We also noticed that the TV is angled back a bit on its stand, so it faces slightly upward. This means the preferred position for this TV is at or below eye level to the screen. Because of the curve, there is an implied viewing sweet spot that limits the optimal seating position to the two or three viewers directly in front of the screen. But unlike that of many LCD TVs, the KN55S9C’s picture doesn’t look washed out as you move off angle from the center of the TV, though at wider angles the curve introduces some subtle non-uniform image geometric distortion to the picture, and at more extreme angles the edge of the TV can actually block the image. (A regular flat TV, by comparison, maintains the image geometry over the complete 180 degrees.)
Still, at normal viewing angles, most viewers probably will not find the curve distracting. But there is one other consequence of the curved screen: This TV can’t be wall-mounted.
Like other OLED TVs we’ve seen, this one is incredibly thin—perhaps half an inch thick— though it's not quite as noticeable due to its positioning within the stand. All connections, such as a cable box or Blu-ray player, are made to the TV via a separate media module, which includes four HDMI inputs, a USB port (there are two additional USB ports on the TV), an Ethernet slot, a component-video input, and an antenna input. The module then connects to the TV using a single proprietary cable, reducing visual clutter. The only other cable is the TV's power cord.
As you'd imagine of a TV at this price, the S9C is loaded with features, including Samsung's Smart TV 2.0 Internet platform, with a quad-core processor, built-in Wi-Fi, a full Web browser, access to apps, and streaming movies and TV shows from several online services. The set also has the company's Smart Interaction feature, which allows control using voice and hand gestures, and 3D capability. (The set comes with four sets of unique 3D/Multiview glasses—more on that later—that connect using 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless RF technology.)
One benefit to the TV's stand is that it provides some extra space to house a multiple array of speakers. Though we haven't completed our sound tests on the SC9, based on our early evaluation the TV can produce very good sound quality, at sufficient volumes to fill a medium-sized room.