There’s watching television, and then there’s experiencing it. Recent advances in television technology, including 4K Ultra HD and Elite LCD sets, have made movie theater-quality sound and picture accessible for the average home theater buff.
Earlier this year, LG released a curved television set utilizing OLED technology – similar to LED screens, but with thinner screens and more color consistency. Samsung announced a similar product, the 55” KN55S9C Curved OLED TV, at the 2013 CES, and began shipping their version of the screen on August 14 – with a price tag that’s 6K less than the LG model.
The launch (and lower price tag) of the Samsung KN55S9C Curved OLED TV is great news for consumers who weren’t ready to shell out $14K for the similar LG version. The Samsung KN55S9C Curved OLED TV has a 1080p resolution OLED panel with self-emitting RGB sub-pixels, covering the display without a filter. According to Samsung, this will provide viewers with the blackest of black and the richest colors on the market.
Besides the amazing color, the Samsung KN55S9C Curved OLED TV has another cool feature that is perfect for families who have very different tastes in entertainment. The set boasts a multi-view capability, allowing two viewers to watch separate programs at the same time. Included 3D glasses separate the images, and ear buds built into the glasses let each viewer hear the program without distracting the other. The Samsung KN55S9C Curved OLED TV comes equipped with apps and a full web browser, and the curved screen and floating frame design look like a piece of artwork rather than a traditional television screen.
The biggest news, however, is the price. The $6000 difference between the Samsung KN55S9C Curved OLED TV and the LG model may be the boost Samsung needs to bring OLED TV technology mainstream. The models are currently available on the Samsung website and will be shipping to specialty retailers in the coming months.
Is the price difference enough for you to take the OLED TV plunge?