Pros Picture Quality (for now) and Aesthetic Appeal. The bezel is darker than the online pictures and goes very well with the stand. Very nice looking TV.
Cons Poor Quality Overall. My six-day-old set already needs repair--the HDMI inputs have stopped working. Netflix application doesn't remain activated. The Dolby Digital output is not available.
Summary I bought a PN58C8000 in late October 2010. The screen slowly began to turn pink and was unwatchable by February 2011. Samsung exchanged it for the PN59D8000 in March 2011. Six days after I received the PN59D8000 the HDMI inputs stopped working. A local washing machine repair service company under contract to Samsung has order a replacement Primary Control Board-we'll see... Also, the Netflix application does not stay activated and the Dolby Digital audio output isn't available. There are many other features I haven't tried, maybe CNET will test them to see if they work. I've update the firmware online which didn't help. Later I told a service representative about the update and she called me a liar saying there was not an update available.
I've had the PN59D8000 for a week and it looks very much like a work in progress. Samsung's befuddled customer service is polite but ineffective at resolving my problems. Both Samsung C8000 and D8000 plasma TVs I've owned only functioned for a short time. I assume when the 1 year warranty expires I'll be left with $2500+ worth of toxic waste. I would love to know the repair/replacement statistics for these plasma TVs. Oh well?
Pros 3-D image and conversion
The unit generates extreme heat. The RC is one of the worst I've ever used. Speakers are useless and connection of external ones require a receiver/amplifier unlike the Bravia which had preamplified outputs Service has bee
Summary Though the TV has a great image, spend some more money investing on a Panasonic Plasma or a Sony LCD. Stay away from Sammys, the quality has decreased and service is medicocre.
"Very disappointing"on by simonsd1
Pros Nice design, thin, static picture is beautiful, PIP is handy
Cons With performance as stated below, I should have bought the cheapest version, not the top end
Summary If you expecting videophile level reproduction of any source, look elsewhere. In fact, even if you are looking for a "good" TV stay away. The set has an amazing picture if it is static, but once the image moves it falls apart. This is a TV, not an image browser, so it gets 1 star in my opinion.
Let me explain my reasoning. When you have medium to dark scenes that have light areas and the scene moves, you can see large step changes in brightness in the whole picture. Once you start recognizing this, which could be several days depending on the content you watch, you will see it all the time and it is very annoying. I calibrated the picture and turned off all the usual settings that may cause this including dynamic contrast, eco mode and other artifact causing bells and whistles TV producers usually put in these sets and it still happens. I put my 5 year old Panasonic plasma next to it with the same source and it does not do it, so I couldn't blame the source. Next I called Samsung support. They went through the picture menu to tell me to turn off all the settings I already had and decided to send out a technician to evaluate it. I told the technician the issue and he saw it right away. He said that he thinks that all the new Samsungs do it, but he would replace the board just in case. As you can guess, even with replacing the board, it had the same problem.
So, after spending the extra money to get the top of the line Samsung plasma, I am returning it because it is not as good as my 5 year old Panasonic. All the extra features are not worth it if it can't be a good TV.
Pros Have had this set for 2months .... Std definition is excellent ... Hi Def is only good when Compared to my last set (pioneer 50 HDTV) . I am trading this in for a Panasonic TC-P55VT30. Will let you know.
Cons Hi def not what I would expect for the price.
Summary Bring back the Pioneer ... let the people drive the market.