Samsung 55" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV, Model UN55B8500
Go from brilliant LED images to online content, at the touch of a button, with the UN55B8500. LED technology renders the most advanced HD images on the market, for eye-popping, jaw dropping picture quality on a 46-inch screen. New for 2009, the Medi@2.0� feature brings online content to your TV, via a host of customizable widgets, video, stocks, photo sharing and more � all at the touch of a remote button. Access the pre-loaded Content Library� for more digital content, from educational to entertaining. Auto Motion Plus 240Hz� technology keeps even the fastest onscreen motion smooth and natural. The Touch of Color� accented bezel and 1.6-inch Ultra Slim Design give you one of the most attractive, thinnest HDTVs available and that�s including the tuner! And with the same passion we have for delivering groundbreaking HD excitement and style, Samsung is dedicated to preserving the environment with LED TVs, through reduced power consumption (up to 40% savings versus 2008 Samsung conventional LCD TVs) and eco-friendly manufacturing techniques.
* 1080p (1920 x 1080) Full HD Resolution
* Widescreen aspect ratio
* 2,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
* Local dimming LED
* Game Mode
Enhances dark areas, sharpens the picture, speeds up the image processing response and enhances the sounds of your games. Picture and sound quality optimized for the special needs of gaming systems at the touch of a button
* Ultra Clear Panel
Advanced LCD technology lets you enjoy crisp image details, natural skin tones, excellent shadow detail, and vibrant colors
* Auto Motion Plus�240Hz
Advanced processing that reduces blur and enhances image detail when viewing fast motion video sequences
* Ultra slim 1.6" design
* Touch of Color� (ToC)
Samsung�s unique manufacturing process accents the surrounding bezel with a stylish blue tone
o Internet@TV - Content Service
o DLNA Wireless
o Content Library� (2GB Flash Memory)
Exercise, children�s �edutainment�, cooking, image gallery, games
o USB 2.0 Movie
For playing MP3 and displaying MPEG files through the USB 2.0 connection on selected Samsung TVs
* Wide Color Enhancer Pro
Optimizes a given color�s hue, resulting in more natural rendering of colors
* 2ms Response Time
Minimizes blurring of fast motion in sports programs
* Picture-in-Picture (PIP)
Enables convenient, simultaneous viewing of TV programs and video or PC content sources
* Single User Interface
* SRS TruSurround HD
Creates an immersive, feature-rich surround sound experience from two speakers, complete with rich bass, high frequency detail and clear dialog
* Stereo broadcast reception
Supports multichannel sound (MTS) and second audio program (SAP) with 181-channel capacity
* Down firing speakers with subwoofer
10 Watts x 2 audio power
* Anynet� Plus (HDMI-CEC)
Allows peripheral AV devices such as a DVD player to be controlled by a Samsung TV remote control
* Energy Star� Compliant
Reduces energy consumption by up to 25% compared with standard TVs
* V-Chip system
Allows blocking of rated TV and movie programs determined by a parent to contain objectionable content
* Trilingual on-screen displays in English, Spanish or French
* Variable sleep timer
Can be programmed to turn the TV off at different time intervals
* HDMI v1.3: 4 side
* USB: 2 side
* Component video: 1 bottom
* PC input: 1 bottom
* Ethernet: 1 bottom
* Optical sound output: 1 side
* With Stand
o Height: 39.25"
o Width: 52"
o Depth: 12.1"
* Without Stand
o Height: 31.4"
o Width: 52"
o Depth: 1.6"
* Without Stand: 51.1 lbs
* With Stand: 63.9 lbs
* Shipping: 82 lbs
* Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts and Labor
So in my constant search for Samsung TV info, more specifically the un55b8000 I stumbled upon a site advertising preorder for the 9000. Is this TV coming soon or are we looking at a september release as read in a online article? Obviously the local dimming will cause a high price point, I am wondering are there other features not included with the 8000/850 series? I would also love to hear that the 9000/9100 difference will be between the TOC Gray/Blue, is it? It would simply break my heart to hear anyone paid that much for a television with that horrible red border. Any info would be much appreciated.