Pros Easy setup, dark as night blacks, excellent picture quality, good input selection, quite passable audio.
Cons Text entry methods change. Sometimes it's an on-screen keyboard, other times it's very frustrating telephone-style entry.
Summary This TV is replacing an older unit. It's amazingly nice, really. The depths of the blacks is astoundingly nice, the colors are vibrant, and there are enough knobs to tune the picture to suit even the pickiest TV watcher.
Initial installation took about 15 minutes. Unbox, put on stand, plug in HDMI components and power, turn on. After setting up networking, it downloaded a software update, applied it, and rebooted the TV (who knew we'd be talking about rebooting our televisions?) at which point everything came up and everything "just worked".
Samsung's SmartTV "app store" is gimmicky and I can't see ever using it beyond the one free application worth using: Netflix. The Netflix client UI is very similar if not identical to the one on my Boxee Box. Wireless network setup on the set was painless, and it works great. The iPhone remote control application rarely ever works, but when it does it's somewhat useful - though since the input is via HDMI and not direct cable, changing channels is a bit useless. Makes for a good way to remotely shut it off, I suppose, though once you turn it off via the iPhone app...there's no way to turn it back on!
Most surprisingly is the quality of the built-in speakers. Complimenting integrated speakers probably gets me a spot on most audiophile's hit-list, but seriously - as I wait for the rest of the system to arrive, the sound provided by the television is quite adequate and fills the room. Deep bass and high fidelity they are not, but they're far from what you'd generally expect with built-ins.
I am not seeing any brightness pops, and will definitely keep an eye out for peeling. This particular unit was a recent manufacture, so perhaps the two most common issues discussed here in various reviews have been addressed. For best deal of the Samsung PN59D7000, I suggest you have to check before you decide at: Dealscheck.info/samsung-pn59d7000/
I would absolutely buy this TV again.
"Excellent Picture!"on by R-Brewer
Pros Came with built in Wi-Fi
Picture quality is fantastic
Colors are very vibrant
Cons Quality of the sound emitting from the Samsung is not very good
Summary I had narrowed my choice between the Samsung and LG brands and purchased the Samsung PN59D7000 Plasma primarily based on the other reviews of Samsung. Setup and installation was a breeze. This model came with built in Wi-Fi and it immediately recognized my home wireless network. Setting up the Smart TV features was a snap (Netflix, You tube etc). So far (been about 3 weeks) I have no regrets at all about the Samsung. The picture quality is fantastic. The TV is in the family room which does get a lot of indirect sunlight (which I was led to believe was not good with Plasma) but this turned out to be a non-issue. I have no issues with glare or reflection when the TV is on.Edit Link
Other reviews of this Samsung model talk about a "peeling issue". So far I have not experienced this issue. With school out, the TV is on nearly 8 hrs a day. I had previously read about a buzzing noise emitting from the speakers and it is noticeable in low volumes. The quality of the sound emitting from the Samsung is not very good. I disengaged the TV's speakers and route all audio thru my home theater system and I do not hear the buzz.
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this purchase. Channels available on Hi Def are magnificent. The colors are very vibrant. I am not a techie and and not going into technical details. I know when I see a good picture on the TV screen and what I see everyday is fabulous.
This TV is fantastic. The Smart TV features are awesome. I discarded my 300 CD changer, digitized my entire music CD collection on to a PC and then stream into the Samsung TV and listen on the home theater sound system. No Peeling issue. Watch HD moviews via Vudu and I cant say enought about the picture quality.
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Updated on Oct 26, 2011
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Pros There are no pros once you consider that any of the potential pros will worsen and change as the panel ages. If you want to count a deep black level and excellent color accuracy when the set is brand new as pros, I suppose you could. However, this telev
Cons Black level continues to lighten (worsen) as the panel ages; Color saturation becomes worse and more washed out as black level lightens and panel continues to age. Panel starts to peel on the top corners and edges
Summary This is less than a one star television when you consider the fact that almost every single D8000 and D7000 panel in 59" and 64" will begin peeling from the top corners or the top edge. Avsforum has over a thousand posts from owners of 59" and 64" D7000 and D8000's that have experienced the screen (anti-reflective/real black filter) peeling away after a relatively small amount of use. There are dozens of pictures.
I owned four defective 64" sets within about four and a half months. Three of them experienced the screen peeling problem. The other couldn't even be attached to the stand due to shoddy manufacturing.
Furthermore, the black level of Samsung's D8000 and D7000 panels continues to age as the panel ages. The black level lightens (becomes worse/becomes grayer) much quicker than even previous generation Panasonic plasma panels did. The Panasonic panels of years past did experience some black level loss, but the black level started out much deeper and darker to begin with, and lightened much slower than these D8000 and D7000 Samsung's black levels are. 2010 Panasonic plasma's black levels even stopped lightening after a certain amount of usage. Samsung's 2011 sets might only experience this black level lightening until they reach a certain age as well, but right now it is too soon to tell. We only know that the black level of 2011 Samsung plasmas lightens a lot, and lightens quickly with a very small amount of use.
This lightening of the black level causes the color saturation of these sets to become washed out quickly. I had to completely recalibrate the latest and last 64" D8000 that I had after a little more than a month of use. Colors that looked properly saturated and superbly accurate became quite washed out and less than accurate, due to the ever lightening black level.
Everything I describe, and my experiences with 2011 Samsung plasma televisions warrants a review of one star or less. I'm sorry but I just can't rate them any higher considering everything I have experienced and read about in regards to all of these issues.
Pros Looks great when brightness is consistent
Cons Brightness fluctuations
Summary Problem has gotten worse over time and no matter what settings I adjust or what type of content I watch (Blu ray, DIRECTV, play video games) dark scenes will sometimes brighten up and then return to normal. Some movies like Super 8 are unwatchable on this set.
I have been working with Samsung reps and techs for 3 months now and they are very dismissive over the issue saying it is not the TV but ALL the content I am watching. I don't have these issues with my other TVs or looking at the same content on the comparable Panasonic Plasma.
This is the last Samsung product I will ever buy, shame I had to learn my lesson over an expensive TV.
Pros None since it acts like a strobe light.
Cons Samsung will not fix this with a firmware update as Panasonic did
Summary This TV has constant brightness fluctuations, entire screen, not just blacks. Samsung replaced all my boards and my entire panel, still does it. Panasonic had same problem with this year TV and fixed with a firmware update, Samsung chooses to ignore us and hope we don't notice. Look for the thread in avs forum "DoeS your 2011 Samsung plasma have brightness pops". There are hundreds of people posting that they do and no fix has been made. Don't know hi CNET hasn't noticed. I would post a link but would most likely get deleted, easy find with search. It is annoying as can be, brings you out of what you are
watching and washes out picture.