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Samsung PN51D8000

51" 1080p 3D plasma HDTV with Wi-Fi®

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Our take on the Samsung PN51D8000

by Steve Kindig
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The pros of plasma

If you're into picture quality, and you want a cinema-like home viewing experience, you owe it to yourself to check out plasma for your next TV. Plasma holds the edge when it comes to smooth motion and rich colors — high-def movies and TV shows look effortlessly real. Plasma's superior picture contrast and deep black levels are best enjoyed in rooms without a lot of windows or lamps, where you can dim or darken the lights.

The 8000 series: Samsung's finest plasma TVs for 2011
3D TV Learn more 3D TV is exciting by itself, and it also carries some cool side benefits. The demands of displaying 3D drove Samsung to develop their most advanced plasma screens yet — the D8000 series. Sure, 3D content is still scarce, so you may decide to wait a bit to pick up some 3D glasses. But in the meantime, this superb TV will deliver one of the best-looking 2D pictures you've ever seen.

What can you watch in 3D? More than you may realize
The ultimate 3D viewing experience starts with video material that was filmed or created in 3D. You can choose from several 3D Blu-ray players, and a limited number of 3D Blu-ray titles should be available. Also, ESPN® and DIRECTV® have launched dedicated 3D channels so that true 3D content is available to over 40 million satellite and cable TV viewers. The PN51D8000 can also upconvert regular 2D content, adding a 3D effect that many people enjoy.

This really is a Smart TV — it has a built-in web browser
When you connect to your broadband Internet service you'll see why Samsung calls this a Smart TV. Built-in web "apps" let you instantly watch movies streamed from Netflix®, or catch up on TV shows you missed with Hulu Plus™. Unlike previous Internet-capable TVs, this one includes a built-in web browser, and if your PC is networked you can also search through the video and music you've stored on it using the TV's remote. This set's remote control provides standard remote functionality on one side, and the other side has a QWERTY keyboard and screen for quicker text entry.

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Features:

  • 50.7" screen (measured diagonally)
  • slim bezel with Touch of Color™ accents
  • tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • displays 3D images when you wear Samsung's active shutter glasses with Bluetooth® (sold separately)
  • 2D-to-3D conversion adds a 3D-like effect to non-3D video sources
  • 600Hz Subfield HD Motion for clearer video motion
  • Real Black Filter for higher picture contrast and deeper black levels
  • 25,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • Internet-ready Smart TV — plays Netflix® video and more, built-in web browser (broadband service required; subscription required for Netflix service)
  • built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
  • AllShare™ video and music streaming from a DLNA-compatible Windows® PC
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • illuminated remote control with QWERTY keyboard
  • Anynet+ simplifies control of compatible Samsung components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
  • meets ENERGY STAR® requirements
  • picture settings memory for each video input
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 5 A/V inputs, including:
    • 1 component video (selectable component/composite)
    • 4 HDMI v1.4
  • PC input
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for a high-speed connection to a home network
  • 2 USB ports for connecting a camera or thumb drive
  • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 26-1/4"W x 12-1/2"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 47"W x 28-1/4"H x 1-7/8"D (31-3/8"H x 12-1/2"D on stand)
  • weight: 54.7 lbs. with stand; 49.4 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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50.7"
Screen Design
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Flat
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels)
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1920 x 1080
Screen Refresh Rate
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N/C
Backlighting Type
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N/A
3D
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Active
Features
Instant Internet Movie Streaming
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Netflix, Hulu+, Vudu, Blockbus
Wi-Fi
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Yes
MHL-compatible
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Picture In Picture
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Type of Warranty Service
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In-home
Connections
Total Video Inputs
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5
HDMI Inputs
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4
Component Video Inputs
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1
Composite Video Inputs
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0
RF Inputs
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1
PC Input
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Yes
Ethernet Port
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Yes
USB Port
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Yes
Optical Digital Audio Output
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1 Rear
Coaxial Digital Audio Output
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None
Analog Audio Output
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None
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)
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260 kWh
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)
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$29
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches)
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47
Height with Stand (inches)
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31-3/8
Height without Stand (inches)
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28-1/4
Depth with Stand (inches)
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12-1/2
Depth without Stand (inches)
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1-7/8
Stand Width (inches)
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26-1/4
Weight with Stand
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54.7 lbs
Weight without Stand
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49.4 lbs
Wall Mountable
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Yes
Wall Bracket Included
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No
Pedestal Stand
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Assembly required
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What's in the box?

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  • 51" Plasma TV
  • Pedestal stand base
  • Guide stand
  • Wireless QWERTY remote control (RMC-QTD1)
  • 4 "AAA" batteries
  • 6" AV component video adapter (with two male minijack connectors on one end and female component video/stereo RCA jacks on other end)
  • 2 Ferrite cores
  • Eight 4mm x 8mm machine screws
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • User Manual
  • Pedestal Stand Installation Instructions
  • QWERTY Remote Control instructions
  • Warranty Sheet (US)
  • Warranty Sheet (Canada)
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • "STOP" note

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Video Features
Audio Features
PC/USB/Internet Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control
Mounting Options

Video Features

Plasma +1 Design: With Samsung's Plasma+1" Design, you'll benefit from an extra inch in screen size (51" vs. 50") because of the thinner bezel. A thick bezel can be distracting and affect your viewing experience. The Plasma+1 Design brings back the joy of watching television and provides you with a larger screen so your home entertainment experience is the best it can be.

Real Black Filter Technology: Samsung's Real Black Filter technology reduces onscreen glare and allows you to enjoy deeper blacks and sharper images. The Real Black Filter not only creates rich deep blacks, but also also enhances all the other onscreen colors, as well. As a result, the Samsung Real Black Filter provides a stunning warm & realistic picture.

600Hz Subfield Full HD Motion: The television features 600Hz Subfield Full HD Motion technology with a fast 0.001ms response time that minimizes blurring of fast motion in sports programming and movie content. The 600Hz Subfield Motion technology makes action more life-like and natural looking. Action scenes and sporting events are crisp, clear and picture perfect. 600Hz Subfield Motion flashes a single image up to 600 times a second creating unprecedented picture quality. Contours are crisper and scrolling text sharper; no matter how fast images are moving. Fast action scenes are both clear with rich deep color detail. As a result, you get smooth, realistic playback of any content.

Crystal Full HD Engine: Samsung's Crystal Full HD Engine achieves incredible clarity by unifying all of the TV's advanced imaging technologies. It expands performance, enhances all aspects of the image and takes picture quality and integrity to new levels of excellence.

Cinema Smooth: Watch movies with sharp contrast, crisp picture quality and now with lower energy bills. Cinema Smooth technology automatically controls the letterbox lighting by turning off the lights at the top & bottom of the screen.

Wide Color Enhancer Plus: Samsung's Wide Color Enhancer Plus uses an advanced algorithm to drastically improve image quality - even displaying subtle tones and details that less advanced TVs cannot reproduce.

LCE (Local Contrast Enhancer): Samsung's LCC (Local Contrast Enhancer) is a video-processing algorithm which analyzes different zones on the screen for contrast optimization. The Samsung PDP 8000 Series TV offers a dynamic contrast ratio of 25,000,000:1.

HDTV Tuner: The TV has built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) and Digital Cable (QAM) tuners, so you don't need a separate set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV or unencrypted Digital Cable signals.

1080p Resolution: The Plasma television displays all inputs at a resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080). The television's HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080p (24/60Hz), 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i video signals.

Video Inputs: The Samsung Plasma TV features HDMI, Component, and Composite video inputs.

  • HDMI (ver.1.4): The Samsung Plasma TV features four 1080p (24/60Hz) HDMI 1.4 inputs. The HDMI 1 input can also be used to connect a device with a DVI output (a DVI-to-HDMI adapter cable is necessary). If a DVI-equipped device is used, a separate audio cable will also be needed from the device to the "PC/DVI Audio In" 3.5mm stereo audio jack. In addition, any HDMI input can be used to connect a PC to this TV.
  • Component Video: The Samsung LED TV features two minijack audio/video inputs and comes with a 6" component video/stereo RCA adapter (1080p). This component video input can also be used as a composite video input (480i only).

Anti Burn-In Technology: To reduce the possibility of screen burn-in, this Plasma TV is equipped with screen burn-in prevention technology. Samsung's Anti-burn-in technology uses auto pixel shift and signal pattern processing functions to ensure that no images are burned into the plasma panel. The Time setting allows you to program the time between movement of the picture in minutes.

  • Pixel Shift: This function shifts the pixels of the displayed image every 1-4 minutes to prevent burn-in.
  • Scrolling: This function removes after-images on the screen by moving all the pixels on the PDP according to a pattern.
  • Side Gray (Dark/Light): When you watch TV with the screen ratio of 4:3, the screen is prevented from any damage by adjusting the white balance on both the extreme left and right sides of the television.
  • Auto Protection Time: If the screen remains idle with a still image for a certain period of time (10, 20, 40, 60 minutes) defined by the user, the TV's built-in screen saver is activated to prevent the formation of host images on the screen.

Full HD 3D (via HDMI 1.4): The Samsung Plasma TV offers Full HD (1080p) 3D capability. Samsung 3D TV utilizes Bluetooth-enabled active shutter glasses (SSG-3100/3300/3700, sold separately) for a full 1080p 3D viewing experience - when coupled with a 3D source, such as a 3D-ready Blu-ray player or an HD 3D broadcast from satellite or cable providers (connected via HDMI 1.4). The Samsung Plasma TV automatically adjusts the overall picture to provide an optimal 3D effect. The Samsung 3D TV also offers a unique feature that allows you to intensify your 2D viewing experience by up-converting it to virtual 3D. In addition, you can adjust the overall 3D perspective (+/-5) and overall 3D image depth (1-10). Samsung 3D TV supports Full HD 3D for 1920 x 2205p (24Hz) or 1280 x 1470p (60Hz) video signals; and virtual 3D for 1920 x 1080p (24/30/60Hz),  1920 x 1080i (60Hz), or 1280 x 720p (60hz) video signals. The Samsung Plasma TV offers various 3D modes to match your 3D viewing needs.

  • 2D-3D: Changes a 2D image to 3D; you can adjust the focus and depth of the image to maximize 3D experience.
  • Side-by-Side: Displays two images next to each other. Available when the resolution is 720p, 1080i or 1080p.
  • Top & Bottom: Displays one image above another. Available when the resolution is 720p, 1080i or 1080p.
  • 3D-2D: Displays the image for the left eye only.
  • Off: Turns the 3D function off.

Note: 2010 Samsung IR 3D glasses and 3D glasses from other manufacturers are not compatible. 3D Mode is automatically disabled when accessing ConnectShare, Samsung Apps, or Smart TV. PIP, Auto Program, and some Picture Adjustment functions will also be disabled in 3D mode.

Screen Sizes: You can choose one of the following screen sizes.

  • 16:9: Sets the picture to 16:9 wide mode.
  • Zoom 1: Vertically enlarges the size of the picture and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the arrows on the remote.
  • Zoom 2: Vertically enlarges the size of the picture more than Zoom 1 and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the arrows on the remote.
  • Wide Fit: Proportionally enlarges the picture to fit the entire screen without changing the aspect ratio.
  • 4:3: Sets the picture to 4:3 normal mode with pillars on the left and right of the screen.
  • Screen Fit: See the full image with no resizing when HDMI (720p/1080i/180p) or Component (1080i/1080p) signals are inputted

Note: Screen Size settings can be stored for each external device you have connected to an input of the TV.

Picture Control: You can make the following adjustments for an optimum picture.

  • Picture Modes: Picture Modes apply preset adjustments to the picture.
    • Standard: suitable for a normal room
    • Relax: suitable for an eye comfortable display (not available in PC mode)
    • Dynamic: suitable for a bright room
    • Movie: suitable for watching movies in a dark room
  • Manual Picture Settings: The TV has several options for manually adjusting the picture quality.
    • Cell Light: sets the pixel brightness
    • Contrast: adjusts the contrast level of the picture
    • Brightness: adjusts the brightness level of the picture
    • Sharpness: adjusts the edge definition of the picture
    • Color: adjusts the color saturation of the picture
    • Tint (G/R): adjusts the color tint of the picture
  • Advanced Picture Settings: The TV also offers more advanced picture adjustments for fine tuning.
    • Black Tone: adjusts the black level on the screen to adjust the screen depth
    • Dynamic Contrast: adjusts the screen contrast so that the optimal contrast is provided
    • Gamma: adjusts the primary color (red, green, blue) intensity
    • Expert Pattern: use this function to calibrate the picture
    • RGB Only Mode: displays the Red, Green, and Blue color for making find adjustments to the hue and saturation
    • Color Space: adjusts the range of colors available to create the image (Auto/Native)
    • Color Tone: adjusts the overall color tone of the televisions using one of four presets: Cool, Normal, Warm 1, Warm 2
    • Flesh Tone: emphasize the pink flesh tone in a picture
    • White Balance: adjusts the color temperature for more natural picture colors
    • 10p White Balance: controls the white balance in 10 pint intervals by adjusting the re, green, and blue brightness
    • Edge Enhancement: emphasizes object boundaries in the picture

Note: You can adjust and store Picture Settings for each external device connected to the TV.

HDMI Black Level: You can select the black level on the screen to adjust the screen depth when you have a component connected via HDMI to the television. You can select either Normal or Low.

Digital Noise Filter: If the broadcast signal received by your TV is weak, you can activate the Digital Noise Reduction feature to help reduce any static and ghosting that may appear on the screen. You can select Low, Medium, High, Auto, or Off.

MPEG Noise Filter: This filter reduces MPEG noise of the picture. You can set the MPEG Noise Filter to Low, Medium, High, Auto, or Off. 

Film Mode: The TV can be set to automatically sense and process film signals from all sources and adjust the picture from optimum quality. Film mode is supported in TV, AV, Component (480i/1080i), and HDMI (480i/1080i).

Game Mode: When connecting the television to a game console, you can enjoy a more realistic gaming experience when selecting Game Mode.

BD Wise: BD Wise provides optimal picture quality for HDMI connected Samsung Blu-ray and DVD players which also support the BD Wise feature.

PIP (Picture-in-Picture): You can watch the TV's tuner and one external video source simultaneously. The TV channel will be displayed in a sub-screen which can be moved to each corner of the television's screen. You also view the two images side-by-side.

Main Picture Sub Picture
External Input: Component, HDMI, PC TV: Antenna input

Note: PIP does not function in the same mode.

Audio Features

Auto Volume: Auto Volume automatically adjusts the volume of the desired channel, lowering the sound output when the modulation signal is high or raising the sound output when the modulation signal is low. This reduces the difference in volume when changing channels. The Auto Volume feature can be set to Normal, Night or Off.

Sound Modes: You can choose from the following Preset Sound Modes:

  • Standard: Select the normal sound mode.
  • Music: Emphasizes music over voices.
  • Movie: Provides the best sound for movies.
  • Clear Voice: Emphasizes voices over other sounds.
  • Amplify: Amplify mode is for people who have difficulty hearing.

Equalizer: You can manually adjusts the TV's built-in 5-band EQ (100 Hz, 300 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz, and 10 kHz) for a more customized sound.

SRS TruSurround HD: SRS TruSurround HD is a patented SRS technology that solves the problem of playing 5.1 multichannel content over two speakers. TruSurround delivers a compelling, virtual surround sound experience through any two-speaker playback system, including the internal television speakers. It is fully compatible with all multichannel formats.

SRS TruDialog: This function allows  you to increase the intensity of a voice over background music or sound effects so that dialogue can be heard more clearly.

Audio Delay: The Audio Delay function corrects audio/video mismatch, when watching TV or video, and listening to a digital audio output using an external device such as an AV receiver. You can adjust the audio delay from 0ms to 250 ms.

Digital Audio: The optical digital output terminal will output Dolby Digital (when available) or 2 channel PCM. The digital optical output terminal only sends an audio signal in Dolby Digital when receiving Dolby Digital surround sound from a digital broadcast channel through the tuner on the Plasma TV, or Dolby Digital surround sound from a Samsung Smart TV app, via the television's network connection. The optical digital audio output will only output in 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, RCA, or USB.

Note: There are no analog audio outputs.

PC/USB/Internet Functions

PC-Capable: This unit has a 15-pin D-Sub (RGB) input that allows you to use it as a high-resolution computer monitor. This input consists of a stereo mini-jack and an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack. This jack allows you to connect a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output. When using the RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack, you must use the PC Audio 3.5mm input for your audio connection. The HDMI 1 input can also be connected to a computer. The TV can be set to automatically adjust to the video signals received, or you can use the setup menu to adjust the screen quality and position.

Note: The Samsung Plasma TV provides an optimal PC resolution of 1920 x 1080p (60Hz).

3 USB Ports: The Plasma TV features three USB type-A ports. The USB ports can be used for software/firmware updates or playing music/picture/video files stored on a USB Mass Storage Class Device (MSC)

ConnectShare: ConnectShare enables you to view photo and movie files, as well as listen to audio files saved on a USB Mass Storage Class device (MTP: Media Transfer Protocol is not supported) using the television's side-panel USB type-A port. Files must be formatted in FAT16/32 or NTFS. The TV can recognize up to 1,000 files in each folder.

  • Video Playback: The TV supports the following Video formats (MPEG 1/2/4, DivX 3.11/4.x/5.1/6.0, XviD, H.264 BP/MP/HP, and WMV-9) up to a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080. Movie files are displayed in a folder and title list in either date or alphabetical order. The TV offers Play, Pause, Search, and Resume playback functions for compatible video files stored on a USB mass storage device.
  • Still Image  Playback: The TV supports JPEG still image files with a maximum resolution up to 15360 x 8640. JPEG still image files can be viewed as a slide show with background music or as a thumbnail view (up to 15 images). Still images can also viewed full-screen and zoomed or rotated.
  • Audio Playback: The TV supports MP3 audio files with a frequency rate of 32/44.1/48 kHz. MP3 music files are displayed in a folder and track list, and can be sorted by Artist, Album, or Genre. Music files can be repeated or shuffled in a selected folder.

Network Connection (wired/wireless): You can set up the Samsung Plasma TV so that it can access the Internet and Samsung Apps through your local area network (LAN) using a wired (RJ-45 Ethernet) or wireless connection (built-in WiFi). You will also be able to play your pictures, music, and videos saved on your PC through the television using either connection. You can attach the TV to your network via a hardwired Ethernet (RJ-45) connection or a wireless connection using the TV's built-in WiFi. You can setup a wired network connection automatically or manually. You can setup the wireless network connection using these four methods - PBC (WPS), Auto Network Search, Ad-Hoc, or Manually.

Note: The TV's built-in WiFi supports IEEE 802.11A/B/G/N and WEP/TKIP/TKIP-AES (except for 802.11N). When playing video over a IEEE 802.1B/G connection, the video may not pay smoothly.

DLNA Certified: The television's DLNA Certification allows you to watch videos (MPEG/DivX), photos (JPEG), and listen to music (MP3) saved on your Windows 7 PC (or other DLNA Certified media server) through the TV via its Ethernet (LAN) port or using wireless LAN connection (WiFi). This eliminates the need to copy your photo, video, and music files to a separate USB storage device.

Note: Windows PCs with XP and Vista installed require Samsung's PC Share Manager software, which can be downloaded for free at www.samsung.com. Not compatible with older Windows OS versions and Mac.

Samsung Apps: Samsung Apps is an online store where you can download select online applications to the Samsung Plasma TV. You can enjoy a variety of content from various downloaded applications - such as videos, music, photos, games, and news. Samsung Apps has a growing collection of pay and free-of-charge online applications, specifically built for Samsung TV, that connects you to some of your favorite online content - such as movies from Netflix or Blockbuster, TV shows from Hulu Plus, videos from YouTube, Next Level sports information from ESPN, music from Pandora, and social updates from Facebook or Twitter. Once connected to your home network, you can visit the online Samsung Apps store from the TV's Smart Hub menu and download free Apps or purchase advanced applications. The following App categories are available.

  • What's New: Displays newly registered applications.
  • Video: Displays apps that provide video media - such as movies, TV shows, and short length videos. You can access Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Blockbuster, YouTube, etc..
  • Game: Displays various game apps - such as Monopoly, Sudoku, and Chess.
  • Sports: Displays apps that provide sports content - such as game results, images, and highlights. You can access ESPN, Associated Press, and USA Today.
  • Lifestyle: Includes apps that provide lifestyle media services - such as music, personal photo management tools, and social networking - like Facebook and Twitter.
  • Information: Includes apps that provide information content - such as news, financial information, stock quotes, and weather.
  • Other: Includes other miscellaneous apps.
  • My Account: Displays the application list and your cyber cash balance.
  • Help: For questions about Samsung Apps.

Note: Visit http://www.samsung.com/us/appstore/samsungappscompatibilityguide for a complete list of compatible Samsung Apps.

Social TV: Using Samsung's Social TV App (free download), you can share your TV viewing experience with your friends via social networking services - such as Facebook, Twitter, or Google Talk. You can continue to watch your TV show or movie, while commenting on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Talk.

Skype Compatible: Enjoy widescreen Skype video calls from the comfort of your living room with Samsungs Free Skype App and the Samsung 8000 Series Plasma TV. With Skype on the Samsung Plasma TV, you can make free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls to friends and family, wherever they are in the world. Simply plug in a Samsung TV camera (sold separately), choose someone to call, and you're ready to talk face-to-face in HD (high-definition).

Web Browser: Using the Web Browser function, you can surf the Internet on your TV, in much of the same way as on a PC. You can search by URL address or keywords. The television will archive your web browser history by Date, Name, or Frequency. You can also save "Favorite" web pages and create a "Home" page. 

Ticker: The  Samsung Ticker App (free download) provides useful News, Weather, and Stock Market information.

AllShare: AllShare connects the Samsung LED TV and compatible Samsung mobile phones/devices through your network connection. On the TV, you can view call arrivals, SMS messages and schedules set on your mobile phone. In addition, you can play media contents, including photos, videos, and music saved on your mobile phone or other devices (such as your PC) by controlling them on the TV via your network connection. Additionally, you can use the TV for browsing web pages in your mobile phone.

Note: Please visit Samsung.com for compatible devices.

Software Upgrade: The Plasma television lets you download future software/firmware upgrades via USB or Internet (Ethernet/built-in WiFi) connection.

Convenience Features

Smart TV: Samsung Smart TV allows you to easily search for movies, TV shows, explore Samsung Apps, chat with friends, and find many other types of new interactive TV content from its Smart Hub menu. The Smart Hub service downloads and processes data via the Internet so that you can enjoy Internet Content on the TV screen. The Smart Hub menu also gives you access to the television's off-air tuner, external inputs, and network connected media devices.  and a recommendation engine which suggests movies you might like from your Video-On-Demand services. Smart TV's Smart Hub menu consists of the following:

  • TV Screen: You can view the current input source screen while viewing the Smart Hub Menu.
  • Samsung Apps: You can download various pay or free-of-charge application services.
  • My Applications: Displays your personal gallery of applications and other media folders where you can add, manage, customize, and delete content. Here you have access to your Samsung Apps, your favorite off-air channels, the TV's external inputs, and your music/video/photo files stored on your connected PC.
  • Your Videos: You can search Samsung Apps' entire video library by category (New Release, Genre, Rating, etc...). Once you find a movie you want, the Smart Hub menu will display a movie summary and indicate which Samsun App has that particular movie available for download. Smart TV will even recommend movies based on your previous movie watching.
  • Recommended: The Samsung Smart Hub menu features a recommendation engine which suggests Samsung Apps you might like from the online Samsung App Store.
  • Search All: The Samsung Smart Hub menu includes a Search All feature, so you can enter a keyword and  search for a variety audio/video content and online Samsung applications.

Note: Smart Hub requires an Internet connection with a speed of 1.5mbps or greater. You must setup a user name and password. Some application services may be provided in English only and the content available may vary, depending on your area.

Input Source Names: You can assign a pre-programmed name to each of the inputs. When input naming is completed, you will no longer have to remember which component is connected to each input when selecting a source to watch. Source names include VCR, DVD, Cable STB, Satellite STB, PVR STB, AV Receiver, Game, Camcorder, PC, TV, DVI PC, DVI Device, IPTV, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, and Digital Media Adapter.

Channel Labels: Each analog channel programmed into memory can be labeled with a name (up to 5 characters). Digital channels names are already assigned and cannot be edited.

Close Captions (CC): The Samsung Plasma TV provides Analog Closed Captions and Digital Closed Captions. The Digital CC offers customizable text, font, and size.

Note: The Closed Captions feature does work in Component, HDMI, or PC modes.

Program Rating Lock: The Program Rating Lock feature automatically locks out programs that are deemed inappropriate for children. You can block TV program based on their ratings and Movies based on their MPAA rating, so you have more control over what your children watch. The Program Rating Lock function is protected by a 4-digit PIN.

Note: Program Rating Lock is not available in HDMI, Component, or PC mode.

ENERGY STAR Compliant with ECO Settings: The Samsung Plasma TV is ENERGY STAR compliant and provides ECO settings to reduce the TV's power consumption and cut-down on energy costs.

  • Eco Sensor: Samsung's unique Eco light sensor measures the intensity of the room's light and automatically calibrates the brightness of the image on the screen. In a sun-filled environment, the screen gets brighter and in dim surroundings, the intensity is reduced. This feature optimizes the viewing experience while also saving you a little energy.
  • Motion Lighting: Motion Lighting reduces power consumption by reducing screen brightness when the picture on the screen is in motion.
  • Energy Saver: This feature adjust the brightness of the TV in order to reduce power consumption. When watching TV at night, set the Energy Saver feature to High to reduce eye fatigue as well as power consumption. You can set this feature to High, Medium, Low, or Picture Off (sound remains on).
  • No Signal Standby: The TV will automatically switch to standby mode, if no picture is being received for a predetermined set amount of time (15, 30, or 60 minutes).
  • Auto Power Off: The TV will be automatically turn off after 3 hours of being left idle to prevent overheating.

On/Off Timer: The three On/Off timers allow you to program the television to turn itself on and off by selecting a specific on time and a specific off time. An On/off timer can be set to repeat only once, everyday, Mon-Fri, Mon-Sat, or Sat-Sun. You can also choose the On Timer's content (TV, USB, or Antenna) and volume. The on and off timers work independently of one another.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, or 180 minutes.

Self Diagnosis: The Samsung Plasma TV provides a Self Diagnosis menu which allows you to check the television for picture and sound problems.

E-Manual: The television only comes with a brief User Manual. A complete instruction manual is built-in into the TV and can be viewed on-screen. Press the "E-Manual" button on the remote control to access complete instruction manual.

Remote Control

QWERTY Wireless Remote: The included Qwerty wireless remote (RMC-QTD1) puts functionality in your hands like never before. One side of the remote has standard remote functionality and the other side has a qwerty keyboard that makes utilizing Samsung Smart TV features very easy. When you are ready to search, type or explore, you flip the remote to the keyboard side and you can enter in text in a quick & familiar way. On the qwerty keyboard side of the remote is a screen so you can see what you are typing without having to look at the TV.

Note: The remote operates off of 4 "AAA" batteries (included).

Anynet+: Take all your remotes and condense them into one simplified solution. With Samsung's Anynet+ you'll enjoy one-touch control for all your HDMI-connected compatible devices like your Samsung TV, Blu-ray Disc player, AV Receiver and Home Theater. Anynet+ is a function that enables you to control all connected Samsung devices that support Anynet+ with the Samsung television's remote control. The Anynet+ system can be used only with Samsung devices that support the Anynet+ features. The Anynet+ feature must be turned on in the menu to function.

Note: Anynet+ supports up to 12 A/V devices in total. You can only connect up to 3 devices of the same type.

Mounting Options

Pedestal Stand: The TV is shipped with the pedestal stand unattached. The pedestal stand attaches to the television using the supplied hardware. The pedestal stand allows the TV to swivel left to right +/- 20-degrees. The television weighs 54.7 lbs with the stand.

Wall Mounting: The TV has four threaded inserts on the back for use with an optional wall-mount bracket. The spacing of the mounting holes is 400mm (H) x 400mm (V) in accordance with the industry standards set by the Video Electronics Standards Association. The threaded inserts require M8 (8mm) machine screws (not supplied). The television weighs 49.4 lbs without the stand.

Note: When mounting the TV on the stand or a wall (with optional bracket) leave 4" of clearance on each side of the television and 4" above/below the television for adequate ventilation.

Attached AC Power Cord: The Samsung Plasma TV features an attached 5' AC power cord. The power cord is fitted with a right-angle AC plug that sits 1.125" from the wall.

 
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Samsung PN51D8000

Written By Jim L, New Jersey on Friday, February 03, 2012
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Service & delivery by Crutchfield was great, was a little nervous ordering a 51" plasma TV by internet. Great picture, room is dark so I'm glad I got the plasma and not the LED. Awesome blacks and color, esp with 3D. Seeing movies like Gladiator and Lord of the Rings wss like watching for the first time when I saw in the movies.
Pros:
Great picture Thin design Samsung quality
Cons:
QWERTY keyboard still needs improvement, not as easy as Smartphone or regular keyboard
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5 out of 5

Very pleased with picture quality.

Written By Scott, Washington, D.C. on Monday, May 16, 2011
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I have been calibrating TV displays for several years and originally purchased
the Panasonic 50GT30 as a replacement for my 2006 42" Panasonic. I was
disappointed with several aspects of picture quality with the GT30 so I returned
it and purchased the PN51D8000. This display was a significant improvement over
the GT30, very easy to calibrate and ended up with very accurate color and white
balance. BluRay 2D and 3D material is gorgeous, deep blacks and rich colors add
depth to all material. The internet interface is easy to use and well designed.
All in all a pleasure to own.
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