A Closer Look at the UN55C9000
A Closer Look at the UN55C9000
A front-on view of the C9000 shows us a design that looks like any other TV on the market albeit with a brushed stainless steel bezel and base. In high light environments, the stainless bezel really wasn’t all that distracting as long as the sunlight was hitting it at an angle rather than face-on.
Gone is the Cylon BaseStar base from other LCD and LED models. Samsung replaced with a flat slab which doesn’t necessarily look pretty but as we will see below, it is the heart of this HDTV and the reason behind its miniaturization.
Unlike nearly every other HDTV currently on the market, the C9000-series uses the base as a hub for connectors and all of the electronics which drive the panel. This means the base is no larger than past models with monolithic-style designs but it is slightly higher at around an inch. Hidden inside of the base is a motorized slide-out panel which houses some basic touch-sensitive controls.
When the TV is used in wall-mount mode, the base detaches and becomes a separate entity which sits below or behind the C9000 in order to feed it signals.
With all of this set’s electronics packed into its base, Samsung was able to slim down the panel to the point of ridiculousness. At less than ½” thick, this is the thinnest HDTV currently offered and will likely be the subject of many conversations once your guests see it. Unfortunately, in order to provide enough reinforcement for the included wall mount, an area at the panel’s midpoint needed to be beefed up and the result is a long horizontal bar that projects ½” outwards.
This bar can’t be removed even though there are screws holding it in place since Samsung welded the two adaptor plates onto the panel. All in all though, most people won’t see this reinforcement since anyone who buys the C9000 will likely mount it on a wall where its slim profile can be on full display.
The included wall mount kit (which usually goes for around $200 at retail stores) will allow a near-flush mount to literally any surface provided there is ample reinforcement within the wall structure. We didn’t try to install it but from the instructions this thing looks like an engineering marvel but it doesn’t seem to have the ability to angle the TV in any way.
The connectors on this Samsung TV are broken into two separate sections of the base. The leftmost side houses a pair of USB 2.0 ports which can be used for external data hookups or the included WiFi adaptor and a single HDMI input. Meanwhile, the back features an additional three HDMI connectors as well as inputs for various other video sources (see the Specifications page in this review for the full list) and an optical audio output. There are also connectors for a standard antenna and a LAN jack for internet access and file sharing over a network.
If you are someone who changes out their connectors on a regular basis, this setup likely won’t be appealing. However, most of us play a game of “set it and forget it” when it comes to input and output cables so Samsung’s design likely won’t cause an issue.
The WiFi adaptor comes in two different forms; one which mounts at a right angle with the C9000’s base which the other longer one is used for wall mount applications where are larger antenna is required.
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