Samsung - 58" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / 3D Plasma HDTV
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- Height36.1 inches
- Width54.6 inches
- Depth13.3 inches
- Energy Star CompatibleNo
- TV TypePlasma Flat-Panel
- Screen Size Class58"
- Screen Refresh Rate600Hz
- 3D Technology3D-Ready
- Instant ContentBlockbuster, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Hulu Plus and more
- Product Height (with stand)36.1"
- Product Height (without stand)33.8"
- Product Depth (with stand)13.3"
- Product Depth (without stand)1.4"
- USB PortYes
- USB InputYes
- iPod DockNo
- Speaker Output Power30W
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
- Internet ConnectableYes
- Ethernet PortNo
Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 36 reviews(36 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Love itPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've gone through quite the adventure over the last 5 months with purchasing my new TV. I thought it would be helpful to others if I shared. Long story short, I've gone through the UN55B6000, PN58B860, UN55C7000 and PN58C7000 and PN58C8000. We moved into a new apartment, and needed a new tv to go over our fire place. We were upgrading from a 5 year old Samsung 720p DLP TV. --UN55B6000-- Loved the form factor of the TV. Got it home and after a few days I was just unhappy with the overall look of the LCD/LED. I really saw a lot of motion blur. --PN58B860-- I returned the LED TV and went with this TV. I absolutely LOVED the picture quality of the TV. But it buzzed terribly. It sounded like a bug zapper. I could actually hear it over top of the regular tv volume at a 12 ft distance. Best Buy swapped it out for another one. The second PN58B860 buzzed even louder. I gave it about 3 weeks to see if it would get better but it didn't. So I returned it and waited for the 2010 models to come out. --UN55C7000-- When I heard that the new 2010 models were out, I went down to my friendly Best Buy to hopefully pick up the new plasma. Unfortunately, they only had the new LED in. The sales person told me that all of the issues were fixed on this set that I was unhappy with previously with the UN55B6000. He convinced me to give it a try and that if I were unhappy with it that they would gladly take it back. Sure there was still lighting in the corners and some motion blur, but it was much better. I still wasn't sold on this set, as I LOVED the PQ on the plasma. I decided to go with the plasma and return this set. --PN58C7000-- Awesome picture quality - however, it's stuck in the soap opera mode and can't be taken out. To me and everybody I know, it looks like a soap opera in fast forward. I can't stand to watch the tv in this mode. It's very odd to me that it's this way, as only the 8000 is supposed to have MJC, so why does the 7000 have it but not have a way to take it off? I found a work around that allows the user to turn the game mode on/off that then caused the MJC to turn off. As a result of this, I returned it to Crutchfield and upgraded to the 8000 series. By the way, can somebody explain to me who would want to buy the 7000 series plasma and be stuck with having MJC on? I just can't figure it out! --PN58C8000-- I LOVE this TV. Seriously, it's amazing. I like the dark grey bezel better than the black of the 7000 series. Something about it looks more gadgety/elegant. This TV makes a sound when it's on. I can hear it 12+ feet away when sitting right in front of it. It's definitely not a buzz like the PN58B860 that I had before. It sounds more like a fan running. When the volume is at a regular volume I don't notice it at all. When you engage the 3D mode, it gets MUCH louder though. Still hardly notice it. In comparison to the Xbox 360 fan noise, it's much quieter.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Overall Very good TVPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This TV has one amazing picture. Anyone who is looking for a great 3D plasma this TV certainly has it all. Feature set includes samsung Internet TV, 3D, a slew of picture options(for people like me), motion judder cancelling and cinema smooth, however the cinema smooth option does not work properly, as described below. First off I will say I was originally an owner of the PNc7000, but due to issues with the MJC(not being able to turn it off, namely) I returned my set for the 8000. I have not noticed any difference in picture quality between the two, and the only real difference between the 7000 and 8000 is the antiglare material used on the screen. Makes you kinda wonder if its worth the extra cash just for a few menu options and an antiglare reflective coating. For those on the fence, unless you DESPERATELY want the ability to toggle MJC, I would probably consider the 7000 since the price is lower and the whole MJC issue(not being able to turn it off) is now fixed on that set. They are the same panel, resolution, materials ect. Just something to consider. As far as performance, this TV will not disappoint. Colors are spot on and black levels are extremely deep(if there was one area where the 8000 MAYBE beats the 7000 it would be this, but dont quote me as I haven't had it professionally measured). The applications all work flawlessly and include such things as VUDU, Blockbuster, CinemaNow, youtube, facebook and so on. The MJC is useful during sports, but ultimately I hardly ever use it. As most know, it makes film content look terrible. The Cinema smooth feature works, but I still see flicker so it appears it doesn't properly handle 1080p/24fps sources. This to me is a bummer because not only does the 7000 include both MJC and cinema smooth(you can gain these features on the 7000 with a bit of ingenuity)but the 8000, considered samsungs flagship model, does not properly handle these sources. Its not a huge complaint as the cinema smooth feature DOES work, but those with a keen eye will notice the flickering from time to time. 3D is everything I expected and far superior to comparable Panasonic models. Crosstalk is extremely few and far between, which is most definitely a good thing. Both the 7000 and 8000 have excellent 3D. Overall a great TV, but the lack of differences between this and the 7000 make me wonder if the price is worth it. I'm feeling this more now that the MJC issues on the 7000 is fixed. Either way you definitely wont be disappointed with this TV, its quite a beauty. The picture quality on this TV is bar none, but definitely takes a bit of adjusting before it will look top notch. The out of box presets are too dull for me, and dynamic mode is too bright and overwhelming. Below I list my personal picture settings on the PNC8000. If you like the color pop of LCD but still want the obvious benefits plasma offers, you should be very happy with these settings. For those in darker rooms, dial down the cell light to 14 or 15. You may want to change the color temp as well, but thats up to you. I start with the CAL-DAY setting: Cell Light 20/19, Contrast 97, Brightness 45, Sharpness 30, Color 49, tint G50/R50, Black Tone: Dark, Dynamic Contrast: Med/low, Gamma +2, Color Space: Native, flesh tone -2, color tone: normal, HDMI black level: normal(wouldn't change this). White Balance: R-offset: 25, G-offset 25, B-offset, 26. R-gain: 25, G-gain: 25, B-gain: 38. I wont share my 10p white balance as it is somewhat subjective and requires a professional. I think it looks amazing, but others may disagree.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Get the plasma!!!! not LCD/LEDPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
If you are reading this you are probably struggling between a LDC/LED or Plasma. I looked at 100's of televisions over 1 month before buying. First...I'm not some plasma nut. Here is what I discovered. I have a couple of Samsung TVs. I have a 40 inch LCD, a 23 inch LCD and a 22 inch LCD computer monitor so I am falimilar with all of them. In the store you will be blown away at the vivid, sharp picture of the LCD/LED when side-by-side with the plasma. BUT you won't be watching 2 side-by-side at home so focus on the picture. When you really look at the colors the plasma is hands-down better. Look at a sunset on the plasma--you will see a wide range of reds and oranges. In the LCD you will see a white sky with a redish sunset. Look at green grass, etc., you will see many different shades on the plasma, on the LED it will be green grass. Blacks..no need to discuss plasma wins without question. The colors are MUCH better and look real, not just bright, like a LCD. I find that on the LCD's everything looks like a cartoon. I took it out of the box, hung it on the wall and changed the picture mode to Dynamic...that's it. You can't go wrong. Also I have a fairly bright room and have had no issues with reflection, etc. If I stand in my hallway I can see my 40 inch LCD and this TV and I will tell you that the picture is like night and day. On the same channel the differences between the reds, greens, blacks etc, jump off the screen. Do yourself a favor, save the money and get a better TV. Are you a sports nut? The plasma has none of that "boxing" when someone is running or moving fast. As most flat TVs the sound is not great but If you are buying a 58 inch TV you are not (should not be) using the TV speakers. The 3D is nice but very limited. I have not used it enough to review that. I plan on using it more as sports are broadcast in 3D. But, if I were buying a TV for just 3D it would have been the Panasonic.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The picture is soooooo clear!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have been researching which 3DTV I was going to install in my new home for about 6 months and let me tell you, after settling on this Samsung 58", I am so impressed with the picture quality of this TV, even when it's not displaying a 3D image, the images are so clear and crisp that the images seem to pop off the screen. I've had several comments about that on my TV that it looks like real life. After I mounted the TV, it's even more beautiful. I was trying to decide between this and the Panasonic V25 but decided to go with this because although the Panasonic slightly beat this in all the reviews, I couldn't get past that it was a plasma but as thin as most LEDs. The Panasonic is great and all, but after all the reports of the black levels fading over time and the unsightly design of the TV, I had to choose the Samsung. The only thing about this Samsung is that it does have a slight buzz in the speakers when the volume is off or low. I even hooked it up to a surround sound system and it does buzz from the TV still. I read reports about it before I purchased it but was told that if I hooked it to a proper surge protector that it would filter out that noise. Well I bought the $699 Panamax surge protector and it still buzzes. I'm not too bothered by it though because when you have the volume up (which is always) you can't hear it at all. (plus the TV is such an excellent performer visually that it makes up for a little buzz here and there) I would definitely recommend this TV over the Panasonic as well as any LED or LCD out there. Plasma is still king when it comes to picture quality, viewing angles and I forgot to mention that this I have 3 walls in my room that are full of windows and this baby reduces the glare big time, so all those LCD people who want to reduce glare, get this plasma because it has a better picture than a LCD/LED and it reduces the glare too.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Definitely worth itPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I spent many weeks searching for which 3d tv I would get. It basically came down between the Samsung and Panasonic (vt25) but in the very end I decided on the Samsung. The main key points in my decision was the cheaper price tag and the 2d to 3d conversion. I've had the TV for about 2 weeks now and all I have to say is that I'm very happy with it. The 3d visuals are really amazing rivaling that of what you see in the theaters. I tested the 3d with both Monsters vs Aliens and some PS3 3d game titles and all handled really great. There is some ghosting when you see 3d content but I was expecting that and it isn't to the point where its annoying. Based on some reviews I heard the Panasonic has comparable amount of ghosting but I can't verify that yet. The 2d to 3d conversion works really well too. Of course it won't be as great as the blue ray 3d titles but it still does a good job of giving the picture some depth. The 2d picture quality is superb with really good black levels. It also handles 1080p/24fp way better than the Panasonic displays I've seen with no visible artifacts. The apps option works really well and I was able to get Netflix up in very little time. The only problem I had is when playing a Netflix movie you get locked out from some of the menu controls so I recommend using the blue ray player apps instead. The sound was okay but if you have a TV like this then a receiver should be standard in your setup. Lastly, no buzzing. This was my biggest worry but thankfully I have not noticed any buzzing coming from the TV yet. If you're conflicted about either or then I def recommend the Samsung. It's a better choice all around and much more cheaper than the Panasonic.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great picture, 3D amazingPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
We purchased this TV as a replacement for a ten year old projection HD set for our family room, our main viewing room. We previously bought 2 other large HD flat screens for other rooms in our home, one a plasma and the other an LCD. This one is by far the best we have. The HD picture is the sharpest and the daylight glare, usually associated wth plasmas, is reduced. The 3D features are truly amazing. Although there is very little 3D currently being broadcast, we have seen several college football games broadcast in 3D by ESPN and the depth perception and clarity was comparable to being at the game live. We have also seen a 3D college football game broadcast by the Versus network and it was hard to watch -- very ghosty and not nearly as good as the ESPN broadcasts. On Demand 3D movies were excellant and easy on the eyes. 3D broadcasts are obviously still in its infancy and is a work in progress. One of the nice features of the Samsung is the simulated 3D which turns any 2D broadcast into a 3D. We have tried this feature extensively and although the 3D did not compae in quality to an actual 3D broadcast, it was watchable and was also easy on the eyes. At least temporarily, it allows you to experience the 3D effect before the networks and providers start offering actual 3D broadcasts on a regular basis. Lastly, the active 3D glasses -- it takes a little getting used to. When we were shopping for this TV we tried on various glasses from the different 3D TV manufacturerers, and we found the Samsung the most comfortable. Some other manufacturers' glasses were not as comfortable to wear, especially for an extended period of time. We purchased them in a bundle with a Samsung Blue Ray 3D player and a sample 3D Blue Ray disc with some IMAX type programs on it. The only negatives with the glasses are the cost. The bundle we purchased included 2 pair of glasses. Our family all wanted to watch in 3D so we has to purchase additional glasses which retail for about $100 each. We were able to cut the cost of purchasing 2 more by searching the internet for sellers of the "bundle" and buying the glasses in a starter kit with an animated 3D movie.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
overall excellent tv -one of the best in it classPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
ok, let me first tell you that i've never owned a plasma before. l was a regular customer who thought led and lcd provided a better picture because of how bright the picture looked. Note that you can't look at a plasma in a regular best buy store, the lighting is to bright. Make your way to one of their magnolia stores and see the tv under normal lighting and then compare the plasma and led and you will finally see what all the plasma owners having been bragging about. After getting the tv and watching blu ray's on the playstation 3 this tv is amazing. The picture blows the led and lcd away. I upgraded from the 46 A650 120 hrz touch of color and the 58 8000 plasma blows the lcd away. so here are my pro's and cons Pro = excellent picture quality unlimited viewing angle great color accuracy better 3d than the led set out there great set of features like facebook ect . style and thinnest plasma I've seen no buzzing sound at all as some reviews have stated Cons= remote - I play alot of games and I have to enter the menu to activate the game mode under general - they should made it easy to access- note that you must activate the game mode to make it lag free Wow that it the only thing I can complain about is the remote -
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome picturePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've only had the tv for one day and I can't stop talking about how great it is! We had it mounted by the Geek Squad in less than 1.5 hours and i was ready to watch! The guys were very nice and professional, Theyconsulted w me what they planned on doing and came up w solutions for my setup situation. Once installed, I couldnt stop watching....HD channels are amazingly clear. The 3D is awesome as well. I'm looking forward to many more movies in this format. Just a suggestion if mounting on the wall with a standard non-tilting mount: Have a recessed outlet installed (easy to find at Lowe's) behind the tv, instead of a regular one. The power plug on this Samsung has a huge head that cant allow the TV to be flushed to the wall as much, therefore I had to use the spacers that came with my mounting kit to allow more space between the tv and wall to allow the plug to not touch the back of the tv. So my tv isnt as flushed as it could be. But it still looks great! A wireless LAN adapter had to be purchased ($80), but I hooked it up to my Samsung Blue Ray 3D player instead of the tv, since the updates are more affluent on the player than the TV itself, plus the apps between the two are the same anyway, This was the suggestion of the geek squad guys. Overall, im very happy with this purchase and looking forward to using it for a long time! Thanks!