Samsung unveils 2014 Home Entertainment Lineup, focus on UHD and Curved Sets
Samsung has unveiled the company’s full Home Entertainment lineup this afternoon, including a large collection of Curved and UHD TVs, new audio products and an even stronger push for content partnerships.
The pricing and availability of the 2014 ranges form consumer-basic to bleeding-edge high-end tech prices. “From our full lineup of UHD and curved TVs to our Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom Systems and content partnerships, we pride ourselves on offering consumers the ecosystem of choice, with beautifully designed premium home entertainment products that best suit their lifestyles.”
“In 2014, we’ve once again asserted our leadership in the home entertainment space by delivering the next big thing across our product categories,” said Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics America. “From our full lineup of UHD and curved TVs to our Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom Systems and content partnerships, we pride ourselves on offering consumers the ecosystem of choice, with beautifully designed premium home entertainment products that best suit their lifestyles.”
Getting Immersed With Samsung’s Curved UHD TVs (as detailed by Samsung)
Samsung’s new 2014 Curved UHD TVs deliver a bold theatrical experience and fundamentally change the way the world views TVs. The curved screen gives videos a presence not felt on flat screens, plus, a wider field of view creates a panoramic effect that makes the display seem even bigger than it is and draws viewers in like no TV has ever done before. From virtually any viewing position or angle, the curved design creates a more true-to-life experience so everyone watching has the best seat in the house.
With four times the resolution and pixels of Full HD, these UHD TVs provide unsurpassed picture quality. UHD sources look spectacular in crisp 4K resolution on Samsung UHD TVs. Thanks to UHD Upscaling, featured on all Samsung UHD TVs, viewers are treated to the best possible picture, regardless of source material. The proprietary technology converts Full HD, HD and lower resolution sources to nearly-UHD clarity through a unique four-step process that includes signal analysis, noise reduction, upscaling and detail analysis, so everything looks better on Samsung UHD TVs. UHD Dimming technology also helps to further optimize picture quality by processing each block of a picture and delivering deeper blacks and improved contrast.
Samsung’s UHD TVs not only support today’s standards — including HEVC, HDMI 2.0, MHL 3.0 and HDCP 2.2; they are the only TVs on the market that are future-ready, thanks to the Samsung UHD Evolution Kit. The One Connect Box essentially houses the brains of the TV externally, enabling customers to switch out the box with the latest Samsung UHD Evolution Kit to stay up to date on the latest UHD standards, as well as get access to the newest technology Samsung has to offer, all helping customers protect their investment for many years to come.
In 2014, Samsung is rolling out four new series of UHD TVs, more than doubling its UHD product line up from last year. From flat panel to Curved, Samsung is offering the widest range of UHD TVs to fit consumer choice.
Samsung’s 105” Curved UHD TV – Thanks to its significant 105-inch size, beautifully curved design and movie-theater aspect ratio, this TV offers the ultimate cinema-quality experience in the living room. With a cinematic 21 x 9 aspect ratio, everything will look better on this immersive 105” UHD TV which boasts a spectacular display with 11 million pixels. The Samsung’s 105” Curved UHD TV will be available in the second half of the year.
Samsung’s U9000 Curved UHD TV – Delivering the ultimate immersive experience, Samsung’s U9000 Curved UHD TV includes exclusive technology that delivers incredible life-like UHD picture quality on a cutting-edge curved screen. This combination envelops viewers in spectacular color, clarity and detail. The immersive sensation is augmented by Samsung’s proprietary Auto Depth Enhancer, an algorithm that analyzes regions of images and automatically adjusts contrast for a greater sense of depth — it’s like 3D without the glasses. Color is further enhanced on these sets with Samsung’s PurColor™ technology, expressing more detailed shades and Peak Illuminator & Precision Black maximizes brightness range which reproduces the picture as film-makers envisioned. The new series of Samsung curved screens can also be wall-mounted out of the box with regular mounts compatible with VESA Standards. Samsung’s U9000 Curved UHD TV will be available from March in a 55” model for $3,999.99 and 65” for $4,999.99. A 78” model will also be released later this year for $7,999.99.
Samsung’s U8700 Curved UHD TV – The newly introduced Samsung U8700 Curved UHD TV Series delivers an immersive, lifelike UHD 4K picture. With Precision Black local dimming, contrasts are enhanced while UHD Dimming perfects brightness. The TV’s thinness of 1.2 inches and extremely narrow 7mm (0.27-inch) bezel combine to create a panel only-illusion. Samsung’s U8700 Curved UHD TV will be available late Spring in 55” and 65” screen sizes. Pricing is still to be determined.
Samsung’s U8550 UHD TV (flat) – Samsung’s U8550 UHD TV delivers incredible life-like UHD picture quality and is packed with exceptional Smart TV capabilities. With Samsung’s proprietary UHD Dimming, the Samsung U8550 adjusts brightness to deliver deeper blacks and brighter whites producing a crystal clear picture experience. The Samsung U8550 UHD TV will be available from March in a 55” model for $2,999.99 and a 65” model for $3,999.99. The 50” ($2,499.99), 60” ($3,499.99) and 75” ($5,999.99) models will be released in May.
The New Standard of LED TV
This year, Samsung is introducing the curved form factor to its highly popular LED TV offering with the H8000 Series. Additionally, Samsung is introducing the new H7150 series — a real 240Hz Full HD LED TV to round out its 2014 TV line up.
Samsung’s H8000 Curved Smart LED TV – This Curved LED TV creates a wider field of view, stunning picture quality and breakthrough motion blur reduction technology, giving sports fans, music lovers, and gamers the uninterrupted, immersive experience they demand, plus all of the content they want with Samsung’s Smart TV offerings. Available this Spring, the H8000 Series will come in a 55” model for $2,499.99 and a 65” model for $3,399.99. The 48” model will be release in May for $1,999.99.
Samsung’s H7150 FHD LED TV – Samsung’s H7150 FHD LED TV has a streamlined design that looks impressive with any décor and features Micro Dimming Pro and Multi-Screen entertainment to deliver incredible picture with enhanced color, contrast and detail. With Quad Core power split screen, consumers can follow fantasy scores while watching the big game live or enjoy their favorite cooking channel while reviewing recipes. Giving consumers more access is just the beginning with Smart View 2.0; viewers can wirelessly share favorite content from their mobile devices to their Smart TV. What’s more, they can also stream content on their TV directly to their mobile device. Samsung H7150 is available this Spring in a 55” model for $1,899.99, 60” model for $2,199.99, 65” model for $2,699.99 and a 75” model for $3,999.99.
Accessible-UHD Content and Smart TV
In 2014, 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.
Samsung UHD Video Pack – With Samsung’s exclusive UHD Video Pack (1 terabyte of available data), consumers can watch Hollywood blockbusters such as Night at the Museum, The Counselor and X-Men Origins: Wolverine from 20th Century Fox as well as G.I. Joe: Retaliation and World War Z from Paramount Pictures. The Samsung UHD Video Pack, which also includes 3 documentaries, will be available in April for $299.99. Samsung plans to release a second UHD Video Pack with more UHD content in the second half of this year.
The new, faster Samsung Smart Hub means less searching and more watching. Easily access all of your live TV, VOD apps and social media in one easy-to-browse place with the Smart Hub. With Samsung’s Multi-Link feature, consumers can transform their TV into four screens that can access live TV, streaming video and the web all at once, making multitasking a breeze.
The 2014 Samsung Smart Hub is more intuitive and even more enjoyable. With the new design, content is organized to be more accessible, giving people greater control of their entertainment experience. The new Games Panel allows customers to experience big-screen exhilaration without entertainment system clutter. There will be a variety of popular family, sports, action and racing games from leading partners. A new Multimedia panel combines the previous Photo/Video/Music and Social panels into one space to enjoy personal content and connections.
This year’s Smart TVs now include a new feature to quickly get to favorite channels or desired content sources. The most used and favorite apps display right on the bottom of the TV screen making it even easier to toggle between the content and entertainment you want.
The new Smart TV experience is also lightning fast thanks to the upgraded Quad Core processor. In fact, the Quad Core Plus is up to two times faster and delivers quicker loading and navigation with an overall improved Smart TV performance. Turning on the TV has never been faster with Instant On. The TV will turn on soon after pressing the power button so that users can get to their entertainment faster.
Expanding the Premium Audio Ecosystem
Building on the 2013 launch of the Samsung Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom System, Samsung is greatly expanding the ways that consumers can enjoy superb sound in every room of the house with its new Multiroom Link feature across select 2014 flagship soundbar, Blu-ray player and home theater system products. In addition to Amazon Cloud Player, Pandora, Rhapsody, and TuneIn, consumers can also listen to even more streaming services than before from new providers such as 8tracks, iHeartRadio and Rdio. The device also supports Spotify Connect, allowing users to seamlessly access their music from the Spotify app on their mobile and tablet devices.
Samsung Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom M5 Speaker – The smaller sibling to the M7 speaker, the new M5 unit enables listeners to enjoy tether-free entertainment in any room of the house, from a variety of music sources. It’s all controlled from a downloadable app and facilitated through easy plug-and-play installation. With Bluetooth and NFC functionality, pairing has never been easier, allowing consumers to simply tap their smartphone to an M5 to instantly play music from their mobile device. The flexible M5 unit can be used alone or in combination with additional M5 or M7 units to create a multi-room system. Additionally, the M5 can be connected and used with select Samsung soundbar products to create a multichannel surround sound experience with your TV. Legacy audio components like turntables or CD players can be brought into the fold through the Samsung Link Mate, allowing consumers to connect music and share it wirelessly with the Multiroom-link feature. The M5 speaker is available this Spring for $299.99 and the Samsung Link Mate for $349.99
Samsung HW-H750 Soundbar – Samsung’s HW-H750 Soundbar with wireless subwoofer amplifies any home entertainment experience with 320W of great sound. Delivering full cinematic and lifelike sound to enhance the home theater experience, the soundbar combines the warmth and natural sound of analog with the latest digital audio technology, as well as 96k/24bit HD Audio support, to deliver a rich and powerful sound. With its sleek metallic design, the HW-H750 is destined to look as good as it sounds paired with a large screen TV. The unit is also compatible with Samsung’s growing roster of Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom products to further expand music options in the home. The Samsung HW-H750 will be available in the Spring for $799.99
Samsung HW-H600 Soundbar (Sound Stand) – Samsung’s ultra-slim Sound Stand is designed to be used under 32-inch to 60-inch TVs (up to 77lbs). Its Multi-direction technology provides rich 4.2-channel sound in a sleek, low-profile design. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a bedroom TV, or a main TV in a smaller space, where a complex sound system won’t fit. Built in Bluetooth allows consumers to stream their favorite music through the SoundStand and TV Sound Connect allows them to wirelessly connect it to select Samsung TV’s for an ever cleaner installation. The Samsung HW-H600 will be available this month for $399.99
Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-Ray Player – Samsung’s latest Blu-ray player, the BD-H6500 is compatible with Samsung’s growing roster of Shape Wireless Audio-Multiroom products to further expand music options in the home. The BD-H6500 Blu-ray player also features Samsung’s proprietary UHD Upscale Processor that generates true-to-life pictures with vivid colors. It is capable of upscaling Full HD, HD and SD content to Ultra-High Definition (UHD) – four times the resolution of 1080p. This UHD upscaling capability also means that BD-H6500 owners will be ready for the next generation of television viewing. Additionally, the Smart View 2.0 feature on the BD-H6500 unit allows customers to easily connect their Samsung smartphone wirelessly and then send the image to the TV, so it can be shared with the rest of the room. The Samsung BD-H6500 will be available in the Spring for $179.99.
Samsung MX-HS9000 GIGA System – Samsung’s MX-HS9000 blows the roof off of any party with an astounding 3400 watts of explosive power plus massive 15” woofers. With DJ features and Beat Lighting Effects, the MX-HS9000 lets you be the ultimate DJ, while Bluetooth® connectivity assures the ability to change playlists on the fly. The MX-HS900 will be available this Spring for $1,499.99.
Samsung MX-HS8500 GIGA System – Samsung’s MX-HS8500 integrates the main receiver system into one of the speakers. With integrated wheels and sturdy handles built into the chassis, the Samsung MX-HS8500 keeps the party moving thanks to Bluetooth® connectivity which gives access to music stored on supporting portable devices. Rock the house with 2500 watts of sound and a 15” woofers that helps produce a dynamic range with great depth and clarity. Use the Beat Lighting Effects to elevate the party atmosphere for an incredible entertainment experience. The MX-HS8500 will be available this Spring for $1,299.99.