Samsung PN59D7000 Review
Model: Samsung PN59D7000
Description: Full HD 1080p 59" Plasma TV 3D TV Compatible
Reviewer: Robert Wiley
Date: Summer 2011
In 2011 one of Samsung's theme for plasmas is "+1", by making the bezel even thinner they are adding 1 diagonal inch to every size of plasma, 51 replaces 50, 64 replaces 63 and so on. With the smaller bezel the physical size of the TV remains the same even though the screen is larger.
- Realistic vibrant coloration
- Black levels and Dark Shadow detail
- Great Film Like experience
- Wireless In Built
- Smart Hub Internet Suite
- Design and Appearance
- Value Pricing
- 3D Viewing Quality/Depth
- Peak light output/ Brightness
- No Access to menu/picture settings with Smart Hub
- Back metal plate gets hot during operation
Picture Quality Rating (HD): 9/10
The new, one inch larger screen retains many of the pircture features from last year, it appears to be a case of not messing with a good thing. The Real Black Filter returns, providing rich, deep blacks that enhance all the other colors sharing the screen. The warmth and realism that the picture offers is nothing less than stunning.
A great shot of the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals vs. Miami.
For 3D the PN59D7000 uses active shutter glasses and is Full HD 3D, sending 1080 lines of vertical resolution to each eye. Some televisions sacrifice some resolution to show 3D images and Full 3D HD provides the best 3D experience.
Samsung's SSD-3100GB 3D glasses are light and comfortable.
We thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the C7000 plasma series last year and we know that these TVs can deliver a great picture quality. The D7000 series also renders a superb picture, but slightly different than what we saw last year. First, let's start with the Picture Mode options which are fairly limited compared to many TVs we review. Preset Modes are Dynamic, Standard, Movie, and Relax. The Relax and Movie modes are pretty solid right out the box. We ISF calibrated the picture from the Movie Mode to D6500K and post those picture settings on the next page. We then measured peak brightness and peak black to determine a range of contrast and this is where we were first surprised. Contrast measures about half on the D7000 series than it did last year. We found the reason for the decrease to be less light output (brightness) rather than black performance. We attribute this decrease to one or both of the following explanations: 1) Plasma panel Image retention (not burn in) issues could have influenced Samsung to decrease light output and/or 2) Samsung had to reduce light output to meet internal or external energy consumption reduction requirements. Indeed as it relates to the second possible reason, there is a yellow sticker affixed to the TV that states an average annual $28 in power costs. OK, I can see a small reduction in light output to accommodate the first of these, but power costs? I think I prefer to pay an extra $1 per month or even $2 more per month to get a better contrast ratio. Haven't we gone overboard enough with this energy efficiency when it comes to TVs? We here at 3D-TVBuyingGuide.com are proponents of the best picture quality possible and not at the expense of the lowering the power bill by a buck a month to meet an external non-profit agencies requirements.
Picture Quality Rating (Non-HD): 9/10
Features Rating: 9.5/10
Wireless Access: The PND7000's wireless access needs no Wifi dongle and works seamlessly. There was no difference in quality or speed when we tested the in built wireless capability against a hard wired Ethernet cable.
The "Your Video" Smart Hub option recommends movies and TV programming mainly through Vudu Movies which cost $3.99 each. It has sections for Top 20 Movies, New Releases, Top 20 TV shows, and a From Friends section.
Internet Connectivity Smart Hub: Samsung's Smart Hub has probably the best selection of Internet TV Apps and Options on the market. There are the usual must haves like Netflix, Vudu, Hulu Plus, ESPN, USA Today, AP, Accuweather. Some of the Apps are more worthy than others. The MLB.tv App shows todays game times and scores, and standings but no video clips or reruns. If you want to access the games, you'll have to subscribe to the premium service. Many small Apps like Pac man or various workout video apps cost between .99 and 2.99 each. One drawback of Samsung's Smart Hub is that you cannot access the picture menu to calibrate the picture. You must just watch it as it comes in – not that performance is poor, it isnt at all, but it's always nice to be able to calibrate the settings. Google Maps is a fun feature.
Value Rating: 9.5/10
The PN59D7000 has a lot of features and fantastic picture quality packed into an excellent, classy looking TV. It does not include the 3D glasses however, so those will have to be purchased separately. Many retailers are bundling a 3D starter kit that includes 2 pairs of glasses and a 3D movie at a slightly higher price but purchasing that way will save you some money on the glasses. Competition comes from the Panasonic TC-P60GT30 and the LG 60PZ950.
Overall Rating: 9.25/10
See the complete Samsung PN59D7000 Picture Settings and Calibration Results.