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Samsung PS50C6900 review

Fantastic value 3D TV with Freeview HD tuner and web access

Our Verdict

For

  • Much less crosstalk than with Samsung's LCD TVs
  • Pretty and slender design
  • Exceptional price
  • Decent picture flexibility
  • Solid audio

Against

  • Black levels not great by plasma standards
  • Colour and softness issues with standard-def material

Samsung insists it will continue to sell plasma TVs for as long as anyone wants to buy them, but the brand's heart seems to lie elsewhere.

The South Korean firm has been busy trumpeting and showing off its undeniably impressive edge LED TVs whenever and wherever it gets the chance, but has had precious little to say about its plasmas, even those equipped with 3D playback.

So it is that Samsung's new 50in, 3D capable PS50C6900 plasma TV has arrived almost unnoticed. In fact, it even seems to have crept up on its manufacturer; it couldn't even be found on its UK website at time of writing.

With its £1,300 price tag and an extensive secondary feature count that includes access to Samsung's impressive Internet@TV platform, it has the potential to become the first bona fide 3D bargain.

Samsung does have a more highly specified 3D plasma range: the C7000 series. Available in 63in and 50in sizes, the C7000 models add to the C6900's spec a Real Black Filter, designed to improve contrast and reduce reflectivity from your room.

There is also an expansive range of LCD 3D TVs, headed up by the extraordinarily thin, metallic-finished and edge-lit C9000 series. Down from those are the slightly chunkier C8000 models and beneath these you'll find the C7000 sets, which ditch the fancy design and use a less sophisticated picture processing engine.

Samsung's cheapest 3D option prior to today was its only CCFL LCD model, the 46in LE46C750. There's a problem with all Samsung's LCD 3D options though: crosstalk noise, where you see double ghosting around some objects in a 3D picture. Hopefully, this is an issue the PS50C6900 will avoid.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family6900
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size127 cm (50")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)29.20 kg
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption190 W
Standby Power Consumption290 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
DVIYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand808.50 mm
Width with Stand1211 mm
Depth with Stand227 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
USB RecordingYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Height749 mm
Width1211 mm
Depth35.9 mm
ColourTitanium
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product Series6900
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesMedia Player, Picture in Picture, Web Content Access, Teletext, Auto Program, Auto-off, Multimedia Player, PC Streaming, Sleep Timer
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelPS-50C6900
Product NamePS50C6900 Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS50C6900
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Package Contents
  • PS50C6900 Plasma TV
  • Batteries
  • Manual
  • Remote Control
  • Slim Gender Cable
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)24.50 kg