200-$300 more than a 550. As far as your question about response time, yes you will notice a difference, if people couldnt notice blur with 8ms response than they wouldnt have made a tv with 5ms. Response time is the time it takes a pixel to go from pure white to jet black also known as switching from active to inactive. Anyway if you watch a lot of high motion shows (sports) or play a lot of video games or that kind of thing i would get the fastest your money can buy. If you can afford a 550, go with that. I did and i really love my TV. Sure i will want a 630 when/if they come out but, you gotta buy something and just be happy with it.

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by JJRS14 / July 2, 2008 2:04 AM PDT
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I don't like the 650 or 750 series because of the ToC and I like the wider body and design of the 71 series.

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by CyclonicKitten / July 2, 2008 2:12 AM PDT
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Then i suggest reading the thread about the rumored 630 series. I dont believe it will have ToC. Im not 100% sure but i dont think so. I will ask my samsung rep next time i see him.

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Seen internet pics of Samsung LN40A630
by JJRS14 / July 2, 2008 1:55 PM PDT
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Picture of Samsung LN40A630
by JJRS14 / July 2, 2008 2:01 PM PDT
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by CyclonicKitten / July 2, 2008 4:11 PM PDT

Ya i happen to see that earlier today as well. Since the only picture we have of this TV is on random online retailers websites i wouldnt be 100% sure thats the final product. But who knows. I still think the 630 is going to be the best of all the TVs. No gloss, 120hz, 40k:1. It will be a wonderful tv. I know some people dont like the ToC but its a small inconvieniance compared to the awesome/superior technology in the TV. IMHO, i would choose function over form. But agian thats my humble opinion. Well either way you will be getting a samsung and its hard to go wrong there.

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by Gsturbo2ga / August 1, 2008 10:41 AM PDT
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I prefer the 6-series over the 5 because of the added HDMI port, 120hz, AMP, and higher CR. The ToC is really not noticeable and if you see pictures of people's set ups you'll hardly see it. Also with these TV's a dark viewing environment is pretty important, in the dark the red is 100% gone. You asked about the speakers and the truth is because of how thin the new TV's are becoming audio quality is really taking a hit. The 6-series has pretty good audio for an LCD but if you are opposed to having speakers take a look at the 7-series. With the built in woofer it has more acceptable quality on its own.

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Samsung LN-46A550T
by bucketonuts / September 5, 2008 12:13 AM PDT
In reply to: help


Very informative posts. Thank you. I've been searching the net for a Samsung LN-46A550 and found a Samsung LN-46A550T. Is there a difference between the 550 and 550T?

Thank you.

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by Mr__S / September 8, 2008 2:23 PM PDT
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Where did you see 550t? I think that's a mislabel of our model. We don't have a T at the end of the model.


Mr. Samsung

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by bucketonuts / September 10, 2008 12:15 AM PDT
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samsung 550 question
by biggz95 / February 7, 2009 8:41 AM PST
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i bought a 40 inch 550 3 days ago i already have a 52 inch 750 matter how i try to tweak the 550 it looks washed out in comparision to the 750 is this normal difference in set...or my 550 not performing well....please let me know im thinking about taking the 550 back maybe for a it necessary...thanks

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This guy is good...
by Mr__S / June 24, 2008 1:57 PM PDT

JJRS14 -

The CyclonicKitten is good. I think he answered most of your questions. The most important answer was that the 650 has the glossy screen so if you prefer the glossy screen then you have to move up to the 650. If it's between the 550 and 530 then I would go with the 550 since the price isn't that much different. Both are good TVs but the price difference isn't worth the step down in my opinion.

Thanks for considering a Samsung.

Mr. Samsung

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More 530 vs. 550 ???
by nannaqueens / June 25, 2008 6:41 AM PDT
In reply to: This guy is good...

Mr. Samsung,

Just as JJRS14 said, I've been researching LCD TV's for some time now. Even with all the reading I've done I still feel pretty ignorant. I was just about sold on the LN46A530 until I read this forum. My questions are; Is the 'step down' you're talking about the dynamic contrast ratio difference? Does 30,000 make that much of a visual difference from the 20,000? I read somewhere that the human eye can't see above 15,000. Also, while reading the reviews from buyers of the 530, they've said they love the glossy look? However it's a matte screen? They also say the 530 is as good as the 550 and not to waste your money on the 550. The difference is $200 to $300. Since I also want to buy a Wii that 2 to 3 hundred isn't insignificant to be. But if the 550 is noticeably better, I may go with it. Please explain why you feel the 550 is better. Can you tell a difference with the sets side by side? Thanks in advance.

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Same Dilemma
by covertcracker / July 30, 2008 12:15 AM PDT
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As far as I can see, the only difference between the two sets is the contrast ratio. As that number can be jiggered with endlessly (see this Gizmodo article:, I'm not sure it means a $300 difference. I was psyched about the 550, but I don't need the Wiselink stuff (going to use a PS3 to stream media from a computer, including photos and music) and I'm just not sure that a (dubious) extra 10,000 in contrast ratio justifies the extra $$$.

Any other commenters? What's the drop-off from the 550 to the 530?

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Price Difference Betwen 530 and 550
by covertcracker / July 30, 2008 12:22 AM PDT
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Right now, it's only about $100 on Amazon.

46A530: $1369.99
46A550: $1458.93

Is peace of mind (i.e. "it's gotta be better somehow") worth $100?

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550 vs 530
by masonaries / September 11, 2008 5:07 AM PDT
In reply to: More 530 vs. 550 ???

At Amazon the 530 is $1,199 and the 550 is $1,088 so it's a no brainer.

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Forget about the 530 and 550, 580 is the best!
by ice82 / August 8, 2008 2:11 AM PDT

I saw a 46A580 in a local store last week, and I see it's being sold at BestBuy as well.
It has the external design of the last year's 71 series plus:
- no 120hz refresh rate
- glossy screen to improve contrast ratio (same as the series 6 and 7)
- 3 hdmi
- NO ToC!

It's selling for $1900 at BestBuy

If you compare this one side by side to the 550 or 530, you'll see how much difference the glossy screen makes.

That being said, if you can't control the lighting in your room, the matte finish of the 550 or 530 would be better.

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