Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma)

  • 51" 1080p Plasma
  • 3D 96 Hz
  • Internet enabled
#1 in Plasma TVs
Released January, 2011
3D: The PND8000 is a very good 3D performer.
Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

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

Front view of Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma)
Color accuracy: As we mentioned above, color was the PND8000's greatest strength and this plasma is our new reference for color accuracy.
Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

size

51"
32"
32"
We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 59-inch Samsung PN59D8000, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series.
8000 Series (2011 Plasma) by c|net (Jun, 2011)
Series information: We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 59-inch Samsung PN59D8000, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series.
8000 Series (2011 Plasma) by c|net (Jun, 2011)

thickness

Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma)
Panasonic VIERA VT30
LG Infinia PZ950
Like other thin TVs, the D8000 is light on analog connections and those it does have require breakout cables (included).
8000 Series (2011 Plasma) by c|net (Jun, 2011)
 

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

black levels

Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma)
LG Infinia PZ950
Panasonic Viera ST50
Black level: After the Panasonic TC-P55VT30, the Pioneer Kuro, and the Vizio XVT553SV, the Samsung PND8000 delivered the deepest black levels among our comparison models.
8000 Series (2011 Plasma) by c|net (Jun, 2011)
As usual we could have sacrificed some black level on the D8000 to achieve better shadow detail, but we preferred the look of the deeper blacks.
8000 Series (2011 Plasma) by c|net (Jun, 2011)

contrast ratio

Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma)
Samsung 5500 Series
LG Infinia PZ950
As usual we found Movie to be the most accurate of Samsung's preset picture modes, with very good gamma and color-although it measured a bit too bright for dim rooms (47 fL) with a grayscale that went from too blue in dark areas to too red in brighter ones.
8000 Series (2011 Plasma) by c|net (Jun, 2011)
We generally leave dynamic contrast disabled to avoid such on-the-fly fluctuations as much as possible, so we don't consider LCE an improvement to picture quality.
8000 Series (2011 Plasma) by c|net (Jun, 2011)
 

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

pros

  • 0.1512/0.06
  • 4:4 Pulldown @ 96Hz
  • Hulu Plus, Netflix, VUDU, YouTube
  • Picasa
  • Napster, Pandora
  • Facebook, Twitter
  • AVCHD, MPEG4
  • MP3, WMA9
  • GIF, JPEG, PNG
  • video chat with friends from the comfort of your living room
  • 2.19
  • Anynet+
  • 0.3002/0.6
  • access streaming content over the Internet
  • 6,496K
  • enjoy realistic 3D videos at home
  • easier to share and enjoy your digital photos, music and video
  • built-in, 802.11n
  • 1080i content is smoothly rendered at the TV's native resolution
  • 29.97 mm
  • 4
  • 0.0071 cd/sq. m.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 86.32%
  • 1
  • type more naturally with a full keyboard on the remote
  • 1
  • 400 mm x 400 mm
  • 1
  • 38.1 mm

cons

  • SSG-3700CR, 130 dollars
  • 19,301:1
  • 170 dollars
  • 800 lines
  • 96 Hz

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 90%
Read the review (Jun, 2011)
In fact it surpassed the color and gamma accuracy and linearity of our Pioneer Kuro, and we intend to use the D8000 as a reference display for color going forward.

Picture quality

That's because CS caused a relatively large loss in black level, from 0.0071 to 0.0114 by our measure.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma) 51" | Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
The Panasonics in comparison showed full detail, albeit a bit brighter than reference, but overall we liked the look of dark areas better on the VT30.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma) 51" | Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
We also kept an eye out for "floating blacks"-an artifact in which the level of black changes abruptly enough to notice along with the brightness of the rest of the picture-but we didn't see it in "Tron" or in the close-up scenes from "I Am Legend" (Chapter 3).
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma) 51" | Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

Video

Its black-level performance was very good, with the ability to produce extremely deep blacks, although it failed to resolve full shadow detail-and properly reproduce 1080p/24-when calibrated for those deep blacks.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma) 51" | Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
As with previous Samsungs the default Auto2 Film Mode setting for 1080i sources didn't result in proper deinterlacing; we had to switch to Auto 1 to get the PND8000 to pass that Geek Box test.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma) 51" | Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
Its post-calibration watts/square inch matches the 55-inch Panasonic VT30, although by that measure the D8000 does improve upon the 2010 C8000.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma) 51" | Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

Type

Performance Samsung's PND8000 is the best Samsung plasma we've ever tested, and the third-best of all time after the Kuro and the Panasonic VT30.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma) 51" | Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
Thinner than its Panasonic and LG counterparts and sporting a new, more compact frame around the screen, the D8000 series gets our vote for the best-looking plasma TV available.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma) 51" | Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

Content

New apps launched since we reviewed the UND8000 in April include Fandango (unfortunately it lacked features found in the Vizio version, such as local theater showtimes and the ability to purchase tickets directly), Gymbox (workout videos, albeit only 3-minute previews are free), and games including Pac-Man ($4.99), Extreme Hangman, and Speed Racer ($2.99 each).
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma) 51" | Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)
Samsung's Web browser is superior to the browser in Sony's EX720 or the PS3, but not as good as Google TV.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma) 51" | Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

3d

The PND8000 is incompatible with Samsung's 2010 3D glasses.
Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma) 51" | Rated 90% by by c|net (Jun, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Samsung 8000 Series (2011 Plasma)

Price Edition Size Composite A/V inputs Black level Manufacturer code Compare
51" 1 0.0071 cd/sq. m. PN51D8000
 
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59" 3 0.03 cd/sq. m. PN59D8000
 
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64" 1 0.0071 cd/sq. m. PN64D8000
 
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