Samsung PS60E8000

The Samsung PS60E8000 plasma TV is huge, it's about as "smart" as they currently get, it delivers an excellent picture — and it's a bargain.


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Elsewhere on this site, we've reviewed Samsung's new Series 8 LCD TV very positively. Now, imagine that you've added 13cm to its screen size and taken AU$1,700 off its selling price. That's pretty much what the Samsung PS60E8000 plasma TV delivers.

It has a whopping 152cm (60 inch) full HD plasma display, packing all the networking smarts and special new features of the LCD TV. The trade-off is that it isn't as elegant in styling: it is thicker at 55mm, and its bezel is wider at 35mm on the sizes, 33mm at the top and 50mm at the bottom. Despite the large screen, the TV has a convenient swivel stand.

There are three HDMI inputs, support for component and composite video and three USB sockets. You can use one of these to plug in a hard disk drive, which then acts as a PVR, allowing recording and pausing TV shows.

Built into the top bezel of the TV is a small camera and a couple of tiny microphones. These are used for Skype, and also for the motion and voice control capabilities of this TV. The TV has Ethernet and Wi-Fi, and access to the full range of Samsung's "Smart Hub" network offerings. It comes with a regular remote control and a touch pad remote, which works via infrared (RF). There's also an RF blaster. You can program the touch pad remote to also control a Blu-ray player and PVR. The TV sends the touch pad's commands via RF to the blaster, which sends them as IR commands to the devices that are to be controlled.

And, of course, the TV delivers 3D, with two pairs of Samsung's AU$30 (per set) glasses included.

Picture

Up close, the picture from plasma isn't quite as smooth as LCD. In dark parts of the picture, the pixels are "dithered" — flashed on for only a small proportion of the time, in order achieve dark greys. At low light levels, this can be perceived if you're up close. We mention this because the TV is so big that you can perceive this effect as far as a metre away. If you sit at the recommended 2.2 metres (three times the screen height), this effect is imperceptible.

What you get — after turning off Samsung's unfortunate Sharpness control — is a smooth, detailed and rich picture. Plasma browns and greens still seem more realistic than those from LCD, although there is not much in it any more. The brightness levels were excellent. The black levels were not quite as deep as those available from the best LCD screens, but were still impressive and perfectly even across the whole screen, from corner to corner.

The 3D was excellent, and noticeably better than Samsung's LCD TV. On the black and white test pattern, the leakage of black from one eye into the white, supposed to be seen by the other eye, was just about zero percent, while the other way around it was 30 per cent. The net result was that there was basically no visible ghosting in Monsters vs Aliens. In Happy Feet Two, with full blacks and full whites in close proximity (though rendered with a wide stereoscopic spread) we did see some visible ghosting, but at a low enough level that it wasn't too intrusive.

One other trade-off against LCD is that the TV uses considerably more power. Samsung rates this TV at 4.5 stars. Our measures suggested 5.5. Either way, this is much less than current model LCDs, which are typically rated at 7 or 8 stars. This TV might cost you something like AU$100 a year more to run.

Goodies

All the goodies were identical in operation and performance to those in the Samsung 55ES8000. The voice control, for example, could switch on the TV and control things. Its usefulness varied from screen to screen and function to function. Changing volume was useless, because it only worked one notch at a time, but entering search terms into the web browser was very convenient ... if you think you'll be using your TV's web browser.

Likewise, the hand control function — in which an on-screen arrow is guided by the movement of your hand — worked well in the right places. Indeed, it was the fastest way to navigate around the Smart Hub screen.

There is an iOS control app, which didn't add much, especially as it didn't pop up a keyboard for entering text. But you can plug a keyboard into one of the USB sockets, or pair a Bluetooth keyboard to the TV for this purpose. Recent Galaxy Tablets support a "second screen" function, in which the TV can stream what it's showing over your network. But this isn't available for iOS.

If your disc collection becomes depleted and there's nothing on TV, then you can draw on an extensive range of online content, including subscription services, such as Quickflix, Foxtel and (forthcoming) Bigpond Movies.

Overall

The Samsung PS60E8000 plasma may not be quite as elegant as the company's top-of-the-line LCD, but it is bigger, lower in cost, better in 3D and identically capable in networking. We know which we prefer.

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MarkP8 posted a comment   

The TV is great in all regards apart from the slight hickup trying to get the network setup to stay on the screen when I'm trying to select a router or type in the password, the network setup simply disappears. Does anyone have any idea how to correct the problem?

Mark

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"Cheap distorted sound"

JasonZ2 posted a review   

The Good:Picture

The Bad:Sound

Everything is great about this tv except for the sound! The speakers sound cheap and distort under certain conditions. This is very annoying and even more so when they wouldn't distort for the technician - so now Im stuck with a crappy sounding tv.

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"Potentially great TV let down by stupid design decisions and poor assembly."

BradG1 posted a review   

The Good:value, features, picture

The Bad:stupidly designed high gloss bezel which is prone to unsightly indentation

This unit looked like it was the best option when replacing my old Marantz 50" plasma panel and it certainly has a lot going for it. The picture is reasonably good although the standard settings need tweaking. It has all the smarts with networking, motion control, voice control and Samsung apps etc. The design is very elegant.

... But, unfortunately it is let down by poor assembly/fitting of the bezel resulting in ripples and indentations which basically spoil the whole ownership experience for me. I wanted to like my new TV but find myself constantly **** off when I catch the bezel in the wrong light.

Bezels should be understated and not distracting.There simply is no point promoting the design of the bezel if it is going to reflect and revel every slight depression. If the quality was there it would probably look quite good.

 

BrodieW posted a comment   
Australia

I recently purchased this model and couldn't be happier with the amount of features it offers and the quality of the picture as well as its 3D capabilities. However, since day 1 I have noticed a very loud buzzing coming from the tv unit itself, I thought I might have had a dodge unit originally however Harvey Norman happily replaced it for me for the same model and BAM same problem once again. Any ideas on what this loud buzzing may be or any idea on how to fix it? By the way I am sitting 2-3 metres from the screen and when the TV audio is turned up to around 10-15 I can still hear the noise, any higher than this and it is drowned out but watching TV of a night it is very noticeable...

 

MatthiasS1 posted a comment   

Hey CNET what about its power consumption? This TV may cost $2000 less than the LED LCD, but what if it uses twice the power?

I think its high time you started stating and comparing kwh consumption of these things as it is a major factor in its price. Just like fuel efficiency is for cars. People can ignore it if they choose but at least you gave them the information.

Samsung LED LCD 180w
Samsung Plasma 500w

Watch TV for 20 hours per week with electricity @ 28c per kwh.= the plasma costs $94 more per year to run. This will increase as electricity prices go up or if you use the TV more than 20 hours per week.

 

par3182 posted a comment   
Australia

"We know which we prefer."

Which? Don't keep us all in suspense....

RD
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"Fabulous picture and great sound."

RD posted a review   

The Good:Picture and sound

The Bad:Can't think of any bad point.

Two months since I purchased the PS60E8000 and I'm loving it. Fabulous picture, especially playing 3D blu ray discs. Tremendous sound and great features. At less than $2,500, what a brilliant TV.

 

SharonS1 posted a reply   

Your very lucky then. We purchased this tv and the first one was faulty, the second one lasted a week. Waiting to hear from Samsung when we can get a replacement. Not impressed at all.

 

ScottR posted a reply   

I bought a Samsung LCD a few years back and was so glad I paid for extended warranty as the tv broke and had issues a number of times. The last time the picture on it went I decided to buy a new tv instead of having the Samsung fixed. I red this review to see if they're improving and I noticed your comment so I guess Samsung's still the same.

 

cancers56 posted a reply   
Australia

you bought it for $2,500 and where did you bought it from?
thx




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User Reviews / Comments  Samsung PS60E8000

  • MarkP8

    MarkP8

    "The TV is great in all regards apart from the slight hickup trying to get the network setup to stay on the screen when I'm trying to select a router or type in the password, the network setup simpl..."

  • JasonZ2

    JasonZ2

    Rating5

    "Everything is great about this tv except for the sound! The speakers sound cheap and distort under certain conditions. This is very annoying and even more so when they wouldn't distort for the tech..."

  • BradG1

    BradG1

    Rating5

    "This unit looked like it was the best option when replacing my old Marantz 50" plasma panel and it certainly has a lot going for it. The picture is reasonably good although the standard settings ne..."

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