Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: UN55C8000
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- Its 3D is still a work in progress and its 2D picture quality comes up short of the best available, but the high-end Samsung UNC8000 series still offers superb features, solid performance, and unique style.
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price range: $2,300.00 - $3,846.93
- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 04/07/2010
- Released on: 04/01/2010
The good: Better black levels than other edge-lit sets; accurate color with linear grayscale; numerous picture controls and tweaks; sleek styling with inch-deep panel; superb streaming and widget content via well-integrated Apps platform; 3D compatible; 2D to 3D conversion system works better than expected.
The bad: Extremely expensive; subpar uniformity and off-angle viewing; lighter black levels than full-array local-dimming sets; black areas tinged bluer; 3D exhibited ghost images along edges (crosstalk); does not include 3D glasses; terrible remote.
The bottom line: Its 3D is still a work in progress and its 2D picture quality comes up short of the best available, but the high-end Samsung UNC8000 series still offers superb features, solid performance, and unique style.
by JosephLED on February 13, 2011
Pros: Design super thin at 0.9 inches
Picture is amazing, superb sharpness, contract and colors
Internet apps really well
USB external HDD capable
Pandora Samsung App
Cons: Lots of screen glare in a bright room
TV isn't wifi - need a $80 adapter or have to hardwire it
Narrow viewing angle
Summary: I bought this TV after much agonizing over whether to just buy a new LCD tv or the latest generation 3D LEDs, and can say after 2 weeks of ownership ...
Summary: I bought this TV after much agonizing over whether to just buy a new LCD tv or the latest generation 3D LEDs, and can say after 2 weeks of ownership that I definitely made the correct choice. This TV is awesome, whether you are buying it for the 3D or just for a great TV.
A quick run down of the TVs main features:
Design - This TV is super thin at 0.9 inches. OK, so not insanely thin as the 2010 flagship 9000 model at 0.3 inches, but then its less than half the price and design wise looks exactly the same. I have it hung on a wall using the Samsung low profile mount, and it really does look like a picture hanging from the wall. The silver framing is sleek, and if you use one of the internet apps like Picasso you can have photos play on a slideshow to really make it look like a painting. With the wall mount, it protrudes only 1.5 inches - quite stunning. If you don't mount, the supplied stand is very sophisticated too.
Picture - This set is replacing a 4 yr old Sony LCD HDTV, so for me, the difference is amazing. Superb sharpness, contract and colors. The 240Hz creates an amazing picture, too good almost for some types of show creating what some call an artificial feel to what you are watching, but its all down to personal preference, and settings can be altered when needed. For me, it's like watching through a window and I love it. Black levels and edge lighting are perfectly good for me - I have it in a well lit room and elevated above a fireplace and picture remains excellent throughout.
Internet apps - I was not expecting to use these much, but they actually work really well. I love the AP ticker, and AccuWeather, Yahoo and YouTube are also frequently used. Best of all is that this TV has introduced me to Netflix, where the convenience of just clicking a button on my TV remote makes watching streaming movies and TV shows even easier than watching my DVR.
3D - Amazing that this technology can be brought into the home. Not much in the way of native 3D content yet (but what these is is amazing), but the TV will convert 2D to 3D and does this pretty well, especially if you up the 3D depth levels. As you might expect, this works best in a darkened room, with HD signal and action packed scenes. I watched The Dark Knight on the conversion process and was thoroughly impressed.
Overall, I am truly impressed with the TV which packs in stunning picture and technology along with the best design aesthetics. Also, you can't go wrong buying through Amazon, I got for more 20% off list, free shipping and no tax, and delivery service is superb.
*** If you will buy this TV I suggest at: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036WT4KG?ie=UTF8&tag=***************&********=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&************=B0036WT4KG
17 out of 19 users found this user opinion helpful.
by rossj81 on April 16, 2010
Pros: Beautiful picture - 2D/3D, smooth motion processing, elegant frame and body styling, deep colors / high contrast, internet capable for widgets and firmware updates, and countless picture customization for custom tweaking geeks.
Cons: Off angle viewing does lighten picture but this is the case with most LCD/LEDs. As with all thin LEDs the TV stand doesn't feel sturdy enough. Motion clarity is great but while watching Wall-E I notice a little stutter when the camera is panning.
Summary: I've owned this LED TV for a week now and it has been no less than perfect. Hooked it up, downloaded the firmware update and I've been in ...
Summary: I've owned this LED TV for a week now and it has been no less than perfect. Hooked it up, downloaded the firmware update and I've been in heaven since. The TV is extremely thin and beautiful. The colors are vibrant, blacks are deep and motion is clear and smooth. My biggest concern was how well the 240hz handled sports and action movies and thank god I have not been let down. The PS3 is capable of playing 1080p/24 and the C8000 displays the input when the blu-ray begins. I've watched Star Trek, Transformers 1 & 2, Batman Dark Night 1 / 2, and a few pixar movies and the film / video quality has been no less then stunning. My wife is blown away buy the natural film like quality of this TV. The 3D capability looks just as good as the theaters. 2D picture quality is the best I've seen on any LCD LED TV. The TV is not wireless but my cable modem is next to my cable box so I prefer the faster wired connection. I have a receiver but I did notice the TV speaker quality is pretty damn good considering how thin it is. I notice no lit up edges that the 2009 models had. I don't understand the lower rating CNET gave the TV maybe they got a bad test dummy model. I was able to order the TV from Amazon for 2900.00 and if you ask me the flagship Samsung 2010 3D LED model was worth every penny. The TV has only been out now a couple of weeks and people who don't even own the TV or have went through the picture settings to customizes the blur and judder are posting negative reviews based on CNETs rating. Considering the 2 firmware updates by Samsung, 1080p/24 working perfectly fine, 2D/3D capabilities, beautiful image and motion processing, perfectly fine remote(everyone with a highend TV uses universal remotes)nonplastic reflective frame and the fact that the TV can be bought online for 2900.00 or even less, Cnet should consider reviewing their review.
12 out of 16 users found this user opinion helpful.
High Contrast, very sharp, and great asthetics
by NNiver015 on April 25, 2010
Pros: High black levels, asthetics, 3D compatible, brightness, size and depth, advanced settings, sound is better than expected, 8,000,000:1 contrast, 4 HDMI ports, numerous applications, great color, 240hz, quick refresh.
Cons: Ugly base, some 3D content has double imaging issue with background items, people do not like watching tv with glasses, some individuals have issues with userability, tv leans forward when using base, the adapter for the component video.
Summary: This is an excellent television for someone looking to purchase a high end energy efficient LED TV. After viewing the 3D content on this television I can conclude it is ...
Summary: This is an excellent television for someone looking to purchase a high end energy efficient LED TV. After viewing the 3D content on this television I can conclude it is a very sweet experience although I did see some issues. Samsung has had some double image issues with their 3D televisions. This means that when you look at an object or layer in the background of the object that is currently in focus that background image looks almost blurry around the edges. I will admit that the 3D is very sharp and it is like you are right there. Many people have asked if the 3D image is 1080P and yes it is. The TV has great black levels and the backlight is pretty uniform for an edge lit LED display. The color is excellent and the advanced settings will allow users to adjust gamma levels, black levels, along with 3D settings. The applications seem endless compared to last year. I would suggest this model be hung on a wall due to the unattractive base and the fact that the base was manufactured in a way which make the TV lean forward. The 240hz only can noticed when you are watching sports or content that involves rapid movements and lots of motion. Going into the discussion of 3D content I agree with others in stating that many people do not relish wearing glasses to watch content; however, I will say that the 3D functions are very cool. It would be worth the money to purchase the 3D BluRay player for the bernefit of having a BluRay player and receiving the free starter kit. Just think of events that you might watch in 3D like sports, shows, and movies, or applications. The best part is that these TVs continue to get even more narrow (0.9" on this specific model). It is definitely one of the better LEDs I have seen this year. For those who are not early adopters I do recommend that you at least go to your nearest retailer and check one out on display. I hope this review has helped those considering this or similar models.
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
No buyers remorse here
by BurnedCapacitor on June 15, 2010
Pros: Great picture, very thin and light weight, easy to set-up, 3D is Cool.
Cons: Nothing that should keep you from buying one.
Summary: I have been shopping for a couple years waiting for just the right time to replace my 9 year old rear projection screen. It always seemed that while the editors ...
Summary: I have been shopping for a couple years waiting for just the right time to replace my 9 year old rear projection screen. It always seemed that while the editors had lots of good things to say about new models they always mention something not good that most times was far beyond my TV knowledge so I just kept telling myself "I'll wait until the they say "this is it the holy grail of TV's" but of course that never happened yet. So my old TV finally needed costly repair and looked more out of style than ever so I went out to replace it and stood in every store that has display models. I looked at about 20 models that I was considering and this one easily stood-up above the rest like a redwood in a flower garden. I tried to look at all the others but I couldn't keep my eye's off it. The picture really POP's of the screen in a way that is hard to explain. Its a very clear picture and things have somehow lost he cinematic experience watching this TV. Let me explain the best I can. I was watching a movie tonight and instead of it looking like a fuzzy motion picture it looked more like a home video... wait no not quite... more like it seemed that i was standing beside the camera in the movie studio while the camera guy was filming the movie next to me. So it looked like I was there not watching it as a movie. Now the 3D is really cool and will be better when I can watch something other than a cartoon with it but even the 2D picture seems to add depth I have never seen before. I'm not much for old movies but I watched a movie that was made in 1966 and it made that look like it was made yesterday.
This set will not disappoint you. I think the editors spend way to much time over analyzing these TV's. Go look at the store first and you will see that this TV is really bright and stands out from all the others.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Surprisely worth it
by Enotiq on April 29, 2010
Pros: The TV is very thin and nice. The colors are beautiful and contrast is sharp. Deep blacks. Looks stylish and futuristic. HD TV, video games, and blu ray movies look awesome.
Cons: The price is expensive. Internet firmware issues with Netflix and Blockbuster is annoying. Did not come with the touch screen remote control. 3D blu ray content is limited. 3D glasses are very expensive. No Facebook internet app.
Summary: I recommend this TV if you can afford it. It is expensive and slightly over priced. But overall I'm very happy with the TV. If you buy this TV ...
Summary: I recommend this TV if you can afford it. It is expensive and slightly over priced. But overall I'm very happy with the TV. If you buy this TV it's probably a good idea to hold off on the 3D glasses, etc., until the price comes down and there is more content available. There is only one movie available and its a cartoon. Is 3D capability really worth $350 - $400 dollars? Of course not :) Watching the TV in 2D is very nice and most of the internet apps work. However, Samsung is having firmware issues with their internet partners (Netflix and Blockbuster). This is the only major blemish.
Also, I would recommend buying a splitter and connecting to the internet via a network cable (wired). Wireless is a joke.
You might have to turn off your modem and router for 5 minutes after you connect your TV to the internet. This is because the TV has its own MAC address. In some cases you will need to register the TV MAC address with your internet service provider.
You can find some good deals online but make sure the company is a certified dealer. This site was helpful for me. http://www.resellerratings.com/
6 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best LED 3D TV and the up converter 2-3D is the Balls
by jesiop1 on June 11, 2010
Pros: Clarity is outstanding, and the converter from 2D to 3D on Movies and TV is the biggest plus. The Finish is great on the edging. Remote is easy to use and controls the 3d Player through BD-link... one remote to control both items.
Cons: So far the cons are.. User manual not enough information and clarity and you cant seem to turn off the other sources displays on the screen even though not being used. have to buy the wireless usb.. Comes on 3D players but not on TV?
Summary: This is a sweet TV, I was really struggling to buy or not to buy 3D, I needed a new TV my Plasma after 5 years was acting up (LG) ...
Summary: This is a sweet TV, I was really struggling to buy or not to buy 3D, I needed a new TV my Plasma after 5 years was acting up (LG) and i wanted a larger screen. So do I get a non 3D and save a few bucks or go for the new.. I am wondering why I was questioning to buy or not. This blows away any TV i have seen at anyone?s house and they all have Plasma or LCD ... The 3D LED is the Balls... I watched monsters and aliens 3d which was great, But then i put in Star Trek II Blue ray and activated the 2 D to 3D and i was blown away! Yes its not the 3d with gimmicks.. But I felt I was right there! I felt they were right there! The space scenes and the detail was well I cant put it in to words.. Awesome, I.. Don?t know how it tells what to separate but I does and its great I cant wait to go through the rest of my DVDs.. So I have heard LG does not have the 2 to 3D feature... But this does... yea no problem with glasses either.. I recommend it. I have not tired the Internet yet as i need the Wireless USB... when I do, there goes my Roku.. It won?t be needed. A++
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
by jbonzey on May 13, 2010
Pros: The picture on the 55C8000 is just amazing. Bright, clear, stunning picture. Sound is also good.
Cons: Only one coax connection. Reflects some light in bright room but not at all a problem. To be honest I was having trouble coming up with CONS.
Summary: My old 55" HD projection died after 10 years. All i can say is the picture quality on the 55C8000 is simply amazing connected via HDMI. I don't know ...
Summary: My old 55" HD projection died after 10 years. All i can say is the picture quality on the 55C8000 is simply amazing connected via HDMI. I don't know what some of the reviewers complaining about picture quality are talking about, (blackness levels, flickering etc). As always, upgrade the firmware to fix any bugs etc. I didn't purchase the 3D glasses as i could care less about the functionality, but was looking for a great TV Picture that will hopefully last for 10 more years. I very much like the internet connectivity - Youtube etc. and downloaded a video on demand movie from Vudo which was amazing.
I truly can not express how great this TV looks mounted on the Wall connected up to my Dish Network HD Receiver. It is located in a VERY bright Family room (lots of windows, French Door, Skylights) and it still is picture perfect - nice and bright
Anyway, if your looking for a really nice large HD TV - Definitely give this one a look.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Still on the fence about the 55"...
by kmart220 on November 16, 2010
Pros: Blueray looks AMAZING!!! Really, you feel as though you are actually there and the depth of each frame is something you won't see on a lesser quality TV. The picture is very bright and natural looking. The colors are truly fantastic.
Cons: The sound isn't all that great On HD shows, there is a strange effect which I have seen described as soap opera effect. It's sort of odd. The clarity is unsurpassed, but there is something not right.
Summary: Over all the TV is great. The "soap opera" thing is very odd and I just cannot decide if it is something I can handle or if I find it ...
Summary: Over all the TV is great. The "soap opera" thing is very odd and I just cannot decide if it is something I can handle or if I find it totally unacceptable for a TV with such a hefty price-tag. The worst part is, a consumer won't know about it until the TV is set up in their home because at the stores, all they show you is Bluray, which is perfect. I am clearly no technical genius, but I am telling you now, there is something off and different from the Bluray. It's my only real complaint about the quality. Anyways, simplicity of the controls is great. There is nothing confusing or tricky about this thing. I read in one of the tech reviews that the remote is terrible. I totally disagree, I think it's great! Very "futuristic" looking with a back-light and everything. I think the appearance of the TV itself is beautiful. I feel like I need to replace the stand it is on! My concern is that it isn't completely worth what people, including myself, are paying. Also, I bought the 3D bundle so I am totally 3D capable which sounded great exceptt in the 3 weeks I've had it, I haven't located a single 3D movie to watch except for the little sample movie that came with the set. Plus, the glasses are super expensive, like to the tune of $100 a pair on the cheap end! How is someone supposed to share their excitement with friends??? I am not willing to spend hundreds of dollars on glasses. So, does it make more sense to wait a few years until the whole 3D thing is more user friendly? Probably.
Ok, in a nutshell: Bluray is fantastic and best picture quality possible! HD is very clear and bright but some strange effects hinder the actual quality. Internet right to the TV is super cool, lovin' it! Sound, eh, not great but should have surround anyways. Price, terrible! I got a great deal and still question my purchase. 3D WILL BE great, but now, it's just ok. Just go see the 3D in theaters. Esthetically very nice.
I think I am going to go back to where I bought it and see if they have the same TV just not 3D so I can save some bucks. If I could find the same TV just not 3D and for a grand less, I would jump all over it. It is just too soon for 3D to be all that great at home.
I'm just a regular person who bought this thing and I just hope that what I said will help someone.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best TV out there currently
by jbold on June 8, 2010
Pros: The picture is second to none, crystal clear images, very nice and simple to use remote(not sure why some people are knocking it), blu ray movies look surreal, brushed chrome looks very sharp.
Cons: Should have come with a 3d capable hdmi cable, and really should have come with at least 2 pairs of glasses, price still steep but there is deals to be had if you look around
Summary: I recommend this TV, no questions asked, if you can afford it, do not waste your time and buy a non LED 3D television set as this is truly the ...
Summary: I recommend this TV, no questions asked, if you can afford it, do not waste your time and buy a non LED 3D television set as this is truly the wave of the future, and you will regret if you go a different direction and buy a non LED 3D television set now in a year or less.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Amazing contrast and clarity, both in 2D and 3D.
by dean10011111 on April 28, 2010
Pros: Colars are bright and eye catching, beats every tv out thier with colar, clarity is off the charts to you can notice the smallist details fine. and under one inch thick its a stunner.
Cons: My only complaint comes with the motion, first of all i like the soap opera look because it gives you amaing clarity even in fast scenes. however it seems to handle 24fps somewhat badly, some scences will become a tad jerky maling motion clarity less
Summary: overall the good far outwight the bad. i would just hope that samsung come out with an update to address the 24fps as well as adding even more of a ...
Summary: overall the good far outwight the bad. i would just hope that samsung come out with an update to address the 24fps as well as adding even more of a soap opera clarity look, it looks preety decent now but could be improved upon. (for those of you that dont like this look i say simple buy a plasma) plasma give yopu that theater look while led and lcd give you that soap opera look)
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: UN55C8000
- Description: The Samsung LED 8000 delivering the pure thrill of 3D entertainment, connectivity that enhances your life, and visually stunning picture quality. Action leaps off the screen with advanced 3D technology, for a truly immersive viewing experience. Connect to friends, share pictures, shop online and more. Innovative LED backlight processing delivers HD on a level of enjoyment, with their greatest range dynamic contrast and rich, bright color. Breathtaking ultra-slim design adds sleek versatility, while an elegant Touch of Color bezel accent brings both colors and textures to your decor. Take entertainment further than ever before.
- TV type LED-LCD
- Screen size 55 in
- Color Brushed titanium
- 3D Yes
- Connectivity IEEE 802.3 (Ethernet)
- Internet streaming services Internet@TV
- TV features On-screen menu,
Ultra clear panel,
Skype on Samsung TV,
Wide Color Enhancer +,
Auto power off,
Touch of Color (ToC)
- Technology 3D,
- Backlight technology LED Backlight technology
- LED backlight type Edge Light with local dimming
- Native resolution 1920 x 1080
- Resolution 1080p
- Dynamic contrast ratio 8000000:1
- Refresh rate 240Hz
- Motion Enhancement Technology 240Hz
- Aspect ratio 16:9
- Progressive Scan Progressive scanning (line doubling)
- Widescreen Widescreen
- HDCP compatible Yes
- TV tuner presence Yes
- HDTV Tuner Yes
- Digital TV tuner ATSC,
- Secondary audio program (SAP) Yes
- Speaker(s) 2 x Right/left channel speaker - Built-in - 15 Watt
- Surround mode Yes
- Sound effects SRS TheaterSound
- Total output power 30 Watt
- Audio controls Balance,
- HDMI ports qty 4
- PC interface VGA (HD-15)
- Input/Output connections - Rear,
2 x USB 2.0 (4 pin USB Type A),
4 x HDMI (19 pin HDMI Type A),
1 x Component video input (RCA phono x 3),
1 x VGA input (15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15)),
1 x Digital audio output (optical) (TOSLINK),
1 x Network (RJ-45),
1 x Composite video/audio input (RCA phono x 3),
Audio line-in (Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm),
- Video interface HDMI,
- Closed captioning Yes
- Parental channel lock Yes
- V-chip control Yes
- Type Standard remote control
- Features Touchscreen
- Second remote control type None
- Component 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
- Flat panel mount interface Yes
- Power device Power supply
- ENERGY STAR version 4.1
Dimensions & Weight
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 50.4 in x 0.9 in x 30.4 in - Without stand
- Weight 48.5 lbs
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
- Width 62.2 in
- Depth 7.9 in
- Height 35.4 in
- Weight 66.1 lbs
- CNET Power Saver Yes
- CNET Labs: Operational power consumption 129.46 Watt
- CNET Labs: Calibrated power consumption 111.64 Watt
- CNET Labs: Power Save Mode power consumption 62.93 Watt
- CNET Labs: Power consumption Stand by / Sleep 0.07 Watt
- CNET Labs: Estimated Annual Energy Cost 24.53 US Dollars
- ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2011) 4.1
- Greenpeace policy rating (Nov 2012) 4.2
Edge Light with local dimming,
EPA Energy Star
Edge Light with local dimming,
EPA Energy Star
Edge Light with local dimming,
EPA Energy Star