"Perfect picture, excellent features, great value"4.5 starson by rpd444
Pros: Picture quality is outstanding and the feautres are on the razor's edge, not to mention in includes 3D capabilities. The anti-glare feature functions well in blocking out sharp glare on the screen. For the money, (~$1,800), it's hard to beat.
Cons: Speakers (because of its thickness, about 1 inch, the speakers are not very robust, but they are still perfectly functional for everyday viewing). But for the speakers, the product would be a 5-star.
Summary: I have a unique perspective on this product, as I've literally been able to try both the PN50C7000 and the PN50C8000 for an extended amount of time. (The C7000 I originally ordered came with blown speakers, go figure, and since the speakers were on such a back order with Samsung at the time, they simply gave me a C8000 upgrade for free. Not too shabby, huh?)
I originally purchased the C7000 combo which came with an accompanying Blu-ray player and set of 3D glasses for $1,699 from Crutchfield. They exchanged the C8000 roughly 3 weeks after I discovered the C7000 speaker problem (I use a Sony surround sound system, so I survived...thankfully).
I'm sort of a techno geek and I researched TVs for weeks before selecting the Samsung plasma. Previously, I had heard the mantra that "LCDs are the wave of the future" and that "plasmas still have burn-in problems." Let me tell you first hand, this Plasma (oh by the way, the picture quality on the C7000 and C8000 are virtually identical) has been great. I own an LCD for our bedroom which is also from Samsung, but is an LN40B750. The picture quality on plasma is superior, don't believe the LCD hype.
Though I've read it isn't needed, I went ahead and allowed for a "warm-up" period of 100 hours TV viewing where I kept all the brightness and contrast settings at a minimum setting. After the 100 hours, I turned up the settings to what I thought would be the best (not "torched", but nice and robust for good all-around viewing). Not only is this TV nice and bright (some people also fear that Plasmas aren't as bright as LCDs), but I've had literally no image retention or burn-in problems.
The picture is almost too-high def; sometimes it feels like you are looking through a window at what you are watching, rather than seeing it on TV. Though the 3D content is not very extensive (for now), the actual 3D effect is impressive, and better than what I saw on the Samsung LED; I would chalk that up to the frame rate being so much higher on a plasma (there again...LCD-ophile would say that once you get above 240hz, it doesn't matter. I suppose there's some truth to that).
The black levels are rich (and adjustable), and the color is as accurate as I have ever seen. When watching 3D shows natively (in particular, over Blu-ray) the 3D is great, however, I wouldn?t rely on this TV to convert 2D shows to 3D. For some reason, it just doesn?t seem to do as well. (But I think that is an issue with all non-natively produced 3D pictures.)
The TV is also form friendly, with a svelte profile of a little over an inch and is surprisingly light. If you hadn't told me that it was a plasma TV, I would have thought it was one of those new, low-profile LCD or LED TVs.
Samsung, as you know, has bought into the over-the-internet-viewing options heavily. It comes pre-loaded with Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube, ESPN and a slew of other Samsung apps which allow you to watch TV shows right over the internet. It doesn?t come with a wireless WiFi dongle, unfortunately, but I would argue it is better to use an internet cable anyway. The apps are fast and easy to navigate. I can?t tell you how often I?ve sat there going through various YouTube videos instead of watching normal TV.
The only ?problem? I have with the TV is that the speakers aren?t particularly robust. They aren?t bad either, just average. Of course, they do the job just fine for normal TV viewing, and you wouldn?t even notice it that much if what you watch is cable news and sports center. If you intend to watch big-time action movies, then I would recommend jumping on Craigslist and purchasing a decent surround sound system. You can find them for under $100 that work very well.
As to the ?Buzzing? issue of the TV: I have not had that problem, thankfully. That is not to say that the problem doesn?t exist, as I?m sure it might it some of them, but mine sounds fine. I did notice some buzzing at one point, but that was due to the fact that my DVR?s volume had been turned down and my daughter had turned up the TV?s volume to compensate. When I turned the DVR volume up, the buzzing went away and the sound was full again.
I would recommend this TV for the person who wants the most bang for their buck (which is basically all of us.) If you are going to spend around $1,800-2,000 on an HDTV, you really can?t get more value than this.