Hands-on Review: Samsung UN55C7000 55-inch 3D-Capable LED-Edgelit LCD HDTV and Samsung BD-C6900 3D-capable Blu-ray Player
The 3D HDTV era officially kicked off in Canada on March 26, when Samsung’s C7000-series of 3D-capable flat panels arrived on retailers’ shelves. Ten days later, one of these TVs arrived in my home theatre, along with a Samsung BD-C6900 3D-capable Blu-ray player and two pairs of 3D glasses.
My review unit was the UN55C7000, a 55-inch 3D-capable high-definition LED-edgelit LCD. Like all Samsung’s premium LCDs, this one uses an array of LEDs along the perimeter of the screen, rather than CCFL (fluorescent) illumination behind the screen. Among other benefits, this allows for a very slim design (the TV is only 26.5mm deep), very high contrast ratio, and energy-efficient operation. The C7000 series also includes 40- and 46-inch models for $2,500 and $2,900 respectively.
Samsung sells 3D glasses separately for $250 a pair, or $230 for smaller children’s glasses. The company also offers a 3D Starter Kit consisting of two pairs of full-size 3D glasses and a 3D movie (Monsters vs. Aliens on Blu-ray) for $450.
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