Originally Posted by PhilipsPhanatic
Anybody own both this and the Samsung 8500 or 5300 or 5000 ? Wonder how they look side-by-side.
Hi I did have pn64f8500 refurbished one at home for one day , returned for huge Burn in issue, very badly. But I can compare , first of all it was not ISF calibrated and even not customized except of warm2 colours usage normal brightness adjustment , sharpness nearly off etc. Overally image was VERY 3D like in 2D movies and in that big amount that it was exciting a lot , thanks to big contrast and very deep black level. I have tested Edge of Tmorrow, Dark Knight Rises, Hobit 2 and Rio 2 movies, now I wish to see more but because of found defect I have stopped. For animated movie like Rio2 I saw 0 difference between 60pb6900 3D version of 6650 and F8500 in other movies blacks helped to better picture, not calibrated set from Samsung was not better in colour reproduction like LG even both we not calibrated. In dark scenes LG lost by big margin. One annoying thing on Samsung was slight buzzing sound, not nice because LG is silent, and when TV was on table and I stood up and filter against reflections which is good thing for sunny rooms had darkened picture VERY MUCH when you look standing from top on screen, there was literally something dark only visible, so filter is suitable from viewing in normal seating position of viewer and installation wallmount must be done in tollerable vertical angle to prevent darkening of the picture because of antiglare filter, this plasma is very bright and with this filter in daytime should be pleasant to use, mine LG is in dimm room with 1 window with little light going inside room only and not directly shining on TV, so I have no claim. I did love finally no antiglare filter is installed on mine LG , I am exercising sometimes when watching TV and on Samsung it was not suitable
. After returning of Samsung I have ordered ISF calibration and put white bias light 6500k temperature all over the backpanel with regulation of light intensity, I have calibrated 2d and 3d as well, and it is now very good picture colours , shadow details, gamma, clear whites , and deeper blacks with bias light
now difference compared to f8500 is in blacks level decreased plus ISF calibration bringed even better colours which were before on similar level as Samsung even little more vibrant before ISF calibration. Anyhow this LG is good plasma TV when you will profesionally calibrating it has big pluses , so far I am really coward to do POT tuning for blacks improvement, maybe I do after warranty expires... but with POT tuning you won`t match f8500 black levels as well so. Samsung f5300 2014 version B model and h5000 samsung 2014 models have similar blacks and night performance like f8500 but don`t have as big brightness and for me plus point don`t have that aggresive antiglare filter causing issue when you are changing vertical viewing angle, cheaper TVs much better value if you can find them. I am not sure about h5000 but f5300 has on 2 point white balance calibration controls, as far as I know these 2 doesn`t have ISF calibration menu, which is minus anyhow. Some users here reported better black level on pb6900 like on f5300 but reviews and more users confirmed f5300 is sure with deeper blacks as well all 3 Samsung models about which you have asked. I have owned 2008 HD 3D 50" Samsung plasma model for 5 years, without any power limiting it was having big brightness which I had appreciated actually nearly stopped to operate after 5 years, picture was really good, anyhow blacks were really awfull - like white grey
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