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Pricing/Availability
MSRPs leaked here (1, 2) and at HDGuru.
Official press release here.

Model Size (") 2011 MSRP 2010 MSRP Availability
PN64D8000 64 $3,799.99 $3,799.99 Apr-11
PN59D8000 59 $2,999.99 $2,999.99 Apr-11
PN51D8000 51 $2,299.99 $2,299.99 Apr-11
PN64D7000 64 $3,399.99 $3,499.99 Apr-11
PN59D7000 59 $2,599.99 $2,699.99 Apr-11
PN51D7000 51 $1,899.99 $1,999.99 Apr-11
PN59D6500 59 $2,199.99 $2,399.99 Mar-11
PN51D6500 51 $1,599.99 $1,499.99 Mar-11
PN64D550 64 $2,699.99 $2,599.99 Mar-11
PN59D550 59 $1,899.99 $1,799.99 Mar-11
PN51D550 51 $1,299.99 $1,199.99 Mar-11
PN51D490 51 $999.99 $1,099.99 Mar-11
PN43D490 43 $799.99 Mar-11
PN51D450 51 $799.99 $799.99 Feb-11
PN43D450 43 $599.99 $599.99 Feb-11

2011 PDP Feature Comparison
D4x0 series (768P panel) → D5x0 series (adds 1080P panel, better video processing) → D6500 series (adds better antiglare treatment, advanced calibration options, WiFi, Smart TV) → D7000 series (adds Real Black Filter, metallic bezel) → D8000 series (adds LCE, web browser, QWERTY remote, Skype compatibility, ARC)

Note: Black level will vary according to panel size. An MLL approaching 0.004 fL has been claimed by Samsung engineers (expected for 60-Hz sources across 6-, 7-, and 8-series lineup for 59/64" panels). Chad B has determined that the 64D8000 has a black level below 0.008 fL. CNET has measured 0.0071 fL on the PN59D8000. The higher MLL with Cinema Smooth engaged is related to an increase in the subfield pulse rate (source).

Series D8000 D7000 D6500 D550 D530 D490 D450
Screen Sizes 51", 59", and 64" 51", 59", and 64" 51" and 59" 51", 59", and 64" 51" and 59" 43" and 51" 43" and 51"
Bezel Design (width) Brushed Metal / light titanium(1") Brushed Metal / dark titanium(1") Brushed Plastic / black (1") ToC ToC High Glossy High Glossy
Cabinet Design (depth) Ultra-Slim (1.5") Ultra-Slim (1.5") Ultra-Slim (1.5") Slim (2.2") Slim (2.2") Slim (2.2") Slim (2.2")
Stand Quad / chrome Titan Square / dark titanium Silver Square Black Square Black Square Black Square Glossy Square
Scan Format Full HD (1920x1080P) Full HD (1920x1080P) Full HD (1920x1080P) Full HD (1920x1080P) Full HD (1920x1080P) HD (1024/1360x768P) HD (1024/1360x768P)
Crystal Full HD engine Y Y Y Y* Y*
Cinema Smooth (4:4 pulldown) Y Y Y Y
Adv. calibration (CMS, 10-pt WB) Y Y Y
3D support Y (1080P) Y (1080P) Y (1080P) Y (1080P) Y
Real Black Filter** Y Y
Local Contrast Enhancer*** Y
Smart TV / Apps Y Y Y
Web Browser (w/ QWERTY remote) Y
Skype compatibility Y
Audio Out**** ARC/TOSLINK TOSLINK TOSLINK TOSLINK TOSLINK TOSLINK TOSLINK
HDMI Inputs 4 (ARC via HDMI2) 4 4 4 2 3 2
USB Ports 2 2 2 2 1 1 1
Built-in WiFi Y Y Y
Allshare Y Y Y Y

*Indicated by spec sheet
**Micro-louvered antiglare filter which rejects off-axis light to enhance perceived contrast (vertical viewing angles of roughly +/- 45 deg).
***LCE is a video-processing algorithm folded into the Dynamic Contrast control that analyzes different zones on the screen for contrast optimization. Defeatable by setting the dynamic contrast function within advanced settings to off (source).
****Audio Return Channel (ARC) requires Samsung's CEC protocol (Anynet+) to be enabled. DD5.1-channel audio available from internal TV tuner/apps via TOSLINK; 2.1-channel for external components when audio is routed back out through TOSLINK.

Note: MJC (motion judder canceller) not carried over from 2010 C-series in North American market.
Note: Beginning April 24, Samsung will provide two pairs of 3D active glasses for its entire 3D TV lineup at no additional cost with the purchase of any Samsung 3D LED TV or 3D Plasma TV.

Reviews

US Models
PC Mag - PN51D8000
CNET - Panasonic TC-PVT30 vs. Samsung PND7000/8000: Which is the best TV of 2011 (so far)?
CNET - PN59D7000
CNET - PN59D8000
TelevisionInfo.com - PN51D6500
TelevisionInfo.com - PN59D8000
Chad B - PN51D8000/PN64D8000

European Models
AVForums - PS64D8000
HDTVTest - PS51D8000 (UK)
FlatpanelsHD - PS51D8000 (Denmark)

D8000 series
  • Full 1080P panel with Real Black Filter
  • Crystal Full HD video processing engine with Cinema Smooth
  • Local Contrast Enhancer
  • Brushed metal Touch of Color design with chrome quad stand
  • Bluetooth QWERTY flip remote (IR is used for standard TV controls). Touchscreen remote sold separately.
  • Smart TV (Samsung Apps, universal search, web browser)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connection
  • Advanced calibration options (2- and 10-pt grayscale, 3D CMS, gamma adjustments available from user menu)
  • Skype(TM) compatibility (requires CY-STC1100 video camera)
  • 1080P 3D / 2D-to-3D upconversion / bluetooth-syncing active glasses
Samsung PN51D8000: 51-inch (spec sheet)
Samsung PN59D8000: 59-inch (spec sheet)
Samsung PN64D8000: 64-inch (spec sheet)

D7000 series
  • Same 1080P panel and antiglare filter (RBF) as D8000
  • Crystal Full HD video processing engine with Cinema Smooth
  • Brushed metal Touch of Color design with Titan square stand
  • Backlit remote (touchscreen and QWERTY remotes sold separately)
  • Smart TV (Samsung Apps, universal search) w/o web browser
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connection
  • Advanced calibration options (2- and 10-pt grayscale, 3D CMS, gamma adjustments available from user menu)
  • 1080P 3D / 2D-to-3D upconversion / bluetooth-syncing active glasses
Samsung PN51D7000: 51-inch (spec sheet)
Samsung PN59D7000: 59-inch (spec sheet)
Samsung PN64D7000: 64-inch (spec sheet)

D6500 series
  • Full 1080P
  • Brushed (plastic) Touch of Color design with silver square stand
  • Crystal Full HD video processing with Cinema Smooth
  • Backlit remote (touchscreen and QWERTY remotes sold separately)
  • Smart TV (Samsung Apps, universal search) w/o web browser
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connection
  • Advanced calibration options (2- and 10-pt grayscale, 3D CMS, gamma adjustments available from user menu)
  • 1080P 3D / 2D-to-3D upconversion / bluetooth-syncing active glasses
Samsung PN51D6500: 51-inch (spec sheet)
Samsung PN59D6500: 59-inch (spec sheet)

D5x0 series
  • Full 1080P
  • Crystal Full HD video processing engine
  • Backlit remote
  • D550 series only: Cinema Smooth
  • D550 series only: 1080P 3D / 2D-to-3D upconversion / bluetooth-syncing active glasses
Samsung PN51D550: 51-inch (spec sheet)
Samsung PN59D550: 59-inch (spec sheet)
Samsung PN64D550: 64-inch (spec sheet)

Samsung PN51D530: 51-inch
Samsung PN59D530: 59-inch
Samsung PN64D530: 64-inch

D4x0 series
  • Panel resolutions: 1024x768p (43") and 1360x768p (51")
  • Expect lower-tier video processing
  • D490 series only: 3D / 2D-to-3D upconversion / bluetooth-syncing active glasses
Samsung PN43D490: 43-inch (spec sheet)
Samsung PN51D490: 51-inch (spec sheet)

Samsung PN43D450: 43-inch (spec sheet)
Samsung PN51D450: 51-inch (spec sheet)

Manuals / Software / Firmware
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/do...PN51D8000FFXZA
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/do...PN51D7000FFXZA
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/do...PN51D6500DFXZA
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/do...PN51D550C1FXZA
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/do...PN51D490A1DXZA
http://www.samsung.com/us/support/do...PN51D450A2DXZA

Accessories
3D Active Glasses spec sheet
SSG-3100GB (battery-operated 3D glasses) manual
Wireless charging hub spec sheet

Model Description MSRP Availability
3D Active Glasses
SSG-3100GR Battery-operated 3D active glasses $129.99* Mar-11
SSG-3300CR Compact Size Rechargeable 3D active glasses (prescription ready) $179.99 Mar-11
SSG-3300GR Rechargeable 3D active glasses $179.99 Mar-11
SSG-3700CR Ultra-light rechargeable 3D active glasses (prescription ready) $219.99 Mar-11
TV Accessories
RMC-QTD1 QWERTY TV Remote $99.99 Apr-11
CY-SWC1000A Wireless 3D glasses charging station $199.99 Mar-11
CY-SWR1100 Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N router with One Foot Connection and priority QoS $149.99 Mar-11
CY-STC1100 SKYPE(TM) video camera $169.99 Mar-11
WIS09AGBNX/XAA Wireless USB LAN Adapter (Linkstick) $79.99 Mar-11
Wall Mounts
CY-ATB10/ZA Sound bar wall mount $29.99 Mar-11
WMN2000A Ultra-slim wall mount (32~40” LED) $199.99 Mar-11
WMN2000B Ultra-slim wall mount (46~60” LED, 51” Plasma) $199.99 Mar-11
WMN2000C Ultra-slim wall mount (65” LED, 59”+ Plasma) $199.99 Mar-11
*Beginning May 1, 2011, Samsung’s 2011 3D active glasses (SSG-3100GB) will be available at retail for under $50.

Photos & Slides
Silhouette range of 3D Glasses
Remotes -- Smart Touchscreen and Smart TV
Bluetooth 3D active glasses
3D - Less Cross-talk (2011 CES)
3D - Less Dither-Noise (2011 CES)
Clear Image Panel (2010 CES)
AR Filter (2010 CES)
CNET: Samsung 2011 TV Photo Gallery

D8000

D7000 (left) / D6500 (right)




capacitive touch controls and insignia on lower bezel


D550 (left) / QWERTY remote (right)


Videos
3D glasses roundup at CES 2011 from Which?
CNET 'First Look': Samsung PND 8000 Series Plasma
Samsung CES 2011: Narrow Bezel
Samsung CES 2011: Plus One Philosophy Comparison
Samsung CES 2011: Virtually Edgeless Smart TVs

Articles / Press Release
Samsung 2011 plasma, LED TVs priced, shipping (CNET)
Samsung’s 2011 TV line-up (FlatpanelsHD)
Samsung PN64D8000: First Impressions Review (TelevisionInfo.com)
Samsung 3D glasses v2.0 hands-on
Samsung will offer access to TV, VOD from Time Warner & Comcast on its Galaxy Tab, TVs
Samsung’s new D8000 & D6500 plasma TVs with 3D (FlatpanelsHD)
Hands on: Samsung D8000 plasma series review (TechRadar)
Samsung improves flagship D8000 plasma (CNET)
Samsung D6500 plasmas add inch, stay slim (CNET)
Samsung Europe: Plasma TV Series (D8000, D6900(6910))
UNIQUE QWERTY TV REMOTE AND WIRELESS CHARGER LEAD SAMSUNG'S LINEUP OF ACCESSORIES IN THE HOME
SAMSUNG UNVEILS BROADEST RANGE OF ULTRA-SLIM, HIGH PERFORMANCE PLASMA TVS
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post #2 of 3464
I am definately getting the 8000 if it indeed does measure 8g Kuro blacks like CNET said.

stable Kuro blacks, very thin tv, thin bezels, and you pay LESS compared to the competition (whos blacks may still be unstable).....


Whats not to love about Samsung's lineup this year?
post #3 of 3464
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Some outstanding questions...

- How does LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer) function -- sounds gimmicky
- Elevated black levels w/ Cinema Smooth engaged -- will probably only know after reviews
- Buzzing in 2011? -- the sets are 0.1" thicker vs 2010, so maybe they added some insulation
- Feature set of PNxxD7000
- Cabinet / bezel dimensions
post #4 of 3464
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Originally Posted by koffas View Post

Some outstanding questions...

- How does LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer) function -- sounds gimmicky
- Elevated black levels w/ Cinema Smooth engaged -- will probably only know after reviews
- Buzzing in 2011? -- the sets are 0.1" thicker vs 2010, so maybe they added some insulation
- Feature set of PNxxD7000
- Cabinet / bezel dimensions

I am glad to hear that they are actually thicker than last year. Makes me think that maybe they actually care about something besides making their tv's as thin as a piece of paper.
post #5 of 3464
Is it just me or does someone other prefer the design of the D6500 over the D8000 ?



LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer) = The Kuros had the same feature. It actually works very well on the Kuro, so Im looking forward to this new feature.

The claimed 0.004 fl black, is that for the 59", 64" version or also for the 51" ?
Will the D6500 have the same blacklevel as the D8000. Does anybody know somthing ?

greets
post #6 of 3464
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Originally Posted by XxHoosierdaddy View Post

Whats not to love about Samsung's lineup this year?

Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz maybe ? Any news on that problem?
post #7 of 3464
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Originally Posted by david437 View Post

Is it just me or does someone other prefer the design of the D6500 over the D8000 ?



LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer) = The Kuros had the same feature. It actually works very well on the Kuro, so Im looking forward to this new feature.

The claimed 0.004 fl black, is that for the 59", 64" version or also for the 51" ?
Will the D6500 have the same blacklevel as the D8000. Does anybody know somthing ?

greets

the 6500 does look better...thin is not always in ! the thin tv's look fake to me
post #8 of 3464
Could this mean that by 2012, Samsung will reach the holy grail of blacks (Kuro 9.5G)? ;-)
post #9 of 3464
That Local Contrast Enhancer could be a double-edged sword. Until we have the facts and test the sets, those words could mean anything... It could even imply something like Panasonic's horrible floating blacks!
post #10 of 3464
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Originally Posted by david437 View Post

Is it just me or does someone other prefer the design of the D6500 over the D8000 ?

LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer) = The Kuros had the same feature. It actually works very well on the Kuro, so Im looking forward to this new feature.

The claimed 0.004 fl black, is that for the 59", 64" version or also for the 51" ?
Will the D6500 have the same blacklevel as the D8000. Does anybody know somthing ?

greets

I definately appreciate the more conservative styling of the D6500 (black bezel and square base). But Samsung must have sold enough C8000 LEDs to go with the clawfoot and silver bezel on the highest range 2011 PDP. The question is what will the D7000 look like.

How did LCE work on the Kuros?

No mention of the motion judder canceler in the press release either. A lot of people are hoping for improvments in the frame interpolation algorithm.
post #11 of 3464
these new samys are nice iam going to keep an eye on these as well.
i wonder if the new d8000 will be like the c 8000 of this year and the 650 like the c7000 of this years model
post #12 of 3464
So, has Samsung released a list of all the models coming out for 2011 yet?
post #13 of 3464
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Originally Posted by koffas View Post

Katzmaier had an interesting comment on the word choice in Panasonic's press release...

Quote:
Originally Posted by CNET

"I notice that the description of the new Pro 2 panel includes the words "subtle, delicate" but not "deeper" or "darker." I interpret that as a possible indication that the VT30 will not match the depth of the Kuro's blacks. But once again I'll have to wait until I see one in person, and directly compare it to the VT25 and the Kuro (not to mention the new Samsung D8000), to get the full story. Even after that, long-term testing will be in order to see how those blacks fare over time--both on Panasonic and on Samsung and LG plasmas. Finally, I find it strange that Panasonic is only offering two screen sizes, and wouldn't be surprised to see others appear later in the year."

http://ces.cnet.com/8301-32254_1-20027518-283.html

Sure sounds like better shadow detail to me.
post #14 of 3464
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Originally Posted by david437 View Post

Is it just me or does someone other prefer the design of the D6500 over the D8000 ?

Yep. Though I do somewhat like the brushed silver of the D8000, I have hated the shiny silver 'claw foot' stand ever since they started using them on the '10 LED LCDs. When I saw the mid-product year release of those low-end 3D plasmas, I knew we would see it on one or more of the '11 plasmas, as well.

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The claimed 0.004 fl black, is that for the 59", 64" version or also for the 51" ?
Will the D6500 have the same blacklevel as the D8000. Does anybody know somthing ?

I wonder this about this info., also; but they almost never reveal this at CES. It might be a while until we know this, just like last year; hopefully not.
post #15 of 3464
Quote:
Originally Posted by david437 View Post

Is it just me or does someone other prefer the design of the D6500 over the D8000 ?



LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer) = The Kuros had the same feature. It actually works very well on the Kuro, so Im looking forward to this new feature.

The claimed 0.004 fl black, is that for the 59", 64" version or also for the 51" ?
Will the D6500 have the same blacklevel as the D8000. Does anybody know somthing ?

greets

I like the 8000 better. Having said that, both look amazong. My panasonic bias has just been killed. My next tv is certainly a Samsung.
post #16 of 3464
I think the silver bezel and crows feet stand are horrible. But everone has their own likes and dislikes. The 6500 looks nicer, although is that a shiny silver item in the bezel edge? Panny did the same in the VT35. Can one of these damn manufacturer's not make a plain thin matte black bezel?
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Originally Posted by koffas View Post

Some outstanding questions...

- How does LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer) function -- sounds gimmicky
- Elevated black levels w/ Cinema Smooth engaged -- will probably only know after reviews
- Buzzing in 2011? -- the sets are 0.1" thicker vs 2010, so maybe they added some insulation
- Feature set of PNxxD7000
- Cabinet / bezel dimensions


were any other specs announced at CES? specifically weight of the 64" D8000 and whether they are sticking with their active glasses approach for 3D or going passive like LG and Vizio? suppose that would impact price a bit...
post #18 of 3464
And the question on everyone's mind, is:

......will they Buzz?
post #19 of 3464
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by PENDRAG0ON View Post

So, has Samsung released a list of all the models coming out for 2011 yet?

Not yet. The first mention of the C550 plasma in the 2010 thread was on Feb 26 (when it became available on Amazon).

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Originally Posted by sitsat View Post

were any other specs announced at CES? specifically weight of the 64" D8000 and whether they are sticking with their active glasses approach for 3D or going passive like LG and Vizio? suppose that would impact price a bit...

Still active shutter with IR-synching glasses. Interestingly, the LEDs are using bluetooth (purportedly to mitigate interference and range issues). I know the current C series 3D glasses have some issues there. The Xpand glasses sync better.
post #20 of 3464
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Originally Posted by Opinionated View Post

And the question on everyone's mind, is:

......will they Buzz?

My first question would be if the sync problem of the glasses has been fix this year.
post #21 of 3464
I was hopeing for at least a 65" model from them. I'm in the market for my new home theater and I love my 58" 7000 series but it's too small for my space. 65" to 70" was my sweet spot.
post #22 of 3464
Thread Starter 
Here's a pic of the PDP wall -- including 5, 6, 7, and 8 series. Looks like the 7000 PDP has the more conservative dark matte bezel. Fwiw, it appears the AR filter is working well in that environment.

Per CNET, the D7000 also has the same panel and AR filter as the D8000. Unclear as to the local contrast enhancer. But definately no touchscreen remote or web browsing, all of which should make it a good value.

post #23 of 3464
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Originally Posted by koffas View Post

Here's a pic of the PDP wall -- including 5, 6, 7, and 8 series. Looks like the 7000 PDP has the more conservative dark matte bezel.

Per CNET, the D7000 also has the same panel and AR filter as the D8000. Unclear as to the local contrast enhancer. But definately no touchscreen remote or web browsing, all of which should make it a good value.


7000 is is then! I love their aesthetics this year! They will also reportedly have 8g Kuro blacks! Can't wait! Not buying another Panasonic after being screwed with my G10. The blacks will probably rise on the 2011 again and screw their owners all over again.
post #24 of 3464
The PN51D8000 sounds really interesting to me. If it's exactly 16:9 then I ought to be able to use the Pythagorean theorem, a 51.00" would be 44.85"x 25.40". Is that what other people get? I currently have a 45" opening in an entertainment center, which I suppose means that a 51" Samsung Plasma could potentially fit. Could someone check my work or point me to any dimensional specs out there? Thanks!
post #25 of 3464
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Originally Posted by Opinionated View Post

And the question on everyone's mind, is:

......will they Buzz?

per cnet:

by nusynot January 6, 2011 7:41 AM PST
D-Katz should have asked the Samsung engineers regarding the new plasmas...

1) Does it buzz?

2) Did you solve the image retention issue?
3) Does it "blink"?
4) Did you solve the 3D active glasses out of sync issue?
5) Did you solve the line bleeding issue?
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by katzmaier January 6, 2011 8:33 AM PST
1. They say it does not.
2, 3. Didn't ask.
4. Didn't ask, but their use of IR/Bluetooth is likely to solve this.
5. Huh?
post #26 of 3464
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by schalliol View Post

The PN51D8000 sounds really interesting to me. If it's exactly 16:9 then I ought to be able to use the Pythagorean theorem, a 51.00" would be 44.85"x 25.40". Is that what other people get? I currently have a 45" opening in an entertainment center, which I suppose means that a 51" Samsung Plasma could potentially fit. Could someone check my work or point me to any dimensional specs out there? Thanks!

You'd have to account for the bezel width and exact panel diagonal. Rather than doing the trig, I'll just cheat... the cabinet dimensions of the 2011 51/59/64" models are the same as the corresponsing 2010 50/58/63" models (with the thickness @ 1.5")

63C8000 / 64D8000
58.8" x 35.8" x 1.5"

58C8000 / 59D8000
54.6" x 33.8" x 1.5"

50C8000 / 51D8000
47.7" x 29.5" x 1.5"
post #27 of 3464
pls post more videos and pictures of the new panasonics. The new AR Filter looks great. Did they improve the ar filter or is it still the same as 2010 sets have ?

greets
post #28 of 3464
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the 7000 series. I wonder how the input lag is for gaming? Samsung LCD sets are pretty bad. Are their Plasmas better?
post #29 of 3464
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Originally Posted by bpmurr View Post

I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the 7000 series. I wonder how the input lag is for gaming? Samsung LCD sets are pretty bad. Are their Plasmas better?

In game mode, they are one of the better HDTVs for gaming.
post #30 of 3464
What are the differences between the 6500,7000, and 8000?

If they all share the same panel (e.g. blacks), then I will get the 6500, because I LOVE its design compared to the others, and don't want any of that extra crap .
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