2009 Samsung HDTV Prices Leaked

March 26th, 2009 · 32 Comments · LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, Plasma

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Update 3/28/09 In Bold

Update 3/31/09 In Bold
Best Buy’s weekly sale circular for Sunday 3/29-4/4 features the following 2009 Samsung models LN32B530, LN46B550, UN40B600, UN46B7100, UN55B7100, PN42B450- All of these “sale” models are priced at full retail (MAP). The PN50B450 is $100 lower, however, this appears to be a MAP price drop, not a discount. Will try to confirm this on Monday.

 
(3/26/09) Though March 31st 2009 is the earliest date Samsung might officially announce its retail pricing, the company began shipping many of its latest flat panel HDTVs to dealers last week.  The HD Guru®’s goal is to give you the tools to help you make informed buying decisions, so we’ve compiled the following information from industry sources.  We’ll be updating this article as more data comes in, so please check back often.

The 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 series products provide cosmetic changes with new styling.  The 5 series and above utilize a colored external bezel edge Samsung calls “Touch of Color.”  The 3, 4, and 5 series products are all 60 HZ and sport new anti-reflective screen coatings with associated higher dynamic contrast ratios.  Changes include an additional HDMI input and specification changes are detailed below.  All 6 series products 32” and above are 120 Hz, the 7 series models are  “true” 240 Hz refresh.  To date all other companies (except Sony) 240 Hz products are really 120 Hz refresh with a scanning backlights.

The 6000, 7000 and 8000 models use top, bottom, left and right edge mounted white LEDs with a new type of layered diffusers to achieve a depth of 1.2”. All are rated 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.  Unlike the 2008 950 models, where the LEDs were placed behind the panel, these panels cannot provide local dimming, which achieved very deep blacks when a section’s LEDs are “shut off”.

All 2009 series products have a “B” in the models number i.e. LN46B650. Samsung 2008 HDTVs have an “A” in the model number.

CCFL lamp backlit B650 (32” and above) and B7 Series, as well as LED edge lit series 7000 and 8000 models have Ethernet connectivity featuring access to content from Yahoo!, Flickr and YouTube.

Below is a list of latest models that will be arriving at dealers during the next eight or so weeks, as well as a comparison of the 2008 series the 09s are replacing.

3 Series

2009s are available in 19”, 22”, 26”, and 32” sizes, The 3 series models are all now true 16:9 (the smaller ones were 16:10 last year).  Resolution is now 1365 x 768 (its usually called 720p) across the series.  Dynamic contrast ratio (an meaningless spec except perhaps comparing the same company’s products) is increased from 2008 3,000:1 to 15,000:1.  2009s have one HDMI input for 19” and 22” models, while 26” and 32” have 2 HDMI inputs (as well as component video and composite video) and response time is unchanged at 8 milliseconds.  All are 60 Hz refresh.

Verdict: Go with a 2009 for the right aspect ratio in the 19” and 22” sizes.  In the 26” and 32, at the right closeout price, you should opt for the 2008 leftover.

4 Series

Available this year in the 22”, 26”, and 32” screen sizes.  No specs are currently available for this series so a comparison cannot be made.

5 Series

2009s are available in the 32”, 37” 40”, 46”, and 52” screen sizes.  All feature a 60 Hz refresh rate.  New specs are: 60,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for 530 models and 70,000:1 for 550 models, (up from 15,000:1 in 2008), 3 HDMI inputs (except the 46” and 52” B550 models which have 4), 6ms response time (increased from 5 ms for the 2008s, lower is better).

Verdict: If you may need 4 HDMI inputs (the 2008s have 2 or 3 depending on size/ model) and don’t plan to use an external switcher within a surround sound receiver, you will want a 2009 model.  If you’re a action or sports fan and don’t require 4 HDMI inputs now or in the future (such as a external box like VUDU in addition to a cable/satellite box and a Blu-ray player) opt for a good closeout price on the 2008 models.

6 Series

2009s are available in the 19” 22”, 32”, 37” 40”, 46”, 52”, and 55” screen sizes.  Specs include 120 Hz and 1080p (except for 19” and  22” which is 720p and 60 Hz with 15,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio), 4 HDMI inputs, 4 ms response rate is the same as 2008).  Dynamic contrast ratio goes up to 100,000:1, up from 50,000:1 for the 2008s.

Verdict: Go for a hot closeout deal on the 2008 A6 series

7 Series

The 2009 7 series HDTVs are available in the 40”, 46” and 52” screen sizes. Features include: 1080p (1920 x 1080) Full HD Resolution, 150,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio.  Auto Motion Plus 240Hz. Touch of Color Design, 2ms Response Time, USB 2.0 Picture-In-Picture (PIP), 4 HDMI inputs, Crystal Neck Swivel Stand.

The 2008 A7 series has a 120 Hz refresh rate and 4 ms response time.

Verdict: The motion resolution improvement with 240 Hz can make a compelling case for the 2009 B7 series models for potential buyers that watch sports or action movies.

6000 Series

Available in the 32”, 40”, 46”, and 55” screen sizes features a thin 120 Hz, 1080p resolution, and a 1.2” depth using white LED mounted around the edge of the panel.  Samsung has not released response time specs, dynamic contrast ratio is rated at 3,000,000:1. Samsung has begun shipping  these models to dealers.  All models have 4 HDMI inputs and a 2 USB jacks. There are no similar 2008 models.

7000 Series

These 7000 series models are available in the 40”, 46”, and 55” screen sizes with 1080p resolution.  Like the 6000s, this series is 120 Hz refresh and 1.2” deep.  All have 4 HDMI inputs and 2 USB jacks.  No rated response time, dynamic contrast ratio is rated at 3,000,000:1 ratio specifications are currently available.  There are no similar 2008 models.

8000 Series

Available in the 46” and 55” screen sizes with 1080p resolution.  The main feature improvement from the 7000 series is a 240 Hz refresh rate.  Samsung to date has not released it final specifications for response time, dynamic contrast ratio is rated 3,000,000:1.  There are no similar 2008 models.

Availability:
8000 Series –May 2009

7000 Series –March 2009 (46-inch class and larger)
April 2009 (40-inch class)

6000 Series –
March 2009 (40-inch class and larger)
June 2009 (32-inch class)  

Plasmas

Samsung to date has not released any specs on its new plasmas and only a limited number of model pricing is currently available.  The greatest improvement (if it delivers as promised) is the 600 Hz sub-fields for of its 1080p plasma HDTVs, which Samsung claims full 1080p motion resolution.  HD Guru will update this section as more information becomes available.

Prices by Screen Size (All prices listed are “Minimum Advertised Price”

Model            MAP

LN19B360        $299.99
LN19B361        $299.99
LN19B650        $349.99
LN22B360        $349.99
LN22B460        $399.99
LN22B650        $469.99
LN26B360        $459.99
LN32B360        $549.99
LN32B460        $649.99
LN32B530        $799.99
LN32B550        $899.99
LN32B650        $1199.99
UN32B6000      $1599.99
LN37B530        $849.99
LN37B550        $999.99
LN37B650        $1299.99
LN40B530        $899.99
LN40B550        $1099.99
LN40B630        $1399.99
LN40B650        $1699.99
LN40B750        $1999.99
UN40B6000      $2299.99
UN40B7000      $2499.99
LN46B530        $1299.99
LN46B550        $1499.99
LN46B630        $1799.99
LN46B650        $2099.99
LN46B750        $2399.99
UN46B6000      $2799.99
UN46B7000      $2999.99
UN46B7100      $2999.99
UN46B8000      $3299.99
LN52B530        $1799.99
LN52B550        $1999.99
LN52B630        $2299.99
LN52B750        $2899.99
LN55B650        $2999.99
UN55B6000      $3599.99
UN55B7000      $3799.99
UN55B7100     $3799.99
UN55B8000      $3999.99

Plasma

PN42B450        $799.99
PN50B450        $1199.99
PN50B550        $1799.99
PN58B560        $2699.99
PN58B650        $2899.99
PN63B550        $3499.99

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32 Comments so far ↓

  • Jumilo

    The RGB LED TV’s like Sony Bravia use 3 colours in each LED to supposedly produce better quality colours than the cheaper white LED that also use less power.

    But when looking at the screens in real life can you actually notice the difference in quality?

  • Jumilo

    I wanted to get a tv that lasted a long time so i have already opt’ed out plasma. I really want the LED but in the stores i could barely tell the difference from the LCD. I figured it saves electricity but didnt know further than that. Thanks!

  • Best Cheap Price

    Thanks for all the information you provide. It’s really getting hard for consumers to make choices when there are not so many models.

    Best Cheap Price HDTV

  • Samsung hdtv 1080p

    We’re not gonna have to wait until CES to see what TVs Samsung’s got up its sleeves for 2009, since AVForums has revealed everything in store:

    Standard new features across the entire line include a bunch of menu and and setting tweaks, expanded and improved video processing options, dual USB ports and compatibility with a whole slew of new video formats and codecs up to 1080p.

  • HDTV Reviews

    Wow!! Thanks for the review.After reading online reviews, window shoping it was finally time to make a decision,I just bought this product last week.I have seen the very high priced Sonys and Pioneers at electronic stores but this LCD HDTV’s picture quality is as good as them or maybe even better.TV is visually stunning, you have to keep in mind that it doesn’t look nearly as good if you get within six feet of the screen.Bottom lin is that it is a good product at nice price.Thanks……

  • LCD TV reviews

    Thanks for the Post!I did a lot of research before buying a TV like this. I wanted a TV that would be worthy of blu-ray, the PS3, and HD cable. I looked into plasma, projection, and LCD HDTV. I looked at reviews from numerous places. I compared TVs in stores, and compared specs online. This TV consistently came on top, so I Just got the Samsung LN52A650 52 inch television. I was astounded by the burst of sharp colors and sound. Layman instructions and picture guides made the set up a pleasure and easy.The picture on this TV is so clear, the first time I plugged in my new HD cable box, it seemed more like a window than a TV. The algorithms in this TV make even standard definition content look great, but high def content looks amazing.

  • David

    In 63″ I see the 650 panel was upgraded to a “B” in 2009, but it looks like the 760 panel was not upgraded (specifically the PN63A760)

  • Gary Fine

    From reading your quick review on the Samsung 8000 HD TV compared to last years Samsung 950 HD TV, I am left a bit confused regarding how well the new series 8000 46″ TV with the “edge lit LEDs” compares with last years model 950 HD TV, where the LEDs were placed “behind the panels”, thus, as you say, “the newer panels cannot provide local dimming which achieved very deep blacks.” Based on this, my question is, “Would I be better off purchasing last years 950 model rather than the new 8000 series if I am looking for the best picture. I only watch movies from TV (HD whenever possible with my cable TV). I also watch HD and Blu-Ray from Netflix. I am not a gamer, so that does not influence my TV pick. So, any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • Robert

    Pixel response time and refresh rate are not the same. Also in the game of specsmanship with manufacturers, pixel response has to be viewed carefully as it can be stated as full on to full off (half cycle), or gray to gray (full cycle) which is the more meaningful way to express it. As far as fast motion the limiting factor of the panel is pixel response time as you can throw whatever refresh or frame rates at it, but if the pixels can’t respond any faster. Also as an ISF calibrator I have yet to see any display meet its published contrast ratio specs in real world testing, as this and many other specs can be manipulated for marketing purposes as there are no standardized test procedures for this. So take all of this marketing hype with a grain of salt.

  • Brian

    I’ve read on Crutchfield that the USB will not allow USB HDDs. Can someone confirm this?

    Page is here:
    http://www.crutchfield.com/p_30532B650/Samsung-LN32B650.html?search=LN32B650&tp=161&tab=detailed_info

  • Ed King

    I was all ready to place my order for a Samsung LN46A550 – and then the LN46B550 appeared. Reading your “Samsung 2009 Lineup info” was a great help but left me with two questions; 1.) Is the 6ms (B550) vs. 5ms (A550) pixel response time a concern for overall “general” picture quality? 2.) Do you have any idea how Samsung reduced the panel weight of the (A550)-51.4lb to the (B550)-43.7lb – what did they omit?

  • Derek

    I bought the UN55B7000 last week at Frys and even got a Samsumg Blu-Ray as a freebee. Yeah, free. I paid full retail price for the LEDTV. But OMG, what a TV. I’m still in awe over the quality. The only thing I don’t like is the outputs. I have an older Kenwood/JBL home theater system which only uses RCA connectors. The Sammy only has a photo jack which I have to use a splitter on to connect to the home theater. Its sounds great with the exception that I have no center sound.

    You would think that there is not a lot of difference between LCD and LED, but LED is definitely the way to go folks!!

  • Derek

    Is Samsung including Wi-Fi on any of their new 2009 models?

    Thanks for all the information you provide. It’s really getting hard for consumers to make choices when there are not so many models.

  • coreylewis

    HDGuru,

    thank you for the article. ive been fooling around with the 6000 @ my job for the past week and was wondering how the edge-lighting was arranged. customers come up with great questions nowadays and thanks to your articles, i almost never get stumped. keep up the great reporting! can’t wait til’ you blow out a new panasonic G, V, or Z1 plasma!!!

  • Mark Buxton

    I viewed the the new LED 55″ Samsung at Best Buy. It was $3800 dollars.
    The picture had to much dynamic contrast and unnatural and unpleasant to view. A 1280*720 Samsung plasma model 450 was above it and had a far more natural realistic picture. It was $1099. Go Figure!

  • HerbalEd

    Re. “I have one requirement: Must have the Best Picture quality period.” …………… Then you should buy a ninth-generation Pioneer Elite plasma, period.

  • pgattocpa

    HDGuru:

    Can you clarify this paragraph:

    BEGIN QUOTE
    The 6000, 7000 and 8000 models use to and bottom edge mounted white LEDs with a new type of diffuser to achieve a depth of 1.2”. All are rated 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Unlike the 2008 950 models, where the LEDs were placed behind the panel, these panels cannot provide local dimming, which achieved very deep blacks when a section’s LEDs are “shut off”.
    END QUOTE

    The first sentence does not make grammatical sense, so I don’t really know what you are trying to say.

    Overall, it seems like you are saying the 2008 model 950 had the LEDs in a better position that allowed local dimming; however, the 2009 models have a higher dynamic contrast ratio (3MM to 1 vs 1MM to 1).

    Also, what’s the difference between the LCD TVs with LED back-lighting (LN series) and LED TVs (UN series). The Sammy website seems to be drawing a distinction, but don’t they both have liquid crystal displays and it’s just the back-lighting that is different?

    I am probably not understanding something and would appreciate the clarification.

  • moe

    It looks like none of the 5 series B models have picture in picture compared to the A series.

  • tom19382

    Does anyone know the differenct between a Samsung LN52A630 and LN52A650? They both seem to have very similar features, but also have a $600 price difference. I have never seen the 630 in person, just in ads online, but am wondering how similar it is to the 650.

  • bertman64

    Saturday I bought the last Samsung 67″ LED DLP they had for 1299.99 plus 299.95 for a 3 year service plan. It was a floor display estimated to have been there for 6 months. Is bigger better? If so I got a hell of a deal!

  • momendo

    What are the differences in the 6000/7000 series? As far as I can tell, there is support for DLNA and other multimedia features.

  • Ken

    Advice and Recommendation.

    Waiting for the availability of all 2009 HDTVs before purchasing a 50+ HDTV and Blu-ray player with all the bells and whistles.

    I have one requirement: Must have the Best Picture quality period.

    Current choices (subject to change) are:
    1) Pansonic TC-P54Z1 Z1 Plasma
    2) Samsung PN 58B650 8000 Series Plasma
    3) LG Trumotion 480Hz LCD (if becomes available)
    4) Sony W5500 Series 52″
    5) Mitsubishi Laservue

    What advice or selection would you offer and why?

    Best regards,

  • Scott

    According to the Samsung web site, it looks like they are different Touch of Colors (ToC). The UN46B7000 appears to have ToC in red and the UN46B7100 has ToC in silver.

  • Scott

    What’s the difference between UN46B7000 and UN46B7100?

    These are called derivative models and are the same except for the model number. They are offered by retailers so they do not have to “price match” the same product being offered by a competitor, because it has a different model number.

    HD Guru

  • aaron c

    Wrong on the A650 for 2008, I have the 40″ and it has four hdmi ports

    Whoops! Its been corrected.  Aaron, thanks for catching  the error.

    HD Guru

  • Glenn (again)

    oh, forgot a very important thing… response time…you want that LOW (5 mili-seconds or lower)… SUPPOSITY, response time indicates how fast it can display moving images but I have to admit.. then I get confused.. isn’t that refresh rate???? ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ;-)

    However, I hear response time is also a marketers dream… kind of like laptop battery time ;-)

  • Glenn

    Dan,

    It sounds like you may be confusing frames per seconf vs. refresh rate:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refresh_rate

    basically the frames per second (fps) is how many frames are being displayed in one second (24 for movies… 30 is also popular…TV???).

    The refresh rate is how many times the display is updating the image on the screen… hope this makes sense. It made more sense to me with CRT when you had a gun literally scanning back and forth down the screen updating the phosphor.

    I have heard through Engineering friends that the human eye really can’t tell the difference on refresh rates above 60Hz (I’m sure this point can be argued) but they say it is more of a marketing play… like 120Hz sounds impressive…and… 240!!!…wow, but why, what for???

    My. 02… It may help in fast motion images like sporting events where you may see (what I call) pixilation between light and dark images on the screen… eg. the running back and the dark grass (right on the edge of the uniform)… but that is my opinion… I don’t know for sure.

    net-net, this stuff is getting out of hand… resolution, fps, refresh rate, contrast ratio, brightness in nits… heck, I just want a really bright crisp image… the irony is all this digital stuff… is that we are ‘trying’ to get back to the quality of analog or, int TV cases… CRTs… CRT have incredible image quality that LCD are trying to achieve…

    “Simplicity is the ultimate complexity” … apparently we are not there yet.

    Glenn

  • Matt

    They’re actually listed as available on Amazon right now.

    As mentioned above, a number of models have begun shipping, with more on the way. The problem consumers face with pricing on Amazon (or anywhere else), until our price list was posted, there was no way of knowing if the price you see at an etailer or retailer is above, the same or below the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (now referred to as minimum advertised price).

    Prior to publishing the article, research revealed etailers prices on 2009 Samsungs are all over the map (no pun intended).  Now you have a point of reference to evaluate if the price you see on-line or at a retailer is really a good deal.

    Please note, this shopping tool is not available anywhere else.

    HD Guru 

  • Dan

    Whoops – film “is”, motion pictures “are” — editing before coffee….

  • Dan

    In this economy, selling any HDTV with a 4-digit price is going to be an uphill battle.

    Also, one question — motion pictures (film) is 24 frames per second. My current TV is 60Hz 1080p.

    What I’m wondering is, does the 120Hz (let alone 240 Hz) *really* make a difference.

    I understand the theory, but I want to know if anyone’s looked at the 2 side-by-side (same resolution & size, just 60 vs. 120)and noticed an improvement for sports or action or whatever…

    The human eye & brain have a certain bandwidth, I’m just wondering how much is marketing/hype, and how much is utility/benefit.

    I realize this is somewhat subjective but I am interested in people’s opinions on this.

    Thanks.

  • bob

    does this mean the DLP’s are canceled or just not being updated?

  • Warlock

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