Hi everyone. Here's my impression of the Samsung UN55ES8000.
My local Best Buy had a display that they were nice enough to let me spend a couple hours with. I'm familar with the Dark Knight movie, so brought that with me.
My viewing of this was done in Best Buy, so take my review for what it's worth.
I didn't try the 3D, hand gestures or any of the voice commands. If I did, I would have said: Hello TV, followed by, tv tv on the wall, who's the fairest of them all
The first thing I did was ask the salesman what setting it was on. He said he's not sure, but thinks it's on dynamic. I told him I like it bright and was wondering if we could bump it up to torch setting. I could tell by his deer in the headlights look he wasn't sure what I was talking about. Just kidding I said and asked him if I could use the remote. I viewed/played with all the settings and liked the movie setting the best. The factory setting for movie was decent. Blacks are inky, colors look acurate, have nice pop and overall the picture looks great. This under store lighting.
I found myself spending some time trying to find the right combination of settings to smooth out the motion blur I kept seeing in the movie. I did find them and was happy with the result.
I then moved on to tweaking the color. I'm sure in a controlled environment and with calibration discs, this TV will reward you with better picture quality than factory settings provide.
As far as blooming, it's not that bad, and that's good. I'm not familar with the previous D8000, so I can't comment if it's an improvement.
I did not notice any flash lighting, uniformity or banding issues. Again, I'm looking at this at Best Buy, so you'll really have to wait to hear about these issues if there are any, from others who are viewing properly.
And now for the shoe drop. Viewing angle.
Moving off center just two feet, one sitting position and you'll see blacks and color fade quickly. The person sitting next to you on the sofa will not see what you're seeing. It's really apparent with dark sceens.
Who cares about viewing angles, it's all about me, right?
That's my X on the sofa and if I move off of it, well the tv will let me know, and that's a bit of a bummer.
I wish my take on this tv would have been, get your wallets out and buy it! Samsung has addressed all the issues and this is finally the one, the only...Kuro killer, Elite killer and OLED killer....Not!
My impression of the tv, in the store, is it has a beautiful frame, the picture extends right out to the edge, making it look like your looking thru a window! I could not see any issues except the off angle viewing is poor, really poor! Picture quality after some tweaking looked good....in the store. So please don't take out you're credit cards just yet. Wait for the reviews from cnet and others.
Let me take a minute here to qualify my viewing experience and what I'm looking for.
My last 3 panels were Pioneer Elites. Currently I have a Pioneer Elite PRO-FHD1 50", and this is my bench mark to meet when I'm shopping for a lager screen. Every year I patiently wait to see what the next generation of plasmas or LED's bring out. LED's are now on par with plasma's and it seems the best of the best for 2011 is the Sharp Elite. I've spent a lot of time with the Sharp Elite pro-70x5fd and the Sony XBR65HX929. Both models have their issues, but the picture quality of both was outstanding. If I was pressed to pick one, I'd choose the Sony. The Elite has a known cyan issue and pulsing. When viewed side by side agains the Sony, the Sony always had better color accuracy and I am all about picture qualilty. If the 2011 Elite gets the color and the pulsing fixed, then I would choose that one. That being said, because I'm under the impression Samsung is suppose to bringing to market this year the UN75ES8000, and I'd really like to have a bigger screen, 65, 70, 75, I really wanted this Samsung to perform well. I was very excited to view the Samsung UN55ES8000 in hopes that if it's picture qualilty was in the same league as the Sharp Elite or Sony, then I'll wait for the UN75ES8000 to come to market. Unfortunately it's viewing angle is the worst I've seen. The pro-70x5fd and XR65HX929 had off viewing issues too, but no where as bad. I could move to either end of the sofa and not notice any fading of blacks or color with those. The Samsung sweet spot viewing position is so limited, I find it a deal breaker. And that's a shame. Sometimes I like to sit on either side of my sofa and rest against the sofa arm or use the end table for popcorn or drink. The Samsung will not let me move from the very center of my sofa and that's not acceptable. How big is that sofa you ask? Two seat cushions, 4'6" seating area. I should be able to sit anywhere on that sofa and I could with the Elite or Sony. I'm not very stoked about a screen that dictates where I have to sit for picture quality. I understand lcd/led have viewing angle problems, but not as narrow as this unit. Whatssupwiththat Samsung. I like the look of LED screens for they have better pop than plasmas, hence why I'm interested in LED's now. If it was all about viewing angles then plasma's are clearly the winner. I'm aware of that. I'm looking at the bigger picture, pun intended. Picture accuracy, motion and viewing angles all come into play.