Pros This is the clearest TV on the market so far. Hooking up components and accessing them, as well as all the features this TV offers, is a breeze. A remote control that lights up as you touch it saves frustration in dark lighting.
Cons Nothing so far
Summary Watching sport channels is almost better than being there. The detail is beautiful and clear. The only complaint you are going to have here is from the wives of the fellows who come over. They won't want to go home.
I compared this television to the almighty Kuro, and my eye loves this television more, whether it is in bright or dark lighting. Good HDMI cables and a good signal make this TV outstanding. There is no perfect TV out there, and we can always find fault in anything: But finding fault in this TV is like trying to spot fly droppings in pepper.
Admittedly, I wasn't impressed at first, because I was tuned in to a standard low resolution channel. The characters were pixelating and there was some motion blur. Then I plugged in my thumb drive with some high resolution pictures and I was totally blown away. Then I grabbed my HD video recorder which has avchd format, and I was knocked out again. I started up my Blu-Ray and the picture was practically 3-D. I went back to my receiver and tuned in some HD channels and soon you couldn't get the smile off my face. It is beautiful.
Later that evening, I grabbed the remote control, and it lights up instantly, displaying all the buttons.
I started playing with some of the features, which I had thought to be gimmicky at first. I tried "the Gallery" and it had choices of pictures to view like, wildlife, landscape and popular paintings. This made the TV transform into a large picture frame with brightly lit up works of art. It couples those works of art with music or you can play your own tunes. Beautiful if you have company over.
The gallery has loads of other features that are interesting as well.
The Internet options were not quite what I thought they would be, and again, at first they didn't give me any more info than the Nintendo Wii, but I can easily see that with this feature; the game has just begun.
There is some blooming, but again, it certainly depended on what you are watching. For the most part, I didn't see it. I also heard that off center viewing isn't as good as head on. Well I am afraid I just don't see that either. If you have to look that hard to find a problem with this set, just buy the Kuro. It is a beautiful set but doesn't have half the features and is just as expensive.
The Samsung 8000 is expensive but that is the price you pay for the leading edge in technology. I didn't give this TV a five star rating simply because this is new technology and we are in a state of evolution.
Pros I just purchased the unit on oct. 21 2009. Awesome picture! It is truly the best on the market in my opinion. I waited months doing research on the right tv for me and had arrived on purchasing this set. Truly a stunning display.
Cons I believe this is a con with all tvs. I am unable to access the full 240hz capability with cable or blue ray. The set auto adjusts to the broadcast signal, which is at 60hz.
Summary I did a lot or research in purchasing a LCD/ LED, or Plasma and for this to be the best purchase for me. The picture is incredible. I find my self watching some shows I would not normally watch but I keep looking at the intimite detail which is generated by this tv. On a full black screen you may notice the edge lighting but to me it is minimal and that is the only time I have noticed this complaint by the other reviewers.
I purchsed the HD Essentials Blue Ray disc for proper set of the color/ contrast/ etc. and I highly recommend this disc. The easy to follow steps make it possible to change the TV settings to true color, picture etc. from the factory settings and get a true representation of the natural colors. I believe Best Buy charges $300 for this service but save yourself the money.
I have had no issues with the quality of the picture in any way. I have not tried all the yahoo widgets yet but I will attest the process does appear slow. The set is only 1.2" thick so if space is an issue this set fits the bill. It is so thin it has the appearance of being a picture minus the cords.
The only real negative comments I read were about nonfunctioning sets or the results of power surgers. I personally purchased the in store extended warranty on the set and I would recommend anyone else doing the same. It cost me $400 for the service but the set costing me $2300, I though is was a good idea. I don't always purchase these extended warranties but to remove the stress of a potential problem, I did.
I channel the audio through my reciever and use a number of components with my set and I don't really find a need for the little remote which comes with the set. The other remote is back lite and seems to light up just sitting there.
Overall I highly recommend this LED for purchase. The picture is amazing, the set is artfully designed, and the setups are easy.
"Great TV But....."on by BulaRae
Pros Sexy, Sleek, Fabulous Picture, nothing to gripe about
Cons The plastic outer case scratches with the blue satin cloth they give you!! It's horrible!! Ruins the whole thing.
Summary Awesome TV but the $250 wall mount they sell, when used they way they designed it, where you prop it out from the wall to connect the cables, the mounting disks tear up the back of the TV, and as far as the outer frame case scratches?I can see the swirls and hairline scratches (spots where I wiped finger prints off with wet blue satin cleaning cloth they provided) from the sofa 18 feet away! It's distressing. I have an open case with Samsung Executive Customer Service to do something about it. There's something seriously wrong in the plastic they use or something cuz I've never had a computer or anything (sunglasses, etc.) scratch that easily and that badly!! It's scary!!
"Must Buy TV for Me"on by hellchoi
Pros Thin, Sexy, 55" screen, 4HDMI, Internet, clarity and color amazing
Cons Blooming, inconsistent lighting, weak speakers
Summary I absolutely love this TV even with its flaws. Let me tell you as for styling it is the best for the money. I got my TV for 1800 at Bestbuy with 299 insurance open box purchase. The picture is amazing - and when I hook up to my mac via HDMI there is no blooming the black is black all the way through. Watching HD movies through itunes Quantum was amazing in movie mode. Mac works great get the hdmi converter and 3.5 plug put it into HDMI 1 and the audio it works all together perfect 1080p at either 24hz, 30hz or 60hz.
Internet is slow but fine. I also stream my own music, photo, and videos through this TV a little slow but works great.
Speakers are tinny so what i did was hook via optical out to my stereo which makes it amazing.
Remote sucks but get a univeral Logitech remote to control everything but having trouble as I change sources to remove that sidebar after.
overall amazed at the color clarity of this TV.
Love the picture like hanging option and wireless option for Internet
This TV has it all style and performance. I did my research looked at Panasonic 55v10 and LG 60PS80 and Sharp and Sony XBR - but for the money and style this is the best and it weighs less than 60 lbs I can pick it up myself you cant do that with the rest of the TV unless it cost more than $4000.
Open box item was almost perfect missing manual and two rubber feet which I easily replaced by Home Depot felt. No scratches anywhere and stand is solid and no scratches. Nice that you can move it around, but really thinking of mounting on wall but at angles you need to move TV.
Content Internet is amazing on this TV you can play Bowling, learn to cook, origami for the kids, picture showing it is freaking amazing.
I don't work for Samsung. I love technology never written for any product until now. I am 42 and live life large and in NYC. Very successful and live in Trump. I ran a large IT dept and always follow technology for the last 10 years.
Pros The 120hz is much improved over previous samsung models.
Cons Uneven backlight, really noticable on anamorphic widescreen. Poor viewing angle. Poor contrast.
Summary Overall a really cool step in the direction of a sleek style with the thickness of the TV, but a step backwards in picture quality. Still an LCD TV it just uses LED for a backlight which seams to be very misleading as they say nothing about LCD even in the manual.
Uneven backlight, really noticable on anamorphic widescreen movies. Poor viewing angles compared to previous samsung LCD TVs. Contrast is poor especially when taken out of vivid mode or after the TV has been calibrated. Out of the box everything is cranked up on high to make contrast look ok which looks nice in the store but not in a low light area like your home.
In my opinion the only reason to buy this TV is if you need something really thin for a certain application. You can spend less and get a better picture in the standard Samsung or Sony line.