Every year at this time, CE companies like to celebrate the holidays. Yes, that's right -- almost six months early. Years ago, it used to be "Christmas in July," but that's no longer politically-correct. Ergo, we have "Holidays in July." In reality, it started last month with "Holidays in June." CE manufacturers like to re-fresh the memory of journalists, and remind them of what products will be out in the 4th quarter of the year around the holidays. Every once in a while, you actually get to see some new products (ones that you haven't seen before). Well, Samsung surprised me yesterday by actually introducing new displays and 3 Blu-ray disc players among other products.
In terms of displays, Samsung offered up two new LCD HDTV series -- the 71 Series and the 81 Series. The new 71 Series LCD HDTVs, which are available in 40-in., 46-in. and 52-in., features Auto-Motion Plus 120Hz technology that reduces motion-blur from fast-pace action content such as live sports, video games, and movie action each scenes. As well, the 71 Series includes Full HD 1080p high-definition (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution, 25,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a wide color gamut CCFL backlight unit. Lastly, the 71 Series LCD HDTVs provide three HDMI 1.3 connections (1 side) with Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) functionality and a USB 2.0 connection. The HDMI-CEC technology allows for a single remote control to operate HDMI-CEC compatible A/V products, such as Blu-ray disc players and home theater systems. The USB 2.0 connection provides unfettered access to MP3 and JPEG data.
The new 81 Series LCD HDTVs, which are available in 40-in., 46-in., 52-in. and 57-in., employs a light-emitting diode (LED) backlight unit, instead of the conventional cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL). In addition, the HDTV is equipped with local dimming technology that turns off the LED backlight in darker areas, delivering a dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000:1. The 81 Series features support for the highest level of full HD content (1080p resolution). Samsung's local dimming technology reportedly engenders a remarkable dynamic contrast ratio by turning off darker areas of the LCD TV display for deeper black levels. Besides including all of the features from the 71 Series, the 81 Series also includes a Super Patterned Vertical Alignment (SPVA) panel that offers 178 viewing angles from horizontal, vertical, and diagonal axes.
While other companies have tried to bring wireless technology to plasma displays, Samsung claims that it will finally make it a reality this September. Using advanced 802.11n wireless technology, Samsung's 94 Series Full HD 1080p plasma HDTVs not only allow consumers to enjoy the latest in HD television and movies, but also make it easy for consumers to streamline the look and feel of their home theaters. When combined with Samsung's powerful Ultra FilterBright anti-reflection technology and Samsung's new Auto Wall Mount system, consumers can be assured that their new HDTV will be a perfect fit in most any room.
Rather than plug various home theater components into the back of the HDTV, consumers can instead connect them to a receiver, leaving only the HDTV's power cable to hide. With a range of up to 200 feet, the receiver then wirelessly transmits the audio and video signals - up to 1080i HD resolution - directly to the television set. The set-top receiver, which can be placed into a rack, features a number of connectivity options for easy home theater expansion including three HDMI 1.3 ports with CEC technology. Over-the-air HDTV channels can be viewed with the built-in NTSC/ATSC/QAM digital tuner.