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.
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.
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.
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