Samsung UN55C9000 Ultra-Thin 3D HDTV - TV Menus and Features

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TV Menus:

While the TV certainly works out of the box, you can hop into the Picture, Audio and Sources menus to tweak things to your liking.  I really like the Anynet+ and HDMI-CEC features that automatically switch to the appropriate device when it is powered on.  This makes things easier and requires one less step when switching from the X360 to a Blu-Ray movie.  As you can see, there are several DLNA devices connected.

Out of the box, the TV is set to Dynamic Mode and this actually tones down the brightness and offers a very vivid picture.  Samsung hasn't boosted the color and saturation of this device through the roof in order to make it appear eye-catching and if you wanted it brighter and more vivid, there is room for that.  Still, out of the box settings worked just fine.

Picture Mode
Picture Mode
Audio Mode
Audio Mode
Sources
Sources

 

More Than TV:

I can remember a time when a TV was used for watching VHS or Over-The-Air broadcasts - and that was it.  Today, a TV is used for so much more from so many more sources.  As I stated before, Samsung seems desperate to get this TV on the network as they provide Ethernet and wireless dongles for any and every situation.  This is to access features like DLNA media, Yahoo Widgets that include News, Weather, Stocks, Flickr and more.

Yahoo Widget
Yahoo Widget
 Yahoo News
Yahoo News
Flickr Viewer
Flickr Viewer

 

Other options for content display include Internet@TV which is a portal that allows you to easily view content from a myriad of sources including, Youtube, Rovi, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo!, Associated Press, AccuWeather, Daily Motion, Google Maps, Picasa, USA Today as well as a bunch of Samsung Apps.  It is incredible what you can do with this - including Netflix - without an additional device.

Internet@TV
Internet@TV
Media Play
Media Play
More Media Play
All Share

 

The Media Play functionality allows you to play media from your connected device and breaks it down into Video, Music and Photos.  It doesn't appear that the music playback will show cover art and that is kind of a bummer as that is often the quickest way to identify what album or artist you're looking for.  The TV loads up the folders at an acceptable speed.  It's not super-fast, and perhaps they could make some improvements on refresh speed in the future, but it does get the job done.

Media Play Main
Media Play Main
Browse Music
Browse Music
Play Music
Play Music

 

Supported file formats include *.mp3, *.ac3, *.WMA, *.AAC as well as *.AVI, *.MKV, *.ASF, *.WMV, *.MP4, *.3GP, *.VRO as well as DivX and Xvid codecs and a few others.  It had no trouble playing back everything I threw at it - except direct Blu-Ray rips.

On the next page we'll take a closer look some technical stuff before we jump into subjective 3D analysis.