Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: PN60E8000
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- The expensive Samsung PNE8000 series comes through with stellar picture quality, but its main appeal is to people who crave the latest gadgetry in their plasma TV.
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- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 04/18/2012
- Updated on:06/11/2012
- Released on: 03/01/2012
The good: The Samsung PNE8000 series exhibited outstanding overall picture quality, characterized by exceedingly deep black levels, accurate colors, superb video processing, and very good 3D. Unlike LCDs, as a plasma TV it has superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics. Its massive feature set includes a touch-pad remote, IR blaster, two pairs of 3D glasses, motion and voice command, and the industry's most capable Smart TV platform. This Samsung is also one of the best plasma designs around.
The bad: Samsung charges too much for extra features that are largely unnecessary and poorly implemented. Its picture delivers slightly worse shadow detail and bright-room performance than some competitive plasmas, and its maximum light output is somewhat dim.
The bottom line: The expensive Samsung PNE8000 series comes through with stellar picture quality, but its main appeal is to people who crave the latest gadgetry in their plasma TV.
by tonyjd40 on April 25, 2012
Pros: EXCELLENT COLORS, AMAZING 3D
BEST FULL WEB BROWSER
NO BUZZ OR HUMM
IT CONNECTS TO BD PLAYER AND A/V RECIECER
PRICE IS NOW LOWER
I LOVE THE FAMILY APP
THE CAMERA AND VOICE FOR SKYPE IS SO COOL AND WORKS GREAT.
Cons: NEW FEATUERS ARE COOL AND WORK WELL, BUT I USUALLY REACH FOR THE REMOTE
Summary: EXCELLENT TV, GREAT COLORS, GREAT BLACK LEVEL, FEATURE PACKED.
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT TV. I HAVE THE 51 INCH AND GOT IT FOR $1798.00 THAT IS THE BEST BANG ...
Summary: EXCELLENT TV, GREAT COLORS, GREAT BLACK LEVEL, FEATURE PACKED.
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT TV. I HAVE THE 51 INCH AND GOT IT FOR $1798.00 THAT IS THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK THERE IS !!! THE SAMSUNG TV'S HAVE THE BEST 3D , BAR NONE.
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Rebooting Power Down Problem - Google before buying.
by tcopeland99 on August 9, 2013
Pros: Good picture with lots of nice features when it was not rebooting. Samsung guaranteed they would fix it. They did try to fix it, but failed.
Cons: Reboots itself every few minutes. Samsung's recommended service companies will not return my calls even though Samsung itself guaranteed the repair by phone.
Summary: I believe this $2500 Samsung model PN60E8000 is unreliable due to engineering factory defect. It reboots itself every 2 to 10 minutes. It started rebooting occasionally within the first 12 ...
Summary: I believe this $2500 Samsung model PN60E8000 is unreliable due to engineering factory defect. It reboots itself every 2 to 10 minutes. It started rebooting occasionally within the first 12 months of use. After it started rebooting regularly, I finally called Samsung, but it was 14 months old, 2 months out of warranty. Samsung sent a repairman out and charged me $400. It failed right after the repairman left. The Samsung repairman will not return my calls. The second Samsung repair company doesn't return my calls either. After researching on Google, I found a lot of other users having the same problem. Even the new TV replacements are having the same problem. I believe this model definitely has an engineering factory defect. Bottom line, I not only give this product a very poor rating, I don't trust Samsung for not owning up to a factory defect. Google, Google, Google before buying.
hate the led like flickering when going black
by shelbyKL on September 3, 2012
Pros: nice color
Cons: poor speakers
that flickering when going to a black screen
poor stand the old pn58c8000 had a better stand
Summary: I have bought 3 different Samsung Plasma's in a 3 year period and I like the first two all 8000 series. This new one does something I do not ...
Summary: I have bought 3 different Samsung Plasma's in a 3 year period and I like the first two all 8000 series. This new one does something I do not like it acts like an LED when the screen goes black it turns itself off which causes flickering of the screen. A plasma does not need to do this it already has a deep enough black screen. Its very upsetting when the rest of the picture quality is fine. Acting like an LED when its a plasma TV is just poor engineering it removes the plus of having a plasma
Our first tv was faulty and second lasted 7 days.
by sharonandglenn on August 2, 2012
Pros: When the tv works the picture is excellent.
Cons: Two brand new tv's broken down in a matter of 10 days. At no stage have Samsung apologised for this and they have been very frustrating to deal with. Still waiting to hear when we can receive a replacement...
Summary: It's our 2nd Samsung tv the first was an LCD which lasted 4 years & broke down. Seriously thought they would have improved but clearly they got worse. Never ...
Summary: It's our 2nd Samsung tv the first was an LCD which lasted 4 years & broke down. Seriously thought they would have improved but clearly they got worse. Never again. What a waste of $2500.....
Great improvement from the D8000 series.
by scar50 on June 12, 2012
Pros: Outstanding overall picture. The black levels are crazy deep, deeper than the D8000. The whites are 30% brighter than last years model, and the 3D is amazing!!! Try watching Avatar 3D or Tron Legacy 3D on this thing, you'll be blown away.
Cons: Unnecessary gimmicky options like voice and gesture control. The 3D glasses that come with the TV sucks(they flicker too much)so buy the Samsung SSG-3100GB 3D glasses instead. The touch remote sucks so use the standard remote that also comes with it
Summary: Samsung fixed the two major issues that plagued the D8000 series which were the screen peeling of the thin anti-reflective film, and the most annoying, the "brightness pop" issue which ...
Summary: Samsung fixed the two major issues that plagued the D8000 series which were the screen peeling of the thin anti-reflective film, and the most annoying, the "brightness pop" issue which was really bad. I honestly think that Samsung used the D8000 series as a Beta TV. There venturing into new ground with these new series of plasmas and as each year goes by, each new model will eliminate the previous models problems. As far as buzzing is concerned I do hear it a bit but if you have a surround sound system like I do, it will drown it out and you won't notice it. The screen burn in issue that I read from vizfx_guy is pretty strange and has to be a manufacture defect considering this plasma is equipped with "Pixel Shift" which does exactly that to prevent burn in. This option was clearly not working on vizfx_guy TV and it's a shame that Samsung wouldn't just swap it for a replacement. That's what they did with me when the brightness pop issue wasn't resolved when they replaced the screen on my 64" D8000. They gave me the 64" E8000. The only real issue with this particular model is the buzzing noise but not all of them suffers from that. You just have to hope that if you buy this TV you get the one that doesn't buzz, and buy an extended warranty! That way they can replace it with the newest model if need be.
Best 3DTV of 2012!!!
by djindian on April 25, 2012
Pros: Black levels
Built in camera
Cons: Remote controls suck, both of them. The touch pad remote is awful to use and the regular remote has no qwerty keyboard on the back. They should have stuck with last years model...
Summary: This Tv is truly amazing. It produces a beautiful picture and is a big step up from last year PN59D8000. this Tv has very deep blacks, awesome features, vivid bright ...
Summary: This Tv is truly amazing. It produces a beautiful picture and is a big step up from last year PN59D8000. this Tv has very deep blacks, awesome features, vivid bright picture, and the best 3D i've seen. In my opinion it is the best TV out for it's price and features.
pn60e8000 picture has great color no buzz no hum
by barrgervais on April 22, 2012
Pros: great picture easy set up connects to the internet without any problem this set is a pn60e8000 great color the other review i just read says that they all buzz that is not true mine has no buzz no hum
Cons: the only con and its not a knock i have not set voice or gesture recognition yet not sure if i will at this point
and there is no HBO GO app yet
DO NOT BUY A PLASMA TV!! ESPECIALLY FROM SAMSUNG!
by VizFX_Guy on May 25, 2012
Pros: Very Very good picture. Excellent in fact
Cons: You may NOT want to see that good picture stick around after you've changed the station. Burn in is alive and well in Plasma TV's.
Summary: I bought the Samsung Plasma 3D TV after exhaustive research. Their TV was actually hailed as the TV of the year in some circles. I've been in the TV/...
Summary: I bought the Samsung Plasma 3D TV after exhaustive research. Their TV was actually hailed as the TV of the year in some circles. I've been in the TV/Film industry for 20 years and knew enough to avoid plasma TV's due to a myriad of issues. However, after reading all of the reviews, and going to the store to check out the picture quality, I was frankly very impressed. The reviews seemed to say that burn-in was no longer an issue and that the black levels and picture quality were unsurpassed. The 3D aspect of the TV was a bonus.
Cutting to the heart of the reason for this review, I'll just say that I have SEVERE burn-in after only one month of use. Turns out that the stations that I watch have "bugs" and ID "banners" up for every show and they are now ghosted into my screen. I called Samsung for some support, and guess what? Burn-in is NOT covered under their warranty. Even if it happens that quickly. I was at a loss. I explained to them that this was not acceptable, but they held fast. I told them that by omitting burn-in from their warranty, they were in fact ADMITTING that it was a problem that they expected to happen. Otherwise, they would stand behind their product. They then suggested that to avoid burn-in, I should watch different channels throughout the day. Seriously, this was their solution. My solution after spending $1800 on a TV that is now defective is to first NEVER buy another plasma TV, and second, NEVER buy another Samsung product as they refuse to stand behind their products.
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Great TV, if you're hard of hearing.
by hov333 on April 19, 2012
Pros: Best detail & color I've ever seen on a plasma. Clear, crisp, bright picture and great classy styling.
Cons: -Buzzes badly, not just mine, they all do. On my second set and its worse than the first one.
-Screen glare can be annoying in brighter rooms. Its pretty much a large mirror so make good use of your blinds/shades.
Summary: I was so excited to buy Samsung's newest 8000 series TV. Budget was not an object, I simply wanted the best HDTV I could find. Last year's D8000 ...
Summary: I was so excited to buy Samsung's newest 8000 series TV. Budget was not an object, I simply wanted the best HDTV I could find. Last year's D8000 looked great and had awesome reviews and looked like a great buy. Knowing the 2012 models were underway, I thought to wait to have the newest tech.
After a long wait, the 2012 Samsung line finally became available and a local BB showroom had the new E8000 series on display, so I went to check it out. I was sold after seeing the picture, it really was amazing. I purchased one and brought it home, I turned it on and the buzzing grabbed my attention before the amazing picture even had a chance to come on! With the volume at normal levels you can still hear the noisy buzz. I gave it a few weeks to break in and settle, hoping the buzz may disappear, no luck. Its VERY annoying and changes pitch depending on what is displayed. I went back to the store and I was actually able to verify the same noise on the TV that was on their showroom floor! They assured me I must have gotten one from a bad batch so being an optimist I had them exchange it for another one.
My second set is actually worse than the first and I'm convinced its not a bad batch, just bad manufacturing. I had no idea such a problem even existed up until now. After Googling "Samsung plasma buzz", I was amazed at what a widespread issue this was. There are literally hundreds of angry people sharing their frustration about loud buzzing coming from various Samsung models and Samsung's lack of acknowledging it as a manufacturing defect. I own 4 other plasmas of different brands and had never heard any abnormal noise from them. Some buzzing is normal if your head is against the back of the panel, not if you're sitting 12-15 feet away!
In short, I'm heartbroken and upset such an expensive set can be so disappointing. I would expect such issues from a budget TV, not the flagship model 'from the worlds leading electronics manufacturer'. Its like buying a $75,000 car and the suspension squeaks every time you drive over a bump - its simply not acceptable for a 'top of the line' product. I wish Samsung had spent more effort on product R&D and quality parts instead of developing attention grabbing gimmicks like voice & motion control.
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- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: PN60E8000
- Description: Samsung smart TV lets you find and control exciting content in unexpected ways. Accessing apps, signature services and browsing is easy. Voice and gesture controls, face recognition, the smart touch remote and the smart view mobile app all provide unique ways to interact with your TV. Enjoy an exceptional picture and a TV experience like never before. A full web browser with built-in Wi-Fi and powerful apps made for TV are powered by a dual core processor for a seamless experience. Samsung's real black pro panel with nano carbon technology delivers the deepest, darkest black levels, high contrast and boldest hues. Add the stunning ultra slim panel look, and you've got the ultimate Plasma TV.
- TV type Plasma
- Screen size 59 in
- Color Black
- 3D Active 3D
- 3D glasses & accessories 3D glasses (2pcs) included
- Connectivity Bluetooth,
- Smart TV Yes
- Internet streaming services Samsung SmartTV
- Skype details Built-in web camera for Skype
- TV features Samsung Smart Content and Signature service,
Samsung Smart Hub,
Full Web Browser w/ Dual Core Processing,
Down Firing + Full Range speaker,
Real Black Pro Panel,
Wide Color Enhancer Plus,
- Technology 3D
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Motion Enhancement Technology 600Hz Subfield Motion
- Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
- Widescreen Widescreen
- HDCP compatible Yes
- TV tuner presence Yes
- HDTV Tuner Yes
- Speaker(s) 2 x Main channel speaker - Built-in - 10 Watt
- Total output power 20 Watt
- HDMI ports qty 3
- Input/Output connections 3 x HDMI (19 pin HDMI Type A),
3 x USB (4 pin USB Type A),
1 x Composite video / component video input (RCA phono x 3),
1 x Audio input (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm),
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK),
1 x Network (RJ-45),
1 x Audio input (RCA phono x 2)
- Video interface HDMI,
- Closed captioning Yes
- Type Touchpad remote
- Features Samsung Smart Interaction (Samsung Smart Interaction face recognition, and the Smart View Mobile App),
- Second remote control type None
- Service & support 1 year warranty
- Service & support details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year
Stands & Mounts
- Stand included Included
- Stand design Tabletop
- Stand features Swivel
- Power device Power supply
- Power consumption stand by / sleep 0.3 Watt
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 54.7 in x 13.8 in x 36.3 in - With stand
- Weight 68.8 lbs
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
- Width 59.1 in
- Depth 16.9 in
- Height 38 in
- Weight 90.8 lbs
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 4.1
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 4.2