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January 8, 2007

Samsung had a modest offering of new products at CES 2007, including:

  • new LCD TVs (40", 46", and 52") with 1920 x 1080 resolution,
  • two new plasma TVs (42" and 50").
  • a second generation Blu-ray Disc player, the BD-P1200, and
  • new thin DLP RPTVs, including three with LED light sources.

The new LCD sets have "enhanced" picture clarity by combining a "Digital Natural Image engine" with a new "SuperClear" LCD panel to deliver a 12,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and truer black tones. An optimized, wide color gamut increases image quality and color richness. The sets have a 178-degree viewing angle.

Following the trend for this year's sets, the new Samsung LCDs have three HDMI 1.3 interconnects.

The two plasma sets, the 50-inch HPT5064 with 1365 x 768 resolution, and the 42-inch HPT4264 with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution employ Samsung's "Ultra FilterBright" technology which features an enhanced panel and filter to minimize image glare and maximize contrast. The contrast ratio is 10,000:1. With 16 bit color processing, improvements in contrast result in a wide array of color expressions. The company has also applied Silhouette Editor, which helps eliminate false contours and dither noise in the fast moving scenes, resulting in a refined face tone and shape.

Samsung is also showing its second generation Blu-ray Disc player, the BD-P1200. This will have an "HQV" video processor, will output 1080p, and will support 7.1 channel Dolby Digital Plus, but apparently not Dolby True-HD nor DTS-HD Master Audio, even though they say it has an HDMI 1.3 interconnect. Other features include an Ethernet port and picture-in-picture viewing. It will be available in March 2007.

Samsung is bringing more LED-powered DLP RPTVs to market, in sizes 50", 56", and 61". They say the cabinets are thin enough to hang on the wall (about 13" to 15").

The three LED arrays last much longer than the traditional light bulb, and enable better color reproduction. The sequentially firing red, green, and blue LED also do away with the spinning color wheel, and therefore any possible "rainbow" effect.

The sets are capable of a 140 percent wider color gamut. The contrast ratio is a very good 10,000:1.

Samsung is also introducing three new "affordable" lamp-based UltraSlim DLP HDTVs, the HL-T6176S, HL-T5676S, and HL-T5076S models, also in 50", 56" and 61" sizes. These are slightly thinner than the LED models (11.5" to 12.3").

All six have full-spec HD resolutions. A special Game Mode optimizes the gaming experience with faster response time, enhanced graphics, and improved sound quality.

All have three HDMI inputs. A USB connection with photo viewer makes it easy to connect mass storage devices to display photos on screen. And, a PC-input provides an easy connection to a laptop or desktop computer.