"Simply the Best!"5.0 starson by GKolle
Pros: Sharp image, vibrant colors, deep black level
3D features are very cool
Internet capability is awesome
Super thin bezel
Excellent wall mount system
Cons: Sound is good but not great
Summary: I have been looking at getting a new TV for some time now, but I made sure I did my homework before purchasing. At first I was split between getting an LED TV or a Plasma. I visited my local Best Buy store and looked at the models on display. Both the plasma and the LED offer a beautiful picture, but I ultimately chose the LED. The reason for choosing the LED over the plasma came down to possible burn-in issues and image scrubbing with the plasma. I didn't want either on my mind and I knew the LED was a fantastic TV.I suggest you have to check for best deal before you buy this TV at -> Bestdealschecking.info/un55d8000
Now on to the TV...
After connecting my TiVo and getting everything plugged in, I turned on the TV. It automatically took me through the setup process. It found my wireless and I was able to connect very easily. Updates (I think there were 14) were downloaded to the TV within 2-3 minutes. Once the setup was complete I changed the input source to my TiVo and I was just stunned by the image quality. The color was perfect and the clarity was unbelievable. I also have a 55" Sony Bravia that was only 1 model year old, and the image quality of this Samsung completely outclasses the Sony. Samsung's Clear Motion 960 is evident because there is just no blurring when people move or through regular action scenes. The image is always super crisp and the colors are vivid and bright. I was watching a 1999 episode of Law and Order, and I tell you, it never looked as good. It looked as though it was made for 1080p broadcast, and we know that back in 1999 it surely wasn't. It was like watching the show on a blu-ray disc. I was just amazed. Everything you watch on this TV seems to be up-converted. All shows, despite their age, look amazing.
The Smart Hub feature is my new favorite tool. Having Netflix and other streaming services built right into my TV, rather than using an external device is absolutely the best. Smart Hub also offers so many other nice features like games, informative apps like weather, etc. The built-in web browser is a bit clunky to navigate, but certainly an awesome feature. I was able to visit many of my popular websites and save them to favorites with ease. Using the AllShare feature is also amazing because the TV was able to find movies and music on my computer and I was able to watch and listen to them over my house's WIFI seamlessly. This does require that you install software on your computer, but it was certainly not a hassle. Allshare is available via Samsung's website for PC, but if you use a Mac like I do, just download TV Mobili and it's the same thing and works great.
3D: unreal! The TV allows you, with a push of the button on the remote, to convert anything you are watching to 3D. Let me tell you, it is really cool and brings a whole new experience to whatever it is you are watching. The two included 3D glasses charge very easily through the included USB cable using the USB ports right on the TV. The glasses also very easily pair with the TV with a simple press of a button on the glasses. I watched Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which was on HBO at the time and I converted it to 3D and it was simply amazing. I am looking forward to watching many of my favorite movies now in 3D. I also have a PS3 connected to the TV via HDMI and 3D movies look better than 3D movies look in the theater. I can't wait to get a few more titles in 3D now.
If you have a smartphone, like most people do now, there are apps available that simulate the remote control on your phone so you can use your phone as a remote - how cool is that! I downloaded the app to my iPhone and now I have an extra remote for my TV. I also have the remote app for my TiVo as well.
**NOTE**: The remote for the TV needs to be pointed at the TV for it to work it's best. If you point it slightly off-angle it doesn't seem to send the signal to the TV. Just be sure to point it at the TV and you'll be fine. The TiVo remote doesn't need line-of-sight to work, but apparently this one does, just be aware of it.
To sum up my review, if you are considering this TV along with a plasma or another brand of TV, don't even hesitate to get this TV(I suggest for best deal at "www.*********.info/Samsung-UN55D8000"). It is simply the best and blows away the quality (or lack there of) of other brands. I compared this TV with Panasonic's, Sony's, Sharps, etc. and these others just can't compare. This TV is slim, sleek and has tons of features. I look forward to many countless hours of TV viewing for years to come. Thank Samsung - job well done!
Updated on Nov 30, 2011
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