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Friday, March 21, 2014
Samsung 2014 Home Entertainment Product Lineup Coming In The U.S.
Starting from next month, Samsung will make available in the U.S. its new curved and UHD TVs including the U9000 Series (starting from $4,000), along with its portfolio of home audio products.
Samsung's new 2014 Curved UHD TVs deliver a wider field of view and a panoramic effect that makes the display seem even bigger than it is, from virtually any viewing position or angle. They offer four times the resolution and pixels of Full HD and support UHD Upscaling through a four-step process that includes signal analysis, noise reduction, upscaling and detail analysis. UHD Dimming technology also helps to further optimize picture quality by processing each block of a picture to deliver improved contrast.
Samsung's UHD TVs support today's standards -- including HEVC, HDMI 2.0, MHL 3.0 and HDCP 2.2. They are also future-ready, thanks to the Samsung UHD Evolution Kit. The One Connect Box essentially houses the brains of the TV externally, enabling users to switch out the box with the latest Samsung UHD Evolution Kit to stay up to date on the latest UHD standards.
Samsung has recently announced a stronger partnership with 20th Century Fox to offer ultra-high-definition content through its UHDTVs. Samsung also announced at the International CES in January that it was working with Paramount in order to secure UHD content for its customers and that US company Comcast would be launching an app for Samsung Smart TV sets that would allow owners to access HUD content via internet streaming.
In 2014, Samsung is rolling out four new series of UHD TVs.
Samsung's 105" curved UHD TV features a cinematic 21 x 9 aspect ratio and 11 million pixels. It will be available in the second half of the year.
Samsung's U9000 curved UHD TV promises to deliver life-like UHD picture quality, enhanced by Samsung's proprietary Auto Depth Enhancer, an algorithm that analyzes regions of images and automatically adjusts contrast for a greater sense of depth. Color is further enhanced on these sets with Samsung's PurColor technology and Peak Illuminator & Precision Black, which maximizes brightness range. The new series of Samsung curved screens can also be wall-mounted out of the box with regular mounts compatible with VESA Standards. Samsung's U9000 Curved UHD TV will be available from March in a 55" model for $3,999.99 and 65" for $4,999.99. A 78" model will also be released later this year for $7,999.99.
Samsung's U8700 curved UHD TV series features Precision Black local dimming, a thinness of 1.2 inches and a narrow 7mm (0.27-inch) bezel. The U8700 will be available late Spring in 55" and 65" screen sizes, but Samsung did not provide pricing details.
Samsung's U8550 UHD TV series includes flat models featuring Smart TV capabilities and Samsung's proprietary UHD Dimming. The Samsung U8550 UHD TV will be available from March in a 55" model for $2,999.99 and a 65" model for $3,999.99. The 50" ($2,499.99), 60" ($3,499.99) and 75" ($5,999.99) models will be released in May.
This year, Samsung is also introducing the curved form factor to its LED TV offering with the H8000 Series. Additionally, Samsung is introducing the new H7150 series -- a 240Hz Full HD LED TV to round out its 2014 TV line up.
The H8000 curved Smart LED TV features a motion blur reduction technology plus Samsung's Smart TV offerings. Available this Spring, the H8000 Series will come in a 55" model for $2,499.99 and a 65" model for $3,399.99. The 48" model will be release in May for $1,999.99.
Samsung's H7150 FHD LED TV has a streamlined design and features Micro Dimming Pro and Multi-Screen entertainment to deliver enhanced color and contrast. With Quad Core power split screen, users can follow fantasy scores while watching the big game live. With Smart View 2.0, viewers can wirelessly share content from their mobile devices to their Smart TV. What's more, they can also stream content on their TV directly to their mobile device. Samsung H7150 is available this Spring in a 55" model for $1,899.99, 60" model for $2,199.99, 65" model for $2,699.99 and a 75" model for $3,999.99.
In 2014, streaming video providers such as Amazon, M-Go and Netflix, as well as TV providers, Comcast and DIRECTV, will be working with Samsung to deliver UHD content to customers.
With Samsung's exclusive UHD Video Pack (1 terabyte of available data), consumers can watch Hollywood blockbusters such as Night at the Museum, The Counselor and X-Men Origins: Wolverine from 20th Century Fox as well as G.I. Joe: Retaliation and World War Z from Paramount Pictures. The Samsung UHD Video Pack, which also includes 3 documentaries, will be available in April for $299.99. Samsung plans to release a second UHD Video Pack with more UHD content in the second half of this year.
The new, faster Samsung Smart Hub means less searching and more watching. It offers easy access to live TV, VOD apps and social media in one place. With Samsung's Multi-Link feature, users can transform their TV into four screens that can access live TV, streaming video and the web all at once.
Samsung Smart Hub 2014 also comes with a new Games Panel, a variety of family, sports, action and racing games, along with a new Multimedia panel, which combines the previous Photo/Video/Music and Social panels into one space.
This year's Smart TVs now include a new feature to quickly get to favorite channels or desired content sources. The most used and apps display right on the bottom of the TV screen making it easy to navigate.
The new Smart TV experience is faster thanks to the upgraded Quad Core processor, which is up to two times faster and delivers quicker loading and navigation. Turning on the TV is also very fast with Instant On.
Samsung is also expanding the ways that consumers can enjoy sound in every room of the house with its new Multiroom Link feature across select 2014 flagship soundbar, Blu-ray player and home theater system products. In addition to Amazon Cloud Player, Pandora, Rhapsody, and TuneIn, consumers can also listen to more streaming services from new providers such as 8tracks, iHeartRadio and Rdio. The device also supports Spotify Connect, allowing users to access their music from the Spotify app on their mobile and tablet devices.
The smaller sibling to the M7 speaker, the new Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom M5 offers entertainment to in any room of the house, from a variety of music sources. It?s all controlled from a downloadable app and facilitated through plug-and-play installation. It offers pairing with a mobile device through Bluetooth and NFC, in order to play music fro your mobile.
The M5 unit can be used alone or in combination with additional M5 or M7 units to create a multi-room system. Additionally, the M5 can be connected and used with select Samsung soundbar products to create a multichannel surround sound system for your TV. Legacy audio components like turntables or CD players can be brought into the fold through the Samsung Link Mate, allowing consumers to connect music and share it wirelessly with the Multiroom-link feature. The M5 speaker is available this Spring for $299.99 and the Samsung Link Mate for $349.99
Samsung's HW-H750 Soundbar with wireless subwoofer features a 320W amplifier and combines the sound of analog with the latest digital audio technology. It supports 96k/24bit HD Audio and is compatible with Samsung's roster of Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom products. The Samsung HW-H750 will be available in the Spring for $799.99
Samsung HW-H600 Soundbar is designed to be used under 32-inch to 60-inch TVs (up to 77lbs). Its Multi-direction technology provides 4.2-channel sound in a low-profile design. Built in Bluetooth allows consumers to stream their music through the SoundStand and TV Sound Connect allows them to wirelessly connect it to select Samsung TV?s. The Samsung HW-H600 will be available this month for $399.99
Samsung's latest Blu-ray player, the BD-H6500 is compatible with Samsung's Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom products. The player also features Samsung's proprietary UHD Upscale Processor and Smart View 2.0 allows customers to connect their Samsung smartphone wirelessly and then send the image to the TV. The Samsung BD-H6500 will be available in the Spring for $179.99.
Samsung MX-HS9000 GIGA System offers 3400 watts of power plus massive 15" woofers. It comes with DJ features and Beat Lighting Effects while Bluetooth connectivity assures the ability to change playlists on the fly. The MX-HS900 will be available this Spring for $1,499.99.
Samsung's MX-HS8500 GIGA System integrates the main receiver system into one of the speakers. With integrated wheels and handles built into the chassis, the Samsung MX-HS8500 keeps the party moving thanks to Bluetooth connectivity which gives access to music stored on supporting portable devices. You can rock the house with 2500 watts of sound and a 15" woofers, or use the Beat Lighting Effects to elevate the party atmosphere. The MX-HS8500 will be available this Spring for $1,299.99.