Samsung’s 55 inch Series 9 LED LCD television will sting you $10,000 but for the pennies you’ll enjoy 3D images from a full HD 200Hz edge-lit design that’s as lean as pencil – 7.9 mm at its thinnest point – and complemented by a truly nifty touchscreen learning remote that doubles as a second TV screen.
Using Wi-Fi, the remote can stream broadcast TV from one of the set’s two HD tuners. For standard control operations, such as volume adjustments and channel changes, the remote uses infrared.
Wrapped in a seamless stainless steel chassis, the Series 9 is also impressively pretty. Inside this elegant bezel, the screen can be positioned atop a matching stainless steel baseplate containing the set’s dual high definition TV tuners, speakers, connection ports and automatic slide-out touchpad control, or mounted to a wall.
In the latter setup, the baseplate – with speakers and connector ports facing downwards – is cleverly fixed to the rear of the panel with four screws.
The Series 9 (curiously, there is only one model) integrates many of the technology features of Samsung’s more affordable C7000 plasma and LCD models, including the ability to convert 2D programming into 3D; DLNA wireless streaming from networked devices such as PCs, music systems, digital cameras and mobile phones; USB playback, and IPTV content from the company’s Internet@TV portal. This includes access to apps and the ability to watch YouTube and other Internet entertainment channels, such BigPond Movies, which should be available by the end of the year. One set of 3D active shutter glasses is supplied with the Series 9.
Expect to see a full review of the Series 9 at GadgetGuy shortly, but for a heads-up on how 3D presents on the LCD platform and what 2D-to-3D processing looks like, check out our review of the company’s UA55C7000.