While Sony's 52-inch KDL-52X2500 LCD is nice, it is still currently announced only for Japan. Meanwhile the Samsung LN-S5296D LCD will be available in the US next month. Featuring similar CCFL backlighting, a 6000:1 "dynamic" contrast ratio, 8ms refresh rate, 10-bit video processor, QAM tuner, CableCard slot, ATSC OTA tuner and hidden TruSurround speakers it makes a decent package at it's $5,999 MSRP. It has plenty of connectors as well, with two HDMI inputs, two component, one RGB and a USB port to round things out. Online retailers are currently listing preorders at $4,999 with an expected ship date of September 8th. At 50 inches for a flat panel under 5 grand, we can see these sets becoming very popular this holiday season and throughout next year, good thing Samsung and Sony will be ramping up production.

[Via Technabob]

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Samsung LN-S5296D 52-inch 1080p LCD coming soon