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Samsung PN58A550 58" 1080p plasma HDTV

Item # 30558A550

High-definition enjoyment is all about quantity and quality, and the Samsung PN58A550 supplies plenty of both.

High-definition enjoyment is all about quantity and quality, and the Samsung PN58A550 supplies plenty of both.

Item # 30558A550

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About the Samsung PN58A550

Loren Barstow
High-definition enjoyment is all about quantity and quality, and the Samsung PN58A550 supplies plenty of both. Its eye-popping 58" screen provides about 35% more viewing area than a 50", to keep a whole roomful of your family or friends entertained. This is plasma done right, with full 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, deep black levels, and superb color accuracy — skin tones look strikingly natural. The PN58A550 makes all of today's HD sources look their very best, especially 1080p Blu-ray movies.

High-definition enjoyment is all about quantity and quality, and the Samsung PN58A550 supplies plenty of both. Its eye-popping 58" screen provides about 35% more viewing area than a 50", to keep a whole roomful of your family or friends entertained. This is plasma done right, with full 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, deep black levels, and superb color accuracy — skin tones look strikingly natural. The PN58A550 makes all of today's HD sources look their very best, especially 1080p Blu-ray movies.

Enjoy high-definition both now and in the future
With this TV in your system, you can stop worrying about the coming analog signal shutoff in 2009. Like all new HDTVs, these receive both analog and digital over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required). Also, a "QAM" tuner allows cable TV subscribers to watch most unscrambled channels without using a set-top box — including local network HD channel in many areas.

Plenty of inputs for all your HD sources
This set's future-ready connections include two HD-capable component video inputs and three HDMI inputs for hooking up high-def satellite receivers, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, and other components that use this all-digital connection. The HDMI connections feature Anynet+, which lets you control compatible Samsung components using only the TV's remote. Even the PC input accepts 1080p signals, so you can feed high-def material from your computer and see it in full resolution. You can also take advantage of the USB input to watch a slideshow from your digital camera or thumb drive.

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FREE scheduled delivery to your door: This item will be delivered to the door of your house or apartment. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses.

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Product highlights:

  • 58" screen (measured diagonally)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • high-gloss black finish
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • 30,000:1 contrast ratio (1,000,000:1 dynamic)
  • DNIe™ digital video processing
  • Natural True Color 18-bit color processing
  • FilterBright™ anti-glare filter
  • x.v.Color support
  • 1-tuner picture-in-picture
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • partially illuminated remote control
  • Anynet+ simplifies remote control for compatible Samsung components (HDMI-CEC)
  • 6 A/V inputs, including:
    • 1 composite video (side)
    • 1 S-video (side)
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080p)
    • 3 HDMI v1.3 (2 rear, 1 side) — accepts signals up to 1080p
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • side USB port for digital photo/MP3 playback
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • detachable swivel stand
  • wall-mountable (wall bracket not included)
  • 55-1/2"W x 33-7/8"H x 4-7/8"D (36-1/2"H x 13-5/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 138 lbs. with stand; 126.3 lbs. without stand
  • extra long-life panel (100,000 hours)
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • MFR # PN58A550

What's in the box:

  • 58" Plasma TV
  • Wireless remote control (BN59-00687A)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Bottom cover (used when wall mounting)
  • 2 Mounting bolts with a lock-washer and flat-washer attached to each one
  • Power cord Ferrite core
  • Headphone Ferrite core
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • User Manual (English/Spanish)
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Limited Warranty to Original Purchaser sheet
  • "(USA Only) Digital Television Transition Notice" sheet

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Features & specs

Display
Screen Size 58"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Display Type Plasma
Backlight Type Other
Quantum Dot Color N/A
Video Processing Technology DNIe
HDR (High Dynamic Range)
HDR10 No
HDR10+ No
HLG No
Dolby Vision No
Next-gen Gaming Features
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) No
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) No
4K/120Hz HDMI Inputs ---
eARC No
Streaming Features
Wi-Fi
Internet Movie Streaming ---
Bluetooth Audio Streaming ---
Apple AirPlay 2 No
Chromecast built-in No
Connections
HDMI Inputs 2
HDMI Version 1.3a
Audio Return Channel No
Component Video Inputs 2
Composite Video Inputs 0
3.5mm Composite A/V Inputs 0
RF Inputs 1
USB Ports ---
Optical Digital Audio Output 1 Rear
Analog Audio/Headphone Output 1
Control
Voice Remote ---
Control by app No
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide) Not Given
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide) Not Given
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches) 55-1/2
Height with Stand (inches) 36-5/8
Height without Stand (inches) 33-7/8
Depth with Stand (inches) 13-3/4
Depth without Stand (inches) 4-7/8
Stand Width (inches) 29-1/8
Weight with Stand 138 lbs
Weight without Stand Not available
Wall Mountable Yes
Wall Bracket Included No
Mounting Hole Pattern 600 x 400mm
Pedestal Stand Attached
Bezel Dimensions ---
General Info
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service In-home
Model Year ---
Series Name Series 5

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Features
Mounting Options
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

Native Resolution: The Samsung PN58A550 has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 and scales all inputs for display at 1080p. The HDMI inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, and 480p signals, while the component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

1,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio: The TV has a standard contrast ratio of 30,000:1 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. These contrast and brightness levels achieve a more realistic, sharper picture quality.

Digital Natural Image Engine (DNIe): Samsung's revolutionary DNIe technology delivers digital perfection in crystal-clear images that uncover even the most subtle details. DNIe is made up of a Motion Optimizer, a Contrast Enhancer, a Color Optimizer, and a Detail Enhancer to produce life-like images that rival reality.

FilterBright Anti-Glare Filter: The television's FilterBright Anti-Glare Filter minimizes image glare and maximizes contrast making this HDTV perfect for the ultimate viewing experience day or night. The anti-glare filter reduces reflections noticeably while maintaining ultra-high picture contrast. Daytime sports events look crisp and bright, while movies at night feature rich blacks and realistic shadow detail.

Anti Burn-In Technology: Samsung's Anti-burn-in technology uses auto pixel shift, signal pattern processing function, and all white screens to ensure that no images are burned into the plasma panel.

  • Pixel Shift: This function shifts the pixels of the displayed image every two minutes to prevent burn-in.
  • White: This function removes after-images on the screen by changing the color of pixels to white.
  • Scrolling: this function removes after-images on the screen by moving all the pixels on the PDP according to a pattern.
  • Side Gray: When you watch TV with the screen ratio of 4:3, the screen is prevented from any damage by adjusting the white balance on both the extreme left and right sides of the television.

Picture Sizes: You can choose one of the following picture sizes:

  • 16:9: sets the picture to 16:9 wide mode
  • Zoom 1: vertically enlarges the size of the picture and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the arrows on the remote
  • Zoom 2: vertically enlarges the size of the picture more than Zoom 1 and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the arrows on the remote
  • Wide Fit: proportionally enlarges the picture to fit the entire screen without changing the aspect ratio
  • 4:3: sets the picture to 4:3 normal mode with pillars on the left and right of the screen
  • Just Scan: see the full image with no resizing when an HDMI input (720/1080i), Component (1080i), or DTV (1080i) signal is used

Picture Control: You can make the following adjustment for an optimum picture:

  • Automatic Picture Settings: choose one of three automatic picture settings:
    • Standard: for the optimum display in a normal environment
    • Dynamic: for high-definition in a bright room
    • Movie: for viewing movies in a dark room
  • Manual Picture Settings:
    • Cell Light: sets the pixel brightness
    • Contrast: adjusts the contrast level of the picture
    • Brightness: adjusts the brightness level of the picture
    • Sharpness: adjusts the edge definition of the picture
    • Color: adjusts the color saturation of the picture
    • Tint (G/R): adjusts the color tint of the picture by compensating the red and green color
  • Detailed Picture Settings:
    • Black Adjust: screen depth is adjusted using Black Level, settings include Off, Low, Medium, High
    • Dynamic Contrast: adjust contrast to optimize the picture (Off, Low, Medium, High)
    • Gamma: adjust the primary colors (Red, Green, Blue) intensity
    • Color Space: select the color space for the most natural color (Auto, Native, Custom)
    • White Balance: adjust the color temperature for more natural colors (Red, Green, Blue)
    • Flesh Tone: Emphases the pink "flesh tone" in the picture
    • Edge Enhancement: edge enhancement emphasizes the boundaries of an object, it can be turned off if you prefer
    • xvYCC: provides a wider color space when used with xvYCC-compatible video components and content; using HDMI or component video connections; you can turn this feature On or Off; Picture Mode must be set to Movie to use this feature
    • Color Tone: adjust the overall color tone using one of five presets: Cool 1, Cool 2, Normal, Warm 1, Warm 2
    • HDMI Black Level: the black level can be set to Normal or Low when using an HDMI (RGB) input

Entertainment Modes: You can set the TV for the optimal display and sound for different types of programs: Sports, Game, or Cinema.

Film Mode: The TV can be set to automatically sense and process film signals from all sources and adjust the picture for optimum quality.

Digital Noise Reduction: If the broadcast signal received by your TV is weak, you can activate the Digital Noise Reduction feature to help reduce any static and ghosting that may appear on the screen.

Blue Only Mode: You can emphasize the Blue color by switching off the Red and Green colors. This function displays the blue signal only be removing the red and green signals from the video signal so as to provide a Blue Filter effect that is used to adjust the Color and Tint of video equipment such as DVD players and Home Theaters. Using the function, you can adjust the Color and Tint to preferred values appropriate to the signal level of each video device using the Red/Green/Blue/Cyan/Magenta/Yellow Color Bar Patterns, without using and additional Blue Filter.

Wiselink: A side-panel USB 2.0 type-A port allows you to connect a USB mass storage device to view JPEG files and play MP3 audio files. Wiselink only supports the FAT16/32 file system. You have access to the following functions:

  • Photo (JPEG) List: This menu shows JPEG files and folders saved on the USB device and allows you to do the following:
    • Sort: You can sort photos by month, time, color, composition or folder so you are only viewing images you want to see.
    • Slide Show: You can play files on the USB device in a slide show. You can adjust the slide show speed to Slow, Normal, or Fast. You can also choose an MP3 file on the USB device to play as background music during the slide show. The repeat function allows you to play the slide show again and again.
    • Rotate: This feature allows you to rotate the selected image by 90°, 180°, or 270°.
    • Zoom: You can enlarge a picture 2x or 4x. Once the image is enlarged, you can pan through the image.
  • MP3 List: This menu shows MP3 files saved on the USB device and allows you to play them back. You can choose from the following play-modes.
    • Sort: You can sort the music files by Title, Artist, Mood, Genre Folder or Preference.
    • Once: The music file is played once.
    • Repeat: The music file played repeatedly.
  • Firmware Upgrades: Samsung may offer upgrades for the TV's firmware in the future. These firmware upgrades will be possible by connecting a USB drive to the TV's USB port.

PC-Capable: This unit has a 15-pin D-Sub (RGB) input that allows you to use it as a high-resolution computer monitor. The HDMI 2 input can also be used with a computer. The TV can be set to automatically adjust to the video signals received, or you can use the setup menu to adjust the screen quality and position. No cables are supplied for connecting the TV to a PC.

1-Tuner PIP: This TV has one built-in tuner, which does not allow PIP to function in the same mode. You can only watch an analog TV broadcast in the sub picture window while watching a different video source from the Component, HDMI or PC input on the TV's main window. You can change the size of the PIP window and even view the two pictures as a 4:3 or 16:9 split screen. You can also move the PIP window to each corner of the screen. In addition, you can switch the audio over to sub PIP picture window.

Note: While the V-chip is in operation, the PIP function cannot be used.

Program Reserve: The television allows you to reserve a program you want to watch at a later time which changes the channel automatically to the reserved program at the selected time while you are watching another channel.

Input Source Names: You can assign a preprogrammed name to each of the inputs. When input naming is completed, you will no longer have to remember which component is connected to each input when selecting a source to watch. Source names include VCR, DVD, Cable STB, Satellite STB, PVR STB, AV Receiver, Game, Camcorder, PC, TV, IPTV, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, and Digital Media Adapter.

Channel Labels: Each analog channel programmed into memory can be labeled with a name up to 5 characters. Digital channels names are already assigned and cannot be edited.

Favorite Channel: You can create a list of your favorite channels and recall the list using the FAV.CH button on the remote.

Digital Signal Strength Meter: The digital signal strength meter can be used to help you find the antenna position that delivers the highest HDTV digital signal strength.

Analog Channel Fine Tuning: The fine tuning feature allows you to manually adjust analog channels for optimal reception. A separate fine tuning setting may be put into the TV's memory for each analog channel.

V-Chip: The V-Chip feature automatically locks out programs that are deemed inappropriate for children based on the user selected parental guidelines. The user must enter a 4-digit password before any of the V-Chip restriction are set up or changed.

Auto Volume: Auto volume automatically adjusts the volume of the desired channel, lowering the sound output when the modulation signal is high or raising the sound output when the modulation signal is low. This reduces the difference in volume when changing channels.

Automatic Sound Settings: You can choose from the following sound settings:

  • Standard: resets the standard factory settings
  • Music: for watching music videos and concerts
  • Movie: for watching movies
  • Speech: for watching a show that is mostly dialog
  • Custom: adjust the 5-band EQ; 100 Hz, 300 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz, and 10 kHz

SRS TruSurround XT: TruSurround is a patented SRS technology for playing 5.1 multi-channel content using only two speakers, it delivers a virtual surround sound experience through two speakers (internal or external), it is fully compatible with all multi-channel formats

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, or 180 minutes.

On/Off Timer: The three On/Off timers allow you to program the television to turn itself on and off by selecting a specific on time and a specific off time. You also choose the On Timer's channel and Volume. The on and off timers work independently of one another.

On/Off Melody: A unique melody plays when the TV is turned on and off. The melody volume is adjustable, or you can turn this feature off if you prefer.

Auto Power Off: This function will automatically turn the television off if no controls are operated from the television or remote control for 3 hours.

Energy Saver: This feature adjust the power consumption of the television in order to save energy. You can select from Low, Medium, High or Off energy saver modes.

Mounting Options

Detachable Stand: The PN58A550 comes with a table-top stand for easy placement on top of a counter or table. On the stand, the TV can swivel 20° left or right. The television weighs 138.0 lbs with the stand attached.

Wall Mounting: You can remove the stand and mount this display on the wall using an optional wall-mount bracket. The TV has four threaded screw holes spaced to accommodate many universal wall mount brackets. The hole spacing is 600mm x 400mm and requires four M8 (8mm) machine screws. The television weighs 126.3 lbs without the stand.

Remote Control

Illuminated Remote: The supplied remote control is designed to operate the Samsung television and compatible Anynet+ components. You can use the remote control up to a distance of about 23 feet from TV with a direct line of sight. The remote features an illumination button that backlights the buttons when pressed. The buttons only remain lit for a few seconds, then turn off to save power. This function is convenient for using the remote in a dark room.

Anynet+: Anynet+ is an AV network system that enables you to control compatible devices with your Samsung TV's remote. The Anynet+ system can be used with Samsung AV devices that support the Anynet+ feature and are connected using HDMI cables. The Anynet+ feature must be turned on in the menu to function. Anynet+ can support up to 12 AV devices in total (up to 3 devices of the same type).

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Side Panel Inputs: The PN58A550 features a set of jacks on the left side panel for easy connection:

  • HDMI 3: Connect to the HDMI jack of a device with an HDMI output.
  • Wiselink: USB port for firmware updates and playing music or picture files
  • A/V in 2: S-video, composite video, RCA stereo audio
  • Headphone: 3.5mm, the TV's internal speakers are muted when you plug in headphones

HDMI: There are three HDMI terminals, two on the rear panel and one on the side. HDMI 2 can be used for a DVI-equipped component. It has a separate analog audio connection and a DVI-to-HDMI adapter will be needed. HDMI 2 can also be used to connect a computer. The HDMI jacks accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, and 480p signals.

PC: This input consists of a stereo mini-jack and an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack.

Component Video Inputs: The 2 sets of component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals. One of the component video inputs can accept a composite video signal by plugging the yellow composite video plug into the green RCA jack.

Digital Audio: The optical digital output on the rear panel will output Dolby Digital (when available) or 2 channel PCM.

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