What's 55" wide and thinner than its own remote
control? Answer: Samsung's 9000-series of LED HDTVs.
PCSTATS attended the Canadian launch for Samsung's new 0.3" /
8mm thick, full HD 3D LED televisions this past week at the venerable Design Exchange
in the heart of Toronto's financial district. On display were a room full of Samsung's 9000-series HDTVs
- LED backlit LCD displays which support High Definition
3D movies when used with active
3D glasses, make streaming digital content over a network via DLNA a breeze
and provide excellent picture quality and clarity across the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
panels. All that in a package so thin it's amazing.
Dressed in a smart brushed-titanium bezel the thin panels have a
sophisticated aesthetic we could certainly appreciate. Even better yet,
accompanying all 9000-series televisions is a rather cool little iPhone-like
remote control into which Samsung engineers have embedded a 3" touch sensitive
Samsung's remote is capable of controlling three different home theatre
configurations, a media PC, and streaming online video content wirelessly into
itself if you want to check out what's on an alternate channel for example. You
could quite literally watch video on the remote while grabbing a drink for
With its crosshairs most definitely set on the early adopter home theatre
enthusiast, the brushed-titanium clad 9000-series ship in two sizes;
the 46" UN46C9000 and 55" UN55C9000 which retail for $6,200 and
$7,200 respectively. For the time being thinness is priced
out of the grasp of most mere mortals, but I wouldn't be surprised
to see these prices come down somewhat by Q4 of this year.
Features and Specs
First on the list of features is the
shape of the 9000-series HDTV. It's screen
is 8mm thick! Get out a ruler and see for yourself how very thin that
is. At the launch event PCSTATS found ourselves having a hard time seeing the 9000-series
televisions from side.
Numbers games aside, the 9000-series TVs
from Samsung is notable for the swanky iPhone-like touch screen remote control that pulls double
duty as a secondary television screen, for the 3D High Definition
display and for numerous other features like
240Hz Auto Motion Plus, Ultra Clear Panel, Mega Contrast, Wide Colour Enhancer
Plus, Samsung LED TV HyperReal Engine, the Internet@TV suite, ConnectShare Movie, and best
of all, AllShare DLNA.
The 46" Samsung UN46C9000 LED TVs PCSTATS viewed at the launch event contains all its ports and connectors in
the rather substantial base of the display; (4x) HDMI, (2x) USB, LAN, Antenna, Digital
Audio Out, VGA, Component Video, Composite Audio in.
On a side note the term "LED TV" should not
be confused with displays that use self-illuminating OLEDs to create the viewing
picture, nor the giant LED displays used on building and at rock concerts. OLED technology
doesn't exist for home displays much larger than about 12", so what we have with
the current crop of "LED TVs" are simply standard LCD televisions that
utilize LED backlights (either edge-lit or RGB) instead of CCFL
Active 3D glasses bring 3D movies into a new dimension on the Samsung 9000-series as with previous 3D
displays from this Korean manufacturer. The 3D is good, but not quite
comparable to what you would experience in a movie theatre. The technology
can be applied to non-3D filmed content to force it into a state somewhere between 2D and 3D,
but in PCSTATS Labs this type of retroactive 3D was underwhelming.
control will handle up to three completely different home networks, including a
wireless PC network. Home theatre systems are becoming increasingly complex
and in many instances the remote actually sells the display. Best of all the wireless
remote will stream content across the 3” LED display.
The 0.3” thick panel is wall mountable, though no
examples of this were visible at the launch event so we cannot say what the
cable management will be like, nor if a special wall bracket is required.
Standard VESA mounting systems are not compatible from what we understand.
AllShare DLNA is a neat little content streaming tool that enables televisions
to connect over a home network with compatible DLNA devices - such as a home computer. In other words you
can easily share movies, photos and music through a single device.
Look for the brushed-titanium clad Samsung 9000-series 3D HDTV's in
high-end audio/video shops very shortly. The 46" Samsung UN46C9000 and 55" Samsung UN55C9000 are expected to MSRP for $6,200 and $7,200
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