Samsung PN50C680

PN-50C680 50" 1080p 3D plasma HDTV

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Brand: Samsung
SKU: PN50C680
UPC: 036725234505
Color: Black
Type: Plasma
Energy Star: Yes
Technical Details
Resolution: 1920x1080p
Refresh Rate: 600Hz
HD: 1080p
3D Enabled: Yes

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Samsung PN50C680

Samsung PN-50C680 50" 1080p 3D plasma HDTV
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Discover the three-dimensional home viewing experince with Samsung's PN50C680 plasma panel, offering full 3D capabilities. Further, combined with E3-Panel technology, theFull HD 1920 x 1080p plasma panel brings you more than just high definition. While E3-Panel's 600Hz subfield motion delivers incredibly smooth and fluid on-screen motion, its 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio ensures pure black levels and enhanced color performance for sharp detail and vivid color tones. Further, four HDMI v1.4 inputs offer versatile HD audio and video connectivity, and an ethernet port teams up with AllShare technology to bring you access to music and photos on your home network.

Samsung PN50C680 Description:

Discover the three-dimensional home viewing experince with Samsung's PN50C680 plasma panel, offering full 3D capabilities. Further, combined with E3-Panel technology, theFull HD 1920 x 1080p plasma panel brings you more than just high definition. While E3-Panel's 600Hz subfield motion delivers incredibly smooth and fluid on-screen motion, its 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio ensures pure black levels and enhanced color performance for sharp detail and vivid color tones. Further, four HDMI v1.4 inputs offer versatile HD audio and video connectivity, and an ethernet port teams up with AllShare technology to bring you access to music and photos on your home network.

Samsung PN50C680 Features:

Three cheers . . . 3D ready!

The third dimension. It's the future of HD home theater viewing . . and it's here. With a C90 series plasma HDTV from Samsung, you're ready for it. As a Samsung plasma panel, the 50" PN50C680 sports integrated 3D-capable technology that, when combined with a 3D video source and 3D Active Glasses (sold separately), gives you the ability to experience three-dimensional viewing right in your living room. Samsung's 3D technology uses the same principles upon which human sight is based to achieve a 3D effect in the home theater. By themselves, each human eye sees only two dimensions. However, because our eyes are set slightly apart, each sees an object or scene from a slightly different angle. And when the brain processes the images seen by each eye into a single image, we are able to perceive depth in what we are seeing. Add depth to the height and width (2D) seen by each single eye, and ta-da: 3D! For its part, a Samsung C680 series panel actually shows two different versions of a movie on the screen at the same time (alternating frames from each at extremely high speeds). What makes the two versions different is that they were filmed from slightly different angles. Now, 3D Active Glasses communicate wirelessly with the C680 HDTV. Using special liquid-crystal lenses, the 3D glasses alternately block out the left or right lens in coordination with the frames flashing on-screen. Accordingly, the right eye sees only the "version" of the movie intended for the right eye, and the left eye only sees its version. Just as with normal human sight, the brain combines the two versions into one, and voil, you see 3D. Three cheers!

Beyond Full 1080p . . . the E-Panel

Whatever the "E" in Samsung's new E-Panel technology stands for, you can be sure that it's a synonym for smooth, vivid, high-performance video reproduction from an HD plasma panel. Serving up moving image with enhanced fluidity and realism on the 50" full high definition 1080p panel (1920 x 1080p), this Samsung plasma HDTV offers 600Hz Sub-Field Motion technology. Because the illusion of motion used in movie and television programming is achieved by flashing a series of still images, or frames, on the screen in fast succession, the smoothness and naturalness of motion depends upon how many frames are shown and how fast they appear. Frame rates for film and television content range from 24 frames-per-second to 60fps (also expressed in Hertz). 600Hz Subfield Motion technology flashes each frame ten times, meaning that up to 600 frames are shown every second (when viewing 60Hz content). The result is nothing less than dramatically improved continuity between frames which translates into seamless, lifelike motion.

E-Panel doesn't stop there . . .

Not only does the PN50C680's E-Panel technology deliver stunningly lifelike motion, but it also combines two other technologies for improved fast-action performance and enhanced detail. First, a 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio provides improved, purer black-level and color performance for sharper detail and more vivid colors. Second, all your favorite movie and TV programming appears even smoother thanks to the PN50C680's incredibly fast 0.001ms pixel-response time.

Beyond "ordinary" connections

Yes, it certainly is a big deal that the PN50C680 plasma HDTV offers three HDMI inputs. That's the most advanced, single-cable video and audio connection available . . . times four. In other words, you're equipped to connect up to four HD-capable devices to this C680 series panel. But when it comes to connections, the PN50C680 raises the bar even further. With Samsung's, AllShare technology you can sync the PN50C680 up with your home network via the rear-panel ethernet port. Once connected, you're free to stream audio and video from your PC/home network directly to the PN50C680 using the remote control. You effectively convert your HDTV into a multimedia hub. Further, a rear-panel PC input allows you to transform this HD plasma panel into an incredible 50" computer monitor!

Speaking of audio . . .

For a surprisingly full audio experience from a 50" plasma HDTV, Samsung has designed the PN50C680 with two 10W speakers enhanced by SRS TruSurround HD technology. SRS TruSurround HD creates an immersive, feature-rich surround sound effect from just two speakers. Experience rich bass, detailed high-frequency audio, and clear dialogue.

Get tuned in

Geared up and ready for the Digital Television Transition (the government mandated switch to all-digital television broadcasting) the Samsung PN50C680 comes equipped with digital ATSC and QAM tuners. These digital tuners make receiving and enjoying digitally broadcast content  whether from the air or from cable or satellite  easy and worry-free.

ENERGY STAR of approval

Seeking to meet your demand to reduce energy use and preserve the environment, Samsung has made sure that the PN50C680 meets the U.S. government's standard for ENERGY STAR qualification. What does the ENERGY STAR qualification mean ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. For the family or homeowner, energy efficient choices can reduce energy consumption and expenses by up to one third while resulting in similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. ENERGY STAR helps you make the energy efficient choice. When a product boasts the ENERGY STAR qualification, this means the product meets stringent government standards set by the EPA and US Department of Energy for conserving both energy and the environment. So whether you are concerned for the environment, your pocket book or both, this HDTV helps ensure both are given an easier load to bear.

The advanced connectivity of HDMI

Bringing you the absolute best in connectivity, Samsung's PN50C680 features four HDMI connections. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the only interface in consumer electronics that can carry both uncompressed high-definition (HD) video and uncompressed multi-channel audio in all HD formats including 720p, 1080i and even 1080p. And now, HDMI v1.4 connectivity offers expanded bandwidth, allowing for transmission of 3D high definitoin content. Your incoming media content comes in a variety of sizes, resolutions and formats, and with that in mind, HDMI systems automatically configure to display that content in the most effective format. Since HDMI carries all channels on video and audio, there is only one cable to plug into any HDMI-enabled source and display device. No more complicated cable set-up when installing your home theater system, and no more ugly cable mess behind your components. HDMI supports standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on this single cable. Also, HDMI is fully backward-compatible with DVI. (Please note that a physical adapter, sold separately, is needed to make the conversion from HDMI to DVI.)

Your HD lifeline

High Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI, is the only home A/V connection that allows for both Full HD 1080p video and 7.1-channel studio-quality audio to be passes along a single cable. In other words, in order to take full advantage of your home theater's high definition potential, you need to HDMI cabling to link HD-capable components. It's only natural that you might have questions regarding how best to outfit your personal HD system. Vann's sales representatives are here to explain all of your options. Call the 800 number at the top of this page for expert advice.

Samsung PN50C680 Specifications:

  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 16:9
  • Progressive features: E Panel technology, including 600Hz sub-field motion
  • Best video inputs: 4 HDMI v1.4 in
  • Other inputs: 1ethernet port / 2 component video + L/R audio / 2 composite-video+L/R audio / 1 PC (RGB) + PC audio / 1 RF
  • Audio enhancements: SRS TruSurround HD
  • Built-in speakers: 10W x 2
  • Mounting options: Table stand included / VESA 400mm x 400mm wall-mount compatible
  • Remote control: Included
  • Additional Specifications

    • 3D capable via HDMI v1.4 connectivity
    • E Panel technology: 600Hz subfield motion / 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio / 0.001ms response time
    • Ethernet support: AllShare streaming from your PC or home network
    • Outputs: 1 digital optical audio output
    • Tuners: ATSC / NTSC / QAM
    • ENERGY STAR qualified
    • BD Wise
    • Clear Image panel
    • Touch of Color Bezel with black-to-gray gradation

    Samsung PN50C680 Reviews & Ratings

    John Kang's Samsung PN50C680 Review from Camarillo, CA: - May 22, 2011
    It is very good. It was delivered on time. The Samsung TV was excellent too.

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    Types of Televisions:

    In Plasma technology, the display itself consists of cells. Within each cell two glass panels are separated by a narrow gap in which neon-xenon gas is injected and sealed in plasma form. The gas is electrically charged at specific intervals when the Plasma set is in use. The charged gas then strikes red, green, and blue phosphors, thus creating a television image. Each group of red, green, and blue phosphors is called a pixel.

    Some Advantages of Plasma Televisions are:
  • Larger Screen Sizes Available
  • Better Contrast Ratio, so Blacks are deeper
  • Better Color Saturation
  • Little to no lag in Fast Moving Images

  • Some Disadvantages of Plasma Televisions are:
  • Susceptible to Burn-Ins(Image is “burnt” onto the screen when left on the screen too long)
  • Generates a lot of heat
  • Does not perform well at high altitudes

  • LCD
    LCD stands for liquid crystal display. These types of displays are made of two layers of transparent material, which are polarized, and are "glued" together. One of the layers is coated with a special polymer that holds the individual liquid crystals. Current is then passed through individual crystals, which allow the crystals to pass or block light to create images. LCD crystals do not produce their own light, so an external light source, such as florescent bulb is needed for the image created by the LCD to become visible to the viewer.

    Some Advantages of LCD Televisions are:
  • Low energy consumption
  • Reduced Glare
  • No "burn-in" effect
  • Cool running temperatures
  • No high altitude issues
  • Greater Brightness
  • Lighter in weight

  • Some Disadvantages of LCD Televisions are:

  • Low contrast ratio
  • Fast Moving Images sometimes lag
  • Individual Pixels can burn out and cannot be replaced
  • Smaller Viewing Angle (although not significant difference)

    DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology utilizes a small Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) to tilt more than 1.3 million micromirrors-each of them less than the width of a human hair-toward (ON) or away from (OFF) the light source inside the DLP. This process creates light or dark pixels on the face of the projection screen. The light then filters to a color wheel, which rotates 120 times per second, producing the correct hue. Each mirror can turn on or off several thousands of times per second resulting in a technology that can reproduce up to 1024 shades of gray.

    Some Advantages of DLP Televisions are:
  • Little to no affection by ambient light
  • Better Contrast Ratio, so Blacks are deeper
  • High refresh rate
  • No lagging images or burn-ins
  • Not affected by altitudes
  • Tuner built-in in most models
  • The only thing that can burn out is the bulb, which can be replaced, so you could use this TV virtually forever
  • Many connections available - Can also be used as a monitor

  • Some Disadvantages of DLP Televisions are:
  • Must be viewed at eye level for the best picture
  • While a bulb will only cost around $200, a professional will need to install it, incurring an additional cost.
  • They are heavy and cannot easily be moved.

  • Direct View(CRT)
    Direct-view TVs, also known as the traditional tube television, consist of a single cathode ray tube (CRT) and electron beam that excites and illuminates phosphors on the inside surface of the TV screen.

    Some Advantages of CRT Televisions are:
  • Low in cost
  • Best black level, contrast, shadow detail and color performance of any video technology out there
  • Not affected by ambient light
  • Can be viewed from any angle
  • Very Long Life Expectancy

  • Some Disadvantages of CRT Televisions are:
  • Size and Weight of Television make it very heavy
  • Limited screen size - 38 inches is about the max for CRT TVs
  • Uses old technology

  • Choosing the Best TV Size:

    Where you are putting your television and what you are using it for will determine the perfect TV size for your room.

    Living (or Family) Room
    For living rooms and other spaces with high TV use, 37 inch and larger are the most popular choices. In large rooms, the largest size possible is usually best.

    For bedrooms, offices and other medium-sized spaces, a tv that is from 26 to 37 inches is your best bet.

    Kitchens & Smaller Rooms
    For kitchens and smaller rooms where you will be close to the TV, a 15 to 19 inch screen is best suited.

    Refer to the below chart for the mimimum distance you should be from the television.

    TV Viewing Distance Chart
    Diagonal Size Minimum Viewing Distance Maximum Viewing Distance
    26" 3 ft. 6 ft.
    32" 3.5 ft. 7 ft.
    37" 4 ft. 8 ft.
    42" 5 ft. 10 ft.
    47" 6 ft. 12 ft.
    50" 6.5 ft. 13 ft.
    60" 7 ft. 15 ft.

    High Definition vs. Standard Definition

    Standard definition is analog signals with resolution of 480i (480 lines drawn onscreen in an interlaced pattern, odd lines separately from even), the format in which TV content is delivered over regular analog broadcasts and basic (non-digital) cable. On the best TVs, the picture quality can be very good or even excellent, but it doesn't compare to the best that HD can offer.

    Enhanced definition falls between standard and high definition. ED signals are digital, with resolution of 480p (480 lines scanned progressively). This is equivalent to DVD quality, which is a little better than standard definition but not as good as high definition. Some ED sets can accept HD signals, but they convert them to a lower resolution that they can display, so the picture quality won't match that of true HD. On the best EDTVs, it can be quite good.

    High definition offers the best TV viewing possible. HD is a digital-TV format that contains more and finer detail than other formats, so images can have almost lifelike clarity. The picture quality can be stunning, especially on a large, wide-screen set. In technical terms, HD images have higher definition, meaning more picture elements (lines or pixels) make up each image. Most HD broadcasts today are either 1080i (1,080 lines drawn on-screen separately in an odd/even pattern, then interlaced to form one image) or 720p (720 lines scanned in one sweep, or progressively). Another HD format, 1080p, has 1,080 lines drawn in a progressive pattern, which potentially yields the finest detail. This format isn't yet being used for TV broadcasts, but some HD DVDs that support 1080p are expected to arrive this year. TVs with 1080p native resolution have already started to appear on the market.

    The below chart explains further the difference between Standard and High Definition Signals.

    Resolution and Picture Quality Table
    Picture Quality Good Quality Better Quality Best Quality
    Standard Definition TV Standard Definition DVD Enhanced Definition TV 720p High Definition TV 1080i High Definition TV 1080p High Definition TV/Blu-Ray
    Aspect Ratio Full Screen 4:3 Full Screen 4:3/Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9 Widescreen 16:9
    Resolution 640 x 480 720 x 480 854 x 480 1280 x 720 1920 x 720 1920 x 720
    Scanning Interlaced Interlaced Progressive Progressive Interlaced Progressive

    Which Audio/Video Connection is the best?
    Connector Type Quality Signal Type Description
    HDMI Highest Digital HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an uncompressed, all-digital signal that combines both audio and video. This connection gives you the optimal 1080p signal and up to 7.1 channel sound.
    DVI Highest Digital DVI (Digital Video Interface) is a video connection that will deliver 1080p video signal, but it does not carry audio signals.
    Component Video Good Analog Component Video, or RGB, is an analog signal connection that splits the video into 3 separate signals, 2 for color and 1 for brightness. The maximum resolution on this connection type is 720p or 1080i.
    S-Video Decent Analog S-Video (S for Separate) is a type of component video signal because the color and brightness signals are transmitted on separate wires. S-Video is not used for high definition resolutions.
    Composite Video Average Analog Composite, or RCA, connections can be found on almost all video components. Color and brightness pass over the same cable. Although it is the most common connection found, it is also the least quality.