Better than ever!!!
This tv is gorgeous, slimmer bezel, all metal with brushed aluminum makes this tv very unique and elegant, all other brands just look alike and the sony and panasonic gorilla glass is pretty redundant, not that attractive, and looks cheap. Solid construction all around compared to the cheap plastics that shows glue on edges of leds. Narrow profile.
Best HDTV picture quality available
While we can't claim that the F8500 is the new reference TV in picture quality, it looks to be one of the best 1080p televisions ever. Each screen size in this series is fairly expensive, and they should be: There is only quality here. The F8500 has royally surpassed one of the biggest drawbacks of plasma tech-their dimness when compared to LCDs-giving those with the funds to pursue it every reason to do so.
Very dark blacks, Accurate colors that pop
The Samsung PNF8500 series is a top-shelf plasma HDTV line that delivers outstanding color quality, solid 2D and 3D imagery, and very dark blacks. You'll shell out some big bucks for this model though, and you may want to pick up a universal remote while you're at it.
Smart Hub/Smart TV with voice recognition
The PN60F8500 is one of the best values in TV for 2013 and early 2014. It has such a great-deep black level that only OLED TVs and the Panasonic TC-P65ZT60 will be able to compete with it on picture quality. In terms of value, these top end plasma TVs lead the market again in 2013.
Stunning black levels, Great shadow detail
Until we've thoroughly tested the Panasonic VT60, we can't declare any winners in the battle for this year's best TV, but we can say that Samsung's F8500 is going to give the Panny a serious run for its money. Though the F8500 is a little rich on novelty features for our taste (we could do without voice commands and gesture control entirely) it's Smart Hub TV interface is one of the best platforms available.
Superb picture quality, Wide variety of smart TV apps
While Samsung touts the F8500's high-tech features, such as the touch pad remote, the facial and arm/hand gesture recognition and voice recognition, for me these features weren't nearly as compelling as the overall picture quality I experienced. Samsung continues to support the plasma format (at least for now), and the F8500 is a text book example of plasma HDTV done right: black levels to die for, but here they are accompanied by a brighter picture than we normally see on a plasma.
Accurate color reproduction produced spectacular images
The Samsung PN60F8500 is the best Samsung HDTV we've ever reviewed. Its spectacular performance places it in the stratosphere of the finest 2013 HDTVs, and therefore, by extension, one of the best-looking TVs ever. Due to the aforementioned combination of deep inky blacks coupled with its very high brightness level and excellent 5 out of 5AR filter; the Samsung F8500 achieves our top rating. HD Guru awards the Samsung PN60F8500.
Just AMAZING 3D
The glass is very reflective! I would have to have some very good curtains to block out the bright sunlight reflecting from the screen. Other than that this was/is a great buy for the size and features. I am NOT anywhere near a videofile, so pleasing me might be a lot easier, but there were no dead pixels, no video/contrast adjustments needed. I will do a video fine tuning this summer, but I only expect to be tweeking (minor adjustments).
Active 3D is available
The PN51F5500 is the smallest size in the mid tier plasma series from Samsung. Picture quality is strong here but it lacks a bit when compared to the top tier F8500 plasma. This is to be expected, but the feature set is still quite good. The F5500 uses Active 3D to create 3D images, Samsung's new Smart Hub is offered with all the apps and online content you would ever need.
Built In Web Browser and Wifi
This will depend more upon price when you are shopping than what we write here as the prices on this model seem to be fluctuating more than most. There is a $500 instant rebate (for one month) from some retailers (listed below) even though the initial price does not show it. So with that discount the price comes down to around $1790 from $2290 or so and this TV is a great deal. Remember, that is has a very full feature set and probably the best 3D viewing out there.
Spot-on accurate color
We feel that the Samsung PN51E550D1 is a great deal. Compared to the slightly less expensive E530 series, you're getting a lot more for your money. But as a standalone mid-range plasma, it brings a lot to the table.
With decent core performance, a sizable contrast ratio, decent 3D, and Samsung's excellent Smart Hub in tow, the PN51E550D1 is a valuable investment.
Deliciously lush 2D picture
The Panasonic TC-50GT30 plasma not only delivers a deliciously lush 2D picture, its rendering of 3D Blu-rays is one of the best that I have seen. Add to that a strong troupe of Internet content providers and this VIERA GT30 makes a great centerpiece to a home theater system.
Very good performer
With both 2D and 3D content, Panasonic's TC-P50GT30 is a very good performer, and its well-rounded features package hits all of the desirable bases: Web-based video-on-demand, an included WiFi adapter, DLNA streaming, and even Skype video conferencing. This plasma TV is equally well suited to the casual TV viewer and serious movie fan. The issue with subtle brightness fluctuation is disappointing but not a deal-breaker, as it isn't a constantly occurring problem.
Extraordinary 2D high-def.
Killer blacks, peerless colour and the best 3D performance we've seen so far; this 50-inch "neo plasma", complete with multimedia features including BBC iPlayer, DivX playback and Skype video calling, sees Panasonic in confident mood. If Wi-Fi and 3D glasses were included this set would edge top marks.
Superb build quality
We thought last year's Panasonic GT20 plasma TVs were good, but the P50GT30 knocks the spots of its predecessors. It ramps up the online functionality that's becoming such an essential item of 2011's TV feature counts, sports a drastically improved design, and best of all serves up the best 2D and 3D picture quality we've seen from a mid-range TV.
3D image is clean and immersive.
Overall, I would rate the TX-P42GT30 as an outstanding TV. And should you want to spring for those expensive Active Shutter glasses, the 3D image is clean and immersive, its network functionality is first rate and 2D image quality is deeply satisfying. A score of 90 per cent seemed fitting on performance, but loading ads onto the EPG is Panasonic's ongoing conceit that ignores the user experience and can't be endorsed.
Compared to my 47inch 120Hz LED LG TV. This one has better color accuracy, better blacks, very similar picture quality, but a noticeably dimmer picture. Personally, I like this TV better. I highly recommend it.
Shipping went well. However, the company did not call until they were in my driveway, would have liked a call an hour before to make sure someone was home to receive it.
The LG PZ950 50" 3D plasma HDTV has a strong feature set, attractive design and decent performance, but it does lack slightly in overall picture quality compared to other similar plasmas. It does have great Internet applications and the design of the interface, but the interactive motion-sensitive remote control is this TV's most unique feature.
The Samsung C8000 series delivers outstanding video and audio, plus a ton of well-designed Internet and media player features--for a hefty fee. The Samsung C8000 series delivers outstanding video and audio, plus a ton of well-designed Internet and media player features--for a hefty fee. The Samsung C7000 series delivers generally good picture quality, but oversaturation, moving buildings, and a poor range of side viewing angles are flaws.
familiar piano black finish
The Samsung UA46C8000 sets a new bar in black-level performance for LED-edge-lit TV and offers decent 3D picture quality but suffers from visible crosstalk problems. The Samsung UA46C8000 sets a new bar in black-level performance for LED-edge-lit TV and offers decent 3D picture quality but suffers from visible crosstalk problems.The Samsung UA46C8000 sets a new bar in black-level performance for LED-edge-lit TV and offers decent 3D picture quality but suffers from visible crosstalk problems.
Very good to excellent video processing and upconversion.
Overall, I enjoyed my time with the Samsung PN50C8000. While 3D and black level performance were not the absolute best we've ever seen, they were excellent, exceeding the performance of most if not all LCD and LED TVs. The C8000 series offers an impressive combination of features, performance and elegant styling sure to satisfy even the most demanding videophile.
Excellent picture, good features. Happy owner.
I have owned my PN59D8000 for about two weeks now. So far it's been excellent to good. First the excellent; the picture. This is what it's all about to me. What's the point of getting a new TV if it doesn't produce a great picture. The PN59D8000 makes a great picture. I'm no Cnet David Katzmaier, I haven't seen hundreds of TV's, but I do know what I like when I see it and I think this TV makes a very good, to great picture.
LED vs Plasma
All in all as a hole in a hole. It really depends on what you want out of your TV. I know that is not very helpful but that's really what it boils down to. Until someone makes a 600 hz LED. I will be using Plasma. I love watching sports and occasionally playing video games. So for me, plasma is the only way to go.
An awesome TV for 3D and 2D
A great TV, especially for the price. It did need a bit of calibration before the picture quality was at one I liked, but all TVs should be calibrated anyways. The only other TV I would consider was a Panasonic plasma, which looked as nice if not a little bit nicer, but was more expensive and didn't have the connectivity I wanted. The PN51D7000 set just looked nicer over all too.
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