Samsung’s yet-to-be named new wireless speaker has a distinctive football-like shape. On second thought, it looks like a coffee percolator. Whatever—the important thing is that the design is a big improvement over the company’s first-generation wireless speakers.
The TV that Samsung sent me was its UN46C8000 LED model. Should you, too, decide to live on the edge and view 3D video, two additional things are required: a 3D source and a set of 3D glasses. Sources include 3D Blu-ray Disc players, DirecTV (scheduled to go live in June), certain cable TV providers, and PCs outfitted with special graphics hardware that outputs 3D video.
2D Performance 3D Performance Features Ergonomics Value
PRICE $2,300 (updated 2/2/16)
AT A GLANCE Plus
Excellent picture quality for an LCD HDTV
Innovative remote control
Overly wide Arc Stand base
Samsung’s F8000 Series represents an evolutionary leap in the company’s LCD TV offerings.
My last experience with a Samsung TV (aside from the company’s KN55S9C OLED, reviewed in the November issue) was a memorable one. The company had just endowed its Smart Hub interface with voice control, and, consequently, it was the first TV I ever found myself talking at. Or screaming at, rather, since that feature proved useless in practice. Another reason was its performance: The Samsung was one of the best sets I’d tested in recent memory.
Samsung's Blu/HD combo player: BD-UP500036725607873SamsungBD-UP5000Both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD deliver fantastic picture and sound, and their onscreen menus and interactive features are light-years ahead o
With 2013 being the year of the OLED—sorry, Ultra HDTV—it comes as a surprise to find that Samsung’s 2014 TV lineup lacks a new OLED model (though the 55-inch KN55S9C Sound & Vision recently reviewed carries over into 2014). What did Samsung have to announce at CES? Plenty of Ultra HDTVs in all manner of screen sizes with both curved and non-curved (flat, that is) screens.
Aside from a huge, costly flat-panel TV, the easiest way to put a big video image up on your wall is to buy a front-projector/projection screen combo. And with good high-rez front projectors now selling for as little as $2,000, that option can be particularly budget-friendly.
Television is something we all know and love -- sometimes without good reason. Critics routinely argue that shows like Temptation Island and WWF Smackdown! have pushed us several steps down the evolutionary ladder, but people still watch them. One thing that has evolved is the technology for displaying video images.
Q I’m on a vinyl kick. I recently purchased an Audio-Technica LP120 USB turntable and am converting a few of my old LPs. I have it connected to a Sony AVR and am listening through my Klipsch Reference RB-5II bookshelf speakers. Now I’m thinking about searching for
a vintage amp or receiver. I’ve read good things about the Marantz 1060 integrated amp (circa 1975), which is rated at 30 watts per channel. I also hear good things about some of the old Pioneer gear. I want to crank old classic rock, and I know the RB-5IIs can handle it. Any
suggestions on what I should set my sights on? — Lew Collins/Via e-mail