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CNET Reviews Samsung's $40,000 4K Ultra HD TV

By August 31, 2013

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Dateline: 08/31/2013
Well, it looks like CNET was able to get its hands on Samsung's $40,000 85-inch UN85S9 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TV, and has posted a video unboxing and short review of the cutting-edge set.

Before I give you the link to the video, there are some things that are worth pointing out. First, the set is obviously big and is packed very well - but notice how many people it takes to unbox it and make sure the stand is securely in place (this set cannot be wall mounted).

Also, after the set is unboxed, the "evolution kit" and the the "one connect" jack-pack modules must be attached to the back of the TV. However, what is great about this is that it allows the TV to be both hardware and software upgradeable by either traditional internet download or switching out the plug-in modules.

As far as some of the other features go, such as the Smart Touch Remote Control, Smart Hub interface, Dual Core processor, and network/streaming features are the same as those that are incorporated into Samsung's higher-end 1080p LED/LCD TVs, including the UN46F8000 I reviewed recently.

I had the opportunity to see the UN85S9 (along with its bigger 95 and 110-inch prototype brothers) on display at the 2013 CES this past January, and it definitely looked impressive, both in terms of physical design and image quality with pre-made demo material. However, check out what CNET had to say after they unboxed a unit, turned it on, and checked it out with a variety of content sources.

NOTE: In the video, the native display resolution of the Samsung UN85S9 is stated as 4096x2160 - it is actually 3840x2160. Although both resolutions are considered 4K, 4096 is used in commercial cinema presentation, while 3840 is the standard for consumer-based 4K Ultra HD TV displays, including the Samsung UN85S9.

For more details on the Samsung UN85S9, check out the Official Product Page - Compare Prices.

Also, for details on other available 4K Ultra HD TVs, including pricing and availability, check out my 4K Ultra HD TV List

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September 4, 2013 at 12:28 pm
(1) Claude Gravel says:

Your review of the Samsung 85″ 4K ultra HD TV with about 8 million pixels plus, actually an 3840 by 2160 pixels for a close to an 8.3 megapixel screen definition rendition.

The prospect of a much better definition in any monitor whether it be for a PC or a TV is always at the forefront of a better viewing experience.

I must say that in this case that though the review is very interesting from a development point of view, it does lack the most important feature and this is the viewing experience of such advancement.

I would like to enter a caveat at this point and that is to not show a video of the new TV high definition viewing rendering as most people that have a PC have a maximum definition of about 1920 by 1020 pixels or about 2 megapixels, the video provided has a 4 times higher resolution and no one will be able to really appreciate the improvements in black rendition or any other color or suppression of artifacts as a matter of fact.

Yes one can buy for a PC an Asus PQ 321, a 31inch monitor with 4K resolution at $3,500 unveiled at the CES 2013 to appreciate your video, but this price tag is out of my range and for many other consumers. I m sure that you know as well that such a resolution will require a top graphic or video card

Here are the specs for the Asus PQ 321: http://hothardware.com/Reviews/ASUS-PQ321-Ultra-HD-4K-315inch-Monitor-Review/

Possibly all of the latest Nvidia and AMD GPUs graphic cards do support native 4K output. This needs to be verified and the cost of such a card is likely outrageous as Lionel Ritchie would say.

Bottom line is how does one appreciate the high quality of such new product? Perhaps you could have mentioned where to go, which stores will carry this new 85 TV and when it will likely be on the market, so one can have a first on hand viewing and appreciate the value and the picture quality.

Have a great day!

P.S. my comment is not intended to be negative and rather realistic.

September 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm
(2) hometheater says:

Thank you for reading my blog post on the CNET’s review of the Samsung UN85S9. I wanted to point out further that although I have seen the set, and have included my own observations, the actual review referenced in my article was conducted by CNET, not by me, which is spelled out very specifically.

Regarding product availability, at the end of the article I included both an online availability and price reference (compare prices) as well as a link to the official Samsung product page that includes direct purchasing information, as well as a link to additional dealers that the set can be purchased from (type in your zip code):


Also, for further reference, I also included a link in the post to my own article that discusses 4K resolution, both in TV resolution terms and in camera megapixel terms as well:


Thank you again for your feedback and comments – they are definitely appreciated.

Robert Silva

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