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Samsung LN55A950D1F 55-inch LED-backlight LCD A950 HDTV Review

Samsung LN55A950D1F 55-inch LED-backlight LCD A950 HDTV Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Samsung's new A950 series of LCD HDTVs has been designed to be the next step in image fidelity for liquid crystal display technology. These home theatre HD TVs use Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that can selectively illuminate sections of the screen at a time.
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External Mfg. Website: Samsung Sep 22 2009   Max Page  
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Samsung A950 External Design

The LED back lighting used on the Samsung 9-series makes the panel a little bit thicker than the previous 8-series of LCD televisions. The overall thickness of the screen is now 4.4" deep at its widest point, which means that it's still much thinner than most plasma or DLP screens. The Samsung LN55A950 maintains the sleek finish that Samsung has used with its older generations of LCD HDTVS as well, although this time the familiar tinted color design is a subtle charcoal grey.

The Samsung LN55A950D1F has a detachable base that can be swapped out if the unit is attached to a VESA wall mount .

Combining the sheer size of the LN55A950 with the additional weight of LED back lighting makes this HDTV pretty hefty. It's 91lb with its base attached, about the weight of a medium sized child, but much more entertaining and better looking. This weight class means it has to use a 400mm x 600mm VESA mount, and really shouldn't be carried by less than two people at a time.

Unfortunately due to the size and weight of this 55" 950-series HDTV, the stand no longer swivels, making it much more difficult to get to the rear connections. Fortunately the rear panel is intelligently placed to the right of the LN55A950 instead of the center, and the side panel is still easy to access.

The base of the television is made out of tempered glass, and is 24.4" wide and 11.8" deep. It also has the same charcoal grey finish that adorns the bezel of the screen.

There are four VESA mounts spaced at 400mm x 600mm, designed for M8-sized screws. This unit is light enough that it can be mounted on VESA-compliant articulated arms.

The LED backlight adds extra thickness to the LN55A950. The screen is 4.4" deep, significantly larger than the 2" depth of the Samsung 8-series LCD HDTVs.

Return of the Revenge of the Buttonless Control Panel

The buttonless control panel from earlier Samsung LCD HDTVs has made a return. We here at PCSTATS didn't think it was possible, but somehow Samsung has made them even more difficult to locate when the TV is powered off than ever before. Fortunately once you find the power button through squinting or blind groping the buttons on the control panel now light up with tiny white LEDs which look quite nice.

The buttons themselves are still a non-haptic touch sensitive strip, which makes it difficult to use the control panel for anything but the most basic channel surfing. Fortunately this LCD behemoth also comes with a convenient remote.

Remote Control

The remote control bundled with the Samsung LN55A950 television works from distances up to about 25 feet away and is compatible with all other Samsung Anynet+ displays, DVD players and so on. It's nice that one remote can basically be used to control all your home theatre devices, provided you're fully outfitted with Samsung hardware.

The black remote fits comfortably in adult-sized hands, with large, rubbery buttons that are easy to depress and spring back nicely afterwards. These buttons can also be illuminated for use in dark rooms and during movies.

The 46-button remote works with any Anynet+ peripherals, including Blu-ray players and home theatre systems. It uses the TM98B standard.

The remote itself has the standard channel-surfing, volume and source selection buttons you'd expect to find on a TV remote, but there's also a series of buttons to control the Samsung LN55A950 LCD HDTV's special features, like InfoLink and WiseLink features.

For other Samsung devices that support the Anylink+ feature, like Blu-ray players, there are basic forward, backwards, pause and play buttons. These aren't quite the equivalent of having a dedicated remote for these functions, as the remote didn't have buttons to skip chapters on the Samsung Blu-ray player we were using.

The remote uses a four way directional pad to navigate through its various menus. This new design is considerably easier to use than the scroll wheel/directional pad hybrid found on previous Anynet+ remotes.

Samsung Anynet+

Anynet+ is a compatibility standard that allows inter-operability between newer Samsung receivers, DVD and Blu-ray players, home theatre systems and HDTVS, allowing them to be controlled by a single remote. The nice thing about Anynet+ is that its functions are pretty much transparent to the user, and don't require any configuration to work. During PCSTATS' testing of the LN55A950, we tested it side by side against the Samsung LN52A850 HDTV. A single Anynet+ remote was enough to control both of the HDTVs simultaneously.

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Contents of Article: Samsung LN55A850D1F
 Pg 1.  Samsung LN55A950D1F 55-inch LED-backlight LCD A950 HDTV Review
 Pg 2.  — Samsung A950 External Design
 Pg 3.  Media Inputs and Outputs
 Pg 4.  Viewing and Listening Experience
 Pg 5.  Comparing LED and CCFL Backlights Continued

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