Samsung Series 9 LN55A950: 55″ LCD TV with LED Backlight

Samsung Series 9 LN55A950 Specifications

Display: 55″ (54.6″) Wide TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Backlight: LED SmartLighting
Contrast Ratio: 1,000,000:1 (Dynamic)
Response Time: 4ms
Frequency: 120Hz Auto Motion Plus
Video Processing: DNIe Pro
Tuner: NTSC / ATSC / Clear QAM
Speakers: 10W/ch (2), SRS TruSurround XT
Connectivity: USB 2.0 (WiseLink Pro: MP3, JPEG, XviD, MPEG4), DLNA, HDMI 1.3 with CEC (4), Component (2), Composite (2), S-Video, VGA, RS-323C, Ethernet (for InfoLink, DLNA only)
Other: Energy Star, Ultra Clear Panel
Availability: August 2008
Price: US$4,199.99

Samsung Series 9 LN55A950: 55

The big thing with the latest LCD TVs is LED backlighting. There are two kinds: one with white LED and the other with RGB LED. Samsung is clearly on the white LED side while Sony has gone with the more expensive and the more amazing RGB LED in its TRILUMINOS technology. But back to white LEDs. Samsung’s LED SmartLighting technology improves the dynamic contrast ratio, by way of local dimming, to an incredible 1,000,000:1, matching the just-announced Series 7 plasma TVs. The 120Hz Auto Motion Plus enhances the contrasty picture with double the frequency and motion interpolation to make motion blur extinct on the LN55A950. Samsung’s Ultra Clear Panel reduces ambient light reflections and allows the 55″ LCD TV to be viewed in very bright environments.


Like the Series 7 plasma TVs that was just announced, the Series 9 LN55A950 sports connectivity options such as InfoLink and WiseLink. InfoLink is an RSS tool powered by USA Today and WiseLink is a feature on the USB port that allows viewing of images and videos as well as listening to music by inserting a USB stick. Unlike the Series 7 plasma TVs, the Series 9 LCD TVs are Energy Star compliant. But, like with most things, there is a tradeoff. The price. The 50″ PN50A760 plasma TV is just US$2799.99. Add five more inches and move to LCD technology in the LN55A950 and you’re paying much more at US$4199.99. Most of that increased cost is due to the LED backlight, but without it the dynamic contrast ratio would not be as high as it is.

Here is the full press release:

Samsung Delivers 2nd Generation LED-Backlit LCD HDTV with New Series 9 LED LCD HDTV

Series 9 LED LCD HDTV Features Auto Motion Plus 120Hzâ„¢ and Ultra Clear Panel

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics America Inc., a worldwide leader in innovation and HDTV technology, unveils the successor to the company’s award-winning 81 Series LED LCD HDTV, with the launch of the new Series 9 LED LCD HDTV. The 2008 flagship Series 9, Samsung’s 2nd generation LCD HDTV to use LED SmartLightingâ„¢ technology, offers consumers the powerful combination of LED and 120Hz technologies, resulting in a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for a crisp, full HD 1080p picture. The Series 9 is also distinguished by Samsung’s new addition to the art-inspired ToCâ„¢ (Touch of Colorâ„¢) design – an elegantly patterned bezel with charcoal gray accent. Beyond delivering a superior picture performance with craftsman-like design, the Series 9 gives consumers the freedom to easily access and manage nearly all forms of digital content via the TV through innovative features such as InfoLinkâ„¢ and WiseLinkâ„¢ Pro.

“Combining Samsung’s LED SmartLighting and Auto Motion Plus 120Hz technologies in one high-performance LCD HDTV, the Series 9 LCD represents Samsung’s continued focus on advancing the very highest picture quality available to consumers in the current HDTV market,” said Jonas Tanenbaum, Vice President of LCD Television Marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

Superior Picture Quality

As Samsung’s second generation LCD HDTV to use advanced LED SmartLighting with local dimming technology, the Series 9 LCD HDTV is able to achieve dramatic contrast levels and express “actual black levels” by completely shutting off a pixel’s light source, eliminating the grayish black picture plaguing many LCD HDTVs. Conversely, groups of pixels can be locally controlled to produce more light increasing the brightness of the Series 9’s picture when necessary.

Furthering the Series 9’s ability to show deeper black levels, Samsung’s improved Ultra Clear Panel technology eliminates ambient light reflection that may affect picture quality, ensuring perfect picture clarity even in bright viewing surroundings. By enhancing color reproduction level, Samsung’s Ultra Clear Panel technology also lets consumers enjoy the detail and vibrancy of colors.

Adding to the superior picture quality in the Series 9 is Samsung’s Auto Motion Plus 120Hzâ„¢ technology that reduces the motion blur caused by fast-paced content. It’s ideal for diehard sport fans, avid gamers, and movie mavens alike.

Connecting to Content

Always seeking ways to expand the possibilities of the HDTV, the Series 9 LED LCD also features Samsung’s InfoLinkâ„¢ RSS service, which gives touch-of-a-button access to news, weather, and stock quotes. The Series 9 also plays MP3 music, JPEG photos, and video files stored on memory drives, other digital devices, or PCs with Samsung’s WiseLinkâ„¢ Pro and DLNA technology.

In addition to WiseLink Pro where consumers can utilize the USB 2.0 access to display home movies and pictures, Samsung’s Series 9 comes with internal flash memory pre-loaded with premium content giving consumers access to a vast library of digital content to enjoy, including high resolution artwork, cooking recipes, exercise routines, children’s programming, and games.

Connecting to external components such as Blu-ray players and HD Camcorders is even easier as the Series 9 comes equipped with four (1 side, 3 rear) HDMI-CEC inputs to control the latest home theater products using a single remote.

ToC (Touch of Color) Design

Continuing Samsung’s line of Touch of Colorâ„¢ HDTV, the Series 9 strays from the traditional black, box-like bezel for an elegant charcoal gray bezel with a honey-comb pattern. To create this distinctive effect, Samsung uses dual-injection molding technology, a process commonly applied in the design of premium automobiles, to embed color within the material. This technology wraps the bezel with a translucent coating and controls the density of the transparent and opaque material used in the process, resulting in a subtle yet unique look with distinct gray and black gradation.

EnergyStar® Rated

Aligned with Samsung’s efforts to combine technological advancement with environmental awareness, Samsung’s Series 9 950 LCD features a unique “EnergySaving Mode” that ensures the HDTV is compliant with the EPA’s EnergyStar® rating system. By adjusting the HDTV’s backlight brightness with a low, medium, or high selection, power consumption is substantially decreased compared to similar 2007 models.

Additionally, because of the unique Touch of Color manufacturing process infuses color into the TV’s bezel without any painted on color, no VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) are emitted for lower CO2 emissions during production. By using LED backlighting rather than a traditional cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL), the Series 9 950 is also mercury-free.

The Series 9 LED LCD HDTVs will be available in August in 46” class (45.9-inch measured diagonally) and the 55” class (54.9-inch measured diagonally) sizes. (Model numbers: LN46A950 and LN55A950).

Source: BusinessWire via Engadget

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