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Samsung PS50Q97HDX Sound Quality
The two speakers (rated at 15 watts each) on Samsung PS50Q97HDXBuy this for £617.47 at Dixons
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Naturally such physical constraints prevent the sonic quality of these internal speakers from soaring to the heights that larger external systems are capable of. But even though stereo imaging and resolution are found lacking, they deliver enough dialogue clarity for run-of-the-mill use. Thanks to the larger cabinet enclosure, higher volume level can be achieved before distortion (especially in the bass department) starts kicking in.
As with the LE40M86BD I reviewed, I preferred the default "Standard" mode as it gave the best balance between bass extension and midrange prominence. I also liked the "SRS TruSurround XT" which enhanced soundstage and low-frequency response.
|Samsung PS50Q97HDX Sound Assessment|
|Stereo Imaging||Below Average|
|Volume||Slightly Above Average|
|Notes||SRS TruSurround XT on|
As we've come to expect from plasma TVs, the Samsung PS50Q97HDX exhibits an electronic buzz that becomes louder as the APL increases (i.e. the screen gets brighter). Just so we're clear, the buzz was barely audible from 8 feet away so I'm pretty sure it would be sufficiently drowned/ masked by normal sound from the TV or external speakers. Otherwise, the PS50Q97HDX was exemplary in terms of background noise suppression (including standby), similar to all other Samsung HDTVs that we've tested.
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