All About Samsung HDTV Sets

Samsung has a wide variety of HDTV sets, including both LCD, LCD-LED and Plasma models. The LCD and LCD-LED lineup ranges from the entry level LN Series to the high-end UN8000 Series, which has 3D technology, local dimming plus and and streaming content. The Plasma line goes from the lower-end 400 Series up to the 8000 Series, which shares features with the LCD-LED 8000 family.

 

How to Decode a Samsung Model Number

How to Decode a Samsung Model Number
 

2011 Series at a Glance

LED-LCD/LCD Models
 
Series Name LN Series 4000 Series 5000 Series 6000 Series 7000 Series 8000+ Series
Screen Type LCD LED-LCD LED-LCD LED-LCD LED-LCD LED-LCD
Resolution 720p/1080p 720p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Refresh Rate 60 - 120 Hz 60 Hz 120 Hz 120 Hz 240 Hz 240 Hz
Screen Sizes 22 - 46 19 - 32 22 - 40 32 - 60 46 - 60 46 - 75
3D Ready ----- ----- ----- 6400 and > are 3D Yes Yes
Connectivity ----- ----- Some are Wi-Fi Ready Wi-Fi Ready
Wi-Fi Integrated
Wi-Fi Integrated Wi-Fi Integrated
Backlight Tech CCFL Edge-Lit LED Edge-Lit LED Edge-Lit LED Edge-Lit LED Edge-Lit LED
Design High Glossy Black
ToC
High Glossy Black
ToC
High Glossy Black
ToC
ToC
D64000 ONE (Ultra Thin Bezel)
ONE (Ultra Thin Bezel) ONE (Ultra Thin Bezel)
Additional Features ----- ----- ----- Samsung Smart TV Samsung Smart TV
Micro Dimming/Plus
Qwerty remote
Samsung Smart TV
Micro Dimming/Plus
Qwerty remote
3D Glasses Included
Plasma Models
 
Series Name 400 Series 500 Series 6000 Series 7000 Series 8000 Series
Screen Type Plasma Plasma Plasma Plasma Plasma
Resolution 720p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Refresh Rate 600 Hz 600 Hz 600 Hz 600 Hz 600 Hz
Screen Sizes 43/51 51, 59, 64 51, 59 51, 59, 64 51, 59, 64
3D Ready D490 > are 3D D550 > are 3D Yes Yes Yes
Connectivity ----- ----- Wi-Fi Integrated Wi-Fi Integrated Wi-Fi Integrated
Design High Glossy, Slim ToC, Slim Brushed, Ultra Slim Brushed Metal, Utlra Slim Brushed Metal, Utlra Slim
Additional Features ----- ----- Samsung Smart TV Samsung Smart TV
Real Black Filter
Samsung Smart TV
Real Black Filter
Local Contrast Enhancer
Qwerty Remote
3D Glasses Included

Samsung's Special Features

For an explanation of Samsung's own "branded" features like Smart TV click here. (jump to below...)

The Samsung 2010 and 2011 HDTV Series in Depth

LED-LCD/LCD Models

Samsung LN Series

The Samsung LN Series of HDTVs are made up of LCD sets with CCFL backlighting. Most of the large size sets in the family are 1080p, though a few of the lower-end models are at 720p. The refresh rate of these models generally stays in the 60 Hz range, but some 120 Hz sets can be found at the higher-end D630 series.

Samsung 4000 Series

The 4000 Series of Samsung's HDTV lineup is geared towards consumers who fancy entry level LED displays - the sets in this series do not grow past 32 inches. However, they still maintain a high level of usability and 720p resolution.

Samsung 5000 Series

The Samsung 5000 HDTV series is a line of mainstream 1080p LED-LCD sets with LED backlighting. Many of the higher-end models have Internet connectivity with access to Samsung's Smart TV streaming software.

Samsung 6000 Series

The 6000 Series HDTVs from Samsung includes some deluxe features, with the inclusion of high refresh rates and access to streaming content. All sets have a 1080p display with some of the higher-end models D6400 and up also coming with 3D and an ultra slim bezel design.

Samsung 7000 Series

Samsung's 7000 Series of HDTVs consists of high-end LED-LCD models capable of 1080p 3D playback. All models in this family have speedy 240 Hz refresh rate, an ultra slim bezel design, LED Local Dimming, a full Web Browser, Qwerty Remote, and access to Samsung's Smart TV streaming service.

Samsung 8000+ Series

Note: 8000+ Series applies to the 2011 8000 and 9500 Family.

Samsung's 8000+ Series of HDTVs are the top of the line 3D LED-LCD models (3D glasses included) with a 1080p display and access to Samsung's Smart TV streaming service. All the sets have a high refresh rate (240 Hz), an ultra slim bezel design, Web Browser, Qwerty Remote and LED Micro Dimming Plus, and are available in sizes ranging from 46 to 75 inches.

Plasma Models

Samsung 400/500 Series

The 400 / 500 Series from Samsung are entry-level Plasma HDTVs, available in 720p and 1080p resolutions. Some of the more deluxe models also have the ability to playback 3D content as well (D490 and D550).

Samsung 6000 Series

The Samsung 6000 Series of Samsung Plasma TVs are 1080p sets contain a variety of features, such as 3D playback, built in Wi-Fi and access to Samsung's Smart TV streaming service.

Samsung 7000 Series

Samsung's 7000 Series of Plasma HDTVs come equipped with Samsung's real black filter, Smart TV and integrated Wi-Fi. All the sets in the family are 1080p and are able to display 3D content.

Samsung 8000 Series

Samsung's 8000 Series represents their top of the line Plasma HDTVs, complete with Samsung's Local Contrast Enhancer, Real Black Filter, 3D capability and 1080p resolution. All models have integrated Wi-Fi and access to Samsung's Smart TV, web browser and Qwerty remote allowing you to stream content straight to the set.


Samsung's Own Special Features

LED-LCD/LCD Models

Auto Motion Plus / Clear Motion Rate

Auto Motion Plus / Clear Motion Rate is Samsung's method of motion interpolation; generating individual frames to be inserted between existing ones, giving the appearance of an increased refresh rate.

Samsung Smart TV

Smart TV is Samsung's take on the multimedia TV yields a powerful online experience, with access to a full web browser and streaming content (Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, etc).

  • Web Browser: A web browser is built in to the Smart TV software, allowing one to have complete access to the web.

Micro Dimming / Plus

Micro Dimming is a method of local dimming used on full-array sets in which individual blocks of pixels are dimmed or brightened in order to increase contrast and clarity of the picture.

QWERTY Remote

A full Qwerty-style remote is available with select models, allowing the user to browse the web and type efficiently.

LCD & LED/LCD Designs

  • One Design: 'One Design' is an aesthetic change introduced in 2011 that shrinks the bezel on LED-LCD sets to 5 mm.
  • TOC (Touch of Color): 'Touch of Color,' or TOC, is an aesthetic change introduced in select 2010 LCD models which embeds red accents in the bezel.
Plasma Models

600 Hz Subfield Motion

A method use by Samsung to display a video at an increased refresh rate by flashing each frame in a 60 Hz film 10 times for every one image shown, giving the appearance of a smoother picture. Note: This is not a form of motion interpolation and does not generate any new frames.

Plasma Designs

  • Brushed Metal Bezel: The newest design for 2011 bezels is one made of brushed titanium, giving the sets a sharp, svelte look.
  • TOC (Touch of Color): A red accent is embedded in the bezel of select sets in order to improve the aesthetics of the set.
  • High Glossy: A high gloss bezel gives these select models a classy look.

Real Black Filter

A filter installed on high-end models that boosts contrast in brightly-lit rooms.

Local Contrast Enhancer

A method used in conjunction with micro dimming techniques to increase the contrast and sharpness of the set.

Branded Features

For an explanation of "branded" features and cross-TV comparison click here »