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Samsung PN51D8000 51″ Plasma SmartTV Video Review

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Samsung PN51D8000 51″ Plasma SmartTV Video Review

hi I’m Andrew cash for audio Hollings for the past few years we started asking ourselves what’s important in a TV is the block levels is it how thin it is color accuracy media streaming maybe or apps I mean what is it the people look for in a new flat panel and more importantly what should you be looking for well honestly we can’t answer that question I mean some people want one thing some people want another but some people well some people want at all and I guess that’s what Samsung had in mind with its new D 8000 series plasma TVs it really does seem to have it all the TV is first and foremost the plasma so it’s got two excellent black levels but samsung also figured out a way to make an incredibly thin the TV is an inch and a half at its thickest point but most of the TVs right around just one inch now for a plasma this is incredibly impressive it’s kind of like a supermodel we had first seen this TV at the 2011 CDX Bone Indianapolis but getting our hands on it it’s a real work of art the outer bezel is glass with an inner black brushed aluminum frame and it’s a great look made even more impressive with the touch capacitance controls located in the lower left corner of the glass frame but I think it’s the inside that makes the D 8000 series plasmas so impressive and there are two aspects of this first of which is the picture quality which is well for a lack of a better term flawless the blacks are well black whether the TV is on or off the black level seems to be about the same colors are vibrant to the images crisp with lots of detail now we were impressed with the level to which you can calibrate this TV all the color controls are available that we could ever dream up including custom white balance color space and RGB controls the second thing that’s impressive about the samsung d 8000 is as you might imagine the Smart Hub now we’ve talked about Smart Hub in other videos but it bears repeating that this is Samsung’s way of pulling together all the aspects of it streaming media partners apps and network features all into one easily accessible screen you’ve got Netflix Hulu Plus voodoo YouTube the usual suspects plus dozens of games lifestyle educational and other apps you can also stream videos photos music from any LNA enabled computers it’s even got built-in Wi-Fi so you don’t need to physically connected to your network now if you’re looking for a one-stop shop for everything media well this is going to be it now this is also a 3d television and the way that Samsung does this is actually pretty straight forward thinking instead of just the usual IR or infrared syncing of the glasses to the TV they use Bluetooth technology the D 8000 doesn’t typically come with 3d glasses but you can get them for just 30 bucks or out for a rechargeable pair for around 80 bucks we picked up one of each both pairs correctly dialed into the 3d image without any annoying dropouts or glitches battery life is around 70 hours and Samsung even has a free Explorer 3d channel that gives you access to dozens of free 3d documentaries and other films just make sure that you do have a fast wireless or wired internet connection because it’s a bandwidth hog the da 8000 also has real time 2d to 3d up conversion for two-dimensional movies and shows it’s actually pretty impressive though it’s not something we recommend using on a regular basis now this TV isn’t without its glitches we attempted to login to facebook and apparently entered our wrong password the system kicked us out completely and then we had to go back to the Smart Hub and go all the way back to Facebook rather than just giving it a try turns out it really wanted us to register under the account settings in the Smart Hub bottom line that this TV has a certain PC aspect to it with respect to the apps and the web enabled content the result is that you are acceptable to the occasional crash which will dump you back to the Smart Hub each app also has its own way of working and accepting input for instance some of them like Netflix and YouTube don’t allow you to use Samsung’s QWERTY keyboard remote to enter text when you’re searching you have to use the on-screen hunt-and-peck keyboard other apps like Facebook won’t let you use the Smart Hub button inside the app you’ll have to back out of it and use the return button on the remote because there isn’t a single set of rules that all the developers have to follow this is the inevitable results when piling all these apps under an umbrella like Smart Hub is at least until somebody steps up and creates a more unified platform so is this the TV for you well actually it’s one of the best TVs that we’ve ever reviewed in term a picture quality it’s also reasonably priced and we’ve seen it online for less than $1,500 now with a ton of network features a 3d infinite calibration options it’s the perfect TV for those who want it all you should audition and if you get a chance and we doubt that you’re going to disagree you know every time 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