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Samsung PN50C8000 3D TV

Samsung PN50C8000 Review

3D TV Buying Guide Feature Overview

Samsung's new line up of plasmas was on display at CES 2010 and the C8000 series is the top of the line. The 1080p panel uses Samsung's Real Black Filter for a rich image. The C8000 series is 3D ready and features a slim design with a brushed titanium Touch of Color for a stylish, modern look.

Samsung's proprietary 3D enabled system allows compatibility with multiple 3D formats to provide access to 3D content from many sources. As we note often, the TV will obviously perform regular two dimensional duties, but is enabled for 3D should you introduce some 3D content.

The C8000 series comes with 4 HDMI inputs, 2 USB ports and a built in ethernet port for access to Samsung's Internet@TV service. Wireless DLNA capability rounds out the connectivity features of this plasma tv. We were very impressed with 2009 Samsung plasmas.

Samsung is expanding their Internet@TV service to add streaming content from Blockbuster, Netflix USA Today and VUDU video on demand as well as access to services such as Twitter, Picasa, AccuWeather, Pandora and more through the built-in ethernet connection or optional WiFi.

-Phil Conner

Review Highlights

Calibration Notes and Processing Testing: The Samsung PN50C8000 has very complete calibration options including white balance adjustment for Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow in addition to the primary colors. The TV calibrated extremely well with a low error rate after adjusting white balance. With our HQV processor testing, the C8000 passed most tests with good to very good results from both standard definition and HD sources. See those results and complete PN50C8000 Picture Settings here.

Samsung PN50C8000 Review
A shot from the Blu Ray of Alexander shows vivid but realistic color information with great contrast.

3D TV Viewing: The C8000 and accompanying 3D glasses did a good job of pulling me further into the on screen images. It makes you feel more involved. I thought the picture presentation from the C8000 in 3D was very vibrant and accurate. I did not note out of focus areas near the edges of the screen as I did with the Panasonic VT25. There was some flashing effects from the 3D shutter glasses in situations where lamp light or window light interfered with the glasses receiver (often when turning your head). See our Samsung vs Panasonic 3D TV Shootout.

Internet: Samsung has expanded the Internet lineup on the PN50C8000 to include Yahoo!, Netflix, Blockbuster, twitter, Facebook, USA Today, Pandora, Napster, You Tube, Google Maps, Daily Motion, and Samsung Apps which gives options on gaming and sports and other material. This is an impressive list of Internet options for the C8000 series, probably the most complete in the marketplace. Samsung is adding new options at a faster rate than many TV manufacturers.

Samsung PN50C8000 Review
The rechargeable Samsung 3D shutter glasses are charged through the USB out on the TV or a computer.

Samsung PN50C8000 Review

If you shop it right you can get a nice package with this TV including the Blu Ray 3D player and 3D glasses. This is important because they can add another $350 and $200 respectively to your purchase. The PN50C8000 costs around $2400 from most big box retailers.

Key Features

  • 50" Screen Size
  • 1080p Resolution
  • Real Black Filter
  • 3D Ready
  • 24p Film Playback
  • 4 HDMI Inputs
  • Ethernet Port
  • 2 USB Ports
  • USB 2.0 Movie
  • All Share (Wireless DLNA)
  • 1" Deep, slim design
  • Wide Color Enhancer Pro
  • Motion Judder Canceller
  • Cinema Smooth
  • Brushed Titanium Touch of Color
  • FilterBright Plus anti glare screen
  • Internet@TV
    • Samsung Apps
    • Blockbuster
    • Netflix
    • AccuWeather
    • Pandora
    • Picasa
    • Twitter
    • USA Today
    • And More


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