Samsung Unveils Its 2018 TV and Soundbar Lineup
(March 8, 2018) Samsung made a huge splash at CES 2018 with its configurable microLED display dubbed “The Wall.” Having seen it in person, I was floored by its size (which measured 146” diagonal) and richly gorgeous image. Much like OLED technology, microLEDs can turn completely off for pure black performance while delivering excellent off-axis viewing. The technology also possesses the ability to hit high levels of peak brightness while all but eliminating concerns of image retention, which immediately makes one wonder if OLED tech may have met its match. Of course, The Wall and its microLED panels are far from proven, but if reports by The Verge hold true, Samsung will begin selling it this summer (price TBD).
Recently, Samsung revealed details about its complete fleet of new TV models – several of which are positioned to be high-quality performers.
Headlining Samsung’s 2018 class are two series of QLED LCD TVs – Q8F and Q9F – offering full array local diming (FALD). That translates into backlighting that consists of LEDs strategically placed in zones behind the panel, rather than along the edges. This should result in drastically better black level performance. The Q9F will be manufactured in 65”, 75” and 85” screen sizes, while the Q8F will ship in 55”, 65” and 75” configurations.
Other QLED models include the flat panel Q7F (55”, 65”, 75”) and Q6F (49”, 55”, 65”, 75”, 82”) series, and the curved panel Q7C (55”, 65”). Samsung says all of its 2018 QLED TVs ship with onboard HDR10+ compatibility, which is Samsung’s new open source dynamic metadata high dynamic range format (a direct competitor to Dolby’s license-only Dolby Vision technology). They also ship with the company’s new “Ambient Mode” functionality, a feature that allows the TVs to display headlines, traffic reports, and weather updates while not in use. It also allows the TVs to mimic the wall behind it for a seamless room integration. In addition, the Q9F and Q7F/Q7C series carry Samsung’s “One Invisible Connection” that delivers both power and image signals (up to 15M) through one slim cable.
(Samsung) Demonstration of Samsung's "Ambient Mode"Samsung’s 2018 TV lineup also includes Premium UHD (NU8500, NU8000) and UHD (NU7100, NU73000) models with screen sizes ranging from 55” to 75”. Much like the Q9F and Q7F/Q7C models, the Premium lineup will ship with HDR10+ compatibility.
On the audio front, Samsung is releasing four new soundbars, headlined by the NW-N950 Dolby Atmos Soundbar, which delivers a 7.1.4 experience using a variety of front-, up-, and side-firing speakers. Other models include the NW-N650 (designed for gamers), NW-NW700 (a lifestyle wall-mount design), and VL550 (featuring remote voice control).
Samsung’s new TV and soundbar models are scheduled to begin shipping this month. Official pricing has yet to be announced.
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