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The Samsung PN51D8000 reaffirms the beauty of plasma with stunning picture quality from an ultrathin panel, along with a bevy of apps and one of the best remotes we’ve used to date.Samsung D8000 series information: This review is based on our hands-on experience with the 51-inch PN51D8000 TV. However, our observations also apply to the two other sizes in Samsung’s D8000 series of Plasma TVs, including the 59-inch PN59D8000, 64-inch PN64D8000. According to Samsung, the three sets have identical specifications (save dimensions and weight) and should offer similar performance.We get frequent calls and emails from friends, family and readers asking for advice on what TV to buy. As we’re making our recommendations and we throw out some plasma TV models, we’re often asked the questions: “Isn’t plasma an outdated technology?” and “Aren’t LED TVs supposed to be the best?”The short answers to those two questions are, in order, “No” and “Not exactly,” and Samsung’s D8000 series is evidence. But some clarification is in order for those not familiar with the current state of plasma TV technology.
A couple of months ago, I compared LCD and plasma HDTVs and found LED-backlit LCDs to be the soundly superior choice. While I can't say I've been proven wrong, I will admit that Samsung offers a very strong counterargument in its high-end plasma screens. The Samsung PN51D8000 is a 51-inch plasma HDTV with 3D, built-in Wi-Fi, and tons of features that puts out a terrific picture with excellent shadow details and color reproduction. Unfortunately, it's $2,299.99 (list) price is isn't cheap when you compare it with other, similarly sized LED-backlit LCD HDTVs that offer similar features. If you have a big budget and your mind is set on a plasma TV, however, this is the one to get. It's the highest-performing plasma display with the best features we've seen this year, and thus our Editors' Choice. Design and FeaturesThe PN51D8000 uses Samsung's "Plasma +1" Screen, which means it's smaller and thinner than previous Samsung plasma displays. The bezel measures just 1.2 inches wide and the screen itself is only 1.5 inches deep, which is incredibly thin for a plasma. The bezel is a flat, brushed metallic surface edged by a clear material that gives it an elegant flair without drawing attention away from the screen itself.
For the last couple of years it seems that our job as TV reviewers comes down to determining which TV is better: the best Panasonic plasma or the best Samsung plasma. In 2011 the vessel bearing the Samsung flag is the PND8000, and while a href="http://reviews.preview.cnet.com:8001/flat-panel-tvs/panasonic-tc-p55vt30/4505-6482_7-34468892.html">Panasonic's VT30 still deserves the overall picture quality nod in our book, the Samsung is good enough to match the Panasonic's numeric Performance score of 9. The PND8000's picture quality is superb, and we don't expect any other TV aside from the VT30 to surpass it this year--although the less expensive PND7000 series, which we have yet to review, might equal it. The kicker, and it's a big one, is that the 59-inch Samsung PND8000 we reviewed actually costs less than the 55-inch Panasonic, while delivering a better design and even more features. Unless you're the pickiest of videophiles with the most unlimited of budgets, it's tough to justify the cost of the VT30 over the PND8000. We performed a hands-on evaluation of the 59-inch Samsung PN59D8000, but this review also applies to the other screen sizes in the series. All sizes have identical specs and according to the manufacturer should provide very similar picture quality.
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