August 05, 2009 by Steven Castle
Are you salivating over the prospect of an LED-based LCD TV yet? Many are because they look great, depending on how they are backlit, and can be up to 40 percent more energy-efficient than traditional models. Large-size LCDs are expected to lead the LED marketplace.
And so here they come.
Samsung’s new 8500 series TVs, set to ship in September, will feature full LED backlighting. The company’s 8000 series featured edge-lit LED lighting.
The backlit panels will feature local dimming, which reduces energy consumption and improves black levels and contrast. Both models will comply with Energy Star 3.0 ratings, and include an optimized energy-savings mode that adjusts the backlight and picture quality without sacrificing the overall viewing experience.
Response time for the 8500 series is listed at 2ms, which when combined with the a 240Hz frame rate reduces blurring.
The 8500 series models will be offered in the 46-inch ($3,600) and 55-inch ($4,500) screen sizes. Both will ship to dealers in September.
The 8500 series also feature Samsung’s Medi@ 2.0 suit, allowing you to tap into widgets like Yahoo news and information services, as well as popular online destinations like Twitter and YouTube.
Vizio is also planning a September release of its debut into the LED market. The VF551XVT 55-inch LED TV is said to cost a remarkable $2,199. It, too will feature local dimming and 240 Hz.
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Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates
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