Best plasma 3D picture quality
Samsung again takes the cake here with another flagship TV, the PNE8000 plasma. It's not quite as good as the ES8000 LED when it comes to 3D quality, but it absolutely dominates in 2D.
- Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
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Starting at: $3,075.74
The good: The Samsung PNE8000 series exhibited outstanding overall picture quality, characterized by exceedingly deep black levels, accurate colors, superb video processing, and very good 3D. Unlike LCDs, as a plasma TV it has superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics. Its massive feature set includes a touch-pad remote, IR blaster, two pairs of 3D glasses, motion and voice command, and the industry's most capable Smart TV platform. This Samsung is also one of the best plasma designs around.
The bad: Samsung charges too much for extra features that are largely unnecessary and poorly implemented. Its picture delivers slightly worse shadow detail and bright-room performance than some competitive plasmas, and its maximum light output is somewhat dim.
The bottom line: The expensive Samsung PNE8000 series comes through with stellar picture quality, but its main appeal is to people who crave the latest gadgetry in their plasma TV.
October 31, 2012 10:28 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury, David Katzmaier
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