"Great TV, if you're hard of hearing."3.0 starson by hov333
Pros: Best detail & color I've ever seen on a plasma. Clear, crisp, bright picture and great classy styling.
Cons: -Buzzes badly, not just mine, they all do. On my second set and its worse than the first one.
-Screen glare can be annoying in brighter rooms. Its pretty much a large mirror so make good use of your blinds/shades.
Summary: I was so excited to buy Samsung's newest 8000 series TV. Budget was not an object, I simply wanted the best HDTV I could find. Last year's D8000 looked great and had awesome reviews and looked like a great buy. Knowing the 2012 models were underway, I thought to wait to have the newest tech.
After a long wait, the 2012 Samsung line finally became available and a local BB showroom had the new E8000 series on display, so I went to check it out. I was sold after seeing the picture, it really was amazing. I purchased one and brought it home, I turned it on and the buzzing grabbed my attention before the amazing picture even had a chance to come on! With the volume at normal levels you can still hear the noisy buzz. I gave it a few weeks to break in and settle, hoping the buzz may disappear, no luck. Its VERY annoying and changes pitch depending on what is displayed. I went back to the store and I was actually able to verify the same noise on the TV that was on their showroom floor! They assured me I must have gotten one from a bad batch so being an optimist I had them exchange it for another one.
My second set is actually worse than the first and I'm convinced its not a bad batch, just bad manufacturing. I had no idea such a problem even existed up until now. After Googling "Samsung plasma buzz", I was amazed at what a widespread issue this was. There are literally hundreds of angry people sharing their frustration about loud buzzing coming from various Samsung models and Samsung's lack of acknowledging it as a manufacturing defect. I own 4 other plasmas of different brands and had never heard any abnormal noise from them. Some buzzing is normal if your head is against the back of the panel, not if you're sitting 12-15 feet away!
In short, I'm heartbroken and upset such an expensive set can be so disappointing. I would expect such issues from a budget TV, not the flagship model 'from the worlds leading electronics manufacturer'. Its like buying a $75,000 car and the suspension squeaks every time you drive over a bump - its simply not acceptable for a 'top of the line' product. I wish Samsung had spent more effort on product R&D and quality parts instead of developing attention grabbing gimmicks like voice & motion control.