Pros Sleek design
unique charcoal bezel
3D capable with 2D to 3D conversion
Cons Has motion artifiact "auras" that I previously only associated with 120/240 LCD technology
2D to 3D conversion is inconsistent.
Should come with integrated WiFi receiver.
Summary This TV, while dimmer than its 55" LED counterparts still provides high-end picture, tons of features, and an aggressive price point.WiFi is not integrated. Dongle sold separately.
Samsung pushes the envelope with design and this model is no exception. The unique charcoal finish provides an alternative to the gloss black available in most other sets. The PN58C7000 is also thinner than last years model, but is too large to use Samsung special string mount.
Picture is phenomenal with rich color and smoother motion than the LED,LCD options. However, I have noticed some of the aura type artifact during motion. This puzzled me as I had previously only noticed this on LED/LCD 120/240 Hz. As mentioned before, when compared to LED the picture is decidedly dimmer, with the UN55C8000 actually providing more detail in dark areas of the picture - go figure. All in all a great buy which will satisfy many "big TV" consumers.
2D-3D conversion works pretty well with depth set to 10 on Blu-Ray (I have seen this one on Avatar, Hellboy II, and Transformers 2). Conversion is a bit iffy on various 720/1080i broadcasts however. Often times I can't even make the glasses "turn on" while standing in front of this set. A customer returned this set due to inconsistency of 2D to 3D conversion (although it's possible he just didn't see the 1500 value difference between this and the 60PK750 - once you factor in glasses and 3D Blu-Ray). An install technician verified that glasses would flicker off and on during some programming. Room lighting was determined to be somewhat at fault, as was viewing angle. I suspect the higher resolution broadcast, the better the 2D-3D conversion performance.
I have not assessed the IPTV features.
The jury is out on 2D-3D conversion, however you should get some value out of this feature on 1080p games and Blu-Ray. All in all with the 3D, the sleek look, IPTV, and powerhouse picture quality the PN58C7000 is a blockbuster value piece.
If you don't care about the 3D at all you should probably get 60PK750.
Updated on May 26, 2010
Pros was a good TV until is broke. Purchased 1/23/2011 screen popped, then crackled 04/16/2011 at which time TV dead.
Cons Samsung advised will not replace since they blame ME the customer stating that I must have damaged it. I explained that I did not touch the TV and was just watching it.
Summary DO NOT BUY and make the $2358 purchase error that I made. I am now buying Panasonic TCP60GT30 a more replyiable product. Samsung will not stand behind their product but instead blames the customer.
Pros Works perfect. Sharp pictures, deep blacks, beautiful colors. Very thin. Looks like a painting on the wall. Great viewing from any angle in any light.
Cons Hmmm... Hard to think of any but one is the expense of the 3D glasses. Still don't have any because they are too expensive.
Pros Beautiful colors with deep blacks
One of the best pictures I have ever seen
Great looking TV
Able to adjust ever aspect of the picture
3D impressed me / Not a gimmick
Cons One problem and one problem only......the BUZZZ.
Buzz is only able to be heard in one small spot, but that spot is right dead center in the screen
I found a way around this, but shouldn't have to modify my viewing position
Summary I wanted a great looking TV, scratch that, incredible looking picture in the biggest screen I could afford. This TV fit it perfectly. I spent 6 months researching and nothing for the money compared. The Panasonic was nice, but more expensive and to me the Samsung bezel is so much nicer.
I was first set on LED, but after looking at every store there was locally and visiting several friends houses that just got TVs. I compared the Samsung LED UN55C7000, Sony LED KDL-52NX800, and the VIZIO XVT3D554SV. Once I started comparing them to plasmas, there was no comparison. Burn In and Image Retention was a concern, but after reading forums and talking to friends with newer plasmas, I didn't worry as much.
After breaking in the TV, I adjusted the settings I got from cnet and the picture and colors really popped. I played with setting from avsforums but for me, I found cnet settings were the best to my eye. I plan on a professional calibration after a few months. I have already modified the TV from 7000 model to 8000 model and it opens several more options and I recommend this to anyone.
TV has really impressed me with the way it handles fast action on the screen and I was not expecting much from the 3D but I was blown away when watching Under The Sea 3D. About half way through there is a cod fish scene that blows everyone away when I play it. The depth is unbelieveable and the glasses do not bother me at all. I probably will not watch 2D-3D conversion very often, but it does look pretty good with certain programming.
****On to the BUZZZZZ and what I did to work around it.****
I kept the TV because in every aspect it was exactly what I wanted. The buzz was tough to deal with and I almost returned it. I checked 3 other Samsung plasmas and I could find the exact same buzz in a 63C7000, another 58C7000, and a 58C8000. It is very pin point to where you can hear it. I had my TV perfectly at eye level with the center of the screen and was sitting right in front of it about 12' back and the buzz was unbearable. Was pretty mad actually. I moved about 10" to the left or the right, and the buzz completely disappears. I found that with my eyes level with the Samsung label at the bottom of the TV, I could not hear it either and when I was standing I couldn't hear it.
I raised my TV about 10" and now I can no longer hear the buzz and I do not hear it when standing. If I duck down though and get centered, I can hear it but I will never stand this way and there is no seating that would put anyone in this spot. I hate that I had to do this, but I found it really didn't change my viewing comfort. It has really worked out for me and the friend with the 58C8000 did this also and got the same results. I am not sure how much exchanging the TV would have helped. I can't hear it in the showroom, but every Samsung plasma I have seen in a home, I can find this sweet spot where the buzz comes through. I think a lot of people don't notice it because there TV is mounted on the wall or sitting a littler higher than eye level from the center of the screen.
Mounting or put it on a stand at or higher than 38" seems to be the plan to have with this TV. Maybe others have different experience and I read in forums where some say they don't hear it, but on 4 TVs I can find it.
Picture, TV Stying, 3D, 1080p, and deep blacks, this TV is impossible to beat for the price.
Pros best picture i have seen.
Cons has the infamous BUZZ.
Summary I returned mine for a Panasonic TCP54v25. I hope Samsung gets the Buzz out. Known problem, No clear answer to the problem.