Samsung makes up today’s run with the Samsung PN50C7000, a sizable–and sizably priced, though not quite as big as yesterday’s encounter with the Panasonic Viera–piece of home theater hardware that will make your moviegoers sit up and take notice.
The Samsung PN50C7000 is a fifty inch 1080p that offers 3D playback (once, as normal, you’ve got all the necessary components brought forward), the E3-Panel along with Clear Image Panel for a high-quality image reproduction, AnyNet Plus capability, Samsung Smart TV to allow access to a variety of apps (which includes streaming content sources like Blockbuster and YouTube), a Content Library (which is a flash memory source that stores pictures and video for quick playback), two ten watt speakers with SRS TruSurround, ConnectShare Movie for one touch play from USB sources or cameras, a game mode to enhance darkened video, four HDMI ports, two USB ports, a PC input, two component inputs, a digital audio input and a PC audio input.
It’s hard not to be impressed by this when you see it, and when you hear it–fifty inches of 1080p plasma with ten watt speakers backed up by SRS TruSurround is a pretty potent combination–and while I’m always a little nonplussed at the relative lack of support for older hardware, it’s not too out of line, considering that you’d need new hardward to fully appreciate the thing anyway. Still though, the end result is profoundly impressive and well worth your time to consider.
The drawback, such as it is, comes with its substantial price tag. I found this at two places for just under eighteen hundred bucks, but if you’re willing to shop around, or go used or refurbished, substantial discounts can be had.
The end result here is, if you’re in the market for a new television, you owe it to yourself to take a look at the Samsung PN50C7000, a large and downright beautiful piece of home theater equipment.