Summary: Samsung's new A950 series of LCD HDTVs has been designed to be the next step in image fidelity for liquid crystal display technology. These home theatre HD TVs use Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that can selectively illuminate sections of the screen at a time.
Conclusion: The Samsung LN55A950 is an impressive showcase of modern LCD technology, thanks to its LED backlighting and energy efficiency. It also delivers the best picture quality we've seen (so far) among LED-backlit LCDs.
Pros: Excellent energy efficiency. Superb picture contrast. Good color accuracy.
Cons: Limited viewing sweet spot. Some advanced picture controls are ineffective. Reflective screen surface.
Excerpt: Two of the LCD sets in this Face Off, including the Samsung, produce black levels that were unheard of in LCD flat panels until recently. Like the Sony in this group, the Samsung LN55A950 uses clusters of multicolored LEDs as a backlight, together with local dimming of the individual clusters as...
Excerpt: Last year, Samsung launched its first generation of LCD flat-panel sets with LED backlighting, the 81 Series. These sets were exciting in a number of ways. LEDs offer potentially superior color performance compared with conventional fluorescent backlights and also provide lower energy consumption.
Excerpt: The 55-inch LN55A950 is the larger of two screen sizes offered in Samsung's 2008 flagship 9 Series, the other being the 46-inch LN46A950. The 9 Series is the successor to last year's 81 Series, which took bragging rights as the first mass-market LCD TVs to feature LED backlighting.
Excerpt: The ‘crystal design’ cabinet with subtle carbon-fibre honeycomb effect is nice, if not quite as pretty (we reckon) as Samsung’s redresin on other TVs. But the picture quality makes all that irrelevant.