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Samsung PN59D8000 3D Plasma HDTV Reviewed

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HTR Product Rating

Performance
4.5 Stars
Value
4 Stars
Overall
4.5 Stars

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Samsung_PN59D8000_3D_Plasma_HDTV_review_corner.jpgHigh Points
• The PN59D8000 is a 3DTV, and it supports 2D-to-3D conversion.
• Samsung's robust Smart Hub platform is available, with a host of video-on-demand, music-on-demand, social-networking, and other services. Skype and DLNA media streaming are also supported.
• The PN59D8000 supports a wired or wireless network connection.
• The TV has plenty of connection options and picture adjustments.
• This plasma has a stylish design and a depth of just 1.5 inches.
• A 96Hz mode is available for reduced film judder.
• Plasma TVs generally do not suffer from viewing-angle limitations or motion-blur issues.
• Plasma 3DTVs generally keep crosstalk to a minimum with 3D content.

Low Points
• The package only includes one pair of 3D glasses. Active-shutter 3D glasses are generally more expensive than passive glasses, although Samsung does offer glasses for only $30.
• Plasma TVs generally aren't as bright as LCDs, which is a concern with active-shutter 3D technology.
• This TV lacks an RS-232 or IR control port.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the Samsung PN59D8000 with its competition by reading the reviews for the LG 60PZ950, Panasonic TC-P50GT30, and Sony KDL-46EX720. Learn more about 3D HDTVs by visiting our 3D HDTV section.

Conclusion
Over the past few years, Samsung has really stepped up its game in the plasma division. While I did not review this particular TV, I recently spent some time with the step-down PN51D6500 [http://www.hdtvetc.com/hdtv/hands-on-review-samsung-pn51d6500-3d-plasma.php] and was quite impressed with its performance. By all accounts I've seen, the top-shelf PN59D8000 offers an even better-looking picture. It also boasts an outstanding list of features and an attractive form. With an MSRP of $3,000 and a street price under $2,500, it's also a good value for a larger-screen 3D-capable panel that includes a Web platform and integrated WiFi. This one is definitely worth a look.

Additional Resources
• Read more 3D HDTV reviews by the staff at HomeTheaterReview.com.
• See more reviews in our Plasma HDTV Review section.
• Look for a 3D-capable Blu-ray player in our Blu-ray Player Review section.

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