Samsung UN55C7000 3D Capable 1080p 240Hz LED TV
Samsung UN55C7000 Features Review
Samsung's 7000 series LED TVs for 2010 feature a new contemporary design thanks to the LED edge lighting. In fact the depth of the unit looked to us to be around the same 1.2 inches in depth from the 2009 model. The big difference that we noticed at CES 2010 in aesthetics was the much smaller bezel/frame which was only about 1 inch on top and sides of the TV screen. On the 7000 series LED TV line the Touch of Color is called "Mystic Earth".
Samsung's proprietary 3D enabled system allows compatibility with multiple 3D formats to provide access to 3D content from many sources. As we note often, the TV will obviously perform regular two dimensional duties, but is enabled for 3D should you introduce some 3D content. We viewed DirecTV 3D enabled content on this series. We noticed some eye straining when the picture changed scenes or programming. We believe this was due more to the content than the TV.
Our reviews of various Samsung 240Hz Auto Motion Plus models from 2009 showed this feature to be excellent for sports programming but removed the natural background blur for normal broadcast and DVD content - creating an annoying kitchy effect. We also now recommend turning the feature off or to the gaming option for electronic gaming. We'll be interested when reviewing to see if improvement was made with other programming.
Although we believe the benefits from new power reduction usage figures for these TVs are overstated and not very relavant (maybe $1 to $2 a month savings on a 46" LCD) - we'll mention them anyway. For the energy conscious Samsung's 2010 LED TV line up uses green design concepts to meet the more stringent Energy Star 4.0 requirements.
Samsung is expanding their Internet@TV service to add streaming content from Blockbuster, Netflix USA Today and VUDU video on demand as well as access to services such as Twitter, Picasa, AccuWeather, Pandora and more through the built-in ethernet connection or optional WiFi. We're ready to see these TVs open up WiFi capability as universal and not proprietary.
Ray Romano on the Hank Haney Project by the Golf Channel in HD.
Calibration Settings: Calibrating white balance was somewhat difficult on this TV. Blue tones continue to lack consistency in these edge lit Samsung LEDs, To dial in close to D6500 follow the following picture settings:
|Color Temp:||Warm 2|
|HDMI Black Level:||Low|
|Film Mode:||Auto 1|
|For complete picture setting including White Balance settings please see the UN55C7000 Calibration page|
480i DVD and Broadcast Viewing: For any film or broadcast TV non-sports based material start by turning off the 120Hz/240Hz rate feature as follows: Click Menu/picture/Scroll down to Picture Options/Press enter/Scroll down to AutoMotionPlus 240Hz/Press Enter/Scroll or press to Off position. It is important to turn this feature off (see more on this feature under features section below).
3-D Content Viewing Note: At CES 2010 we had our first chance to see this TV in action with 3-D content from DirecTV. There was notable eye strain as scenes changed. I found myself blinking a lot and started to get a headache fairly rapidly as my eyes tried to focus and refocus. It was not a smooth viewing experience. The upside to this is that I believe the tired eye experience was primarily due to the content from DirecTV and not the fault of the TV. I believe the content was rapidly patched together for the show and not likely typical of future 3-D content.
HD 1080p Picture Quality: There is nothing subdued about this LED TV, from its super thin good looks to its super saturated colors. Blacks are rich and deep and colors vibrant if not over powering at times. Some dark shadow detail is lost and and subtle color notes forgotten. But it's a colorful picture many will relish. Read our extended picture notes below.
Saturated blacks dominate the golfers outfits leaving little dark shadow detail.
3-D Compatibility: Obviously, this is a strong new feature as many early adaptors will want this feature. As well, the manufacturers are charging a premium price in anticipation of its popularity. We tested this feature at CES 2010 as noted above in the PQ section. Some questions remain: What will be the effective resolution from HD content from this 240Hz LED TV? We anticipate something around 800 lines of resolution and not full 1080p HD.
Aesthetic Considerations: The 55C7000 comes with a 15 to 20 degree swivel quadrapod (our word) table top stand. The stand is heavy, sturdy and gives and expensive quality with its gloss chrome metallic finish. The new 4 legged stand is a gutsy move and I like it. There are accompanying screws to further secure the stand to the TV. The super thin 1.2" screen depth is accompanied by an improved 1" bezel frame surrounding the screen. This is an improvement of an inch over last years model. The bezel frame itself comes in a new Touch of Color called Mystic Earth but which is a charcoal gray color. The frame really appears gloss black/charcoal gray.
Internet Connectivity: The 55C7000 series expands the list of potential Internet partners with Blockbuster, USA Today, Netflix, VUDU on Demand, as well as the previously offered Yahoo news, Flikr, witter, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Video. These options are nice improvements from last years package and make it more viable.. Response time is still a little slow when clicking on the various options. This feature is wireless with an optional accesssory.
Price Considerations: At around $3000 at local retailers, this is no inexpensive proposition. It is one of the first TVs out with 3-D compatibility and a premium is currently being asked for that feature, but dont rush home expecting to watch 3-D content on it yet. It demands a premium for some of Samsungs newest technology including 1.2" depth, LED backlighting, Internet connectivity with expanded options, a gorgeous heavy table top stand, and it's one of the best looking panels we've seen.
Specifications & Features
With LED Edge Lighting TV Samsung's LED TV cabinets are slimmer than ever. When mounted on a wall the total depth of the TV and mount assembly will be under two inches for a sleek, modern look that's sure to complement any viewing area.
Nothing is hotter this year than 3D TV, Samsung's 3D capable TVs will not only work with 3D enabled content, the Auto Conversion System will display 2D content in 3D.
Your TV isn't just for TV and movies any more. Connect directly to the internet for real time news, weather, sports scores, stock quotes and more. Watch video on demand, view photos on Flickr, watch content from YouTube all at the touch of a button. The TV picture even scales when using the sidebar so your programming will be uninterrupted while you view content.
Samsung's LED TVs use 40% less power than a similar sized LCD screen, friendly for your power bill. Mercury free construction is friendly for the environment both in construction and in disposal years down the road.
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- 55" Screen
- LED Edge Lighting
- 240Hz Automotion Plus
- Metallic design with Mystic Earth Touch of Color
- 3D enabled
- Auto-Conversion System displays 2D images in 3D
- Energy Star 4.0
- Samsung Apps
- USA Today
- And More