Samsung UN65D8000 Price

Samsung UN65D8000 Review

Model: Samsung UN65D8000
Description: 65" 1080p LED Backlit LCD Television with 3D (super thin)
Included: Table Top Stand, QWERTY remote, 2 Pair 3D Glasses
Reviewer: Robert Wiley and Jack Burden
Date: Late Summer 2011

Introduction

Strengths

  • Cool Remote with QWERTY keyboard
  • Included Full Web Browser
  • "Picture Frame" appearance
  • Good Audio Quality
  • 2 Pair Active 3D Glasses included
  • Excellent Light Throughput/Brightness
  • Good Speaker Audio
  • Rich Black screen
  • Fast Motion Smoothing

Weaknesses

  • Side angle viewing contrast
  • Colors can oversaturate if not careful

HD Picture Quality: 9/10

The UND8000 exhibits some tendencies to over saturation of colors, but at the same time it gives exceptional bright light throughput that brings the picture to life. The picture depth is incredible and aside from some plasma competition, it's the best we've tested in this area. Contrast, sharp, clean edges, and rich color and light combine to give the depth effect. Of course, this also works out great when viewing 3D images as mentioned below.

3D TV Viewing: We viewed several 3D sources and did not note any flickering or flashing from the glasses (crosstalk). There was also no blurring in the bottom corners of images as with last years models. 3D viewing is intended to involve the viewer more in the picture and with this active 3D TV we can definitely confirm the attributes of 3D depth perception. The only negatives noted were some glare from the insides of the lenses when ambient room light was present and some tiredness in the eyes when viewing the 3D footage for periods of time.

Standard Definition Picture Quality: 9/10

Standard definition performance is as important today as ever with all the streaming video being ported in less than top HD quality. The UND8000 does one of the finest jobs we've seen in a while with lowly resolution signals. At times, it's difficult to tell you are not watching in HD.

A shot from the 480i version of A Fist Full of Dollars
A shot from the 480i version of A Fist Full of Dollars shows great up conversion picture quality and detail by the UND8000.

Viewing Angle/Off Axis Viewing: Off angle viewing contrast degrades at about 30 degrees. The picture becomes noticeably more hazy and black levels and saturation are reduced. Thankfully, the reduction is not as severe as some.

Motion Lag: Turning off the AutoMotion Plus feature entirely will leave you with lots of judder jerky effects during motion. Our settings above for this feature produced a great result with our film detail car race sequence delivering a smooth fast motion effect.

Features Rating: 9.5/10

Appearance: The 55D8000 comes with a 4 leg chrome stand with 20 degree swivel. People seem to either like or dislike the stand with none in between. However, everyone likes the sleek picture frame appearance of the bezel which is a negligible .4" in width and almost unseen were it not for the silver metallic strip surrounding the screen. Depth is 1" and tapers in the back to give it an even slimmer appearance. The bolt holes for wall mounting are recessed in the back of the TV in such a way to allow for super tight wall mounting.

Some views of the UN65D8000
(Left) The Samsung logo light can be easily turned off. Quad leg stand and neck.
(Center) Back inputs shoot out the side and bolt holes are recessed for extremely tight wall mounting on the UND8000.
(Right) Bezel framing of the UND8000

Audio Output: Sound quality is a huge improvement for Samsung in the UND8000 series. It's clear and punchy and has surprising bass as well. Frankly the speakers surpassed my expectations by a wide margin. At 40% capacity the speakers put forth enough volume to fill a large room. Most very thin LED-LCD TVs have relatively substandard sound quality due to a shortage of speaker housing, but this is not the case at all with the UND8000.

Features: Not surprisingly the UND8000 comes loaded with all Samsung's most up to date features like 3D compatibility, 240Hz processing, a full web browser, QWERTY keyboard remote, and two pairs of included 3D glasses. This model and the UNC9000 are currently Samsung's highest end line of LED-LCD TVs. One of the only drawbacks in this TV is that it could have a wider adjustment option in the 10 point white balance control.

The UN65D8000 has a full web browser
The UND8000 has a full web browser and defaults to Bing

Value Rating: 9.25/10

The UN55D8000 represents not only a fully feature laden TV with all current future proofing included (3D, Wifi, design, Web Browser). It retails for about $4800 from authorized Internet retailers. Competition is from LG's passive 3D 65LW6500 and a variety of 65" 3D plasma televisions.

Overall Rating: 9.2/10

See the complete Samsung UN55D8000 Picture Settings and Calibration Results.

Specifications

  • Screen Size: 65" (64.5" Diag.)
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9, 1920 x 1080p
  • Refresh rate: 240Hz
  • Progressive features: micro-dimming technology, edge-lit LED backlight, DLNA, 3D, Samsung SmartTV
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI v.1.4 (best audio/video connection) / 2 USB 2.0 / PC input / component video / composite video / component audio / optical digital audio / PC audio
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 25000000:1
  • Audio enhancement: SRS TheatreSound HD / SRS TruSurround XT provides 3D sound
  • Built-in speakers: 15W x 2
  • Mounting options: swivel pedestal stand / wall-mountable
  • Remote control: QWERTY remote
  • 3D enabled (includes 3D active glasses)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • DLNA compatible
  • Samsung SmartTV apps, media hub, and web browser
  • ConnectShare USB
  • Skype on Samsung TV
  • Ultra Clear Panel
  • Wide Color Enhancer Plus
  • Eco Sensor
  • AutoMotion Plus 240Hz with Clear Motion Rate
  • Built-in bottom speakers
  • Game mode
  • 0.2” brushed metal bezel with a metallic finish
  • Dimensions: 59.8" W x 35.9" H x 1.2" D (w/out stand) / 59.8" W x 39.0" H x 13.7" D (w/stand)
  • Weight: 79.8 lbs. (w/out stand) / 86.4 lbs. (w/stand)

 



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