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Samsung PS50C680 50" Full HD, Plasma 3DTV, Freeview HD, - £695.00 Delivered @ Dixons

£695.00 @ Dixons
Additional 3% off for quidco or topcashback brings the price to £674. - The Samsung PS50C680 50" Full HD Plasma 3D TV delivers stunning yet affordable 3D TV technology directly to your livin… Read More
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6y, 2m agoFound 6 years, 2 months ago
Additional 3% off for quidco or topcashback brings the price to £674.

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The Samsung PS50C680 50" Full HD Plasma 3D TV delivers stunning yet affordable 3D TV technology directly to your living room! Enjoy jaw-dropping, immersive entertainment that will rival any theatre experience, from the comfort of your couch. One pair of 3D glasses is supplied.

Thanks to Samsung's innovative 3D HyperReal Engine picture technology, the slim, elegantly styled PS50C680 3D Plasma TV makes the most of its Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, delivering dazzlingly crisp images with Mega DCR contrast. As well, this superior TV offers integrated stereo speakers with 10 watts per channel, and supports rich Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Pulse sound output, for a truly thrilling experience whether you're watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster or playing the next big 3D game.

And with plenty of connection options, including four HDMI ports for connecting the latest multimedia games consoles, Blu-ray players and more, the Samsung PS50C680 will quickly become the heart of your home's entertainment centre. Also offering two USB ports and a full complement of other connection options, this handsome, feature-packed 3D television will provide you with endless amusement!

Join the 3D revolution in style with the Samsung PS50C680 50" Full HD Plasma 3D TV!

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This is a big TV, great picture quality and superb 3D. USB supports direct playback of AVI, MKV and MKV 3D (side by side format). A great price to have a cinema size screen in your living room.

Built in Freeview HD.

Ethernet port allows for home network streaming but not internet TV, so no bbc iplayer.

But other than that, an excellent TV.

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Plasma TVs are considered by the experts to have a superior image quality for 3D, not that LCDs don't have a good image quality, but Plasma is just better.

http://www.digitaldirect.co.uk/articles/plasma-vs-lcd-flat-screen-differences
"When comparing picture quality the plasma tv have more life like colours, higher contrast and blacks that are blacker than lcd tvs."

http://themesofinterest.com/plasma-3d-tv-versus-lcd-3d-displays-which-one-offers-the-best-performance/
"Conclusion - The truth is that you will get a good viewing experience no matter which technology you choose to buy. However, if you want the absolute best picture, then Plasma 3D displays really do have the upper hand in the 3D TV market."
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#1
wow thats cheap
#2
"This is a big TV, great picture quality and superb 3D. USB supports direct playback of AVI, MKV and MKV 3D (side by side format). A great price to have a cinema size screen in your living room. "

Cinema size screen???????????? Who are you kidding? If you want a cinema size screen in 3d get an Optoma HD600x and a 3D-XL for £50 cheaper!
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thegazman
"This is a big TV, great picture quality and superb 3D. USB supports direct playback of AVI, MKV and MKV 3D (side by side format). A great price to have a cinema size screen in your living room. "

Cinema size screen???????????? Who are you kidding? If you want a cinema size screen in 3d get an Optoma HD600x and a 3D-XL for £50 cheaper!


And the cost of a projector screen? And the cost of a Freeview HD box? And the cost of an MKV media player?

And what about Full HD or watching anything in daylight?

Full HD 1080p 3D capable projectors still cost several thousand pounds.

And what about watching Coronation Street or Eastenders? Would you close the curtains or dim the lights, mount the screen, for every half hour program?

I like projectors and the traditionally high price for large screen TVs meant projectors had their place, but this TV at this price seriously encroaches into that market.

It's a TV you can live with everyday, as well as doing the spectacular 3D stuff.

I'm afraid it's not cheaper and the picture quality isn't as good, and it's just not as easy to live with. Projectors have their place, but they aren't in the same market as large screen 3DTVs at £674.
#4
Willie_Hmmm
thegazman
"This is a big TV, great picture quality and superb 3D. USB supports direct playback of AVI, MKV and MKV 3D (side by side format). A great price to have a cinema size screen in your living room. "

Cinema size screen???????????? Who are you kidding? If you want a cinema size screen in 3d get an Optoma HD600x and a 3D-XL for £50 cheaper!


And the cost of a projector screen? And the cost of a Freeview HD box? And the cost of an MKV media player?

And what about Full HD or watching anything in daylight?

Full HD 1080p 3D capable projectors still cost several thousand pounds.

And what about watching Coronation Street or Eastenders? Would you close the curtains or dim the lights, mount the screen, for every half hour program?

I like projectors and the traditionally high price for large screen TVs meant projectors had their place, but this TV at this price seriously encroaches into that market.

It's a TV you can live with everyday, as well as doing the spectacular 3D stuff.

I'm afraid it's not cheaper and the picture quality isn't as good, and it's just not as easy to live with. Projectors have their place, but they aren't in the same market as large screen 3DTVs at £674.


Blah, blah, blah. Point taken though. Just don't say it's a cinema size screen when it's no where near it! I did have this TV and had to send it back as faulty because of the poor picture in 3d, terrible image retention and a constant hum from the unit! Unless you really want 3d, you can buy a better TV for less without 3d capabilities.

And remember if you want 3d media to play on it you will need 1 of the following:

Sky world with HD pack- £50 to £60 a month.
PS3 with latest firmware- £150 to £200.
A 3D bluray player- £100. Then 3D blurays from around £15 to £20
A 3D capable PC/laptop- £200 upwards.

So your cheap 3DTV ain't so cheap anymore!

Edited By: thegazman on Mar 15, 2011 16:28
#5
thegazman


And remember if you want 3d media to play on it you will need 1 of the following:

Sky world with HD pack- £50 to £60 a month.
PS3 with latest firmware- £150 to £200.
A 3D bluray player- £100.
A 3D capable PC/laptop- £200 upwards.

So your cheap 3DTV ain't so cheap anymore!


Ahhh... I didn't realise you got those free with your Optoma projector.

You really want to post a deal on here, that is fantastic value!

Enough of my sarcasm.

A non 3D 50" is cheaper, but not by much. There still isn't a lot of 3D content, mabye a couple of dozen films, but there is more coming all the time. And I play games a lot, Nvidia GPU based PCs (which I have) or PS3 games can play in 3D and there are literally thousands of titles.

As for the 'cinema size screen' comment, I stand by it. I have a normal size living room with the TV wall mounted and the proportions of the room to the size of the screen is about the same to the proportions of a cinema screen to a cinema auditorium.

It's not as large a screen size as your projector can throw, but the picture is higher quality, 1080p to your 720p, much better contrast, colour levels and black levels, and significantly easier to live with in day to day use.

That's not to say you made the wrong choice, but you would have paid £850 or £900 for this set when you bought it, I know because I was looking at the time too. I considered it then got this for a little more than this deal a month ago and I'm chuffed to bits with it.
#6
Amazon seems to have matched it but currently out of stock but a possible alternative place to purchase from.
#7
I have this set. Awesome tv. Only slight fault is the image retention. But goes after few minutes. This set makes top quality gaming tv, bluray screen and normal tv sd and hd are top quality pictures.

I love my set. Couldn't try putting anyone off it. I paid £999 when the bundle first came out and i still feel i got a bargain, especially at the side of its panasonic and sony counterparts. Great set for the price. Have some heat.
#8
wow!! very tempting!!!
#9
3D tv will be the Betamax of systems in two years time.
Unless glassless Tvs are released.
All the glass based systems i've looked at reduce the basic quality of the picture.
#10
Is this 600Mhz refresh rate like all the other non-3d 50 inch plasmas?
#11
It is 600MHz.
#12
toycollector
3D tv will be the Betamax of systems in two years time.
Unless glassless Tvs are released.
All the glass based systems i've looked at reduce the basic quality of the picture.


How is the quality reduced? It's two HD feeds synchronized with the glasses for left and right images. If anything these are better than RealD 3D because theres less cross talk.
#13
This has been this price for weeks on Amazon and has some bad review, i should read up on this TV as a lot of people had to return sets because of issues and the other question you should ask yourself is why is this so cheap when every other 50inch 3D TV is double the price including Samsung's own sets. I was thinking of buying this set till i googled it and its not good as mentiond suffers from image retention which puts a lot of people off and put me off, this is a cheap set but you get what you pay for and expect it to drop further.

I'm voting cold as its not a deal as Amazon have been selling this for weeks at this price.
#14
Thanks Browni
Was looking to buy the Panasonic TX-P50S20B that was listed on here on £599 tonight but missed out and now it is up to £650. Just interested to find out what people which one people would buy? As same specs but Samsung is a newer model and has 3D
For the people that have this TV already, did you have a break in time like the Panasonic? Panasonic suggests of 200 hours where you have to watch channels without logos to prevent screen burn or zoom in past it. How bad is the image retention and does this have a Game Mode?
#15
Samsung used active technology while other companies use passive. Active is better as the viewing angle is viewable from 120 degrees whereas the passive glasses (like the ones you get in the cinema) have a much narrower viewing angle. That is why you cannot use Panisonic glasses on a Samsung etc.

Samsung have a new 3d tv out that upscales 2D content to 3D. I was at a technology business conference last week and Samsung presented this new TV. The TV is impressive but their presenting skills were pretty bad.

None of this is relevant to the deal above though. I voted hot because despite some negative reviews if someone wants a 3D TV but have a limited budget this is not a bad deal.

edit - Samsung also claimed that 3D TV's without glasses will not be on the market for about 5 years because the cost to manufactures are enormous. It can be done but nobody would pay the amount they would need to charge so if you are waiting for that then you will be waiting years. The real money to be made in 3D is making a pair of glasses that can display Passive and Active 3Dd which is seemingly impossible.

Edited By: cuth4king on Mar 15, 2011 21:51
#16
Forgive my ignorance but what exactly is the problem with image retention?

I've been looking at buying one of these sets and that seems to be the only negative comment.

You can also get this at comet for £699 if you don't want to order it on-line.
#17
thegazman
Willie_Hmmm
thegazman
"This is a big TV, great picture quality and superb 3D. USB supports direct playback of AVI, MKV and MKV 3D (side by side format). A great price to have a cinema size screen in your living room. "

Cinema size screen???????????? Who are you kidding? If you want a cinema size screen in 3d get an Optoma HD600x and a 3D-XL for £50 cheaper!

And the cost of a projector screen? And the cost of a Freeview HD box? And the cost of an MKV media player?

And what about Full HD or watching anything in daylight?

Full HD 1080p 3D capable projectors still cost several thousand pounds.

And what about watching Coronation Street or Eastenders? Would you close the curtains or dim the lights, mount the screen, for every half hour program?

I like projectors and the traditionally high price for large screen TVs meant projectors had their place, but this TV at this price seriously encroaches into that market.

It's a TV you can live with everyday, as well as doing the spectacular 3D stuff.

I'm afraid it's not cheaper and the picture quality isn't as good, and it's just not as easy to live with. Projectors have their place, but they aren't in the same market as large screen 3DTVs at £674.

Blah, blah, blah. Point taken though. Just don't say it's a cinema size screen when it's no where near it! I did have this TV and had to send it back as faulty because of the poor picture in 3d, terrible image retention and a constant hum from the unit! Unless you really want 3d, you can buy a better TV for less without 3d capabilities.

And remember if you want 3d media to play on it you will need 1 of the following:

Sky world with HD pack- £50 to £60 a month.
PS3 with latest firmware- £150 to £200.
A 3D bluray player- £100. Then 3D blurays from around £15 to £20
A 3D capable PC/laptop- £200 upwards.

So your cheap 3DTV ain't so cheap anymore!

Info from Projector Planet:

3D Viewing Requires Optoma DLP® LinkTM active shutter glasses – sold separately
3D Compatibility The 3D features of the HD600X can only be used with compatible 3D content and do not support 3D TV broadcast systems, including the 3D SKY service in the UK, or 3D Bluray. Support for these applications may be added in future using additional hardware

Not quite a fair compairson as the Optoma HD600X doesn't play the "most common" forms of 3D content anyway, bit of a waste if you ask me.
#18
I wish TVs like this were freeview HD recorders. Or at least support recording of freeview HD to a USB hard drive...
#19
Great price for a 3D 50 incher,,,and my friend has a 50 inch screen in his living room and it sure does feel like the cinema...
#20
Looking at the spec I don't even think it is freeview HD just Standard freeview.

Anyway, any answers re the image retention?
#21
Crookster1
Looking at the spec I don't even think it is freeview HD just Standard freeview.

and you'd be wrong
#22
What is the glare on the screen like on these sets?? Im tempted but i have 1 massive window directly inline with where the TV will go and another big window to the right of the TV.
#23
Crookster1
Looking at the spec I don't even think it is freeview HD just Standard freeview.


and you'd be wrong

Tuner Standard Digital Freeview Tuner
Double Tuner No

I would have thought it would specify freeview HD rather than standard freeview tuner would it not??
#24
Still no answer re image retention
#25
Crookster1
Crookster1
Looking at the spec I don't even think it is freeview HD just Standard freeview.


and you'd be wrong

Tuner Standard Digital Freeview Tuner
Double Tuner No

I would have thought it would specify freeview HD rather than standard freeview tuner would it not??

No, it's Dixons, what do you expect?
#26
Crookster1
Still no answer re image retention

I'd say it's worse than industry standard but in practice does not spoil viewing enjoyment
#27
It has Freeview HD.
I've had two 680's, the first went back because I wasn't happy with horizontal banding on light screens. The second I was really happy with, excellent picture quality, but it died after 2 months and Currys could not fix so gave me my money back (managed to keep the Blu-ray & glasses :D).
I ended up replacing it with a PS50C7000 thinking it would be much better, while it is in some ways it isn’t in others…
The 680 has received a lot of negative comments on some forums but if the second 680 hadn’t died I would have been very happy with it, for general viewing I preferred it to the 7000.
The Image Retention was quite bad on it, but it depends how much it bothers you, IR is a ghost image that remains on the screen for a while after high contrast images have been static on the screen e.g. Pausing TV. TV Channel logo’s or the black bars top and bottom on DVD/Blu-ray can also cause it.
#28
Thanks Ha11y, the IR doesn't sound good, especially when the bulk of my viewing is sky sports with the logo's.
#29
How long does it hang around for?
#30
bryan1979
thegazman
Willie_Hmmm
thegazman
"This is a big TV, great picture quality and superb 3D. USB supports direct playback of AVI, MKV and MKV 3D (side by side format). A great price to have a cinema size screen in your living room. "

Cinema size screen???????????? Who are you kidding? If you want a cinema size screen in 3d get an Optoma HD600x and a 3D-XL for £50 cheaper!


And the cost of a projector screen? And the cost of a Freeview HD box? And the cost of an MKV media player?

And what about Full HD or watching anything in daylight?

Full HD 1080p 3D capable projectors still cost several thousand pounds.

And what about watching Coronation Street or Eastenders? Would you close the curtains or dim the lights, mount the screen, for every half hour program?

I like projectors and the traditionally high price for large screen TVs meant projectors had their place, but this TV at this price seriously encroaches into that market.

It's a TV you can live with everyday, as well as doing the spectacular 3D stuff.

I'm afraid it's not cheaper and the picture quality isn't as good, and it's just not as easy to live with. Projectors have their place, but they aren't in the same market as large screen 3DTVs at £674.


Blah, blah, blah. Point taken though. Just don't say it's a cinema size screen when it's no where near it! I did have this TV and had to send it back as faulty because of the poor picture in 3d, terrible image retention and a constant hum from the unit! Unless you really want 3d, you can buy a better TV for less without 3d capabilities.

And remember if you want 3d media to play on it you will need 1 of the following:

Sky world with HD pack- £50 to £60 a month.
PS3 with latest firmware- £150 to £200.
A 3D bluray player- £100. Then 3D blurays from around £15 to £20
A 3D capable PC/laptop- £200 upwards.

So your cheap 3DTV ain't so cheap anymore!


Info from Projector Planet:

3D Viewing Requires Optoma DLP® LinkTM active shutter glasses – sold separately
3D Compatibility The 3D features of the HD600X can only be used with compatible 3D content and do not support 3D TV broadcast systems, including the 3D SKY service in the UK, or 3D Bluray. Support for these applications may be added in future using additional hardware

Not quite a fair compairson as the Optoma HD600X doesn't play the "most common" forms of 3D content anyway, bit of a waste if you ask me.


Funny that, as I have a HD600X and enjoy Sky 3D, 3D blurays via PS3 and everything else 3D that you will throw at it. It also comes with 1 pair of glasses, and additional pairs will cost the same as ones for the Samsung.

Edited By: thegazman on Mar 16, 2011 04:40: added info
#31
Crookster1
How long does it hang around for?


Image retention on mine was so bad I sent it back. That coupled with a terrible picture when in 3D mode. I watched sky sports news most of the time and the logo would stay there for over 10 mins sometimes. This was even after I "broke it in" for at least 100 hours!

As for Freeview HD, I could have sworn it had it. Never used the tuner as I had sky, but I'm 99% sure it does? There is a massive thread on AVforums about this TV. Anyone looking to buy should have a look on there 1st. Granted, it has its pros and cons. Really depends on what you will use it for.
#32
Crookster1
Looking at the spec I don't even think it is freeview HD just Standard freeview.

Anyway, any answers re the image retention?


As answered already, yes this does have Freeview HD built in, but not on the spec listing for some reason.

Image retention. This is my first Plasma, so wasn't sure what to expect. As others have said, in high contrast, for a length of time, i.e. its own media player, light text dark background for 10 minutes, then into a film with black borders where the text was, the text is still barely visible for a few minutes. If you watch a film that fills the screen, the text is barely visible for a second then it's gone.

On the football, team names and score on screen for 90 minutes, afterwards it was barely visible but definitely present and lasted a few minutes before it completely dissapeared.

Under normal circumstances, if you're only on the media player screen for a minute or two, there is no visible image retention, even onto a screen with black borders.

Edited By: Willie_Hmmm on Mar 16, 2011 07:24
#33
thegazman
Crookster1
How long does it hang around for?


Image retention on mine was so bad I sent it back. That coupled with a terrible picture when in 3D mode. I watched sky sports news most of the time and the logo would stay there for over 10 mins sometimes. This was even after I "broke it in" for at least 100 hours!

As for Freeview HD, I could have sworn it had it. Never used the tuner as I had sky, but I'm 99% sure it does? There is a massive thread on AVforums about this TV. Anyone looking to buy should have a look on there 1st. Granted, it has its pros and cons. Really depends on what you will use it for.


Can you describe your "terrible picture when in 3D mode".

Mine is crystal clear, as good as any 2D HD source. Depth is excellent, brightness and contrast are great. The 3D effect is vivid and natural.
#34
I saw a 3D tv which doesn't need the glasses at the Big Bang science fair at the weekend, I'll wait. But this is a great price.
#35
Showing as £709.82 on Dixons now.
#36
I have this tv. It is very good i find. Image retention does not bother me at all.

One thing I would say DONT look for faults or your going to find them even on more expensive tvs. It goes for anything really.

Its all good upto now.. have found one weird problem though.. all 3d is fine except killzone 3.. it has terrible crosstalk.. I change the viewpoint and the crosstalk disappears in the background but the writing on the foreground gains crosstalk.

Wipeout hd, super stardust, pain, motorstorm are all fine.

any ideas?

Edited By: Ant3b999 on Mar 16, 2011 08:55
#37
Ha11y
It has Freeview HD.

I've had two 680's, the first went back because I wasn't happy with horizontal banding on light screens. The second I was really happy with, excellent picture quality, but it died after 2 months and Currys could not fix so gave me my money back (managed to keep the Blu-ray & glasses :D).

I ended up replacing it with a PS50C7000 thinking it would be much better, while it is in some ways it isn’t in others…

The 680 has received a lot of negative comments on some forums but if the second 680 hadn’t died I would have been very happy with it, for general viewing I preferred it to the 7000.

The Image Retention was quite bad on it, but it depends how much it bothers you, IR is a ghost image that remains on the screen for a while after high contrast images have been static on the screen e.g. Pausing TV. TV Channel logo’s or the black bars top and bottom on DVD/Blu-ray can also cause it.

Im thinking of the ps50c7000 as Very has on their website for £1099 with 12 months interest free!
Would you recommend the c7000?
#38
850 in currys the other day was gonna get a demo but the sales advisor was a useless f**king twerp and doesn't deserve to have a job
#39
I replaced my broken 680 with the ps50c7000 but I prefered the picture on the 680 out of the box. The 7000 has more toys but the image seems more processed to me and I'm still not totally happy with motion and panning on it but got sick of changing the settings all the time. I would have probably sent it back if I hadn't gotten it really cheap so on balance it's OK.
#40
I had this delivered yesterday. I love that Black Ops has a 3D setting. It will consume my life, now.

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