My review [Part 1 of 2]: Samsung PN58C8000
First I want to post a few things about myself. I want to say I LOVE THIS FORUM, everyone is so helpful and polite. It is so nice to see other home entertainment enthusiasts out there. I work in the law enforcement field, so my sanctuary is definitively my home theater!
I want to mention that - I AM NOT A CALIBRATION EXPERT
. I very much appreciate those who are and I love testing settings. However, I love TV, I love Blu Ray, and I LOVE gaming! It is irrelevant to me when ppl talk about "I get .019 black level, but my gamma is through the roof"., etc. As long as I am in the ballpark of what the contrast, to color to skin tones should be I am happy as a clam. Again, nothing against those who are calibration-centric, you guys posting your setting are great, amazing even.
Next, I want to let everyone know that I originally purchased the PN58C6400 (the 6500 released in limited quantities). I was waiting for my local retailer to get the 8000 in, but couldnt wait, so I bought the 6400 and eventually exchanged it for the 8000. I also decided to go with the 58 inch, as I believe it is perfect for a home theater. Any bigger in this day and age, my personal feelings are, go projector. Secondly on this point, I am coming from owning a Samsung LN52A650 previously. Great LCD, but it was time to change to what I feel is a superior format (Plasma). Oh and here is my setup:
Samsung PN58C8000 television
Denon 3310CI (with upgrade for Audasey DSX) home theater receiver w/ B&W 5.1 speaker setup.
Bell TV 9241 HD PVR (satellite receiver)
Analogue cable TV
Onto the review, and again, these are from a 'amateur' POV...
-The design of the 8000 series is, in a word, sexy. Love the black stainless steel look to the frame. The 1.5" thickness is steller as well. Looks great in my home theater.
-Minimal buzz (hum) on the set. I personally found the 6400 to have a higher buzz. After doing alot of research, I am aware that plasmas of a certain size do have a buzz, and thats just the capacitors and such working to produce the image on screen (at least to my understanding).
-3D conversion looks amazing on 2D images. I put in Star Wars and Spider Man 3, and both looked friggin fantastic when using the sets 2D -> 3D feature.
-Image quality (Blu Ray & Satellite).... in a word, UNBELIEVABLE. I 100% noticed a difference after having the 6400. The first thing I tested with both sets was Avatar and 300. You will see a clear difference in the sets when it comes to image detail. I know I said I didnt have it professionally calibrated, but I did my tweaks, and I firmly believe that the 8000 tops out the 6400 in finer details and blacks as well as whites and overall brightness. I had the 6400 cell light MUCH higher (19 I believe) to match the 12 I have it set on with the 8000. If you are debating spending the money between the 6400/6500 and the 8000.
Just spend the money!!!!! Dont think of it as spending more money on 3D, thing of it as spending more money on the best of the best when it comes to image quality that has the BENEFIT of rendering 3D.
-Gaming! I love my video games. I have tested Uncharted 2, God of War 3, Final Fantasy XIII on PS3 on both TVs and just like above, noticed a difference between the 2 sets. Especially with Uncharted and God of War. Alot of dark scenes that I replayed on both, and I can tell you I wouldnt go back to the 6400 even if the set was free.
Then on the Xbox I tried Alan Wake and Bio Shock 2. Both games dark, and both games damn near blew me away. Loved them both on the new set. Alan Wake especially. The beginning of the game was phenomenal on the 8000. So much DETAILED BLACK!
Wii.... Well what can I say, its a non HD console that im upscalling to 1080p using my Denon. I seriously cant compare. I can tell you both plasmas look better than the LCD (A650). But as far as between the 6400 and 8000, not much to compare im afraid. If you NEED a statement, all I can say is it looks good on plasma.
Thats part 1 of the review, unfortunately, I was only borrowing 3D glasses as I havent purchased my own yet (will be after I leave the PC). I had to return them after I tried a few standard thins in the 2D to 3D. So I will post part 2 of my review with a full review of a 3D movie on the set, as well as gaming with the 2D to 3D feature.
Also I will post my impressions with some of the different calibrations I have tried in the calibration thread for these TVs.
But as of right now, my opinion is. Spend the money and live well with the Samsung Plasma 8000+!!!!!
Feel free to ask me any questions.
I attached a pic of my home theater. Keep in mind im no photographer, was just a quick pic, and I had the flash off so it might be a tad out of focus.