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Panasonic TX-50CX680 vs Samsung HG55EC690

Panasonic TX-50CX680 vs Samsung HG55EC690

Panasonic TX-50CX680
Samsung HG55EC690

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Reasons For

5 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.

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 £530
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 costs £529.96 less than the Samsung HG55EC690.
2% cheaper to run
Over five years the Panasonic TX-50CX680 is £3.21 cheaper to run than the Samsung HG55EC690. Read more
3 Reasons For
10% larger display diagonal Edit
The Samsung HG55EC690 is a 55" TV. That's 5" larger than the Panasonic TX-50CX680 (55"). Read more

‘Display Diagonal’ is the measure of the size of the TV screen from top-left to bottom-right corner, 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. TVs with a bigger display diagonal allow you to make the most of HD content and are great for watching movies. 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.

2% wider horizontal viewing angle Edit
The Samsung HG55EC690 is a 178° horizontal viewing angle TV. That's 2° wider than the Panasonic TX-50CX680 (178°). Read more

The horizontal viewing angle dictates the maximum angle at which the TV screen can be properly viewed.

A larger viewing angle means that the TV can be watched from many different parts of a room successfully. Conversely, a very small viewing angle means you would effectively have to sit directly in front of the TV to be able to view the screen successfully.

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 display diagonal Edit
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 has a display diagonal of 50", whereas the Samsung HG55EC690 is a 55" TV (5" larger). Read more

‘Display Diagonal’ is the measure of the size of the TV screen from top-left to bottom-right corner, 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. TVs with a bigger display diagonal allow you to make the most of HD content and are great for watching movies. 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.

A bit narrower horizontal viewing angle Edit
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 has a horizontal viewing angle of 176°, but the Samsung HG55EC690 is a 178° horizontal viewing angle TV (2° wider). Read more

The horizontal viewing angle dictates the maximum angle at which the TV screen can be properly viewed.

A larger viewing angle means that the TV can be watched from many different parts of a room successfully. Conversely, a very small viewing angle means you would effectively have to sit directly in front of the TV to be able to view the screen successfully.

Older by over one year
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 is 21 months older than the Samsung HG55EC690.
Lower energy efficiency rating
The energy efficiency rating of the Panasonic TX-50CX680 is "A", however the rating of the Samsung HG55EC690 is "A+".
5 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.

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.

£530 more expensive
The Samsung HG55EC690 is more expensive than the Panasonic TX-50CX680 by £529.96.
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

26 months Ago 5 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 £ 349.99
Total cost of ownership £ 487.63
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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

Display Diagonal
50" 55"
BEST
HD Type
 4K
BEST
 4K
3D
 3D
 3D
Contrast Ratio (typical)
 5000:1
 5000:1
BEST
High Frequency Rate
200Hz Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
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
Supported Video Mode
 2160p
BEST
 2160p
Aspect Ratio
 16:9
 16:9
Display Technology
 LED
 LED
Screen Format Adjustments
 16:9
 16:9
Display Diagonal (metric)
126cm Unknown - Click to provide data
Horizontal Viewing Angle
176° 178°
BEST
Supported Graphics Resolutions
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
BEST
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
Viewing Angle, Vertical
176° 178°
BEST

Audio

Audio System
VR-Audio True Surround Unknown - Click to provide data
Built-In Speaker
 Built-in speaker
 Built-in speaker
Auto Volume Leveler
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto volume leveler
RMS Rated Power
20W 20W
Loudspeaker
2 2
Dolby Technology
 Digital Plus
 Digital
 Digital Plus
 Digital
Sound Modes
 Standard
 Music
 Standard
 Music
Audio Decoders
 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

Smart TV

Smart TV
 Smart TV
 Smart TV
Video Apps
 NetFlix
 NetFlix
Internet TV
 Internet TV
 Internet TV
Operating System Version
Firefox OS Unknown - Click to provide data

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black

Power

Power Consumption (typical)
84W
BEST
86W
Power Consumption (standby)
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
Power Consumption (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 156W
Input Voltage
 240
 220
 220 - 240
 240
 220
 220 - 240

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Certified
 Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified
Unknown - Click to provide data

TV Tuner

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

Performance

Game Mode
 Game mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 WMV
 AVI
 FLV
 3GP
 MKV
 VOB
 M4V
 TS
 H.265
 3GPP
 VRO
 MP4
 WMV
 AVI
 FLV
 3GP
 MKV
 VOB
 M4V
 TS
 H.265
 3GPP
 VRO
Audio Formats Supported
 FLAC
 MP3
 WAV
 WMA
 FLAC
 MP3
 WAV
 WMA
Voice Control
 Voice control
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Teletext Function
 Teletext function
 Teletext function
Local Dimming
 Local dimming
BEST
 Local dimming
Ambient Light Sensor
 Ambient light sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Plug & Play
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Plug & Play
Clock Function
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Clock function
Teletext
1,000 pages Unknown - Click to provide data
Picture Processing Technology
 Samsung Wide Color Enhancer
 Samsung Wide Color Enhancer

Packaging Content

Desktop Stand Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Desktop stand included
Handheld Remote Control
 Handheld remote control
 Handheld remote control
Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries included
Remote Control Type
Unknown - Click to provide data TM1240
Cables Included
 AC
 AC
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Manual
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Manual
Warranty Card
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Warranty card
Quick Installation Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick installation guide

Ergonomics

On/off Switch
 On/off switch
 On/off switch
VESA Mounting Interfaces
 400 x 400
 400 x 400
VESA Mounting
 VESA mounting
 VESA mounting

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Ethernet Port
 Ethernet port
 Ethernet port
Wi-Fi Direct
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi Direct
Browsing
 Browsing
Unknown - Click to provide data

Management Features

Auto Power Off System
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto power off system
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
 Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
 Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Picture-in-Picture
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Picture-in-Picture
On/Off Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 On/Off timer
Sleep Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Sleep timer
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 ENG
Number of OSD Languages
26 27
BEST
Picture-and-Text
 Picture-and-Text
Unknown - Click to provide data

Weight & Dimensions

Depth
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
Package Height
743mm
BEST
810mm
Package Width
1,518mm
BEST
1,535mm

Ports & Interfaces

Common Interface (CI) Slot
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Common interface (CI) slot
Headphone Outputs
1 1
Audio Input for DVI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Audio input for DVI
DVI Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 DVI port
High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP)
 High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP)
Unknown - Click to provide data
PC in (D-Sub) Port
Unknown - Click to provide data
 PC in (D-Sub) port
Common Interface Plus (CI+)
 Common interface Plus (CI+)
 Common interface Plus (CI+)
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
1 1
RF Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
SCART Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Digital Audio Optical Out
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Composite Video in
1 1
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
USB 2.0 Port
2 2
USB 3.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Version
 1.4a
 1.4a
BEST
HDMI Port
3 3
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC)
 Anynet+
 Anynet+
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Audio Return Channel (ARC)
 Audio Return Channel (ARC)
 Audio Return Channel (ARC)
USB 3.0 Type-A Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
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