Panasonic TX-50CX680 vs Samsung HG55EC690
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Panasonic TX-50CX680vsSamsung HG55EC690

Panasonic TX-50CX680

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
An award winning and fully featured 50" 4K TV, good for watching films
86
Reviews
1 Review + 1 Award
55
Value for Money
Average
85
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Age
2 Years Old
74
Running Costs
£110 Over 5 Years
78
Overall Score
Very Good
50" 4K No 47mm Mar 2015 A
Display Diagonal HD Type OLED/QLED Technology Thickness Release Date Energy Efficiency
Display Diagonal 50"
HD Type 4K
OLED/QLED Technology No
Thickness 47mm
Release Date Mar 2015
Energy Efficiency A
Samsung HG55EC690

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
An economical to run and good spec 55" Full HD TV, but representing only middle of the road value for money
55
Value for Money
Average
79
Features
Good Features
68
Age
3 Years Old
79
Running Costs
£89 Over 5 Years
72
Overall Score
Very Good
55" Full HD No 64mm Mar 2014 A+
Display Diagonal HD Type OLED/QLED Technology Thickness Release Date Energy Efficiency
Display Diagonal 55"
HD Type Full HD
OLED/QLED Technology No
Thickness 64mm
Release Date Mar 2014
Energy Efficiency A+
Panasonic TX-50CX680

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
An award winning and fully featured 50" 4K TV, good for watching films
86
Reviews
1 Review + 1 Award
55
Value for Money
Average
85
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Age
2 Years Old
74
Running Costs
£110 Over 5 Years
78
Overall Score
Very Good
50" 4K No 47mm Mar 2015 A
Display Diagonal HD Type OLED/QLED Technology Thickness Release Date Energy Efficiency
Display Diagonal 50"
HD Type 4K
OLED/QLED Technology No
Thickness 47mm
Release Date Mar 2015
Energy Efficiency A
Samsung HG55EC690

72

Overall Score

72

Overall Score
Our Verdict:
An economical to run and good spec 55" Full HD TV, but representing only middle of the road value for money
55
Value for Money
Average
79
Features
Good Features
68
Age
3 Years Old
79
Running Costs
£89 Over 5 Years
72
Overall Score
Very Good
55" Full HD No 64mm Mar 2014 A+
Display Diagonal HD Type OLED/QLED Technology Thickness Release Date Energy Efficiency
Display Diagonal 55"
HD Type Full HD
OLED/QLED Technology No
Thickness 64mm
Release Date Mar 2014
Energy Efficiency A+

Top Prices

Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
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£699.00
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£879.95
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£949.99
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Reasons For

Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
4 Reasons For
A Lot Faster Motion Interpolation Frequency
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).

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.

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

'Local Dimming' on a TV is a function that dims certain sections of the backlight to control the level of light/color intensity in a given part of the screen.

Local dimming can be used to make blacks on the screen appear darker and richer by removing the backlight behind them.

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

The thickness of a 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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Cheaper by £181
The Panasonic TX-50CX680 costs £180.95 less than the Samsung HG55EC690.
7 Reasons For
10% Larger Display Diagonal
The Samsung HG55EC690 is a 55" TV. That's 5" larger than the Panasonic TX-50CX680 (50").

‘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.

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2% Wider Horizontal Viewing Angle
The Samsung HG55EC690 is a 178° horizontal viewing angle TV. That's 2° wider than the Panasonic TX-50CX680 (176°).

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.

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

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

A D-sub port is needed to connect your TV to older devices and computers that use a VGA connection - generally those made before 2000.

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More Shops Are Selling it
The more stores stock this TV, the greater competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
£17 Cheaper to Run Over Five Years
The Samsung HG55EC690 only costs £89 to run over five years whereas the Panasonic TX-50CX680 costs £106 to run (19% more).
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Higher Energy Efficiency Rating
The energy efficiency rating of the Samsung HG55EC690 is "A+", but the rating of the Panasonic TX-50CX680 is "A".
Better Brand
Samsung TVs have an average rating of 90.8%, however Panasonic has an average rating of 51.9%.

Reasons Against

Reviews & Awards

Awards

Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
No awards found

Average Expert Rating

Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
Best
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
No reviews found

Average Brand Rating

Samsung has a better average brand rating than Panasonic. The average brand rating for Samsung is 90.77% based on 114,067 reviews, where as the average brand rating for Panasonic is 51.92% based on 1,721 reviews.
Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
Panasonic

52

52

Based on 1,721 reviews
Samsung

91

91

Based on 114,067 reviews

Date Released

Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
35 months old Best 47 months old

What are They Best Used For

Watching Films

When ranking TVs for their suitability to display films, we’ve concentrated on several key attributes. These include contrast ratio and local dimming, which allow the dark colours on the screen to look deeper and richer - helpful for nighttime scenes. Also the screen resolution plays a part - 4K and higher resolutions mean that the image will be clearer and more detailed. Finally the size of the screen is also important - explosions and big dramatic reveals are so much more effective when you don’t have to squint to see the screen!

Compare the best TVs for film.

Watching Sport

When ranking TVs for sport, we’ve concentrated primarily on the most important attributes. First off, we concentrate on the ‘motion interpolation frequency’. This is important for fast-moving spots, since it reduces the amount of blurring on screen. We also take the size of the screen into account - sports matches are far more immersive when viewed on a giant screen! Finally, we look at display brightness and display resolution, so that the games always appear as fully-detailed and bright.

Compare the best TVs for sport.

Playing Games

When ranking TVs for games, we’ve concentrated on a number of key attributes: primarily ‘motion interpolation frequency’ and ‘high refresh rate’. Both connect to the quality of the image coming from the games console to the TV - both reduce instances of blurring caused by fast moving objects on the screen, and allow the image to appear more detailed and cleaner.

Compare the best TVs for gaming.

Key Features

Display Diagonal

‘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.

Thickness

The thickness of a 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.

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Class

Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690

Running Costs Over 5 Years

TV running costs calculated based on an average of 5 hours of use per day. The running cost comprises the electricity cost when using the TV and the electricity standby cost. Compare all energy saving TVs.

Environmental Impact

We have calculated the amount of CO2 that will be generated by running each of these TVs for 5 years. We have then converted that into the number of tree seedlings that you would need to plant and grow for 10 years in order to offset that amount of CO2.
Panasonic TX-50CX680
Panasonic
TX-50CX680
13 trees 0.53 tonnes CO2
Samsung HG55EC690
Samsung
HG55EC690
11 trees 0.44 tonnes CO2 (Best)

Specification

 
 
 
Display Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
Display Diagonal 50" 55"
BEST
HD Type
4K
 4K
4K
 4K
Typical Contrast Ratio
5000:1
 5000:1
5000:1
 5000:1
High Frequency Rate 200Hz
BEST
Display Resolution
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
3840 x 2160 (4K)
 3840 x 2160 (4K)
Motion Interpolation Frequency 200Hz
BEST
100Hz
Response Time Unknown - Click to provide data 6ms
Display Brightness 350 Cd/m²
BEST
Horizontal Viewing Angle 176° 178°
BEST
Supported Video Mode
2160p
 2160p
2160p
 2160p
Display Technology
LED
 LED
LED
 LED
Screen Format Adjustments
16:9
 16:9
16:9
 16:9
Display Diagonal (metric) 126cm Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Graphics Resolutions
3840 x 2160 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
1920 x 1080
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
1920 x 1080
 3840 x 2160
 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
 1920 x 1080
Vertical Viewing Angle 176° 178°
BEST
 
 
 
Audio Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
RMS Rated Power 20W 20W
Loudspeaker 2 2
Audio System Unknown - Click to provide data
Sound Modes
Standard Music
 Standard
 Music
Standard Music
 Standard
 Music
Speaker 2 2
 
 
 
Smart TV Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
Video App
Netflix
 Netflix
Netflix
 Netflix
Operating System Version Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Power Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
Energy Efficiency Class
A+
 A+
A+
 A+
Power Consumption (typical) 84W
BEST
86W
Power Consumption (standby) 0.5W 0.5W
Power Consumption (average) 84W Unknown - Click to provide data
Annual Energy Consumption 117kWh
BEST
98kWh
Maximum Power Consumption Unknown - Click to provide data 156W
 
 
 
TV Tuner Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
Tuner Type
Analog
 Analog
Analog
 Analog
 
 
 
Performance Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
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
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
AAC++
 FLAC
 MP3
 WAV
 WMA
 AAC++
FLAC MP3
WAV WMA
AAC++
 FLAC
 MP3
 WAV
 WMA
 AAC++
Image Formats Supported
JPG
 JPG
JPG
 JPG
Teletext 1,000 Pages Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Packaging Content Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
Remote Control Type Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
AC
 AC
AC
 AC
 
 
 
Management Features Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
Number of OSD Languages 26 27
BEST
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
Thickness 47mm
BEST
64mm
Weight 17kg 15.7kg
BEST
Weight With Stand 18.5kg
BEST
18.6kg
Depth (with Stand) 202mm
BEST
226.5mm
Height (with Stand) 693mm 762.8mm
Width (with Stand) 1,126mm
BEST
1,230.6mm
Height 652mm 718.4mm
Width 1,126mm 1,230.6mm
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
Headphone Outputs 1 1
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
1.4a
 1.4a
HDMI Port 3 3
VGA (D-Sub) Port Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 3.0 Type-A Port 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Packaging Data Panasonic TX-50CX680 Samsung HG55EC690
Package Weight 23kg 23kg
Package Height 743mm
BEST
810mm
Package Width 1,518mm
BEST
1,535mm

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