Panasonic TX-50CX680 vs Samsung HG55EC690

Panasonic TX-50CX680
Samsung HG55EC690

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Reasons For

6 Reasons For
A lot faster motion interpolation frequency Edit
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 has a motion interpolation frequency of 200Hz, but the Samsung HG55EC690 is only a 100Hz motion interpolation frequency TV (100Hz slower). Read more

The motion interpolation frequency is the frame rate which the TV is able to artificially create by inserting additional frames into the picture between the frames included in the original video source. Motion interpolation technology can sometimes create some unwanted side effects such glitches when the technology suddenly activates during an action scene. Most modern TVs will have an option to switch off the motion interpolation if it is not desired.

A faster motion interpolation frequency will result in smoother action scenes, less motion blur and a more life like image.

Local dimming Edit
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 features local dimming, but the Samsung HG55EC690 does not. Read more

This means that LEDs can be controlled individually (or in clusters) to control the level of light/color intensity in a given part of the screen.

37% thinner Edit
Panasonic TX-50CX680 is 47mm thick. That's 17mm thinner than the Samsung HG55EC690 (64mm). Read more

The depth of the TV is the thickness of the TV measured from the back of the TV to the front of the TV. Curved TVs will have quite a big depth as this dimension is measured from the back of the centre of the screen to the front of the edges of the screen.

A thinner TV has the advantage of appearing more elegant and will also mean that the TV will not stick out as much when mounted on a wall.

Cheaper by £344
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 costs £343.96 less than the Samsung HG55EC690.
7 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this TV.
2% cheaper to run
Over five years the Panasonic TX-50CX680 is £3.21 cheaper to run than the Samsung HG55EC690. Read more
4 Reasons For
10% larger screen size Edit
The Samsung HG55EC690 is a 55" TV. That's 5" larger than the Panasonic TX-50CX680 (55"). Read more

The display diagonal of a TV is the most common measure of screen size and is the distance from the top left to the bottom right of the visible part of a TV screen excluding any frame or border. One of the most important considerations when choosing the right screen size for your TV is the typical distance from which you will be viewing the screen. A good rule of thumb is to multiply the display diagonal by 2.5 to determine the viewing distance. So a 40 inch TV is best viewed from 100 inches away, which is equivalent to 8.3 feet or 2.54m. For home cinema setups and a truly immersive experience this ratio can be reduced to 1.2. This will give a screen size that fills 40 degrees of the viewer's field of vision. So if you viewing from a distance of 6ft (72 inches) you would need a TV display diagonal of 60 inches.

TVs with a bigger display diagonal allow you to make the most of HD content and are great for watching movies.

Lower annual energy consumption Edit
The Samsung HG55EC690 is a 98kWh annual energy consumption TV. That's 19kWh lower than the Panasonic TX-50CX680 (98kWh). Read more

The annual energy consumption is the total amount of energy that the TV will use over the course of a whole year, given typical usage levels.

A lower annual energy consumption means that it will cost less each year for you to run your TV.

Lighter Edit
The Samsung HG55EC690 has a weight of 15.7kg. That's 1.3kg lighter than the Panasonic TX-50CX680 (15.7kg). Read more

The weight is the total weight of the TV excluding all packaging.

A lighter weight TV will be easier to move around and to mount on a wall. Some of the larger, very heavy TVs may require lightweight partition walls to be reinforced before the TV could be mounted.

Higher energy efficiency rating
The energy efficiency rating of the Samsung HG55EC690 is "A+", but the rating of the Panasonic TX-50CX680 is "A".

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Slightly smaller screen size Edit
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 has a screen size of 50", whereas the Samsung HG55EC690 is a 55" TV (5" larger). Read more

The display diagonal of a TV is the most common measure of screen size and is the distance from the top left to the bottom right of the visible part of a TV screen excluding any frame or border. One of the most important considerations when choosing the right screen size for your TV is the typical distance from which you will be viewing the screen. A good rule of thumb is to multiply the display diagonal by 2.5 to determine the viewing distance. So a 40 inch TV is best viewed from 100 inches away, which is equivalent to 8.3 feet or 2.54m. For home cinema setups and a truly immersive experience this ratio can be reduced to 1.2. This will give a screen size that fills 40 degrees of the viewer's field of vision. So if you viewing from a distance of 6ft (72 inches) you would need a TV display diagonal of 60 inches.

TVs with a bigger display diagonal allow you to make the most of HD content and are great for watching movies.

17% higher annual energy consumption Edit
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 has an annual energy consumption of 117kWh, however the Samsung HG55EC690 is a 98kWh annual energy consumption TV (19kWh lower). Read more

The annual energy consumption is the total amount of energy that the TV will use over the course of a whole year, given typical usage levels.

A lower annual energy consumption means that it will cost less each year for you to run your TV.

1.3kg heavier Edit
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 is a 17kg heavy TV, whereas the Samsung HG55EC690 is a 15.7kg heavy TV (1.3kg lighter). Read more

The weight is the total weight of the TV excluding all packaging.

A lighter weight TV will be easier to move around and to mount on a wall. Some of the larger, very heavy TVs may require lightweight partition walls to be reinforced before the TV could be mounted.

Lower energy efficiency rating
The energy efficiency rating of the Panasonic TX-50CX680 is "A", however the rating of the Samsung HG55EC690 is "A+".
7 Reasons Against
100Hz slower motion interpolation frequency Edit
The Samsung HG55EC690 is a 100Hz motion interpolation frequency TV. That's 100Hz slower than the Panasonic TX-50CX680 (100Hz). Read more

The motion interpolation frequency is the frame rate which the TV is able to artificially create by inserting additional frames into the picture between the frames included in the original video source. Motion interpolation technology can sometimes create some unwanted side effects such glitches when the technology suddenly activates during an action scene. Most modern TVs will have an option to switch off the motion interpolation if it is not desired.

A faster motion interpolation frequency will result in smoother action scenes, less motion blur and a more life like image.

Does not feature local dimming Edit
The Samsung HG55EC690 does not feature local dimming, however the Panasonic TX-50CX680 does. Read more

This means that LEDs can be controlled individually (or in clusters) to control the level of light/color intensity in a given part of the screen.

17mm thicker Edit
The Samsung HG55EC690 is a 64mm thick TV, whereas the Panasonic TX-50CX680 is a 47mm thick TV (17mm thinner). Read more

The depth of the TV is the thickness of the TV measured from the back of the TV to the front of the TV. Curved TVs will have quite a big depth as this dimension is measured from the back of the centre of the screen to the front of the edges of the screen.

A thinner TV has the advantage of appearing more elegant and will also mean that the TV will not stick out as much when mounted on a wall.

£344 more expensive
The Samsung HG55EC690 is more expensive than the Panasonic TX-50CX680 by £343.96.
Not as many stockists
Only 1 shop sell the Samsung HG55EC690, however 8 stores sell the Panasonic TX-50CX680. Read more
Smaller numbers of stores reduces the chances of this TV remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
One year older
The Samsung HG55EC690 is older than the Panasonic TX-50CX680 by one year.
More expensive to run over five years by 2%
The running costs over five years of the Samsung HG55EC690 are £140.85 which is £3.21 more than the Panasonic TX-50CX680. Show assumptions.

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Date Released

22 months Ago 34 months Ago

Running Costs Over 5 Years

Electricity cost - switched on £ 134.60
Electricity cost - standby £ 3.04
Total running cost £ 137.64
Purchase price £ 535.99
Total cost of ownership £ 673.63
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Electricity cost - switched on £ 137.81
Electricity cost - standby £ 3.04
Total running cost £ 140.85
Purchase price £ 879.95
Total cost of ownership £ 1,020.80
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Energy Efficiency Class

Environmental Impact

0.68T
Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.68 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
18
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant and grow them for 10 years.
0.7T
Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
18
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant and grow them for 10 years.

Display

Screen Size
50" 55"
BEST
HD Type
 4K Ultra HD
BEST
 4K Ultra HD
3D Compatible
 3D compatible
 3D compatible
Typical Contrast Ratio
 5000:1
 5000:1
BEST
Screen Shape
 Flat
 Flat
Motion Interpolation Frequency
200Hz
BEST
100Hz
Response Time
Unknown - Click to provide data 6ms
Display Brightness
Unknown - Click to provide data 350 cd/m²
Display Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Display Diagonal
126cm Unknown - Click to provide data
Horizontal Viewing Angle
176° 178°
BEST
Graphics Resolution
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Vertical Viewing Angle
176° 178°
BEST

TV Tuner

Auto Channel Search Feature
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto channel search feature
Digital Signal Format System
 DVB
 DVB-T
 DVB-T2
 DVB-S
 DVB-S2
 DVB-C
 DVB
 DVB-T
 DVB-T2
 DVB-S
 DVB-S2
 DVB-C
Tuner
 Analog
 Analog

Smart TV

Smart TV Features
 Smart TV features
 Smart TV features
Internet Browser
 Internet browser
 Internet browser
Operating System Version
Firefox OS Unknown - Click to provide data

Audio

Audio System
VR-Audio True Surround Unknown - Click to provide data
RMS Rated Power
20W 20W
Loudspeaker
2 2
Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
 Built-in speaker
Auto Volume Leveler
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto volume leveler
Audio Decoder
 Dolby Digital
 DTS
 Dolby Digital
 DTS
Audio Decoding Technology
 Dolby Digital Plus
 Dolby MS10
 DTS Premium Sound 5.1
 DTS Studio Sound
 Dolby Digital Plus
 Dolby MS10
 DTS Premium Sound 5.1
 DTS Studio Sound

Ports & Interfaces

Headphone Output Port
1 1
Common Interface Plus
 Common interface plus
 Common interface plus
Ethernet LAN Port
1 1
RF Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
SCART Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Audio Optical Out Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Composite Video in Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Component Video in Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Port
2 2
Audio Input Port for DVI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Audio input port for DVI
DVI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DVI port
HDMI Version
 1.4a
 1.4a
BEST
PC in Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PC in port
HDMI Port
3 3
Consumer Electronics Control
 Anynet+
 Anynet+
VGA Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Audio Return Channel (ARC)
 Audio Return Channel (ARC)
 Audio Return Channel (ARC)
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

WiFi Connection
 WiFi connection
 WiFi connection
Ethernet LAN Connection
 Ethernet LAN connection
 Ethernet LAN connection
WiFi Direct Connection
Unknown - Click to provide data
 WiFi direct connection
Network Browsing
 Network browsing
Unknown - Click to provide data

Management Features

Sleep Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Sleep timer
On/off Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On/off timer
Picture in Picture Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Picture in picture function
On Screen Display
 On screen display
 On screen display
Electronic Programme Guide
 Electronic programme guide
 Electronic programme guide
Auto Power Off
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto power off
On Screen Display Language
 ENG
 ENG
OSD Language
1 27
BEST

Performance

Teletext Function
 Teletext function
 Teletext function
Local Dimming
 Local dimming
BEST
 Local dimming
Plug and Play
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Plug and Play
Voice Control
 Voice control
Unknown - Click to provide data
Clock Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Clock function
Stored Teletext Page
1,000 pages Unknown - Click to provide data
Picture Processing Technology
 Samsung Wide Color Enhancer
 Samsung Wide Color Enhancer

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Ergonomics

VESA Mounting Interface
 400 x 400
 400 x 400
On/off Switch
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On/off switch
VESA Mounting
Unknown - Click to provide data
 VESA mounting

Power

Typical Power Consumption
84W
BEST
86W
Standby Power Consumption
0.5W 0.5W
Energy Efficiency Class
 A+
 A+
BEST
Annual Energy Consumption
117kWh 98kWh
BEST
AC Input Voltage
 20-24
 20-24
AC Input Frequency
 50
 50
Maximum Power Consumption
Unknown - Click to provide data 156W

Certificates

DLNA Certificate
 DLNA certificate
Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Thickness
47mm
BEST
64mm
Weight
17kg 15.7kg
BEST
Package Weight
23kg 23kg
Weight (with Stand)
18.5kg
BEST
18.6kg
Depth (with Stand)
202mm
BEST
226.5mm
Height (with Stand)
693mm
BEST
762.8mm
Width (with Stand)
1,126mm
BEST
1,230.6mm
Height
652mm 718.4mm
Width
1,126mm 1,230.6mm
Packaging Height
743mm
BEST
810mm
Packaging Width
1,518mm
BEST
1,535mm

Packaging Content

Desktop Stand
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Desktop stand
Battery Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery included
Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
 Handheld remote control
Manual
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Manual
Quick Installation Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick installation guide
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