Originally Posted by Hawkeye101
Originally Posted by Al Sherwood
And you probably won't as it was/is intended to be exclusive to the C590...
Ok ok, no need to be rude about it.
What exactly does the Crystal Full HD Engine do? Is it worth getting a 590 for it?
AFAIK it's some color enhancement or something, not really sure. Could be totally wrong.
Hawkeye, I wasn't trying to be rude, I guess that my delivery could have been clearer.
Samsung doesn't mention CS and Crystal Full HD Engine on the other models because 'they don't want to'
, that is why you won't see it in the advertising for the C540/C550. How else are they going to convince you that the C590 should cost more?
This practice has long been used by the computer industry to sell 'features' on processing complexes and storage subsystems through the advent of license keys. If you want 'more' or 'faster' then you cut them a cheque and they give you the key to enable that feature. IBM has done this for years on the big systems, the hardware was usually there but 'unavailable' until you paid the fee.
From what I can see the Samsung TV's are much like this; pretty much the same or in some cases the identical hardware but with features (CS and Crystal Full HD Engine) disabled by way of the firmware settings. This theory would appear to be supported by the 'model change' process which makes these features available on the C540/C550.
Are the new features really there or is it just a new entry in the menu structure, that is tough to actually quantify, I think I see CS in action, but for the Crystal Full HD Engine, unless you want to open the back of the TV to find the chip-set (or absence there of) that might be tougher to determine.