Originally Posted by Phod
I'm highly considering this set as my new TV, upgrading from a 57" Hitachi CRT.. yeah, I know. Anyhow, the one at Best Buy is "PN63C8000YF" I assume that's the same TV? If not, what are the differences?
I skimmed this thread and there doesn't seem to be any significant issues with this TV. Any to speak of?
My main viewing is HD television, bluray movies, and football. I would probably like to play the occasion game on it. How concerned should I be about burn-in... if I'm uber careful a least. ?
The light in the room is not great in the morning but fine in afternoon and evening. The glare on the CRT hasn't bothered me that much.
I've really struggled over the last few months trying to decide on a television. I want a 60-65" TV and have bounced back and forth between this plasma and Samsung LEDs.
Any advice from PN63C8000YF owners would be REALLY helpful. Please help me not lose my mind and make a decision
Yes, I believe it is the same tv. My full model number does state "PN63C8000YF".
I have not had issues with lights, but the sun does not shine on to the tv side of the wall (it shines on the opposite site of tv wall in the afternoon). I am perfectly fine with watching Sunday football games on it. I had a Samsung LCD 52" (LN52A650) previously. I prefer the color on this TV more than the LCD.
I ran the break-in slides for probably around 10 hours total so far. I had the tv for almost 1 week. Watched tons of football on Sunday, but no burn-ins so far. I am somewhat paranoid that I may fall asleep while watching something in Tivo and pausing it.
Your usage pattern is basically identical to mine, tons of HD tv watching, weekend football, and occasionally a blu-ray movie or 2.Issues & Dislikes:
- can crack and be DOA if you buy from internet retailers (I had 2 cracked screens)
- some notices "buzzing" sound. I have a very light buzzing sound from my set, but it is not noticeable at 8ft distance and having the volume on 10 or so.
- the remote button does not depress as easily as the ones from Samsung blu-ray remotes (the tv's remote looks way better, but functionally inferior imo)
- the power usage seems to be higher. I am running at around 300-375 watts using the cnet's setting (movie). I haven't tested my old LN52A650 Samsung LCD tvs yet, but I would imagine this set is running meaningfully higher in terms of wattage consumption. Which could be costly in NY considering my cost/kw is ~$0.3-0.35 all in. So assuming 4 hours of TV/day, it will cost around $150-200/year in electric bill.Positives & Why I like the set:
- it's large
- color is much more accurate and vibrant than the LCD I had
- it's quite thin for a tv (< 1/2 of the thickness of my old CCFL LCD). Obviously it is thicker than the UN series, but it's fairly thin if you compare it to any pre 2010 tvs (plasma or LCD)
- very clean design
- speakers - for a flat screen tv, the sound is much better than my previous LCD Samsung, which had the speaker firing downwards toward the tv stand. I think this one is facing backwards, but I can hear this tv's sound much better
- 3D conversion on 2D materials (it doesn't do a ton of 3D, but is kind of fun to play with)
- price - cheaper than comparatively sized Samsung LEDs
I also looked at the Samsung LED sets. The UNxxC9000s are ridiculously thin and really cool looking, but in terms of color I find it a bit to "white & washed out". The UNXXC8000s seem to be slightly better than the UNxxC9000s in picture quality, but it does not even come close to this set of TV in terms of color reproduction based on my unscientific research of looking at them side by side in BestBuy. FYI, I also looked at the Sharp LC60-E88UN side by side, and the PN63C8000 wins easily hands down (the price of the Sharp LCD was meaningfully cheaper, but I wanted the better PQ).
Hope this helps.