"Black level continues to lighten/Panel begins to peel"0.5 starson by vihdeeohphiuhl
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.