The samsung LCDHD has made incredible strides to overcome what it was lacking in contrast and reproducing a "true black" background. samsung LCD flat panels have even given a little ground to samsung LED tvs by incorporating LED technology in their higher priced LCD TVs. This caused a bit of a stir in the industry. So to complete the vie for supremacy, Samsung LCD flat panel TVs also come with a lot of extras such as USB ports and direct access to internet content.
But really, what is the trade off? LED is capable of getting that true pitch black needed for improved HDTV viewing-without any light bleed out. That is to say with an LED TV you could have a black background with-say the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man in the foreground. On an HDTV LED set, the Stay Puff guy should be clearly defined. On traditional LCD sets, Mr. Mallow would have a slight halo around him. Is it noticeable? Yeah, to some it is.
The new Samsung LCDHD has taken great pains to reduce the fundamental issues with this and at this point they've come the closest to eliminating light bleed-out-or a nice shade of dark purple where everything should be black. But a pure HDTV LED set can run you around $1,000 or more for more or less the same size tv. We're talking about a difference in the shade of black that Rembrandt probably wouldn't notice right off.
The Samsung LED tvs are slimmer. Samsung has managed to get their thickness down to something like 1.2". Along with being slimmer they also end up being lighter (weight wise) than the Samsung LCDHD models.
Forgetting about black-on-black for a moment, let's look at the other HD issue: motion blur. The big advantage HDTV LED has over true LCD is motion blur. However, even that is being overcome by Samsung. Pixel response time to avoid any degree of blurring needs to be roughly below 16 milliseconds-Samsung has gotten theirs down to four. Other factors not related to your flat panel can contribute, but eliminating one is a giant step forward. Samsung LCD HD has come through on this promise.
You have the facts, but really whether or not a $500-$1000 price increase for LED is justified by your immediate needs is up to you. The differences are not night and day at this point; Samsung has blurred that line when they un-blurred HD motion.
For a review of the complete line of Samsung LCDs check out the Samsung LCDHD page or for a review of the Samsung LED lineup check out the Samsung LED page at the Family Home Theater Guide.
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