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1. The "Model" you have.

Samsung PN51F5300B

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Size, price, no "smart" or 3D features, and excellent reviews.


3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Picture quality, of course. Size is perfect, too.


4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Can't think of anything yet. One tiny thing, though... when you mute it,
there's an annoying icon of a speaker with a red line through it, that moves
up and down the left side of the screen. Wish I could turn that off. I don't
need a graphic to tell me I have my TV on mute.


5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

Maybe more HDMI ports, and an extra USB. Don't need them right now,
but that may change in the future. In that case, will just have to get
an adaptor, or something. Certainly not a deal breaker.

Would also be nice if it had a less reflective screen. My living room is
darker than most, but reflections from windows are noticeable.
Not a problem at all at night, though.


6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Keep making them, yes. Add more ports. Get rid of that annoying mute graphic.


7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

When I bought my first LED/LCD flat-screen, 3.5 years ago, I adjusted the white balance ONCE,
reduced sharpness, and left it alone. I practically forgot that I had controls to adjust. The color balance, brightness, etc, looked great, no matter what content I was viewing. With this TV, I adjusted settings for the first four days, and still need to do more, though it's looking pretty great now. Not every show (HD, or otherwise) looks right, though. Some are noticeably less ideal than others, and I don't know why. I never ever noticed this with my old LED/LCD. So, there's more calibrating to do, but there's no question, that when it's dialed in just right for any particular show/DVD, the picture quality is stunning, and vastly superior to what I had before.


8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None. No buzzing, no pink banding, no pixel issues. I think (hope)
that I got a good one. It was manufactured just two months before
I bought it.


9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Are you kidding? For $499? Most definitely.


10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Since it was on sale for $499, I bought the extended Square Trade warranty (five years, total)
for $30 through Costco.
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1. The "Model" you have.

Sammy 60" F5300B


2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

The 51" and 60" F8500 plasma TVs are sold out. This was the next best thing IMO, and the price was sweet.


3. What do you like best about your Plasma.

The 60" size (up from our previous 50" plasma, a Samsung PN50A550), and the colors. Just awesome.


4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

The stand doesn't hold the TV at a perfect 90 degree vertical viewing angle. It leans back - way too far. I had to Jerry Rig a couple of little foam edge protectors under the two back stems of the stand to get it to lean forward a bit so it's directly facing the viewers instead of the ceiling.


5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

3 HDMI inputs. That's it. ...or I need to get a new receiver with multiple HDMI outputs - then I won't care. I'm not into 3D movies nor any of the SMART TV schtuff...


6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Make the attachable stand longer (so it extends further up the back of the TV) and make it more rigid, so the TV sits at a more proper viewing angle when it's placed/set down on an actual TV stand. And don't chince out on HDMI inputs. Give every TV at least three.


7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

The brightness and clarity of the picture quality. It's not even broken in yet, and the IQ is already infinitely better than my 8 year old Samsung plasma. ...in the daylight. I haven't fully calibrated the TV yet, either. ...and of course the size. I didn't think those extra 10" would have made that BIG of a difference in our living room, but yikes! I was wrong. The picture looks HUGE and more submersive than the 50". ...but not in a "horsey-it's-too-big-for-the-room" kinda way. A 64" TV wouldn't fit in our spot, so the 60 is perfect.


8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

I just got it, so nothing so far. Will keep you posted.


9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

At less than $850 for a 60" plasma of this quality, I'd say obscenely so. The prices a stupid awesome, and the picture quality for a non-top-of-the-line set is infinitely better than what we had 5, 6, or 7+ years ago (YMMV). Our old one was $1,800 for a set that was already one generation older than the newer sets. Still a great TV in it's day, and I still preferred it to the LED TVs of today (even the new 4K TVs). Kinda glad our TV started going on the fritz 6 months ago (bad main board), and become intolerably bad last week. It literally forced our hands to getting this new set.



10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

A) In a way I wish we'd have pulled the trigger when Sammy put the 8500 on sale, but considering how much better this inexpensive Samsung Plasma is compared to our old Samsung Plasma, it's kinda relative. So really, it feels like we saved $600. Score! and Score! I'm not going to second think about what could have been with the 8500 series, I'm just going to sit back and enjoy what I have.

B) If you're like a me, and a lot of other people in this particular group on the AVS forum, and you prefer plasma to LED TVs, and you're still running with your older plasma TV (5+ years old)......if you have the money, upgrade as soon as you can. Panasonic and Samsung were the last two great Plasma TV makers, and they're done. Panasonic is all but gone, and once the Samsung are sold out, you'll be stuck with your much older technology or buying a used plasma from someone else.

C) If you're worried about the Pentile IQ of the 60" F5300, it's really a non-issue - our seating is about 10-12 ft from the TV. Even when I schooched closer, probably within 7-8 ft, it was still a non-issue for me. Only when I approached the TV to remove a disc from our Blu-Ray player, did I really see the screen door affect. Then again, my eyes aren't perfect, not bad, but certainly not perfect - I wear glasses when I'm driving and that's it. I don't even wear glasses when I'm watching TV. Thing is, I'm not a pixel peeper when it comes to my photography, so I'm not going to be a pixel peeper when it comes to my TV viewing - though I do appreciate good detail, it doesn't need to by hyper-real. So right now, 4K doesn't interest me at all.

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1. The "Model" you have.

Samsung 2014 PN64H5000

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Price, its a plasma, Samsung 8500 was sold out, get a plasma if you can

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Screen resolution, Don't need 3D or Smart TV, size 64" price $1300, same size Panasonic plasma's are going for close to $5000

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Not enough HDMI inputs only 2

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

More HDMI inputs and LAN

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

None

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

It's like going to the movies, just bring your popcorn, mind blowing size

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

For this model yes

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

If you are looking for a big screen, no frills plasma I don't think you can go wrong with this model. Essentially what this model is is a huge monitor. All you need is a good OTA antenna or Directv or a descent cable company (those are hard to find) and a good DLNA BluRay player with smart apps or an HTPC and you have a great setup.

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1. The "Model" you have.
Samsung PN60F5300B

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
I wanted a plasma and of course, Panasonic (I have a 42"), they don't make anymore. Ruled out the 64" because it's just too big for the space.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Picture and price. It was on sale for $699 and I got another $120 off in discounts. $579 was a great price!

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
It's not as bright and the picture doesn't quite look as good as the Panny, but the size increase probably has a lot to do with that.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
None. I did not want 3D or Smart features, I have those on Blu-Ray, Apple TV and Roku.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Keep making them!

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
It was lighter than my 42" Panny. And no issues, so far!

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
Just needed to do a basic calibration settings.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Yes.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
I fought with this decision going back and forth between 1080 LED, 4K LED or Plasma. And for what I paid, I could buy 3 of these, for what a 60" 4K goes for.

This my first post on the forum. I will be posting more, I want to upgrade my sound system.
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