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Old 07-16-2014, 09:25 AM
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Pretty sure it was 1200. I'll check when I get home.
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FYI - Just got my 64" F8500 yesterday and noticed that it came with firmware 1200 out of the box. A search of this thread didn't turn up anything, so I'm assuming it's new.
What is the build date on your set and where in the menus do you find the firmware version? I haven't seen that in mine (yet).
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Greetings, all.

This is my first post, so my apologies if this is not the correct place for this question, but I am close to pulling the trigger and purchasing a 64" 8500.

I've been doing research, and have been drowning in the sea of information, both pro and con, regarding this product.

I'd like to ask anyone who has owned one of these units for at least a year or so: would you recommend it? I'm a first-time plasma buyer, if that matters.

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I would recommend it. I have had the set since it was released and have no regrets about it I just love it. I have always owned plasma TV's and all I can say is you will have a hard time finding one that is better because this set is just incredible. After all this time owning this set it still shocks me here and there with the picture it gives really cant go wrong with this one.
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What is the build date on your set and where in the menus do you find the firmware version? I haven't seen that in mine (yet).
Try doing a Software Update - Version # will show up there.
Once this set gets over the initial 500 hours, it appears to go Uphill from there!
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What is the build date on your set and where in the menus do you find the firmware version? I haven't seen that in mine (yet).
My build date is June 2014. Firmware is definitely v1200
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Being it is 1200 firmware then is a BIG change Major update, its a big jump from 1120 to 1200.
Now I am really curious whats the major change implemented on this 1200 firmware version.
BTW had a notification that 0600 am on 22nd july 2014 till 0800 22nd july samsung site is not available due to updates. Wonder if these have to do with each other, its doubtfull but then who knows.
This is very interesting hopefully its a final update that fixes all quirks and bugs in this TV.

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besides break in slides, do you guys recommend upgrading the firmware right out of the box as part of my initial setup?
Yes to firmware update, no to break slides. Unless you are trying to hit a specific number of screen hours by a set date (ie. a scheduled appointment with a pro calibrator), break in slides are just a waste of time and electricity. Just turn the set on a watch it, normal viewing of mixed content is more than sufficient to "break in" a modern plasma.

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My build date is June 2014. Firmware is definitely v1200
I can confirm that v1200 is real, I got it on my 51F8500 that I ordered 2 weeks ago.
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I've noticed flickering in areas of the screen that are white. Is this normal, or can it be fixed via adjustments?
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My build date is June 2014. Firmware is definitely v1200
Interesting... My 64" came with v1120 and was built in May 2014. It tells me there are no updates when I tell it to check.
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Interesting... My 64" came with v1120 and was built in May 2014. It tells me there are no updates when I tell it to check.
Same here when I do the update. Still on 1120.
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I can confirm that v1200 is real, I got it on my 51F8500 that I ordered 2 weeks ago.
Can you tell us what improvements you see if any?


Many will want to hear feedback prior to updating to any new firmware thats out there
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Can you tell us what improvements you see if any?





Many will want to hear feedback prior to updating to any new firmware thats out there

Considering that was the firmware the TV came with not sure they'll be able to give an A/B comparison you would need someone who had an older version and was upgraded to 1200.


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True, I did not notice that.....
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I just took the plunge on the 60"
Delivery is next Friday. (set by me)

I am pretty excited.

How many hours of break-in would you recommend?
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At-least 300 hours.
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At-least 300 hours.
As high as this sounds, I agree. These phosphors change a lot.

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As high as this sounds, I agree. These phosphors change a lot.


This has been the "new" standard since last years shootout, it may seem high, but from the calibrators it seems that 300+ is where they start to see less change and more "stability"...
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When you guys say 300 hours...are you talking running slides for 300 hours straight?

Or normal viewing... because...I mean....I want to use the TV in the first two weeks haha.
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When you guys say 300 hours...are you talking running slides for 300 hours straight?

Or normal viewing... because...I mean....I want to use the TV in the first two weeks haha.

You don't need to run slides for 300 hours. That technique is for professional calibration prep to age the phosphors evenly. If you don't plan on getting professional calibration. Just make sure you watch a variety of content and don't watch static images for extended periods of times.


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Will you can do normal viewing but when you are not watching the set run the slides. Make sure you don't leave any static image(like logo's on the screen for the first 300 hours) No black bars ether. Just be careful for the first 300 hours
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the slide break-in process seems to ignore/overlook that electronic components are always in need of avoiding excessive heat. I do not think that a consumer grade plasma panel that uses tech notorious for heat and the need for cooling components/sw should be ran nonstop for 300 hrs in the middle of summer. I do think it was made for watching tv/movies like most normal people do with their sets.
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To all the owners with firmware version 1200 I ask this:

Are you experiencing 3d blu ray brightness pops?

Samsung F8500 Service menu factory reset and activating cal modes instructions

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/167-pl...l#post24101072
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300 hours for slides was more for panasonic 2013 models. I'm pretty sure a hundred hours would work for samsungs. It's not going to hurt anything either way.
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the slide break-in process seems to ignore/overlook that electronic components are always in need of avoiding excessive heat. I do not think that a consumer grade plasma panel that uses tech notorious for heat and the need for cooling components/sw should be ran nonstop for 300 hrs in the middle of summer. I do think it was made for watching tv/movies like most normal people do with their sets.


It all depends on your environment. If you have a small room, poor ventilation or no cooling then I may agree. If you keep your rooms around low 70's or lower then I don't see an issue with heat. CAV and VE both will break in your TV for you as part of the calibration package. This involves running slides on your TV for an extended period of time. I haven't seen any reports of heat related issues.


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300 hours for slides was more for panasonic 2013 models. I'm pretty sure a hundred hours would work for samsungs. It's not going to hurt anything either way.

It was for all sets (per DNice and the other calibrators).


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FW 1200 correlates to the F model LED tv's. If you go to the Samsung support site, that is the current FW version available for all the F model LED's. So my guess it's a universal FW for both the F model LED and plasma tv's, and probably is more of a significant upgrade for the LED models than for the plasma models. FW1200 has a release date of May 1, 2014. So if it is not available for download via the tv or the Samsung support site, it probably had no changes for the F8500.
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the slide break-in process seems to ignore/overlook that electronic components are always in need of avoiding excessive heat. I do not think that a consumer grade plasma panel that uses tech notorious for heat and the need for cooling components/sw should be ran nonstop for 300 hrs in the middle of summer. I do think it was made for watching tv/movies like most normal people do with their sets.
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It all depends on your environment. If you have a small room, poor ventilation or no cooling then I may agree. If you keep your rooms around low 70's or lower then I don't see an issue with heat. CAV and VE both will break in your TV for you as part of the calibration package. This involves running slides on your TV for an extended period of time. I haven't seen any reports of heat related issues.


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I have an A/C unit about 8 feet to the right of the unit that will be blowing cold air right on to the set so that puppy will be running ice cold in most cases!

I can definitely handle running the slides when I am out or overnight. But I will want to enjoy some blu-rays right off the bat. I will try to avoid movies with black bars at first.
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You can watch movies with black bars just don't do extended marathons remember there are millions of people who didn't do anything and are very happy with their sets coming here you can become a little OCD with prep and potential issues that you never saw before.


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