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Samsung PN50C8000 50-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV
Get a true cinematic experience without going to the cinema with a Samsung plasma HDTV. This Samsung PN50C8000, with Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio makes sure every frame is saturated with dense, rich color. Samsung is also ENERGY STAR compliant so you are assured that your 50 -inch plasma HDTV is helping the environment by using less enery while saving you money.
Touch of Color?
1080p Full HD resolution
3D Experience, BD Wise
Crystal Full HD Engine with Cinema Smooth?
Exceeds ENERGY STAR® standard
Crystal Full HD Engine with Cinema Smooth
Exceeds ENERGY STAR standard
Touch of Color
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49 of 53 found the following review helpful:
Awesome TVApr 26, 2010
By N. Wheeler
I love this TV. It has great black levels without losing details. Seriously the blacks get as dark as the bezel in a darkened room. Great color accuracy. Handles motion like a champ even converting 2D to 3D. Menus are very responsive and even the widgets are snappy. Samsung Apps/Netflix works great too. I am really having fun with the 2D to 3D conversion watching sports and playing video games. I watched Avatar the other night, and even though it wasn't released on 3D Blu ray, the built in converter made it look great. I was nervous about Burn In/ Image Retention, but so far watching 2.39:1 movies hasn't caused any issues that don't take care of themselves switching video sources. I need to say that there is a buzz sound, but its pretty quiet. Can't hear it at all with any audible tv volume. My only major beef with this set is the Audio Return Channel and Optical Out only send 2 channel (stereo) audio unless its source is broadcast. So, my PS3 and cable box will only play dolby directly through my receiver - which in my opinion makes ARC pointless. I hope they change that in an upcoming firmware patch. This TV replaced a UN55B8000 because I was unhappy with its blacks losing details,motion blur, flashlight effect, and sluggish menus and widgets. I experience none of these problems with this new set. I couldn't be happier.
35 of 37 found the following review helpful:
Worthwhile TV.Jul 09, 2010
"There is no way to peace. Peace is the way."
I bought this exact model the PN50C8000. One might get the impression that it is silver. I'd call it a dark grey brushed metal look. Which is fine IMO.
One thing that is not often publicized for some reason is the fact that plasma's are not even close to as bright as newer LCD models. This worried me a little.
But when I got it; it took some tweaking but I was able to get exactly the color/brightness I wanted for normal viewing and 3d viewing. All 3d glasses are tinted so it's good to have a very bright setting for when you view 3d.
Electronics review websites always talk about how plasmas can do extreme blacks. I set it to where the blacks are on the darkest setting. Honestly I was surprised that the blacks are not all that dark (note this is my first plasma I'm not comparing it with other plasmas). The 8000 series LED LCD Samsungs seem about the same when it comes to blacks, of course I have not seen both inside my living room environment so I can't make a perfect comparison. I don't actually care; either tv would be dark enough for me. I just thought I'd point this fact out.
The primary reason I bought a plasma over a 8000 series LCD has nothing to do with price or darkness levels, it was for superior 3d viewing. 1.) Less eye strain. I have read on more than one electronics site and electronics magazines that the 600hz viewing of plasmas (and the way the image is drawn on the screen) has been proven to provide less eye strain for 3d viewing. 2.) Viewing angle is always better for plasma over LCD. (This is important for 3d because loss of lighting and clarity is a big deal when you are already limited by the glasses.) 3.) Clearly there is a issue with mixing LCD tech with 3d since if you tilt your head the image splits apart. (This DOES NOT happen with the plasma) and 4. All the reviews I've read say plasma's have tested better for 3d viewing.
My complaints are minimal but I think they justify giving 4 stars instead of 5. One is that the TV decides to turn off 3d mode on it's own if you for example exit a Playstation 3 game or change to another input. I understand their reason for doing this but I prefer to just have manual control of it on my own. Also I couldn't get the red and white audio out ports to work, even when I selected to switch to alternate sound output. I suspect it was just something I was doing wrong but it shouldn't be something that requires much effort. I gave up on that because I also had the choice of optical or using the headphones port for my audio so it wasn't a big deal. Another minor complaint I have is the stand is particularly heavy. Obviously it's good to have a sturdy stand but they could have made it strong and much lighter weight and I don't think it would have made for any greater risk of the TV tipping over or something..
On a side note; when manufactures say that you should sit closer for optimal 3d viewing than normal viewing they mean it. I'm glad I didn't get any smaller than 50 inches.
For optimal 3d immersion I found I like sitting just 5 feet from the screen. For normal viewing I sit at about 8-10 feet from the screen.
55 of 61 found the following review helpful:
Pleased after lots of researchJul 19, 2010
I have been researching 3d plasmas for about 3 months. This has to be the best picture quality I have ever seen. I was debating between 3 3d plasmas. Panasonic v25, samsung pn50c7000 or 8000. Even the 7000 got an excellent rating on cnet. what kept it from getting a perfect rating is featured on the 8000. I consider myself a serious videophile and this one does not disapoint. The main diffrence between to 7000 and 8000 is fine tuing of color. and motion judder canceller. This tv has a 2,000,000 to 1 higher contrast ratio. For the price compared to the panasonic it is far better. More apps, and on par picture quality. I have this TV calibrated providing a incredible picture. these settings are below. Do not hesitate to buy this TV. Here is also a review that should help with choices. [...]
Color Space: Custom --Picture menu
Cell Light: 16
Eco Solution submenu:
Energy Saving: Off
Eco Sensor: Off
No Signal Power Off: Off
Auto Adjustment and Screen submenus: [Grayed out]
Advanced settings submenu
Black tone: Off
Dynamic contrast: Off
Expert Patters: Off
RGB Only Mode: Off
Color space (custom)
Red: R-77, G-0, B-0
Green: R-0, G-24, B-0
Blue: R-0, G-0, B-52
Yellow: R-48, G-47, B-0
Cyan: R-0, G-27, B-50
Magenta: R-76, G-0, B-50
White Balance: [see below]
10p White Balance: On
Flesh tone: 0
Edge enhancement: Off
White balance submenu
10p White Balance: On
Interval 1: Red 2, Green 0, Blue -2
Interval 2: Red 5, Green 6, Blue 8
Interval 3: Red 2, Green -1, Blue -2
Interval 4: Red -1, Green 1, Blue 2
Interval 5: Red 3, Green 1, Blue -1
Interval 6: Red 0, Green 0, Blue 1
Interval 7: Red -4, Green -4, Blue -5
Interval 8: Red -1, Green -4, Blue -3
Interval 9: Red -4, Green -4, Blue -5
Interval 10: Red 0, Green -6, Blue -4
Picture options submenu
Color tone: Warm2
Size: Screen Fit
Digital Noise Filter: Off
MPEG Noise Filter: Off
HDMI black level: Normal [grayed out]
Film Mode: Cinema Smooth (Use for 24p sources)
Motion Judder Canceller: Grayed out (When you select Cinema Smooth this option is grayed out)
18 of 19 found the following review helpful:
Converted from Panasonic to SamsungAug 15, 2010
We have had a Panasonic 46 inch TH-46PZ850U for the last two years and have enjoyed that set. Good black levels, decent ability to handle non HD sources, and very good color on 1080 sources. It was unfortunately stolen in a burglary 2 weeks ago so we found ourselves back on the market for a TV. We briefly looked at the LCD/LED sets essentially to confirm that motion is still an issue on many of them and that they still have that eye popping, yet somehow hyperreal image quality. We researched the Panasonic and the Samsung plasmas. Consumer Reports gives Samsung the edge (on the models they tested). Crutchfield stopped carrying Panasonic and raves about Samsung's quality improvements. CNET sees strengths and weaknesses in both, fretting about last years 2009 Panasonics' rapidly diminishing black levels and possible "motion issues" with the Samsungs.
With all that in mind, we visited the local retailers to see the 2010 models from each. Both manufacturers top of the line plasma sets are now 3D models. Not a big selling point for us, but we do want the best 2D image quality possible. The Panasonic models are the TCP50VT25 and the TCP50VT20. We evaluated these with a Planet Earth Blu Ray as well as the feeds in the stores. In Samsung, it came down to the Samsung PN50C8000 and the similar PN50C7000. The 8000 offers a different black level adjustment and motion dejudder adjustments.
We were impressed by the Panasonics. A definite improvement over our 2008 model. Better blacks and a very clean image.
But we decided on the Samsung PN508000C. The Black levels on this set are stunning! The anti-reflective screen is far superior to the Panasonic. It makes the blacks so "present" that the 2D images create incredible depth in the image. On the Panasonic's glossier glass screen, it still feels like you are looking through a window. On the Samsung, the window vanishes and the image pulls you in. We had some reflection issues with our previous Panasonic when viewing during the day. None with the Samsung. Off angle viewing, even far closer and wider than anyone would ever choose to sit are amazing on this set. I was a little concerned about possible motion problems (although we saw none in store viewing). There have been NONE.
We have Direct TV, a roof antenna for local HD channels and a Sony Blu Ray player. Since its been home, we have watched The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air and Mongol in Blu Ray. A standard def copy of Fantastic Mr. Fox upconverted by the Sony. We also watched an episode of HBO's the Pacific, US Open Series Tennis and several Baseball games all in HD. Finally we watched Direct TV's poor non HD feed of the national PBS station.
This set combines the bright "pop" of an LED/LCD set with the inky blacks plasma's are rightly famous for. Motion in the sports programming have been silky smooth. Battle scenes in the Pacific and the Hurt Locker were very convincing. The gorgeous scenery of the Asian Steppes in Mongol had a presence and vividness that everyone watching commented on. The Fantastic Mr. Fox looked so good, that if you had told me it was a Blu Ray disc, I would not have questioned it. This set has a ton of picture adjustment options which have allowed me to tweak the settings to match the various sources we watch. Even the PBS feed of Charlie Rose, a notably dark and hard to make pleasing image has been an improvement.
Some posts talk about a buzzing noise on the Samsungs. We have ours hooked into a Monster Cable line conditioner and have heard none.
I really liked our previous Panasonic Plasma. This Samsung plasma is a far superior set in all areas. The image on it has that "wow factor" we all experienced when we first saw an HD set demonstrating in the store. Highly recommended.
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Perfect TV with No BuzzAug 27, 2010
I researched many different HDTV for several months before making my purchase. I switched from LED to Plasma due to many good reviews on the new generation of plasma and the lower price. The choice was down to Panasonic & Samsung and I selected Samsung for their super thin high-tech design look, although a bit worry on many reviews that say there was a buzzing sound. When my Samsung PN50C8000 arrived, I am so pleased with the quality and after several weeks of enjoyment, I can happily confirm there is absolutely no buzzing sound on mine. The speakers are fairly good but you will definitely want a home system for watching movies. My only regret is that I should have ordered the 58" plasma since the quality is so impressive and the picture is amazingly clear with life-like smooth pictures, much better than the LCD & LED that makes the picture look sharp & clear but flat. It looks so much like the picture you would expect in a movie theater!!! Even a boring talk show is now enjoyable to watch, I can see all those wrinkles on the talk show hosts. I also save a lot of money and got the free blu-ray player with the 3D start up package. I can not praise myself enough for buying this TV and everyone who have seen it agreed. Don't waste your money on LCD & LED and invest into a new 3D home system & a wireless lan adapter to enjoy this TV to its max, you need to get the newer 1.4v hdmi cables in order to enjoy the 3D feature. My nest TV will definitely be a Samsung Plasma again.Oh, and yes the 600Hz is better for 3D. When this TV set is off, it looks very elegant in the living room. I added LED light at the back of the TV stand and it is absolutely beautiful to look at during movie time at night with all the other lights off.
Update on January 2011: It has been over 6 months now since I purchased this TV and it is still perfect with no buzz!
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