Pros + 2D Quality: amazing deep blacks, crystal clear picture, no blurring during fast motion.
+ 3D Quality: limited cross-talk, bright, clear picture, smooth and no blurring
+ Design: beautiful barely there bezel, super slim, and ultra light
Cons - Light bleeding, you can't notice it if the area is well lit or if you are watching a movie that is naturally bright, but you will notice it if the room is dark and the movie is in a dark scene
Summary Hi HD TV enthusiasts.
After spending many hours reading other people's reviews, I thought it would only be fair to add my own, now that I am a proud owner of a 60" D7000. I couldn't be happier. And boy... did I research and obsess over the options. I felt conflicted because every time I went to the TV store, to my eye, the Samsung's out shined the competition every time. And the slim bezel design is just so darn sexy. But I kept reading all these negative reviews about the Samsung's and how they bleed light from the sides and corners of the screen. I never saw this on the store displays, so I decided to take the plunge. And I gotta say.... I love it.
I have seen the light bleed that everyone talks about. But here's the deal... it's a complete non-issue. For me, it only shows up when it doesn't really matter, like during the rolling of credits after a movie, or during a black screen between commercials. But when I am watching a movie, or HD cable TV, I have yet to see ANY light bleeding from the sides or corners. Seriously. I get beautiful blacks, and BRILLIANT colors, and stunning clarity.
And for those who are wondering, "Gee... what am I missing by not getting the D8000?" I have some encouragement for you, too. I asked a salesman at my local TV store to put the 7000 right next to the 8000, and for a good half hour, I studied the two screens. I had the same HD program material playing on both, and I made sure that both screens were set the same. I'd like to think that I have a pretty discerning eye. But to be completely honest, I could not tell the difference between the two. I understand that the processors might be a little faster in the 8000, and that you get two pairs of 3D glasses with the 8000. Oh... and the Samsung name glows at the bottom of the screen. But from my vantage point, that sure doesn't justify the extra $400 for the higher model. And I actually like the clear beveled edge of the 7000 better. Again, I couldn't be happier.
For audio, I use the ARC (Audio Return Channel) into my amplifier, and out to my stereo speakers. It's great, because I have multiple sources via HDMI running into the D7000, but I only have to run 1 audio channel into my amplifier. And it sounds fantastic. And the audio appears to be perfectly synched. If you're going to go big screen, go big sound, too!
The Smart TV is fun. My favorite apps are Vudu, YouTube and Pandora. I hardly ever play CD's anymore, and I'm even giving my iTunes a rest. I have had problems, however, creating new stations on Pandora from my D7000 remote. It looks like it's working, but when I select the name of the artist for the new station, nothing happens. I have resorted to creating new stations from my computer online, which then show up immediately on my TV, or doing it from my Samsung BD-D6500 Blu-ray player. And speaking of the D6500, I have found that streaming Netflix through the Blu-ray player gives me clearer, better video than streaming it directly from the D7000. The guy at the store told me that the Blu-ray player is better built to do that than the TV. I also stream VuDu through my Blu-ray player into the D7000 and it looks AMAZING.
The Auto Motion Plus is pretty unique feature. But be prepared to be a little wigged out if you have it on "Standard." It's fine for watching football, and probably gives you a little smoother motion. But for watching movies, it does something to your brain that's tough to describe. It no longer feels like you're watching a movie. It feels like you are right on the movie set. Apparently, some people like this. I do not. For me, it takes the magic out of movie watching. I no longer believe the story that I'm watching, because it feels like I'm just watching a bunch of actors on a set. It's weird. THANKFULLY, there is a setting called "Clear". This maintains the amazing clarity of this TV, but somehow, it restores the magic of movie watching by reintroducing a mild dose of motion "judder." Apparently, this is what our brains are used to.
There are four different screen modes: vivid, standard, natural and movie. A number of reviewers recommend "movie", with a bunch of adjustments in other areas, like white balance, Red, Green, Blue, etc. I tried all that, and was not impressed with the results. To my eye, "movie" darkens the screen, and gives everything a brownish tint. After awhile you get used to it. But I like my colors to pop more than that. My favorite setting is "Natural". Standard and Vivid are just too bright, especially at night. "Natural" is a nice compromise between "movie" and "standard". The only downside for me is that with "Natural", you lose a little definition sometimes when there's a dark image on screen, and a newsperson in a dark suit. But the trade off is worth it for me, with most programs and movies.
I always hesitate to buy electronics soon before they are to release next year's model, because buyer's remorse is the worst. But, I reasoned that there will always be next year's model, and this year's model is just so darn good. In the next few months, the prices will probably drop on the D7000 as Samsung turns out it's 2012 models this winter, so it's a great time to buy 2011 models. I took a sneak peak at CES on Samsung's website, and sure... there's some cool stuff coming out, but nothing that will dwarf what I just bought and make it feel like last year's piece of junk. If you're on the fence, GO FOR IT!
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Pros + Amazing picture and build quality
+ Stand is super sturdy and looks great
+ Ultra-slim, very low profile, but still feels very sturdy
+ Excellent support, the built in Wi-Fi is amazing
Cons - Menus and setup don't seem very well layed out
- Remote is great but difficult to use in the dark
Summary I'm going to try and break this review down in sections as best as possible. I purchased this TV about two weeks ago now from a local fry's electronics. I'm a big time technology geek, and I write software for mobile devices as my profession. Enough about me, and on to the TV!I don't understand why cnet replace my url suggestion by ***
Absolutely amazing. With the small bezel around the screen, it looks like you're hanging a moving photograph on the wall, not a traditional television. It's very slim, and is extremely aesthetically pleasing. Every bit of HD content looks extremely vibrant and life-like. There really is no comparison to samsung's screen quality. Truly brilliant.
Very low profile, and are quite loud. I would still recommend using a home theatre system with it though. If you choose to use the standard speakers, you won't be too disappointed, but a nice surround sound system is definitely one of the best ways to compliment this amazing device, but there were times when I was using the built-in speakers and the playback on some movies was simply too low.
Build Quality [5/5]:
In a league of its own completely. Ultra-slim, very low profile, but still feels very sturdy. I didn't use the included stand, (which also felt very sturdy,) because I immediately hung the set on the wall. Everyone who comes over and looks at the TV is instantly wowed at how small the frame (bezel) of the set is, and how thin the actual set is, generally trying to compare it to their smart phones because they're just taken aback by how crazy thin the TV is.
Excellent support, the built in Wi-Fi is amazing, it has 4 HDMIs which will support nearly everything you could want to throw at it (I'm using a PS3 and a Logitech Revue with it, and even when I want to hook additional components... like my Xoom via micro-HDMI, I don't have to worry about unplugging anything else, or finding extra space). The added USB ports are also incredible. As soon as you want to check out anything you can just plug it in, and away you go. Interestingly, the USB connection seems to support codecs/playback that the uPnP/DLNA does not (more on that in the software section).
Samsung Smart TV [2/5]:
First let me say I applaud samsung for including extra applications and features that are starting to become standard for HDTVs. However, this entire area needs some serious clean-up, and in a hurry. If you're simply going to use netflix and pandora, you'll be just fine using this without many complaints. But across the TV, there were many things that just didn't seem fluid and were too difficult (even for someone who has quite a bit of experience with electronics) without having to put some serious thought into it. With normal television sets for instance, when you auto-program channels, you can simply go back and remove channels that don't come in well (or are in foreign languages that you may not want, etc.)... after auto-programming I realized that you cannot remove channels... but you can make a favorites list, and then set that favorites list as your default setup.
Adding favorites was a pain, as you couldn't look at the entire list of channels and add them by simply checking/unchecking them... you had to go through to each channel individually then to the setup menu, then add to favorites, and then select the favorites list. I'm using an HD Antenna so I only received about 10-15 channels this way, but if you were to be using digital cable without a set-top box... this would take you the better part of 20-30 minutes, and it gets really repetitive and annoying pretty quickly. Next up, is the issue I have with DLNA streaming. For some reason, the USB ports and the DLNA streaming software seem to support different media codecs (which is bizarre to me). Example, I have a handful of my DVDs converted to AVI (Video: Xvid, Audio: MP3) and when I plug them into the USB port, playback works seamlessly and it works just as you would expect it to.
When you try and play the exact same file from the built in DLNA player, you're greeted with a "Format Not Supported" message. I found this to be true of nearly every codec format I threw at the TV. I ended up getting frustrated and just using the Logitech Revue I had with TVersity to stream the content from my PC. I think this is just another example of how the software was supposed to be very expansive, but was left with some pretty large holes in different areas. In general, the menus and setup don't seem very well layed out, or very intuitive and without reading through the instruction manual... most people will get frustrated with this very quickly. It seems like samsung wanted to create their own in-house version of Google TV or Apple TV and just rushed it a bit too much. Out of everything, this is my only real complaint for this entire TV. If they could provide firmware updates, or allow GoogleTV to be installed in place of SmartTV, I would probably find this a lot more useful, but for the time being all of the "Smart Features" and TV apps, are going to come from my Logitech Revue. The Samsung menus and features are just too lacking.
Not a huge fan of the included remote control. I know that sounds silly, the normal (front side) of the remote is actually very well laid out and straight forward to use. However the remote physically bulges to one side, so you can flip the remote over and use the qwerty keyboard for input on the tv. While this is handy if you want the additional input, it makes the remote physically awkward to hold and I'm sure will be a big turn off to most (my dad looked at the remote for about 30 seconds and said he wouldn't buy a similar TV if that was the remote he had to use), though universal remotes are an option... and in the end I just programmed a harmony remote for the TV and put this remote away in a drawer.
I would recommend this TV to someone who is in the market. It's coming way down in price and it has a gorgeous display and the build quality currently cannot be matched. However, if you're not especially tech-savy, or you don't have the patience to sit down and learn all of the new menus and setup... this TV may not be for you. Most people aren't looking to have to sit down and go through an entire setup for their TV like it's a new computer. They expect to plug it in and see it work, or possibly click the "Find Channels" button and just have it go after that. It's going to be a very big change from the previous versions of TV they may be used to, but once you get accustomed to it... you'll fall in love with its amazing picture and build quality. ( I suggest check for best deal for this samsung TV , before you buy it at: *********.blogspot.com/2011/12/samsung-un60d7000.html )
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Updated on Jan 29, 2012
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Pros Picture Quality
connections on 'wrong' side
only one remote (RF side) will pair
Summary The short version: FantasticPerhaps it's steep incline of the learning curse, but website audio never exits the browser to the HDMI, optical, or analog connectors.
I don't care about 3D. If it weren't for thrusting swords pointed at the audience, there would be no 3D content. But, in order to get the best picture today's technology seemed to offer, you have to buy the 3D feature. I hate the manufacturers for doing this to the public, but they have a lot of money riding on the success of 3D. Well, 3D ain't going to happen for them in any great numbers.
Earlier in the blog, you can see where I'd just rejected the Sharp 60". After looking at even more TV's with internal browsers, I kept returning to the D7000. It looked stylish and the picture was just outstanding. I had a salesman plug in a blu-ray player to several TV's, fine tune them all, but when all was said and done, the Samsung had that something extra than I could not quantify. Two days later it was in my living room.
The TV is slow to turn on. It is not instant-on. Give it at least five seconds. When going online with the TV, another five or ten seconds are required.
First, I plugged in the Dishnetwork receiver. History HD had some landscape shots on that looked so good, I had to gasp. My test Blu-Ray is HD Mood Aquarium and the colors just leaped from the screen.
By intuition (the manual is in the TV's firmware and it stinks) You can fine the D7000 in more ways than you can imagine.Search the web for a PDF manual for 55" D7000 to get an idea of this set's flexibility as the two similar operational characteristics.
I easily got the wireless internet connection established. (later I went to a wired connection because it is 5 times faster than my G router) The Smart Hub browser is clunky (perhaps it's still too new for me) to use and the browser does not support Java. Dumb. Very dumb. To have a TV this great and not have Java in its browser screams, STUPID. The main Smart Hub screen is crowded with pushed content that cannot be deleted. Users need to have more control here. One thing you will learn to hate with the Smart Hub browser is the frequently displayed message: Plug In Not Supported. Come on, Samsung, get with it! Make the browser more useable.
The remote ( Samsung QWERTY Remote BN59-01134B RMC-QTD1 ) is two sided. One side is for the TV, the other, for the internet. It has a full QWERTY keyboard and a touch pad that is half the size of the fingernail on your pinkie. And, it works. It takes practice, but it works. The TV side of the remote is infrared and the internet side is RF. The RF side of the remote has to be paired with the TV. Hint: The remote must be within a few inches of the TV or it will not pair. My wife discovered this ahead of time in an obscure online posting during her research of the D7000. This critical bit of info is not in the manual. Lastly, aiming the infrared side of the remote must be right at the sensor on the lower right side of the display.
After two weeks, I remain in awe of the picture quality of the D7000. Despite a quirk here and there, it's a keeper.
Updated on Jun 16, 2011
Pros Really good to great picture. This LED TV does not do well during the day due to the large amount of light in the room. But it depends on what I'm watching. If I watch sports during the day, it's usually fine. But movies during the day (especially darkish
Cons Almost $3,000. And that did not include free TV calibration from BestBuy. Free TV calibration is not even a part of BestBuy's "free" installation service or its warranty plan. TV calibration costs another $200. I'm not even sure if I need it anyway. At t
Summary Really good to great TV! Especially with 3D BluRay movies. Sports TV now blows my mind!
Watch out though, if you're like me and doing a major TV upgrade, there's a lot of little extra costs involved and a lot of work, too.
Pros Great picture, love the thin bezel
Cons Reliability is not good
Summary I bought this TV two weeks ago and then returned it because the picture would skip. It looked like playing video on a computer that doesn't have a very good video card. I just brought home the second one, hung it on the wall and was watching TV for an hour when it shut off all by itself. I tried turning it back on, but it wouldn't. All it does is make a clicking noise and the red light on the frame blinks three times, stays steady, blinks three times, stays steady. I called Samsung and they said that a capacitor went bad. What a lame piece of junk.