Samsung PNE6500 series (51 and 60 inches)
We compared the PNE6500 with the more-expensive PNE8000 and, while neither is the equal of any of the previous TVs, they're both still excellent. If we had to choose one based on picture quality alone, it would, surprisingly, be the less-expensive PNE6500. We saw better shadow detail and bright-room performance on that TV and, although the 8000 handled a noisy signal better, it's still a very slim notch less impressive.
- Overall score: 8.9 (4.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
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out of 3 user reviews
Starting at: $1,599.26
The good: The Samsung E6500 plasma TV offers some of the best black levels we've seen at this or any other price. The TV offers excellent value for money, particularly the 51-inch model. Its styling mostly lacks ostentation -- apart from the stand -- and will suit a variety of living spaces. The apps suite is usable and the Smart TV interface is quick and easy to use.
The bad: Despite the deep blacks, the E6500 isn't able to get as bright as other TVs and so contrast suffers ever so slightly. The TV is merciless with noisy sources and presents them as is.
The bottom line: The Samsung E6500 series is an excellent television that offers classy looks, outstanding picture quality, and a great price.
October 31, 2012 9:46 PM PDT
Photo by: CBS Interactive
| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury, David Katzmaier
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