Welcome to the forum, and thanks for taking the time to voice your concerns. I'm open to a discussion, because I think you make a great point. I'll answer what I can this evening, and follow up with what I can't answer later. I'm not going to be able to provide any definitive "company statements" per se, but let's pinpoint a few details, and I'll send a report to our marketing team.
From the available specs I have today, the LN40B630/640 do not have Internet@TV, or Medi@2.0. I'll confirm that tomorrow.
To answer why the matte screen units don't have the "bells and whistles" is because the UltraClear panels have the best specs, and it's pretty common that the best panels get some additional features for a Top End product.
I admit, it's not much solace for the matte panel enthusiast, but I definitely see your point. And it's a good one.
We have taken steps this year to improve the UltraClear panel technology to address some of the reflection. In most cases, the reflection should be able to do a better job than ever before and still produce an amazing picture. There is still reflection on matte finish panels - albiet it's softened, but reflection nevertheless.
In some cases, the UltraClear will not work as well as a matte-finish panel would, but those cases are becoming less prominent as the technology moves forward. I think you'll be happy with the higher series - not just the features, but the picture quality that the UltraClear panel delivers.
Let's discuss, and I'll get an answer for you tomorrow.
First post, and I'm really pleased to see Samsung taking such a positive step forward with this forum. I have a question about the Samsung 6 series 40" LCDs.
I'd especially like input from the Samsung HD Techs or anyone else with deep product knowledge on this question.
I'm in the market for a 40" Samsung with a matte black screen. That pretty much narrows it down to the LN40A630 (last year's model which is almost impossible to find in stock anywhere) or the 2009 LN40B630.
Of course, there are no perfect TV's...;)
What I (and many other people esp. on the AVS Forums) am looking for is something along the lines of an LN40B730 or B830 (which don't exist). Give us all the bells and whistles along with the matte screen!
I really like the connectivity (DLNA) options that are available on the B650's and above. If someone from Samsung can confirm that the B630 can handle DLNA via the wireless dongle or LAN/Ethernet connection, then that's it, my search is over.
What are my options if the b630 doesn't support the "Medi@2.0"/DLNA solution?
Since there is no official documentation that I could find online about the b640, can someone tell me what feature set that unit has?
I think at this point I am basically looking at either the LN40B650 or LN40B750 as the best fit for my needs (since I can not find any info on the b640), and will have to hope that the ultra clear panel isn't too much of a deal breaker...although some people have actually returned the 650's for 630's (both A and B series) because the glare was too much.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to read this and for your replies...