Coming to a store near you soon is the fantastic looking Sony ZX5 LED TV. The ZX5 is a Full HD 1080p panel that will be available in 46 and 52 inch sizes. It sports 240 Hz Flow Motion and integrated wireless transmission connectivity that will deliver high definition broadcasts and video on demand without the need for wires. This will be great for people wanting to hang this set on a wall without the hassle of burying cables into walls.
The ZX5 has a slimline frame that is only 16.6mm thick and the LED backlighting is edgelit.
Release date for Japan is November 2009. No news yet on the UK or US date but expect to see these beauties soon.
Those lovely people down at John Lewis are now offering upto £150 off a new Sony television if you trade in an old set.
If you are like me and have got an old CRT set knocking about now may be a good time to take up the old JL boys on their offer.
OK the only LED set in the promotion is the Sony Bravia KDL 46X4500 which comes in at a whopping £3,600 before the trade-in so you may decide to give this one a miss. But there are a couple of bargains to be had:
Back in August the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK governing body for everything to do with advertising on television and print claimed that Samsung had misled consumers in their latest adverts for LED TVs.
It seems that a handful of people had made a complaint to the ASA on the way that Samsung had used the term LED TV in their recent TV and magazine ads. The main crux of the issue was the headline: “Samsung LED TV Next Generation TV”
As detailed in our Guide to What is LED TV it should be stated that LED TV is in fact LED-backlit or LED-edgelit LCD TV. Now this may be confusing to some consumers, but it is hardly misleading. In the big world of commerce, finding an edge is what keeps most corporations alive.
Television technology is constantly evolving and you have to only walk into any Currys or John Lewis store and you will see the latest lineup of LCD TV’s being touted as LED TVs.
The damage has already been done and consumers are aware that the latest in-phrase when researching televisions will be LED TV regardless if it is an LCD panel or whatever. This was Samsungs main argument in response to the ASA decision to have them remove the LED TV tag in their campaigns.
Samsung have stated that they will continue to use LED TV in their adverts but will add info clarifying the technology used in the actual LCD TV’s.
In my book the LED TV as a moniker is here to stay.
Introduced to the market in 2009 the Samsung Series 6000 LED TVs offer sharper and brighter images. This has been achieved by a recently new technology called LED edgelighting.
The Series 6 range of Samsung HDTV panels are in effect LCD televisions that have LED’s set in the internal edge of the panel that enhances the brightness of the overall picture.
At the moment the Series 6000 comes in 32 inch, 40 inch and 46 inch models. All feature an Ultra Slim design that can be hung from a wall with ease. The use of LED edgelit technology has allowed Samsung to produce a set that is only 1.2 inches in depth and thus when hung from a wall gives a picture frame effect that is absolutely stunning.
The new LED TV technology employed in the Samsung 6000 LCD LED Backlit televisions also offer a reduction in power consumption of 40% over comparable LCD sets of the same size. This is the future of TVs as we all become more power conscience.
Onboard the Series 6 feature 100Hz Motion Plus technology, Mega Contrast Ratio and a Wide Colour Enhancer that produces vibrant colours and a blur free picture in fast action scenes.
4 HDMI connections are allowed on the Samsung Series 6000 LED tv’s to plug in your peripherals such as dvd-player and sky/virgin boxes. A great plus for these sets is the addition of a USB2.0 port where you can connect your camcorder and watch your vids. But it doesn’t stop there because you are now able to connect a thumb or external hard drive via the USB interface and watch videos direct from the drives, which is a great feature if you have a lot of stored media files. Specs report that the most common files are accepted including Divx. So no more DVD burning every time you need to watch a movie stored on your computer.
When LCD TV sets began to enter the homes of people around the nation, those of us who had been used to massive great CRT monsters for years would go around saying things like ‘gosh, aren’t these new tellies thin?’. And at the time we were right. However, Samsung have gone and made another piece of technology look flabby and outdated, again. Their latest line of LED TVs are slim, sexy and slightly more expensive than similarly sized competition at the moment.
Ultra Slim Panel Gets Up Close
First there’s that all important thin screen design. At just 1.2 inches deep the 32B6000 LED TV is one of the first HD ready sets that can be mounted virtually flush to the wall. This thinness is achieved because the LED side lighting which gives the LED TV its brightness takes up a miniscule amount of space whilst providing high levels of brightness. This particular LED TV is 32″ across the diagonal, which you may or may not know is the most popular size of HD TV. It also has the all important full HD resolution support of 1080p, something most 32″ screens are currently lacking. This means that you’ll be able to watch HD broadcasts and Blu Ray movies just the way they were intended.
LED Edge Lighting for Darker Blacks
Like all Samsung LED TV sets, the 32B6000 is remarkable for more than just its slim design. It also has some very nifty picture processing and display capabilities which means that the colour fidelity and contrast ratio are to die for. Vibrant whites and deep dark blacks match the gorgeously varied hues this LED TV is capable of displaying, so cinophiles will be just as well catered for as sports enthusiasts. As an added bonus the LED lighting technology allows the 32B6000 to use up to 40% less energy than a standard LCD TV, giving it true green credentials.
Now the design. It’s not just the anorexic screen depth that’s remarkable, the whole of the LED TV range from Samsung falls into their ‘touch of colour’ range. This means that though the main surrounding plastic that borders the display is black, this fades into red and then subtly on into a completely clear halo. All in all it’s the height of kitsch fashion and will fit in well with most modern rooms. Some people may find the touch of red a little strong, but if you shop around you may find other colour options.
You may be wondering if there are any downsides to this LED TV. Sadly there are a couple. Firstly the uniformity of the brightness across the screen isn’t quite up to scratch, leaving some areas slightly dimmer than others. Whilst this isn’t a product destroying flaw it may irritate those who are used to other technologies of lighting. Secondly there’s the price. Because Samsung is the first to put an LED TV on the consumer market and the technology is brand new, there’s quite a hefty premium to pay for the privilege of being an early adopter. So, to conclude, the many upsides of the Samsung 32B6000 LED TV far outweigh the couple of niggling flaws. It has all of the modern connections you’d expect, with 4 HDMI ports and styling to brag about, as well as being eco-friendly.
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Diagonal screen measurement.
Full HD 1080p
Requires HD reciever for High Definition Broadcasts.
1920 × 1080
Frames per second
Receive more than 25 Freeview Channels
10Watts × 2
SRS SRS Trusurround HD & Dolby Digital Plus
Optical Digital Audio
Audio Out L-R
D-sub PC input
Mini Jack (Y/Pb/Pr)
Common Interface Slot for viewing cards
Electronic Program Guide
Helps in the connection of DVD Players etc.
Auto Channel Search
Auto Power Off
Ultra Slim Flat Screen
Crystal Glass neck swivel stand
Weight with Stand
Weight without Stand
Panel Size without Stand
W × H × D
799mm × 605mm × 30mm
UN32B6000 available in the US only
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