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Samsung UE55C9000 review

Samsung's 55" Series 9 LED LCD 3D TV is the cream of the crop

For

  • Colour-rich 3D
  • Incredible image clarity
  • Freeview HD tuner
  • DNLA networking
  • High-end design

Against

  • Touch Control remote
  • 3D crosstalk artefacts
  • Wallet-numbing price

Samsung's 9 Series screens represent the pinnacle of its TV range. Designed with money-no-object flair, the models – available in 40, 46 and 55-inch sizes – combine the very latest in LED backlighting techniques and picture processing modes with 3D capability.

They are, in every sense of the word, 'statement' products.

These models currently have no equal when it comes to design and build quality. Finished in gleaming aluminium, the Samsung UE55C9000 reviewed here is just 33.9mm deep. At first glance the screen appears to be an optical illusion. In reality, it's an astounding piece of consumer electronics engineering.

The back-panel is sheet metal with no overt air vents. There's a consequence to the slimness, though. The back panel rim is too slim to support AV inputs, so they are relegated to the rear of the stand. This in itself is pretty thin, so the set is supplied with a selection of adaptors, which come with pinch-locks to secure them in place.

Adapters

There's scant space between some of the ports. Once you've added the Scart and LAN adaptors it is very difficult to remove them, as there's barely room to squeeze the locking lugs to allow you to pull them free. Having an adaptor for an Ethernet cable also seems odd, as the rim does appear to be deep enough to support a native connection.

The four HDMI leads can be connected directly. To the side are USB ports to accommodate the supplied Wi-Fi dongle. This can be used to take the set online and/or to connect to the set's touchscreen remote.

It's worth noting that the set ships with a low-profile WMN1000B wall mount. This enables you to hang the screen like a painting (the set weighs 20.4Kg).

Wall mount

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product Family9000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)25.30 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Standby Power Consumption100 mW
RMS Output Power30 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand873.30 mm
Width with Stand1295.60 mm
Depth with Stand306.10 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Height784.4 mm
Width1295.6 mm
Depth8 mm
ColourTitanium
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound
Product Series9000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Sleep Timer, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE55C9000
Product NameUE55C9000 55" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE55C9000SKXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung LCD TVs Elegantly designed with a unique Touch of Color™ bezel, Samsung LCD TVs display brilliant images with amazing detail and provide a host of connectivity options.

Package Contents
  • UE55C9000 LED-LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Manual
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Control
  • Gender Slim Cable
SpeakersYes