Panasonic TX-50CX680 vs Samsung HG55EC690

Panasonic TX-50CX680
Samsung HG55EC690

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Reasons For

4 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.

2% cheaper to run
Over five years the Panasonic TX-50CX680 is £3.21 cheaper to run than the Samsung HG55EC690. Read more
5 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

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.

PC in (D-Sub) Edit
The Samsung HG55EC690 has a PC in (D-Sub), but the Panasonic TX-50CX680 does not. Read more

The socket (port) to receive input from a PC via a D-sub, which is a connector with a characteristic D-shaped metal shield.

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

5 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

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.

Does not have a PC in (D-Sub) Edit
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 does not have a PC in (D-Sub), but the Samsung HG55EC690 has a PC in (D-Sub). Read more

The socket (port) to receive input from a PC via a D-sub, which is a connector with a characteristic D-shaped metal shield.

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+".
6 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.

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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

23 months Ago 35 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 £ 399.97
Total cost of ownership £ 537.61
Details
Electricity cost - switched on £ 137.81
Electricity cost - standby £ 3.04
Total running cost £ 140.85

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 Ultra HD
BEST
 4K Ultra HD
3D
 3D
 3D
High Frequency Rate
200Hz Unknown - Click to provide data
Contrast Ratio (typical)
 5000:1
 5000:1
BEST
Screen Shape
 Flat
 Flat
OLED Technology
 OLED technology
Unknown - Click to provide data
Motion Interpolation Frequency
200Hz
BEST
100Hz
Motion Interpolation Technology
 BMR
 BMR
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
Supported Video Modes
 2160p
BEST
 2160p
Display Technology
 LED
BEST
 LED
Screen Format Adjustments
 16:9
 16:9
Display Diagonal (metric)
126cm Unknown - Click to provide data
Viewing Angle, Horizontal
176° 178°
BEST
Supported Graphics Resolutions
 3840 x 2160
BEST
 3840 x 2160
Viewing Angle, Vertical
176° 178°
BEST

TV Tuner

Auto Channel Search
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto channel search
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 Type
 Analog
 Analog

Smart TV

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

Audio

Audio System
VR-Audio True Surround Unknown - Click to provide data
RMS Rated Power
20W 20W
Number of Loudspeakers
2 2
Built-In Speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
 Built-in speaker(s)
Auto Volume Leveler
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto volume leveler
Dolby Technology
 Digital Plus
 Digital
 Digital Plus
 Digital
Sound Modes
 Standard
 Music
 Standard
 Music
Audio Decoders
 Dolby Digital
 DTS
 Dolby Digital
 DTS
Audio Decoding Technologies
 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 Outputs
1 1
Common Interface Plus (CI+)
 Common interface Plus (CI+)
 Common interface Plus (CI+)
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
1 1
RF Ports Quantity
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
SCART Ports Quantity
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 Ports Quantity
2 2
USB 3.0 Port
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Input for DVI
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Audio input for DVI
DVI Port
 DVI port
 DVI port
HDCP
 HDCP
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Version
 1.4a
 1.4a
BEST
PC in (D-Sub)
 PC in (D-Sub)
 PC in (D-Sub)
BEST
HDMI Ports Quantity
3 3
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC)
 VIERA Link
 VIERA Link
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
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 Ports Quantity
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
Ethernet LAN
 Ethernet LAN
 Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Direct
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi Direct
Browsing
 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
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Picture-in-Picture
On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
 On Screen Display (OSD)
Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
 Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
 Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)
Auto Power Off
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto power off
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 ENG
 ENG
Number of OSD Languages
1 27
BEST
Picture-and-Text
 Picture-and-Text
Unknown - Click to provide data

Performance

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
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Teletext Function
 Teletext function
 Teletext function
Game Mode
 Game mode
Unknown - Click to provide data
Local Dimming
 Local dimming
BEST
 Local dimming
Ambient Light Sensor
 Ambient light sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
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
Teletext
1,000 pages Unknown - Click to provide data
Picture Processing Technology
 Samsung Wide Color Enhancer
 Samsung Wide Color Enhancer

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Ergonomics

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

Power

Power Consumption (typical)
84W
BEST
86W
Power Consumption (standby)
0.5W 0.5W
Energy Efficiency Class
 A+
 A+
BEST
Power Consumption (average)
84W Unknown - Click to provide data
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

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

Packaging Content

Desktop Stand
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Desktop stand
Batteries Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Batteries 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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