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Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV - UN46B8500

Abt Model: UN46B8500 | UPC Code: 036725230378
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1080p (1920 x 1080) Full HD Resolution/ 7,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio/ Local Dimming LED/ Auto Motion Plus 240Hz/ Ultra Slim 1.6" Deep Design/ Touch of Color Design/ Ultra Clear Panel/ Wide Color Enhancer Pro/ Built-In ATSC/Clear QAM Tuner/ 2ms Response Time/ USB 2.0/ Game Mode/ Picture-In-Picture (PIP)/ Single User Interface/ SRS TruSurround HD/ Anynet Plus (HDMI-CEC)/ Content Library (2GB Flash Memory)/ Black Finish
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Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV, Model UN46B8500

Go from brilliant LED images to online content, at the touch of a button, with the UN46B8500. LED technology renders the most advanced HD images on the market, for eye-popping, jaw dropping picture quality on a 46-inch screen. New for 2009, the Medi@2.0™ feature brings online content to your TV, via a host of customizable widgets, video, stocks, photo sharing and more – all at the touch of a remote button. Access the pre-loaded Content Library™ for more digital content, from educational to entertaining. Auto Motion Plus 240Hz™ technology keeps even the fastest onscreen motion smooth and natural. The Touch of Color™ accented bezel and 1.6-inch Ultra Slim Design give you one of the most attractive, thinnest HDTVs available and that’s including the tuner! And with the same passion we have for delivering groundbreaking HD excitement and style, Samsung is dedicated to preserving the environment with LED TVs, through reduced power consumption (up to 40% savings versus 2008 Samsung conventional LCD TVs) and eco-friendly manufacturing techniques.

Features:

  • 1080p (1920 x 1080) Full HD Resolution
  • Widescreen aspect ratio
  • 7,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • Local dimming LED
  • Game Mode
    Enhances dark areas, sharpens the picture, speeds up the image processing response and enhances the sounds of your games. Picture and sound quality optimized for the special needs of gaming systems at the touch of a button
  • Ultra Clear Panel
    Advanced LCD technology lets you enjoy crisp image details, natural skin tones, excellent shadow detail, and vibrant colors
  • Auto Motion Plus™240Hz
    Advanced processing that reduces blur and enhances image detail when viewing fast motion video sequences
  • Ultra slim 1.6" design
  • Touch of Color™ (ToC)
    Samsung’s unique manufacturing process accents the surrounding bezel with a stylish blue tone
  • Medi@2.0
    • Internet@TV - Content Service
    • DLNA Wireless
    • Content Library™ (2GB Flash Memory)
      Exercise, children’s “edutainment”, cooking, image gallery, games
    • USB 2.0 Movie
      For playing MP3 and displaying MPEG files through the USB 2.0 connection on selected Samsung TVs
  • Wide Color Enhancer Pro
    Optimizes a given color’s hue, resulting in more natural rendering of colors
  • 2ms Response Time
    Minimizes blurring of fast motion in sports programs
  • Picture-in-Picture (PIP)
    Enables convenient, simultaneous viewing of TV programs and video or PC content sources
  • Single User Interface
  • SRS TruSurround HD
    Creates an immersive, feature-rich surround sound experience from two speakers, complete with rich bass, high frequency detail and clear dialog
  • Stereo broadcast reception
    Supports multichannel sound (MTS) and second audio program (SAP) with 181-channel capacity
  • Down firing speakers with subwoofer
    10 Watts x 2 audio power
  • Anynet™ Plus (HDMI-CEC)
    Allows peripheral AV devices such as a DVD player to be controlled by a Samsung TV remote control
  • Energy Star® Compliant
    Reduces energy consumption by up to 25% compared with standard TVs
  • V-Chip system
    Allows blocking of rated TV and movie programs determined by a parent to contain objectionable content
  • Trilingual on-screen displays in English, Spanish or French
  • Variable sleep timer
    Can be programmed to turn the TV off at different time intervals

Specifications:

  • HDMI v1.3: 4 side
  • USB: 2 side
  • Component video: 1 bottom
  • PC input: 1 bottom
  • Ethernet: 1 bottom
  • Optical sound output: 1 side

Approximate Dimensions:

  • With Stand
    • Height: 29.8"
    • Width: 44.5"
    • Depth: 10.9"
  • Without Stand
    • Height: 27.1"
    • Width: 44.5"
    • Depth: 1.6"

Approximate Weight:

  • Without Stand: 39.7 lbs
  • With Stand: 50.3 lbs
  • Shipping: 63 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts and Labor
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Television TypeLCD
Screen Size46"
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution1920x1080
Number of Speakers2
Speaker Power Per Channel20W
Number of HDMI Inputs4
USB PortYes
Built-in-TunerYes
Input ConnectorsHDMI, USB, Composite, PC, Ethernet
Output ConnectorsOptical
Wall-MountableYes
Width (inches)44.5"
Height (inches)27.1"
Panel Depth (inches)1.6"
  

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Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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Incredible picture quality; very clunky extras

In terms of video quality, this TV is awesome. I can't imagine how the picture could be much better. There are some picture quality issues with off-angle viewing (as the CNET review...Read complete review

In terms of video quality, this TV is awesome. I can't imagine how the picture could be much better. There are some picture quality issues with off-angle viewing (as the CNET review states), but I think CNET exaggerates the severity -- it's only noticeable to me if I'm far off center. Although CNET suggests setting "judder reduction" off, I like the effect. While setting this to 10 introduces some distortion at times, a setting of 6 smoothes out motion well without noticeable distortion. I haven't yet noticed any blooming effects. Setting energy saving mode to "auto" doesn't seem to hurt picture quality. The remote is RF rather than the standard IR that most home theater equipment uses. While many people may consider this a plus, the downside for me is that I can't use my universal remote with the TV. For years I've only had one remote on my coffee table, now I have to have two. Although I did hear that a 7000 series IR remote will work with this TV. Unfortunately, digital audio output does not pass through multi-channel audio from HDMI inputs. You need to run extra digital audio cables from your DVD player and other components to your AV receiver if you'd like Dolby Digital or DTS sound. One small build quality issue that I encountered: the plastic at the base of my TV extended a bit too far, making it impossible to fit it into the stand. I had to carve away some of the plastic in the slots of the stand just to get it to fit, which made me very uneasy. The TV has a variety of Internet and media features. But ironically, I think that I'd be happier with the TV if it didn't have any of these, as there are lots of quality issues such as: 1. When playing video files through USB, DLNA, or Internet features, most TV controls are disabled, including aspect ratio control. While you can adjust basic picture settings, you can't choose 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios. In playing NTSC video (i.e., any video that came from standard def TV, home movies, or DVD) from USB or DLNA, the aspect ratio is *always wrong*: 16:9 video is always squeezed too thin and 4:3 video is always stretched too fat. To me, it's unwatchable. 2. The TV does not decode DTS audio for video files played through USB or DLNA. While I wouldn't necessarily expect this of a TV, I would have hoped that it would just pass through the audio stream to the digital audio output for an AV receiver to decode. It does pass through Dolby Digital from video files (but not from HDMI) to the digital audio output, but it does not pass DTS. Many HD video files on the Internet have DTS, and I can't play any of these on this TV. 3. There is no fast forward, rewind, or chapter advance when playing video clips or movies. This is true of playing YouTube videos as well. Although there is a "skip" feature where you can jump in increments (e.g., 10 seconds), this is only available for some video files (most don't support this, in my experience). 4. As the CNET review stated, the Yahoo widgets are extremely slow to start. Note that this has nothing to do with your Internet speed, since I have a 25 Mbit Internet service with wired Ethernet to the TV and it's still painfully slow. I have an HD TiVo with a lot of the same features as the Yahoo widgets, and that is far more enjoyable to use. But the one area where the Yahoo widgets outperformed TiVo was YouTube -- the Yahoo YouTube widget can play HD video clips as HD but TiVo plays them as SD. 5. For some reason, the DLNA file management user interface is a bit different from the USB file management UI. You can work with hierarchical folders with the USB capability, but not DLNA. All video files from your PC are presented as a flat (large) horizontal list, and it's awkward to navigate if you have more than a few files. Both the USB and DLNA UIs are kind of clunky, but DLNA is worse than the USB. I assume that these problems exist with all Samsung TVs with the Media 2.0 feature. Perhaps these problems will be fixed in a future software update (I have the 11/09 version). If so, I'll post another review. But I would have preferred a (cheaper) TV that didn't have any of these features to a (more expensive) TV that provided these features poorly. I'll probably end up getting an MVIX or similar device for these features, rather than using the features built into the TV.

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awesome picture quality but reliability a concern

we have had this TV for more than 2 weeks now. soon after we hooked up the TV, we noticed 2 medium sized shadow patches on the screen. So, we called samsung support...Read complete review

we have had this TV for more than 2 weeks now. soon after we hooked up the TV, we noticed 2 medium sized shadow patches on the screen. So, we called samsung support and they arranged for an in-home visit by a local service company. I was very impressed by how quickly my call was answered (I believe by an american representative); virtually no wait time. The local service technician came over within 2 days and ordered some parts that needed to be replaced. The part replacement was scheduled within the next 5 days. Actually the whole panel needed to be repplaced. After panel replacement, the TV just works great! This is our first HDTV, and we are extremely pleased with the vivid picture quality. The blacks are just superb and colors are very accurate. There are a myriad of picture settings to choose from. So, feel free to play around to suit your eyes. Definitely hook this TV up with a home theater sound system to truly enjoy it. Other than the picture quality, the TV is extremely thin and looks sleek when put on the wall (of course with a slim wall mount). The only feature I wish for is built-in wireless connectivity. I would have given the TV 5 stars, but for the panel that needed to be replaced. I do feel that manufacturing defects can occur randomly, and I was unfortunate enough to be a recipient of one. I do give credit to Samsung to seamlessly arrange for the repairs.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

awesome picture quality but reliability a concern

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from San Jose, CA

Comments about Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV:

we have had this TV for more than 2 weeks now. soon after we hooked up the TV, we noticed 2 medium sized shadow patches on the screen. So, we called samsung support and they arranged for an in-home visit by a local service company. I was very impressed by how quickly my call was answered (I believe by an american representative); virtually no wait time. The local service technician came over within 2 days and ordered some parts that needed to be replaced. The part replacement was scheduled within the next 5 days. Actually the whole panel needed to be repplaced. After panel replacement, the TV just works great! This is our first HDTV, and we are extremely pleased with the vivid picture quality. The blacks are just superb and colors are very accurate. There are a myriad of picture settings to choose from. So, feel free to play around to suit your eyes. Definitely hook this TV up with a home theater sound system to truly enjoy it. Other than the picture quality, the TV is extremely thin and looks sleek when put on the wall (of course with a slim wall mount). The only feature I wish for is built-in wireless connectivity. I would have given the TV 5 stars, but for the panel that needed to be replaced. I do feel that manufacturing defects can occur randomly, and I was unfortunate enough to be a recipient of one. I do give credit to Samsung to seamlessly arrange for the repairs.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Purchase

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Comments about Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV:

I purchased the LED model #UN468500XFXA, what can I say it's a great buy. The picture is great and all the extras included are too.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing picture quality

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from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV:

After waiting for THE BEST HDTV, My husband finally got this Samsung UN46B8500 on Valentine's day as gift. I was so happy and couldn't wait to turn it on. Setting up was easy and when we turned it on with UP Blu Ray movie, we were just like WOW!!!, what an incredible picture. Its a feast for eyes to watch movies. Built in Speakers are OK, but we also got the sound bar, while watching movies we turn it on. You need to see it to Believe it... ENJOY!!!

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE TRUTH

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from Boston,Ma

Comments about Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV:

My son and I put my new UN46B8500 tv together in what seemed a very reasonable amount of time. Samsung has gone to great lenghts to simplify the process in the accompanying guide books, and the outcome is stunning. The beauty alone of this product is enthralling, and when my son and I first turned on the set after easily connecting to local cable, the first words out of my sons mouth was WOW! The first images were of extreme sking, and I am more than an intermediate skier, blacks and double blacks, and I can honestly say this high def event sent TINGLES down my spine, and butterflies in my stomach, the image was overwhelming. As for the sound it is more than adequate, but with this beauty who in their right mind would not want to include a sound bar. My choice the HT-BD 8200 with the built in Blue Ray DVR player. I cannot wait to hook this wireless theater system up with my son, though we still have to figure out where to place the sound bar system, the TV stand is not long enough to place the sound bar on its stand in front of the televison which was my first intent. Not to worry though between my son, and I, and samsung tech support maybe we can come up with a good idea, with this TV it is a pleasant problem. Finally, being a child of the fifties, when tvs were square boxes, and reception was a never ending problem, this UN46B8500 has me back in front of a tv like in the fifties without the reception problems, and with my stomach full of butterflies!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You get what you pay for

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Comments about Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV:

We selected this model explicitly for the 'local dimming' feature, after reading many reviews on various websites. The picture, as everyone indicates, is outstanding. Media play is apparently also a nice feature, however my son says that if Samsung was going to include internal flash memory, 850MG being a mere few dollars' worth, the company should have included a lot more such memory. The small 850 MG will hold only a couple of movies at most. The preloaded game content is useless for us. The swivel features and overall design etc are just what I was looking for, however. There are also many internet features we are never going to use which I would have preferred not to have to pay for, but this 8500 model was the ONLY choice with LED local dimming, so that became the overriding factor in my decision. In exactly one month of ownership, thus far it has not disappointed.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

almost happy

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After researching and reading reviews of TV's for the last six months (both what is out and coming out), my purchasing decision came down to the Panasonic v10 plasma and the 46b8500. I was leaning toward the V10 until I heard of the black level issue. Around the same time a really good deal came up for this TV and I jumped on it. I was going to wait for the new 3D sets, but after researching them I found out that the models I could afford would not have the outstanding picture quality that the 8500 has. I am still trying to get a my settings perfect for the tv for each setting.Video Games, DishHD and Bluray movies all need to be tweaked individually, but so far I am pleased with the picture. My only BIG problem is that along with purchasing this TV I also bought a blu-ray(PS3) and thought I was good to go since I already had a digital receiver(no HDMI but optical). While playing a blu-ray the second night I noticed lip syncing was off. After much research I found out this tv (along with other LCD/LEDs not Plasmas) cause this delay because of the video processing. This delay does NOT occur when using the tv's speakers, but that is not an option. If you have an AV unit that corrects this problem you should be good. I didn't find out about this issue till it was too late. So I am torn between returning this and going with the V-10 or spending even more money to purchase a receiver that can correct this. Vizio I think is the only current company that has an LED with a fix for this in their menu options. I would recommend this TV for the price and quality only if you plan on using the built in speakers(not recommended) or if your receiver and or blu-ray player can correct the lip sync problem that will occur.

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5.0

Again..Samsung proves itself as the best!

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from USA

Comments about Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV:

I just purchased UN46B8500 46" 1080P LED HDTV and all I can say is WOW. The picture clarity and quality are amazing. If you want the best go with SAMSUNG!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

We're stunned...

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Comments about Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV:

We shopped for months before we settled on the Samsung UN46B8500. Everything about it is just right. There's nothing else on the market that even comes close. We live in a remopte area and our television reception is brought to us through a satellite dish. It is our primary link to the outside world and now, with the new LED technology, we're enjoying the ultimate in media entertainment. If you like eye candy, you can't go wrong with Samsung's LED HDTV.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oh.......

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from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV:

This TV is INCREDIBLE! We got a better deal than the MSRP that's posted on this site, but that has not affected my opinion of this TV at all! Picture quality is absolutely amazing. I've got friends that have LCD HDTVs that are simply envious of the picture quality, even the DTV picture is better than our LCD TV. Apply that to the performance and BluRay quality and you've got one fantastic movie, sports, and entertainment experience. Samsung has done it again!

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5.0

Great TV [...]

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from San Diego

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Fast Setup
  • Good Connection Options
  • Good Remote Control
  • Good Resolution
  • Great Picture Quality

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    Comments about Samsung 46" Black LED Flat Panel LCD HDTV:

    Great picture with plasma like contrast. Hard to evaluate local dimming LED so not sure if it worth the extra $500 or so. [...]

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