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Samsung UN46B8500 LED HDTV Preview Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
ImageOne of Samsungs new LED backlit HDTVS, the UN46B8500 – or the LED 8500 as Samsung calls it – features a slim design and a fairly strong feature set.

The 46” member of Samsung’s 8500 8 Series comes in at just over an inch and a half thick and at right about 41lbs.  The TV’s frame is black, but with a hint of grey, a feature Samsung refers to as a “Touch of Color”.

The UN46B8500 features a 1080p resolution and a 7,000,000:1 contrast ratio thanks to local dimming and Samsung’s Mega Contrast technology.  While the black isn’t as deep as the still beloved Pioneer Kuro plasmas, the LED 8500 boasts impressive darkness for an LCD screen.

Samsung hopes to bring a very high quality picture to the table, stressing a focus on clarity, color and contrast.  To get the color they’re looking for, the UN46B5800 uses the Wide Color Enhancer Pro.  As Samsung puts it, “After analyzing each pixel, it stretches them to their 3-dimensional limit.”

The LED 8500 series also features Auto Motion Plus, which essentially increases the refresh rate of the screen to 240Hz.  This feature has been met with some criticism and many users are unable to discern the actual effect of Auto Motion Plus.

Samsung’s UN46B8500 features an Ethernet port for connection to the [email protected] service and a variety of widgets.  Yahoo Weather, Finance, and News are all able to be accessed via the TV, as well as YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter. In an update in September 2009, Samsung added access to RallyCast, eBay Daily Deals, and Blockbuster On Demand.

The 46” LED 8500 also boasts the ability to play content from a thumb drive thanks to a pair of USB 2.0 ports and the built-in Multimedia Center.  Using an on screen interface, users are able to browse videos, music, and photos from USB storage devices, Mp3 players and digital cameras.

With four HDMI inputs, as well as one of each for component, and composite, the Samsung UN46B8500 offers enough connections to satisfy most users. 

The UN46B8500 has an MSRP of $3,599 and is available now.


Video Features: 7,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 2ms response time, Auto Motion Plus™ 240Hz frame interpolation with separate blur and judder adjustments, Ultra Clear Panel, Wide Color Enhancer Pro

Audio Features: Down-firing speakers with integrated woofer, 10-watts x 2 (46-inch class), SRS TruSurround HD™

Approximate Size: 44-1/2"W x 27-1/8"H x 1-5/8"D (29-3/4"H x 11"D on stand)

Weight: 53.4 lbs. with stand; 41.2 lbs. without stand

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