updated 05:00 pm EST, Sun January 7, 2007
New Samsung plasmas, DLPs
Continuing their announcements, Samsung is rolling out several new plasma and DLP sets for 2007. The plasma sets will come in 50 (HP-T5084) and 58-inch (HP-T5884, HP-T5894W) sizes and employ the company's FilterBright2 Plus technology, which absorbs external light without impeding the internal source. Samsung also claims 1080p support for all models, as well as a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, built-in ATSC/NTSC tuners, and three HDMI 1.3 inputs. USB 2.0 inputs can be used to display photos. The T5894W will expand on these features with RS-232, a 9-in-2 card reader and 802.11n wireless, enabling certain media sources to connect without cables. The T5084 will cost $4,199 and ship in May; the T5884 and T5894W will ship in September and cost $5,199 and $5,699 respectively.
The new DLP TVs will come in 50- (HL-T5087S), 56- (HL-T5687S) and 61-inch (HL-T6187S) sizes and use a single-chip engine, eliminating the need for a color wheel. The DLPs will also have three HDMI ports and 1080p support, but will distinguish themselves from the plasmas by having a "Game Mode," which should enable better sound and response for console systems. RS-232 and ATSC/QAM tuners will be included on each set. All three DLPs will go on sale in April for $2,399, $2,799, and $3,199.