Samsung Announces its 2014 HDTV and 4K Model Line with Surprises
Updated and New Products added 3/22/14
Samsung rolled out its high-end 2014 HDTV and 4K TVs to the press today, adding a previously unannounced 4K model series. In addition, Samsung revealed the first 4K content it will offer within its new UHD media player. The details appear after the break.
We covered the new HU9000, HU8550, H8000 (Amazon is now taking pre-orders for April 6 release) and H7150 series (to be released later this Spring) and leaked prices and features weeks ago here.
Samsung today announced more 2014 UHD models with the addition the U8700 series which fits between its U9000 top-of-the-line curved LED LCD 4K series and its flat screen 4K U8550 series.
The U8700s have a curved screen along with Samsung’s edge lit Precision Black local dimming (as found in the U9000) and a panel thickness of just 1.2 inches with a very narrow .27-inch bezel. The U8700 series models will be offered this Spring in the 55- and 65-inch screen sizes, with prices to be announced at a future date. Feature wise it is identical flat screen HU8550.
Samsung confirmed its 105-inch 21:9 UHDTV will be shipping in the second half of 2014. No price or model number on this giant curved screen were provided.
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Samsung UHD Video Pack
The Samsung UHD Video Pack comes with a 1 terabyte hard drive and is pre-loaded with major Hollywood movies in UHD (3840 x 2160) resolutions. Titles include Night at the Museum, The Counselor, X-Men Origins: Wolverine from 20th Century Fox,, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and World War Z from Paramount Pictures along with 3 unnamed documentaries and short clips. It is priced at $299.99 and ships next month.
Samsung plans to release a second pack with more UHD content in the 2nd half of 2014.
According to a prior statement the Samsung UHD video pack will only work with Samsung brand UHD TVs.
Samsung added in its press release “this year the leading streaming video providers such as Amazon, M-Go and Netflix, as well as TV providers, Comcast and DIRECTV, will be working with Samsung to find the best ways to deliver UHD content to customers.”
2014 One Connect Box
Samsung also announced a 2014 UHD Evolution Kit, model SEK-2500U in the form of a replacement outboard OneConnect box for its 4K 2013 F9000 series and UN85S9. The SEK-2500V offers an upgrade to 2014 Smart TV improvements as well as HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0 and HEVC, according to a Samsung spokesperson. It will be available in late Spring for $399
2014 Evolution Kit
The 2014 Evolution Kit, model SEK-2000 which will upgrade select 2012 and 2013 Samsung HDTVs to 2014 Smart TV functionality, including a new graphic user interface. The compatible 2013 series are the F7500and F8000 LED LCDs, the F8500 series plasma HDTVs and the KN55S9C OLED HDTV. It will be available in May for $249.
Samsung also announced new soundbars and additions to its Multi-Room speaker system. The M5 is the baby brother to its M7 (review) speakers. It can be used alone or with other M5s and/or M7s to create a multi-room sound system. It can also be combined with a Samsung soundbar for multi-channel surround sound for you TV. The M5 ships this Spring for $299.99 and a companion Samsung Link Mate ($349.99) that permits connection of legacy audio components such as turntables and CD players to the “M” system will be available.
The HW-H750 soundbar is a new model positioned just below Samsung’s highly rated (review) HW-F850 soundbar. Like the 850, it includes a wireless subwoofer, a vacuum tube preamp stage coupled to a digital power amplifier. The HW-H750 is rated at 320 watts and is compatible with Samsung’s multiroom M series products. It will be available this Spring for $799.99.
The HW-H600 is Samsung’s latest Sound Stand that fits under a 32-to 60-inch TV (up to 77 lbs.) Using multi-direction technology it provides 4.2 channel sound . It includes Bluetooth music steaming from portable devices. It also includes Samsung Sound Connect the at permits getting the select Samsung TVs audio via a wireless connection.
Rounding out the list is Samsung’s latest Blu-ray player the BD-H6500. In addition to UHD upconversion, and 3D playback, the 6500 can receive images from their Samsung smartphonse and move them to the TVs screen. Shipping now, it’s priced at $179.99
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