Pros The picture quality is stunning right out of the box. Analog cable even looks great! I also have a PS3 connected and Blurays, games, and DVDs look amazing. The TV is super thin. It looks sexy on and off. Black levels and colors are great.
Cons There is a slight buzzing from the TV. I can't hear it with normal volume and the buzzing is normal for a plasma screen.
Summary I was surprised by the picture quality given by regular cable. The colors and black levels are superb! I was deciding between this plasma and the new LEDs. I compared the two in store and came to the conclusion that the picture quality on this plasma was far better than the LED. I even noticed that this plasma was much brighter than a lot of other plasmas available. It was comparable to the LEDs. I was also comparing the 8 series to the 5 series plasma for obvious cost reasons. Ultimately, my girlfriend and I decided that the 8 series was worth the extra price. For those of you considering mounting your new TV on your wall, BUY THIS TV! We seen a demo set up of this TV mounted on a wall and it looked far better than any wall mounted TV I have seen. The TV only sticks out two inches from the wall and looks like expensive art!
I had some time to play with the preloaded content on the TV and thought it was a nice touch. There are some great recipes and relaxing slide shows. The cartoons are cheesy, but fun. I haven't got a chance to connect the TV to the internet, so I can not report on the connectivity features. Anybody know where I could find a cheap WiFi dongle for this tv? I have connected my USB thumb drive. My movies and pictures played back smoothly with great color and detail.
I purchased a PS3 along side this TV and the DVD and bluray picture is the best I've seen. I would highly recommend the PS3 as flexible and feature loaded blueray player.
For all you guys "going green" but still want the plasma, Samsung's plasmas are 40% more energy efficient than last years plasmas.
I really can't complain about anything this TV offers. The price is high, but worth every penny.
Pros Large picture & deeply saturated colors
Cons I would like a brighter white without cranking up everything
Summary There's a lot of features that this unit offers that I've never used... such as the internet connectivity, the internal speakers and the many video sources. I use this with an Onkyo receiver, a 7.1 speaker system and a programmable remote that makes this a very simple to operate home theater system.
This system produces a terrific picture with a high quality source (any good HD/BR). I generates a fair amount of heat... If it was used in a room way too small for its size then that could be an issue. I can't comment on the internal speakers since I don't use them but I am not sure who would by a display like this without using *some* sort of external sound system.
I haven't heard any buzzing whatsoever, nor have I had any performance issues in the year that I've owned it. It can be a little scary dropping this much coin on such a purchase, but I've been very, very happy with it. The only complaint that I could offer would be that, to get a really bright white, you need to crank up the brightness, color, et al. I watch a lot of hockey and like the sheet of ice to look realistic. I tweaked the controls to create a little more intensity than the out-of-the-box settings but I avoid maxing anything out. I have not had the system calibrated, nor have I tried it myself (though I intended to do so, you won't find a calibration DVD at the local hhgregg).
Low maintenance, easy to use, great picture. Nice purchase.
Pros Great colors. Great on any resolution. Works awesome with AnyNet+. Great black and shadow. Blu-rays look awesome.
Cons Buzzing sound. One broke before, but got it replaced, even though it took a month. But it's not the TV fault. The speakers are not that great, and are on the back. Great if you are using a Surround sound.
Summary Love the the colors and the everything about it.
"Hard to beat"on by fussysod
Pros Modern sleek design, plenty of features, wireless for internet connectivity, vibrant colours, very wide viewing angel.
Cons Slight buzz, whites could be better, blacks could be improved
Summary Best all round, you dont get any screen bleading or clouding like you get on LCD/LED's
Pros Good weight so it's easy to move. Good Picture. HDMI is good, no compatibilty issues so far. I like that TV turns on when I turn on my Samsung HD/BluRay player.
Cons Really bad sound. If the line level output was variable then I could just use an amp and speakers to compensate.
The set is very very slow to change channels or imputs. The recessed connectors are a pain. Should be top center with a longer space
Summary I choose this TV because of the review. It is my fault for not evaluatiing the TV for myself.
But the sound is sooo bad i can't believe it was not noted in the review. The remote control is almost as bad as my LiteON PVR's !
My guess is Samsung or a reviewer works for Harmony and I'll have to get one ofharmoney's expensive remote controls to control the TV and the audio separately.