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Samsung UN55B8000 55-Inch 1080p 240 Hz LED HDTV (2009 Model)

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  • Ultra-slim 55-inch LED HDTV with full HD 1080p resolution and Auto Motion Plus 240Hz technology for the sharpest, smoothest picture possible
  • LED technology enables a true-to-life range of picture brightness; uses 40 percent less energy than conventional LCD TVs
  • Internet@TV online content service from Yahoo!, Flickr, YouTube via your broadband connection
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 1 component, 2 USB, 1 Ethernet, 1 PC, 1 optical digital audio output
  • Includes detachable swivel table stand; measures 52 x 33.9 x 12.1 inches (WxHxD) with stand
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Technical Details
Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight51.1 pounds
Product Dimensions52 x 1.2 x 31.4 inches
Item model numberUN55B8000XFXZA
Color NameTOC
  
Additional Information
ASINB0028YB8MA
Shipping Weight150 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableAugust 24, 2009
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: UN55B8000XFXZA
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 55 inches
  • Image Contrast Ratio: 5,000,000:1
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Samsung with NFL (May 30, 2009)
Redefining the standards for viewing quality, energy-efficiency and home entertainment decor, the Samsung 8000 Series LED HDTVs deliver unparalleled picture quality and enhanced connectivity while also helping you reduce your carbon footprint with the reduced power consumption of the LED screen. Using Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) as its primary light source--rather than traditional Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL)--this cutting edge HDTV also offers the benefits of an ultra-high contrast ratio and a slim depth that allows for a more artful design.

To battle motion blur and image judder that can plague LCD displays when displaying fast movement onscreen, this 8000 Series LED HDTV utilizes Samsung's Auto Motion Plus frame interpolation technology with an ultra-fast 240Hz refresh rate--four times that of other TVs. It also boasts high dynamic contrast ratios, complements of the ground breaking LED light source.

The 8000 Series features Samsung's new InternetTV online content service. Developed with Yahoo!, InternetTV uses either a wired or wireless Ethernet connection to access content onscreen from Yahoo!, Flickr, YouTube and more with the push of a button. The widget-based interface and scrollbar run along the bottom of the screen for easy browsing of the latest programs and content. And this HDTV is accented by Samsung's TOC (Touch of Color), which offers a hint of a translucent color around the edges of the unit for a uniquely fashionable look.

Key Features

  • Screen Size: 55 inches
  • Full 1080p HD (Learn more)
  • Breakthrough LED picture quality with true-to-life brightness ranging from the purest black to pristine white. (Learn more)
  • Energy Savings: Samsung's LED TVs use up to 40 percent less power than conventional LCD TVs. (Learn more)
  • Ultra-slim Design: 1.2-inch depth
  • Ultra-quick 2ms response time minimizes blurring of fast motion in sports programs.
  • Mega dynamic contrast ratio (5,000,000:1)
  • HD-Grade Pixel Resolution: High-resolution pixel density is combined with a built-in image scaler to handle inputs from a variety of digital and analog audio/video sources.
  • Auto Motion Plus 240Hz: Advanced processing that reduces blur and enhances image detail when viewing fast motion video sequences. (Learn more)
  • Ultra Clear Panel: Advanced LCD technology lets you enjoy crisp image details, natural skin tones, excellent shadow detail, and vibrant colors.
  • 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.
  • Wide Color Enhancer Pro optimizes a given color's hue, resulting in more natural rendering of colors.
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP) enables convenient, simultaneous viewing of TV programs and video or PC content sources.
  • Audio: Two down-firing stereo speakers (10-watts each, for 20 watts of total power) with subwoofer
  • SRS TruSurround HD creates an immersive, feature-rich surround sound experience from two speakers, complete with rich bass, high frequency detail and clear dialog.
  • Content Library (2 GB Flash Memory): Built-in library contains photo art gallery, games, workout routines, recipes, and other interesting digital content. Additional items and updates are available from Samsung.com.
  • DLNA-compatible for better interopability with electronics, computers and mobile devices from many different manufacturers (Learn more)
  • 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 percent compared with standard TVs.
  • V-Chip system allows blocking of rated TV and movie programs determined by a parent to contain objectionable content.
  • Crystal Neck Swivel Stand
  • Warranty: 1 year parts and 1 year labor warranty (90 days parts and labor for commercial use), with in home service, backed by Samsung toll-free support.
  • Medi2.0 lets you enjoy more with Internet TV, allowing you to receive content via Yahoo!, Flickr, and more via on-screen TV widgets. (Learn more)

Connections

  • HDMI (version 1.3): 4 side
  • USB: 2
  • Component video: 1 bottom
  • PC input: 1 bottom
  • Ethernet: 1 bottom
  • Optical digital audio output: 1 side

Dimensions

  • TV without stand: 44.5 x 27.1 x 1.2 inches (WxHxD); 39.7 pounds
  • TV with stand: 44.5 x 29.8 x 10.9 inches (WxHxD); 50.3 pounds
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Breakthrough LED Picture Quality

Compared to a traditional CCFL, LEDs produce darker blacks that appear endlessly deep to the eye. Whites also remain crisp and bright with vivid colors. The result is picture quality that measures up to the natural beauty of life. For instance, Samsung's Wide Color Enhancer Pro feature lets consumers enjoy a broader color palette. The Ultra Clear Panel further allows the preservation of every detail even in brightly-lit, imperfect viewing conditions. This is done by effectively allowing more light to pass through the screen and simultaneously reducing reflections from ambient light. And with an adaptive "Natural" mode, Samsung's LED HDTVs can combine the recognized brightness advantage of LCD displays with the cinema-like viewing experience of plasma displays by automatically optimizing picture settings.

Auto Motion Plus 240Hz

auto motion plus 240Hz
There's a big difference between seeing the game and seeing every split second of it. That's where Auto Motion Plus 240Hz technology comes in. All the action in every frame is analyzed and then adjusted so nothing goes by in a blur. This technology quadruples the frame rate from 60 to 240 frames per second (240Hz LCD panel) without repeating the same image to make more frames. Instead, it uses interpolation to intelligently calculate and place three new frames between two existing frames to create smoother transitions.
auto motion plus 240Hz



Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)

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You already know something about digital living. There’s the TV and digital video recorder in your family room. (And another set in your bedroom.) You have a PC and digital printer in your office, along with a network attached storage device. And you’ve copied all your music onto your portable music player and haven’t had to open a CD case for years. But getting them to talk to each other can be pretty tough. Why is it still so difficult to send digital content from one device to another?

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a collaboration of the world’s leading consumer electronics, PC and mobile companies that has created design guidelines for a new generation of products that can work together — no matter the brand.

Think for a moment about all of the photos "locked away" on your home PC that you wish you could access while entertaining your friends and family. Now, thanks to DLNA enabled devices, a DLNA-enabled PC can be accessed from the comfort of your living room or family room via a DLNA-enabled HDTV, where you can enjoy your memories with friends and family, without having to deal with the hassle and non-intuitive "PCexperience".

Or, say you recently downloaded your daughter’s birthday party video from your digital camcorder to your PC. Now you want to share it with your parents who are visiting. Without DLNA, you probably have to burn a DVD of the video or hook up the camcorder to the TV. With DLNA, you can just use your TV’s remote to call up the video on your TV. That's it.






Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

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With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

Product Description

Picture performance, advanced connectivity, and an and stunning design come together to form Samsung LED TV 8000. For the image connoisseur, our highest 240Hz motion blur reduction technology, a 5,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio that displays incredibly deep blacks and pristine whites, and enriched color processing deliver outstanding video. Samsung LED TVs use 40% less power than conventional LCD TVs and are manufactured with the environment in mind. InternetTV has web TV widgets from Yahoo, Flicker, Ebay and others to entertain, inform and connect you to specially designed web content right on your LED TV. This Ultra Slim depth set is the ideal complement for your room and your life.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

We purchased this tv from Amazon about a year ago…The picture clarity is amazing and it took us a few days to get used to it....it feels like you are sitting on the set! Read more ›
I got the last one available on that day. The picture is so clear it hurts the eyes, takes some getting used to. The speakers are not the best, so one needs to buy external… Read more ›
I purchased this TV expecting a high qualitity picture but…The picture looks great with BlueRay but at times there are abnormalities or gliches in the motion of things. A… Read more ›
In the meantime I bought another TV (Toshiba) to watch that I will use in the bedroom when I get the Samsung…The picture is great, but the reliability and service sucks. Read more ›
In my opinion a 240hz Led is a must. Picture is great. Watching DVD and Blu-ray movies on this TV that I've watched on my other high-def TV's was like watching new versions… Read more ›
Took it out of the box, plugged it in and a few clicks of the remote later it was up and…Picture is great, the ease of use is great and I am extremely happy I bought it. Read more ›
The colors and clarity are outstanding. I haven't noticed the back light bleedthrough other reviewers have refered to on dark scenes at all. Read more ›
No LCD TV is perfect with regard to its backlighting - this is one of the major advantages that Plasma TVs have over LCD; it has always been a problem and will probably… Read more ›
There was one test image that appeared off (screen was so bright the test boxes were nearly invisible), but even with the brightness turned completely down the image didn't… Read more ›
The color, and picture quality are absolutely amazing! I thought the image on my LCD was nice, but somehow this was even better! The black was way blacker than the LCD that… Read more ›
After months of research and comparing it to Sony, this LCD has one of the best image quality in the market. Watching Blu ray on this LCD is just awesome. In terms of… Read more ›
The quality is amazing. Everything is so life like and real and I've never had any problems with resolution, glitches, poor picture quality, etc. I love the fact that it's… Read more ›
Great LED TV, was looking for months at the Samsung, LG,…I went with the 8000 model because the blacks are deeper and the picture popped more than the 6000 or 7000 models. Read more ›
The factory calibration looks great. Colors pop, blacks look decent, I was very happy. Then it happened. Read more ›
Clarity and colors are stunning. It literally makes everything you watch look like it was filmed with a consumer grade camcorder rather than pro grade cameras. Read more ›
Placed the order on Monday Oct 12, and it was delivered today Oct 15. Absolutely no problems with CEVA Whiteglove service. Read more ›
The colors are so clean clear crisp and sharp it looks near 3D. Blacks are black or rich and dark while whites in snow scenes are so life like it looks like a moving photo. T… Read more ›
Let me…The other reviews I read before I purchased were pretty acurate- great color, really deep blacks for an LCD, and many setting options to get the picture JUST right. Read more ›
I decided to purchase it and after 5 months of…I can tell you that the widgets and DLNA feature are slow and practically useless, but that's not why I purchased this TV. Read more ›
Picture and features are great!! Granted, I'm coming from a CRT tv, so maybe anything would look good. Read more ›
Ease of use of features is much improved over previous Samsung sets. I have owned 2 other very high-end Samsungs in the last few years. Read more ›
The autodimming feature is also poorly implemented. Again, in credits or scenes where there is more dark than light, it will turn the backlight down for "better contrast". Read more ›
All of the above features are great but the main thing is... the picture is just absolutely mind-blowing wonderful. Read more ›
This is a GREAT TV. I've had it now for over a year and it's very clear and has many great features Also, it was installed and setup at delivery. Highly recommend for… Read more ›
1. the sound is pretty atrocious. It sounds very tinny and the volume is very low. Even at full volume level, some times we can hardly hear. Read more ›
If it were any thinner I would have gotten a paper cut when setting it up. Although the audio is lacking, the television is intended to be used with a surround sound system. B… Read more ›
you will not miss any scenes / action. Sound is pretty good but, still you need to have atleast basic home theater to enjoy HD . Read more ›
Excellent picture, sound is so so but I have a home theater sound system to compensate. I still give the set 5 stars. Read more ›
Could not be more pleased. Set-up was relatively easy, picture is outstanding and sound is surprisingly good after reading so many reports about poor quality sound. My only… Read more ›
you can n't get better than this for the price you are paying, true color and good sound. One drawback is only one Composite Video/RCA-type video connector. Read more ›
I have the Tivo remote programmed to handle everything. The widgets are cool, but require using the Samsung remote, and are very slow to load. I have the TV hooked to my… Read more ›
While…Hooked up internet the very same day I purchased the TV, but didn't use it much since then, primary reason being the widgets are very slow, very bad user interface. Read more ›
2. Bright color great contrast...can't even tell it's on 3. Excellent remote 4. Lots of I/O ports to connect stuff Read more ›
After 5 days, no remote so I called…Well, guess what, no order for a remote was ever put in the system but the fact I called about a broken remote was in the system. Th… Read more ›
REMOTE CONTROL, although impressive and comfy it is TERRIBLY ANNOYING that this remote has to be "paired" to the TV... and it CONSTANTLY get UNPARIED... this annoys me SO… Read more ›
the new Samsung Menu Interface is very intuitive, easy to use and FINALLY offers a look that goes with the aesthetic sense of a proper high end design product... the menu… Read more ›
You are not going to buy an LED at this price anywhere. The price was a huge selling point, then came the picture. I read and read about the lighting problem and yes, I did… Read more ›
55", 240 Hz. Amazon had absolutely the best price. I had cable HD, and I did appreciate the difference before, but with the Samsung LED is a totally new visual experience. Read more ›
If you have the opportunity to grab the C7000 for five hundred dollars more, definetly go for it. I still feel the TV should be lowered in price. Read more ›
Is a little bothersome. All in all, this set is a fantastic value. 240HZ motion flow at times creates near 3d effects. Read more ›
It also hooked up very quickly to our internet using the wireless add on. Great TV, best price, great delivery and the best financing I could find! Read more ›
I couldn't have hoped for any better service. As well as being one awesome television,I also paid $400 dollars less than the best sale price anywhere. I was reluctant to… Read more ›
Best pic and price from Amazon. White glove delivery and set up was great. Read more ›
If your interested in the widget layer like…I took away 1 star because the widgets are a pretty big selling point and even after setup they are so slow as to not be usable. Read more ›
The picture is incredible!!! Crystal clear with easy setup right out of the box. The sound is fairly good for such a slim TV. Read more ›
Don't believe the bad reviews, they are NOT from techie people. I have had some time to mess around with the settings and it is totally simple to set up. If you wall mount,… Read more ›
Right out of the box, the picture didn't require any adjustments. Very easy setup with other AV components. Picture quality is outstanding especially when watching blu ray… Read more ›
So far my family and I are enjoying this Tv. The only thing i'd like to add is that the widgets are horrible to use, so don't bother with that. The mini remote is a nice… Read more ›
Fantastic television with black blacks and bright colors. Easy to use remote which is back-lit for viewing in the dark. Little distortion or loss of brightness when viewed… Read more ›
Screen adjustments are easy to navigate and doesn't take much to get the picture dialed in the way you want it. The backlighting needs to be turned down if you are watching… Read more ›
People not "looking for it" noticed it...looks like clouds all over a dark screen. -Internet Widgets: too slow to be useful. Why bother Samsung??? Read more ›
Even from station to station I would have to…These kinds of things are easy to get used to and easy to find settings that help but never the less it is a con in my mind. Read more ›
the new Samsung Menu Interface is very intuitive, easy to use and FINALLY offers a look that goes with the aesthetic sense of a proper high end design product... the menu… Read more ›
They have been extremely helpful in assisting me with the issues…Unfortunately Samsung customer service is well below par, my Samsung 8000 LED arrived with a damaged stand. Read more ›
So I called Samsung, customer service was pretty good - they sent a guy within a week. He came in, look at the unit, ran some tests, and recognized the ligthing issue, said… Read more ›
It's rare to find a company who is adamant about NOT caring a bit about customer…Google "samsung customer service sucks" for many more stories just like mine... Read more ›
So much work just to fix it. BE AWARE of bad customer service from Samsung. I paid a lot of money for a crap TV and service; I am stupid for trusting Samsung. Read more ›
The picture is really great and the power consumption is really low. The frequent software updates are nice. It has sufficient ports for video & audio I/O. Read more ›
It totally negates the need for any of the slow…With sites like Hulu, Netflix, and Youtube to name a few, there are endless amounts of HD content available (legally too!) Read more ›
As for the other features of this set; the internet widgets are pretty cool, but slow. I especially like the YouTube widget. The DLNA network feature is also a nice… Read more ›
I just keep it at a low level because I use my Samsung home theater surround sound speakers for everything. -Of course the size is great! No bulky backside of the TV, very… Read more ›
Setup was easy and quick. My HD source is OTA digital signals via a full size roof antenna in the attic pointed to the cluster of transmitters 20 miles away on a mountain. S… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

257 of 267 people found the following review helpful By Mike on May 31, 2009
Had my Samsung UN55B8000 TV a couple of weeks now. It has more than lived up to the hype. Hooked it up and put on a blu-ray disk. Even the delivery guy's jaw dropped, and he's delivered/set up hundreds of TVs.

TV is only inch and half thick and only weighs 60 pounds or so.

In fact, it is sometimes almost too good. When viewing people on HD you can see every little mole, scar, wrinkle, stray hair, makeup, five o'clock shadow, makeup line, etc. I'm sitting here watching the news and I can clearly see tiny pieces of lint on the guy's black suit. I'm guessing the talking heads of tomorrow are all going to have to have much better complexions.

If you like to tweak your TV this one provides a lot of different controls. There are already some websites that will give you what they consider good tweaks to maximize the pic. You can also look for the B7000 tweaks. Looks pretty darn fantastic right out of the box so if you aren't a techie, don't worry about it.

Sounds..not particularly good or bad, but I don't want TV speakers taking up space anyway. If you are going to spend this kind of money for a TV you should be using your stereo system.

Some reviewers were complaining about the number of inputs. Again, how many is enough. I run my PS3, XBOX360, IPOD, and the Dish box through my Denon and so I only use one HDMI.

You can plug it into the internet. No set-up, just plug it in. First thing it did was download 12 updates to itself. Have no idea what they did but ...didn't cause any problems. It automatically loads up some of Yahoo's widgets. Fun to try but...not something I have really gone back and used much. Also has some built in content...recipes, artwork, etc. that I haven't bothered to look at.
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121 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Kalibr on September 10, 2009
I have owned Sony televisions exclusively for the past 30 years. I was in the market for a new TV to replace my older Sony 50" Grand WEGA LCD projection set. I always keep up with new technologies in consumer electronics and knew that LED backlighting was the way to go. One day, I visited Best Buy to see the new Sony models. I was particularly interested in the Sony Bravia XBR8 LED TV. It has an awesome display, but I couldn't bring myself to part with $5K for a TV. The high price was a big disappointment. I knew Samsung made LED models so I decided to check them out too. I was immediately floored. They looked far better than Sony's more expensive LED model and for $2K less. But, was I really willing to purchase something other than a Sony TV? I would have to be convinced. I did a lot of research on these Samsung sets. I demoed them in several stores and read as many reviews as possible. IMO, the Samsung LED TVs are by far the best technology currently available. Their display must be seen to be believed. Most impressive of all, is the fact that Samsung accomplished this in a set that is only 1.2" thick.

Well, I was finally convinced and decided to purchase the Samsung UN55B8000. I have owned it for almost a month now and I am in awe every time I watch it. This set is beautiful even when it's turned off. But, you won't want to turn it off because the clarity, detail, brightness, contrast and color are absolutely exceptional. For the first time I have owned a TV, I did not have to make any adjustments to the factory settings - it looked perfect right out of the box. In fact, I had purchased a calibration DVD and was surprised to find that I didn't have to make any adjustment to any controls.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A. Bailey on July 26, 2009
Clarity and colors are stunning. It literally makes everything you watch look like it was filmed with a consumer grade camcorder rather than pro grade cameras. This TV makes things look like they are happening in front of you in your very own room. You see every strand of hair, every wrinkle, every mole and blemish on faces. You have to see it to believe it. One way to describe it is that everything looks "different" than what you may have been accustomed to seeing. I recommend that you see this TV in a brick-n-mortar store to see what I mean.

The number of adjustments menus is also above and beyond what any one of us not in the business of making these TVs is ever going to need. For folks that want to tweak, here is your opportunity.

However, this TV is not perfect.

1. Corners show reverse vignetting where on very dark scenes you can see the corner illumination projecting significantly into the screen. It looks like a flash light is projecting from the corner. The corner itself is very dark but a very faint light spreads in a fan pattern from each corner towards the center of the screen. This is only visible in very dark scenes where the primary display color is black. You can not see this normally.

2. The stand does not feel sturdy. If you push on the very top of the bezel, the screen will rock back and forth... I freaked out the first time I did that when I bumped the screen during placement of the TV on my entertainment stand. Looking at the attachment point, Samsung went super cheap; the current attachment technique does not belong on a TV in this price range. You are provided with (literally) a shoe-lace attached to a triangular piece of plastic that attaches to the TV. The other end is supposed to be attached either to the wall or your stand.
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