Yesterday I had the liberty of going to BB Magnolia to get to a chance the see this new D8000 TV. I currently own a 46C8000. I was blessed at this BB because they had a C8000 and a D8000 set up beside each other. They were on each side of the entrance to the Magnolia Studio Area. Hear is my take on the new D8000 and how I think it compares to my C8000. Granted, this is just my personal opinion..
First off, I know the feeds are different, and lighting plays an issue with reviewing tv's in a retail store, but I can see they were gettting pretty much the same feed and was making my opinion on that. Lighting was the same as well. Both tv's had no clouding or flashlighting and made sure I watched both tv's for over an half hour.
From what I saw was a beautiful tv made by Samsung this year. The very tiny bezel was amazing! It gives the picture a new dimension in watching tv. I could not stop watching the tv and how the seemlessly no bezel look made the tv amazing. The only draw back I saw with this was that if I was going to buy this television, it would have to be in the 55" or above as the 46" with the thin bezel makes the tv only about 44 inches wide. The 55" was close to 50" wide. So what I am saying here is that the D8000 makes a 46" tv look like a 42", and the 55" look like a 50". It totally blew my mind. Anyone feel free to correct me on the measurements. So this model here, I would definitely go big or go home. 60" is where this tv will shine in my opinion, but would not turn down the 55" either as it looks like a 50" and a good size, but the bigger than 55" in this D8000 design will be the way to go this year. I could not believe how small the 46" looked without a large bezel compared to my C8000, but I can see the screen size is the same, but the tv is way smaller.
Now my opinion on the micro-dimming plus, versus the precision-dimming. There is a noticeable improvement on how the D8000 handles blacks. It virtually eliminates any chance of clouding and flashlighting that plagued some C8000's. This is where the D8000 will move a little ahead of the C8000 in blackness. But the true test would be in a dark room with the Dark Knight playing, both tv's side by side. But I normally don't watch tv in a pitch black room, so this would be a non-issue for me, but for some it will. As I looked more at the blacks between each tv, both seem to do well in store lighting, from the looks of it, the D8000 will definitely beat the C8000 in this department but not by large margins. And this is just my opinion.
Now over to the viewing angle and PQ of the D8000. I must say that the viewing angle is much improved over the C8000. I was very happy to see that it does not have that dramatic change when you are off-center. This has to do with them mounting the LED's on the side of the tv instead of top to bottom like on the C8000. I still saw a rise in black levels, but not until I got over 50 degrees off-center which was awesome. So this means you and your lady can see the same picture from both sides of the couch! What else has improved was the basic settings of the D8000 versus the C8000. The D8000 settings look more natural out of the box as the C8000 looked a little on the pushed in colors. This is due to the new video processing, which helps that. So it seems to me you are getting a great picture right out of the box, but of course calibration is needed to make sure you are getting the best possible picture. As I watched both tv's, I could not see a major improvement over PQ in scenic pictures as both tv's seem to do well and looked really good in my opinion.
And now for my final opinion on the D8000. This tv will turn heads with the design and wow you at the moment you look and watch it. That thin bezel look is going to sell BIG!! Anyone who buys this tv is in for a treat! As for the C8000 owners, is it worth trading in and getting this tv....in my opinion no, unless you are looking for a thinner bezel and improved blacks. But if whatever size you want in the D8000 tv, I would go up to the next size as the thinner bezel makes the tv smaller, but screen size the same. You will see when you go look at a 46" D8000 and go WTF? I love my C8000, but there is not enough of a PQ change for me to warrant me to sell my C8000 for this D8000 model. Granted the tiny bezel design is great and black levels and viewing angles are improved, but not enough to want me to shell out more money for as I would have to get the 55" or higher in this design as the 46" would look too small. As I stood over a half hour with both tv's side by side in BB, after the wow factor was over and the analyzing begun, I was still happy with my C8000! But if you are in the market for a LED tv, this is by far the one to get!!
I could tell that the Qwerty remote was an issue as the BB employee had a hard time syncing it and getting it to work most of the time. Also, 3D was not tested as I did not compare that, but I am assuming it will be better on the D8000 as the thin bezel and better processing will give a better 3D experience. This is all my opinion and like buttholes, everyone has one!