Some HDTVs now have the smarts to connect to the Internet to stream video and keep users up to date with social-network sites like Facebook. But there are a lot more features in the Samsung UN55ES8000, a 55-inch model in the company’s so-called “flagship line” of LCD TVs.

Consumer Reports’ lab technicians had a chance to go over the Samsung model for our latest Ratings of HDTVs. As you would expect from a top-of-the-line model, it’s packed with features. Not only is the Samsung UN55ES8000 a 3D-capable Smart TV with wireless Net connectivity, but it features a built-in camera and microphone for online Skype video chats. More impressive, it has smart controls, such as simple gestures to adjust volume and facial recognition.

How does the 55-inch LCD TV perform? Senior Electronics Editor Jim Willcox gave the lowdown to Dave Graveline and the listeners of his “Into Tomorrow” radio show. Listen to Consumer Reports’ assessment of the Samsung UN55ES800 on our podcast here.

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Every week, Consumer Reports experts produce a short audio segment that covers a wide variety of issues regarding consumer electronics and technology for “Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline.” The recording featured on the Consumer Reports News Blog was aired on the prior weekend’s “Into Tomorrow” broadcast.

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Now in its 17th year, “Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline” covers the latest in consumer electronics and technology available today and into tomorrow. The show airs on more than 180 AM and FM radio stations around the U.S. and can be heard globally through various sources—including America’s Armed Forces Networks and podcasts of previous “Into Tomorrow” episodes.

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