Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)

  • 60" 1080p LED-backlit
  • 3D 960 Hz
  • Internet enabled
Released July, 2011
Its screen lacks the brightness and color uniformity required for peak performance, apparently a casualty of that awesome design.
Rated 81% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)

Back view of Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)
While Samsung's Movie mode delivered the most accurate picture prior to our adjustments, it was still overly blue with too-bright gamma and crushed shadow detail, albeit with extremely dark blacks.
Rated 81% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

size

60"
46"
65"
We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 55-inch Samsung UN55D8000, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series.
8000 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Apr, 2011)

thickness

Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)
Samsung 6000 Series (2011)
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
Black levels and color in the central screen area subject to calibration and measurement were excellent, but if you consider the entire screen this thin TV falls short of other edge-lit LED models, including Samsung's own UND6400 series.
8000 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Apr, 2011)
The main difference between the designs of the UND8000 and the equally thin, and less expensive, UND7000 series is a chrome edge on the former and clear acrylic on the latter (both frame the picture with a thin strip of black inside the edge).
8000 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Apr, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)

power consumption

Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)
LG LW9800
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series
We did not test the power consumption of this size in the Samsung UND8000 series, but we did test the 55-inch model.
8000 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Apr, 2011)
The UND8000 evinced excellent performance in this category.
8000 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Apr, 2011)

black levels

Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)
Sony BRAVIA XBR HX929 Series
Sharp Elite Pro-X5FD Series
In the course of our calibration we were able to basically nail color accuracy, even in near-black, and improve shadow detail and gamma somewhat, the former at the expense of some black level.
8000 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Apr, 2011)
We noticed the loss in black level on the outer portions of the screen quite often in program material.
8000 Series (2011 LCD) by c|net (Apr, 2011)

contrast ratio

Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)
Samsung 7000 Series (2011 LCD)
LG LW6500
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 0.1555/0.06
  • 960 Hz
  • Edge-lit LED
  • Hulu Plus, Netflix, VUDU, YouTube
  • Picasa
  • Napster, Pandora
  • Facebook, Twitter
  • AVCHD, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4
  • MP3, WMA9
  • GIF, JPEG, PNG
  • 60"
  • video chat with friends from the comfort of your living room
  • 0.6379/0.33
  • backlight zones are selectively turned off to enhance the picture's contrast
  • 5.08 mm
  • access streaming content over the Internet
  • 2
  • 3
  • enjoy realistic 3D videos at home
  • 6,491K
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
  • built-in, 802.11n
  • keep an eye on two channels at once
  • 1080i content is smoothly rendered at the TV's native resolution
  • 4
  • 0.3012/0.59
  • 1
  • 5.08 mm
  • 1
  • type more naturally with a full keyboard on the remote
  • 1,200 lines
  • 1
  • 1
  • 30.5 mm
  • 82.01%

cons

  • SSG-3700CR, 130 dollars
  • 6,815K
  • 1.53
  • 0.06 cd/sq. m.
  • 34,260:1
  • 170 dollars

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 81%
Read the review (Apr, 2011)
At base, the UND8000 represents a simple choice between a quality picture and the best design and features.

Video

As usual with Samsung we needed to place the UND8000 in Auto 1 Film Mode to get it to deinterlace 1080i film-based material properly.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD) 60" | Rated 81% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)
Three local dimming (Smart LED) settings are available on the UND8000, and there's a Cinema Black setting that automatically dims the letterbox bar portion of 2.35:1 movies.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD) 60" | Rated 81% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Content

New apps launched in the last couple weeks include Events (a ZIP-code-based local events search) and the games Dream Day Wedding, Fishing Star, Happy Fruits, and Pac-Man (the last three at $4.99 each).
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD) 60" | Rated 81% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Movies

Our image quality tests involved watching a Blu-ray copy of "Tron: Legacy" on the following lineup.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD) 60" | Rated 81% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Type

The Samsung UND8000 LED-based LCD TV shows the company's considerable technological know-how being brought to bear on a simple design goal: to make the "TV" itself disappear as much as possible when turned on, leaving nothing but the picture.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD) 60" | Rated 81% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Sharpness

Near-black areas like Sam's jacket at the 13:39 mark appeared obscured somewhat, although some detail was still visible.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD) 60" | Rated 81% by by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Samsung 8000 Series (2011 LCD)

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120 lines 240 Hz 46" UN46D8000
 
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1,200 lines 240 Hz 55" UN55D8000
 
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1,200 lines 240 Hz 65" UN65D8000
 
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1,200 lines 960 Hz 60" UN60D8000
 
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November 27, 2012
Battle vs 8000 and 7500

I walked in the store to buy the 8000 and the salesman sold me on a 60 inch 7500  did he make more commission that way or was he pointing me in a better tv  i could care less about saving 200...

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September 20, 2012
Alternative to the EXPENSIVE 3D glasses?

Is there an alternative to the EXPENSIVE 3D glasses that are stated in the Tradeoff section? If so, which website or company would you refer me to?

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