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Samsung LN46A950R1FXZA and LN46A950D1FXZA differences

by jtalstad / January 31, 2009 7:42 AM PST

Vanns has the Samsung LN46A950D1FXZA for $2,499.99.

Electrozone has the Samsung LN46A950 for $2,449. and the Samsung LN46A950R1FXZA for $2,899.

Calls to Samsung, Vanns, and Electrozone haven't totally clarified the differences. Electrozone has indicated that the Samsung LN46A950R1FXZA has a dcdi chip but the Samsung LN46A950 does not. Is the Electrozone Samsung LN46A950 the same as the Vanns Samsung LN46A950D1FXZA, making the dcdi chip a $450 option? Is it worth it? Is it even true? Even Samsung level 2 tech support doesn't understand the model number differences and don't know any thing about a dcdi chip. Can someone comment in this forum with an answer?

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by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / February 3, 2009 2:07 PM PST


I checked with one of our marketing gurus who checked various sites, asked service and spoke with several other knowledgable people on this issue. Apparently, one of the ads had a typo - there is no R1.

Both units should be a D1.

I hope that helps.


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by jtalstad / February 3, 2009 3:33 PM PST
In reply to: Typo....

Hi HDTech,
I really appreciated finding the e-mail announcing your post in my inbox tonight, but I'm still confused.

Take for example. They have the both the Samsung LN46A950 and LN46A950R1FXZA listed with a $450 price difference. If the R is supposed to be a D than what is the other model without either letter, that is the Samsung LN46A950? Two different techs at Electrozone did not admit a typo but rather underscored the differences between the Samsung LN46A950 and Samsung LN46A950R1FXZA suggesting that with the dcdi chip the LN46A950R1FXZA is the better set. A general internet search indicates two other differences as well: one regarding a hardware upgrade introduced in October 2008 which improves shadow contrast and another regarding a supply chain limitation which caused two different LCD panels to ship with the same LN46A950 model number; the S panel crowd is happy but the A panel buyers feel cheated. It seems Samsung takes big chances with their good reputation by shipping different quality product under the same label. Regarding the R series simply contact Electrozone yourself (800-264-8212) and see what they say about the different Samsung LN46A950 models available and the quality differences. The confusion caused me to defer the purchase, missing out on the $200 football gear promotion....

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