Pros Performance, Price, Looks, Expandability, Functionality
Cons Sound, Remote
Summary This plasma rocks! I have had it for two weeks and every time I turn it on it amazes me. I will start with the looks. The frame is a shiny black that looks wicked on the wall next to my home theater. Friends always comment on how nice the Samsung looks. Even though Samsung does not have the same antiglare feature the Pani has, but the Samsung has Firebright 2 which seems to keep all glare away from the plasma screen. Before I purchased this plasma I was trying to decide between this and the Pani TH-50PZ700U. All I have to say is go to a few stores and compare the pictures. If you are fortunate enough to have friends with either of these plasmas go to their house and check them out. The Samsung had much deeper blacks and a brighter screen which I liked. The Samsung was hands down the winner for me. Also if you compare inputs the Samsung has one more HDMI input which was important to me. The Samsung Anynet feature is really cool. It makes everything so simple. When I turn on my DVD or plasma it already knows what I want to do and changes the input and powers on the other devices. All I have to do is sit down and watch. One other comparison you may want to look at are the tuning functions. The Samsung could be confusing for someone who does not know what all of the adjustments mean but I really liked how many fine tuning functions are on the Samsung compared to the Panasonic. As far a picture quality during a movie goes, WOW! I am using a Samsung HD 1080P up-conversion DVD player until they decide if blu-ray or HD will be the future format. This DVD is pretty good but I am sure there are better. This weekend I watched a few movies and I noticed the details were so good I could see black heads in peoples pours! Gross I know but just describes the amount of intense detail. The color is so vivid in outdoor scenes I feel like I am there in real life. As far as sound goes this is where the Samsung sucks! It is not an issue for me because I have a high end home theater connected to this plasma. I don't know why anyone would buy a nice plasma and not connect a home theater but I just want to let you know in case you plan on not using a home theater. The remote has decent functionality and lights on the channel, volume and inputs but that's it! They could have done better here. I use a Harmony remote so it takes care of this issue. The instructions were great. It covers everything from basic setup with pictures to wall mount instructions. If you plan on using this tv or any HDTV with SD forget it! It sucks! The built in HD tuner display is great though. The only issue I am encountering is picking up FOXHD during the auto scan. This is more than likely because of where I live. I gave this plasma a 10 out of 10 because it meets or exceeds all of my needs. I also paid only $2100 on sale at Circuit City. This price was amazing compared to anywhere else near me. Most places are selling this plasma for $2600+. I did not want to buy online because if I have an issue I want to be able to take this plasma to the store for a new one and not have to ship it somewhere. I am sure I paid a little more but it was worth the piece of mind for me. I highly recommend this plasma. I will update again soon.
Pros PQ, IR protection, vibrant colors, Blu-Ray or PS3
Cons SD is good, but not great.
Summary I have only owned the 5084 for about three weeks, but I don't regret it one bit. The Blu-Ray PQ is outstanding and really shows what this set was designed to do. Just stunning. The HD channels on DirecTV are sharp and the colors vibrant. I do suggest you take the time to calibrate this TV to your preference. It really makes a difference.
I like the "burn-in" protection on this TV and I play alot of PS3 games so this was important to me. I have had no problems with this at all.
I have read about the previous models (5054/64) having problems with judder during scrolling tickers(CNN, ESPN, etc), but I believe Samsung has fixed this problem on the 5084. I have seen no evidence of this. As far as cons, I guess I think the SD channels could be better. Some of the channels are better than others, however, it does look better than on an LCD. Sometimes I'll be watching a show in SD and it looks terrible and then it goes to commercial and they look awesome. It very well could be the feed. Anyway, I think it's a minor issue since this PDP is for HD and Blu-Ray. Don't hesitate on this one...Blows Panasonic out of the water and can keep up with the Pioneer models.
"Excellent!"on by hdembski
Pros Great picture, 3 HDMI, sharp looking
Cons standard channels not the bst
Summary I recently received my Samsung 5084 after reading a ton of on-line reviews, here are my thoughts as a "non-tech" person.
1) The TV is great. Hookup is very easy, picture is superb with great blacks. Great at 1080P and the 15,000 contrast ratio, sharp!
2) don't go crazy reading all kinds of reviews that talk about "false contouring" or "color of whatever was not so great", the average person couldn't tell the difference. I saw this TV at a store with 3 other similar TV's (size wise and price). The Samsung stood out.
3) as a non-tech person i have to laugh at such fuss made over "glare". Get this folks, in the afternoon, your movie isn't going to look as good as it does at night! But as far as daytime watching, it still looks great.
4) I highly recommend a power strip that also features a "line conditioner". I think Paramax and others make them. When i hooked mine up, the picture quality absolutely improved without doubt. So you get superior protection and a better picture. Worth what you'll pay.
5)many people out there will tell you "configurations" you should use. Tv should be burned in for maybe 60 hours before doing anything. Many good stores offer a configuration where someone will come out, run a DVD and configure your TV. Around where i live they charge $30, worth it.
6) you don't need "monster cables". They are good but guess what, you can buy cheaper one's on-line that are just as good. Your paying for a name.
7) You'll want a good blu-ray or high def DVD player. That's where your really going to see why this tv is better than it's 720 counterparts.
8) I've read a comment that "Dynamic setting will fry your set". I've been told that's a crock, BUT guess what? I hate the picture in dynamic. I watched a movie and ball game & switched between dynamic and standard and the standard looked much better to me.
All in all, i love my Samsung despite the arrogant tech people trying to tell me how much better the pioneers are. This is a great set that i was able to get for a little over 2k, a steal in my eyes. Retail stores have them for 3k right now. A great set.
Pros Great Blacks, Great Picture Quality. Really shines with Blu Ray and HD
Cons None so far. Sound quality not a issue for me due to home theater
Summary I've had my 5084 for two weeks now and couldn't be happier. I initially purchased the 50' Panasonic Z700U, but I was not satisfied with the total PQ after being ISF calibrated. I went to Circuit City to purchase a Blu Ray player and looked at the 5084 for about 3hrs and thought wow! It took me about a week of doing side by side comparisons and decided that 5084 had the most accurate and vibrant colors. No knock on the Pani, I just think the Samsung has hit a homerun with the 84 series line. I have not experience any judder, and the setup was a breeze. I view the everything in Movie mode and the color is awsome and surprisingly still very bright and vibrant. I have a friend who has the sammie so I was able to use his setting after he had it professionally calibrated. I will do the same after a month or so. As far the SD viewing, I have Direct tv and im amazed with the picture quality. But HD is where this baby shines. All I can say is wow! Watching sports will never be the same. I recommend that you buy a good surge protector, you will be shocked when you see how much cleans up EMI and allows you to acheive a much clearer picture. I'm in tv nirvanna. Thank you Samsung!
Pros Amazing crisp clear bright picture
Cons If i had to say somthing negative it would be the sound is not what it could be
Summary perfect tv great plasma brightness ,so many great colors amazing for sports or action scenes.just the perfect tv.