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Samsung PN60F8500

60" 1080p 3D plasma HDTV with Wi-Fi® and voice/gesture control

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Our take on the Samsung PN60F8500

by Steve Kindig
Samsung

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.

Samsung PN60F8500

A new picture quality benchmark from Samsung

The PN60F8500 is not only Samsung's top 60" plasma TV for 2013, it's part of the finest plasma series they've ever made. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, while OLED and 4K TVs were grabbing the headlines, the F8500 series was definitely the most talked about "real world" TV. When our photo sample arrived and we had some time to play with it, the verdict was unanimous: It's the best plasma picture we've ever seen.

Super Contrast Panel gets bright, goes deep

We love plasma TVs anyway for their deep black levels, fluid motion and wide viewing angles. But plasmas generally aren't as bright as LED TVs, so we haven't always recommended them for rooms with lots of light. The PN60F8500 uses Samsung's new Super Contrast Panel, which is 250% brighter than last year's panel. It also produces incredibly deep black levels. Colors don't just pop off the screen, they explode.

How did Samsung do it? They reduced the thickness of the cell walls in every pixel, allowing more light to pass through. That, combined with a nanocarbon anti-glare filter, delivers the picture quality advantages of plasma and adds LED-like brightness.

Samsung's Super Contrast Panel

Each pixel in a plasma screen has red, green, and blue cells. Samsung's F8500 panel has thinner cell walls, allowing the screen to produce a brighter, more colorful picture.

Beauty on the outside, brainiac on the inside

The PN60F8500 is one of Samsung's smartest Smart TVs ever thanks to a 1.35GHz quad-core processor. That's more horsepower than most tablets have, so besides surfing the web you can do things like multitask or use one app while downloading another.

Whether your connection is wired or wireless, you can do a quick web search while you watch movies and TV shows, and enjoy TV while you chat with friends and family online. Along with built-in apps for services like Netflix®, Hulu Plus™, and YouTube™, you can download new ones from Samsung's large libray of apps.

Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets add handheld viewing and control

Samsung's AllShare™ Play lets you wirelessly access and stream content from any compatible device. If you have a Galaxy S3 smartphone or Galaxy tablet, you can share movies, photos, and music via the PN60F8500. Your Wi-Fi® network lets you do things like toss photos from your phone or tablet to the screen with the swipe of a finger. Or push streaming video like Netflix movies from device to screen.

Sending content from your phone to your TV is cool, and going TV-to-phone is even cooler. Just download Samsung's free Smart View app and use the TV View feature to mirror whatever's on the PN60F8500's screen on your Galaxy S3 phone or tablet. You can leave the room anytime without leaving your entertainment behind. It's whole-house television you can hold in your hand.

A 3D experience whenever you want

The Samsung PN60F8500 delivers a spectacular picture in 2D or 3D. Just slip on a pair of the included active glasses to enjoy a deeper view, and not just with true 3D video sources — switch on the TV's 2D-to-3D conversion for added depth with regular 2D video. And even if you're not interested in 3D this set still deserves consideration if picture quality is your number one priority. The PN60F8500 offers the richest, most vivid colors and the deepest black levels this side of OLED.

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Features:

  • 59.9" screen (measured diagonally)
  • glossy screen, "Metal Flow" design with brushed metal bezel and curved base
  • tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • QAM cable TV tuner (subscription required to receive cable channels — contact your local service provider for details)
  • Super Contrast Panel for exceptional brightness with deep black levels
  • 600Hz Subfield Motion for clear video motion
  • Real Black Panel Pro enhances picture contrast and black levels
  • displays 3D images when you wear Samsung's active 3D glasses (4 pairs of glasses are included)
  • 2D-to-3D conversion adds 3D-like depth to non-3D video sources
  • Internet-ready Smart TV — plays Netflix® video and more (subscription required for some services)
  • supports up to 5.1-channel audio with streaming movie services like Netflix and Vudu™ (audio quality depends on your connection speed)
  • built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
  • Smart Interaction 2.0 voice and gesture control
  • top-mounted pop-up camera
  • quad-core processor for improved web browsing and app multitasking
  • AllShare™ video and music streaming from a DLNA-compatible Windows® PC
  • 2-way screen mirroring via Wi-Fi — send content wirelessly from device-to-TV or TV-to-device with compatible Samsung smartphones and tablets
  • Skype™ Internet calling (subscription required)
  • wireless keyboard-compatible (keyboard not included)
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • illuminated touchpad remote with built-in microphone for voice control
  • free downloadable Android app lets you use a compatible smartphone or tablet as a remote control
  • Anynet+ simplifies control of compatible Samsung components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 5 A/V inputs, including:
    • 4 HDMI
    • 1 component video (selectable component/composite)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network
  • 3 USB inputs for connecting a camera or thumb drive
  • detachable stand
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 54-13/16"W x 32-3/8"H x 3-3/16"D (34-3/8"H x 12"D on stand)
  • weight: 71.4 lbs. with stand; 64.3 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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59.9"
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,Amazon,YouTu
Wi-Fi
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Yes
MHL-compatible
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Yes
Picture In Picture
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Yes
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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No
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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401 kWh
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)
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$44
Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches)
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54-7/8
Height with Stand (inches)
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34-3/8
Height without Stand (inches)
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32-3/8
Depth with Stand (inches)
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12
Depth without Stand (inches)
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3-1/4
Stand Width (inches)
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54-7/8
Weight with Stand
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71.4 lbs
Weight without Stand
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64.3 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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  • 60" Plasma TV
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Base
  • 2 Metal guides
  • Smart Touch Controller (AA59-00758A)
  • IR Blaster
  • (VG-IRB2000)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 4 Pair of 3D active glasses (SSG-5100GB)
  • Four CR2025 3V batteries
  • Component video adapter
  • Composite video/stereo RCA adapter
  • Twelve M4 x 12mm screws
  • 3 Ferrite cores
  • Cable clamp
  • 2 Blanking brackets
  • Cleaning cloth
  • User Manual
  • Smart TV Quick Setup Guide
  • Important Safety Precautions
  • "Stop/Samsung Support" note
  • 3D Active Glasses Instructions
  • Ferrite Core instructions
  • Cleaning cloth instructions

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Video Features
Audio Features
Network/USB Functions
Convenience Features
Remote-Voice-Gesture Control
Mounting Options

Video Features

Super Contrast Panel: The Samsung F8500 series Plasma TV's new Super Contrast Panel delivers incredible brightness, contrast, and clarity. Larger Red/Green/Blue sub-pixel color areas within the panel create a picture that rivals LED-LCD TVs for brightness. To further improve the already impressive picture, the Super Contrast Panel combines two key innovations for enhanced black levels and color reproduction

  • Real Black Pro II: Through technology advancement to both the hardware and software of the TV, you can now experience a richer picture quality with deeper blacks, bolder color, and higher contrast. By improving the reflection reduction proprieties of the panel, combined with improving the reset pulse algorithm in the software, you can get the most cinematic viewing experience in a bright or dark room.
  • Wide Color Enhancer Plus: Wide Color Enhancer Plus allows you to see picture color the way the director originally intended. Witness the entire RGB spectrum brought to life on your screen to bring you exceptionally vibrant, yet natural-looking images faithful to the director's original intent.

Clear Image Technology: The Samsung F8500 series Plasma TV employs two advanced Clear Image technologies which help eliminate blurring caused by off-axis viewing or fast motion video.

  • Single Layer Panel: The Plasma TV employs a single layer panel structure which eliminates the production of dual images and blurring, especially at off angled viewing.
  • 600Hz Subfield Motion: The Samsung F8500 series Plasma TV generates a frame of video at 600 times per second. The result is smoother images with unprecedented picture quality, especially beneficial when viewing sports and fast action movies.

Cinema Smooth Plus: Movies are shot at 24 fps (frames per second); Cinema Smooth Plus is a refined playback process of 24p movies from Blu-ray and Satellite TV sources that accurately converts and displays content originally shot on film at 24fps as compared to the 30fps of DVD and Blu-ray disc. This allows for smoother motion scenes when watching sources shot at the standard movie rate of 24fps.

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 Samsung F8500 series Plasma TV 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.

  • HDMI (v.1.4): The Samsung Plasma TV features four HDMI 1.4 inputs to connect to your Blu-ray/DVD player, Satellite/Cable receiver, or AV receiver. All HDMI inputs support x.v.Color, Deep Color, 3D, and CEC. The HDMI 3 input also supports the ARC function. The HDMI 4 input is MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) compliant. In addition, any HDMI input can be used to connect a PC to this TV.
  • Component Video: The Plasma TV features a single component video input. The TV's component video input can also be used as a composite video input (480i only).

HDMI (MHL) Port: The HDMI 4 port is designed for the connection of select mobile phones and other portable electronic devices using the new MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) standard. Simply plug your MHL compatible smartphone into the TV's HDMI 4 (MHL) port using the HDMI cable that is included with your mobile phone. MHL allows you to display full 1080p video and still images on the Samsung TV from your mobile smartphone. The TV's IR remote can be used to control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Stop Fast Forward/Rewind, and Menu navigation). Your MHL compliant device will also charge while connected to the TV's HDMI 4 port. To find MHL-certified devices, go to www.mhlconsortium.org.

Full HD 3D (via HDMI 1.4): The Samsung F8500 series Plasma TV offers Full HD (1080p) 3D capability. Samsung 3D TV utilizes Bluetooth-enabled active shutter glasses (two pair included) 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 F8500 series 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 F8500 series 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 and3D glasses from other manufacturers are not compatible. Some 3D modes may not be available depending on the format of the image source. PIP, Auto Program, and some Picture Adjustment functions will also be disabled in 3D mode.

Included 3D Glasses (4 pair): The Samsung F8500 series Plasma TV includes four pair of 3D active glasses with built-in Bluetooth. Samsung's 3D Active Glasses (SSG-5100GB) offer a comfortable fit through its lightweight frame and flexible noise- and ear-pieces. The Samsung 3D Active Glasses are powered by a single CR2025 3V lithium coin-type battery (pre-installed). The battery can last up to 150 hours when powered on. The Samsung's 3D Active Glasses provide a viewing range between 6.5' and 19.5' from the Samsung 3D-ready TV.

Note: If the 3D glasses move outside of the recommended operating distance, the signal from the TV will be disconnected and the display of the 3D glasses will turn off after several seconds. If you lie on your side while watch TV with 3D glasses, the picture may look dark or may not be visible. When viewing 3D video under fluorescent lighting (50-60Hz), you may notice a small amount of screen flickering.

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

  • 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
  • Picture Modes: Picture Modes apply preset adjustments to the picture.
    • Dynamic: increases the brightness of the screen (suitable for bright rooms)
    • Standard: suitable for a normal environment
    • Relax: useful for reducing eye strain
    • Movie: darkens the screen and reduces glare (appropriate for dark rooms)
    • Entertain: sharpens images for a more dynamic viewing experience (only available when connected to a computer)
  • Manual Picture Settings: The TV has several options for manually adjusting the picture quality.
    • Cell Light: sets the individual 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.
    • Dynamic Contrast: adjusts the screen contrast so that the optimal contrast is provided
    • Black Tone: adjusts the black level on the screen to adjust the screen depth
    • Flesh Tone: emphasize the pink flesh tone in a picture
    • RGB Only: displays the red, green, and blue colors so you can make fine adjustments to hue and saturation
    • Color Space: adjusts the range of colors available to create the image (Auto/Native)
    • White Balance: adjusts the color temperature for more natural picture colors
    • 10p White Balance: controls the white balance in 10 point intervals by adjusting the re, green, and blue brightness
    • Gamma: adjusts the primary color (red, green, blue) intensity
    • Expert Pattern: use this function to calibrate the picture using shades of grey and black, plus color
    • Motion Lighting: The TV automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen in response to the brightness of the room. In bright light, the screen brightens. In dim light, the screen dims.
  • Picture Options: Additional picture options provide you with a better viewing experience.
    • Color Tone: adjusts the overall color tone of the televisions using one of four presets: Cool, Normal, Warm 1, Warm 2
    • Digital Clean View: if the broadcast signal received by the TV is weak, you can activate the Digital Clean View feature to reduce any static and ghosting that may appear on the screen
    • MPEG Noise Filter: reduces MPEG noise to provide an improved picture
    • HDMI Black Level: select the black level on the screen to adjust the screen depth when you have a component connected via HDMI to the television
    • Motion Judder Canceller: Optimizes the TV screen for displaying face paced movie scenes.
    • Black Optimizer: Adjusts overall black color depth to give a change to picture depth. This is not available when playing a media file or using the TV as a computer display.

Note: Picture settings can be applied to all sources or only the current source.

Film & Game Modes: The television provides Film & Game modes.

  • 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 the optimal picture quality for Samsung DVD, Blu-ray, and Home Theater products which support BD Wise. When BD Wise is set to On, the TV's picture mode is automatically changed to the optimal resolution.

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.

PIP (Picture-in-Picture): You can watch the TV's tuner and one external video source (component/HDMI) simultaneously. The component/HDMI source will be displayed as the main picture, while the TV channel will be displayed in a sub-screen, while which can be moved to each corner of the television's screen. You can switch the audio between the main screen and sub-screen.

Audio Features

Sound Customizer: The Samsung TV's Sound Customizer function lets you calibrate the television for the optimal sound quality based on the your hearing level and your room's ambient conditions.

DNSE+ Processing: The Samsung Plasma TV employs DNSe+ processing which provides selectable custom settings for experiencing surround sound with maximum bass response, dialog clarity, and consistent volume levels from any content source, including Blu-ray movies, TV programming, streaming, and games.

  • Virtual Surround: The TV delivers a compelling, virtual surround sound experience through its two-speaker system.
  • Dialog Clarity: This function allows you to increase the intensity of a voice over background music or sound effects so that dialogcan be heard more clearly.
  • 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.

5-Band EQ + Preset Sound Modes: 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, or you can simply choose from the following Preset Sound Modes:

  • Standard: Selects 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.

Audio Extras: The Samsung TV offers a variety of audio adjustments to meet your listening needs.

  • 3D Audio: 3D audio technology provides immersive sound that matches the pop-up effect of 3 Video by using perspective in the audio depth control. 3D Audio in only available while viewing 3D content.
  • 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.
  • Picture Off: You can turn the television's screen off and still listen to audio.

Digital Audio (Dolby Digital/DTS compatible): The optical digital output terminal will output Dolby Digital/DTS (when available) or 2 channel PCM.The digital optical output terminal only sends an audio signal in Dolby Digital/DTS when receiving Dolby Digital/DTS surround sound from a digital broadcast channel through the tuner, network apps, and USB ports on the LED-LCD TV. The optical digital audio output will only output in 2ch stereo or a matrixed 5.1ch signal (DTS Neo 2.5) from sources connected to the TV via HDMI orRCA.

ARC (Audio Return Channel): The Audio Return Channel in HDMI 1.4 enables a TV, via a single HDMI cable, to send audio data "upstream" to an A/V receiver; increasing user flexibility and eliminating the need for any separate S/PDIF audio connection. This feature allows audio to be sent from the television to your A/V receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio/video to the television. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to the TV. ARC allows audio from the TV tuner, Network connection, inserted USB device, HDMI inputs, or any analog connected device to be heard through your ARC compatible AV receiver via the television's HDMI ARC input. The audio from the TV's tuner, network connection, and USB port can pass as Dolby Digital or 2ch PCM. HDMI and analog connected devices will be output as 2ch PCM only.

Note: Both the television and the receiver must support ARC for this function to work properly. When connecting an A/V receiver that is compatible with Audio Return Channel (ARC), connect it to the TV's HDMI 3 input. If connecting a system that is incompatible Audio Return Channel (ARC), an additional audio connection via Digital Audio Out (Optical) is necessary.

SoundShare: The TV is compatible with the SoundShare feature found on some Samsung Crystal Surround AirTrack active speaker systems (sound bars). SoundShare makes a wireless connection between the TV and the speaker system via Bluetooth. Once the two are paired, you can control the volume and mute the sound by using the remote control from the TV or the speaker system. If you change the AirTrack from TV mode to another mode or turned off, the TV audio will resume playing from the TV's speakers. SoundShare can be found on the Samsung HW-F450, HW-F550, HW-F551, HW-F750, and HW-F850.

Network/USB Functions

Samsung's Quad Core Processor: Samsung's Quad Core processing speeds allow you to perform multiple tasks at the same time, such as using an app while downloading another one. It also enables extremely faster web browsing and application access.

Network Connection (wired/wireless): You can set up the Samsung Plasma TV so that it can access your home network and online Samsung Apps through your local area network (LAN) using a wired (RJ-45 Ethernet) or wireless connection (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, One Foot, or Manually.

Note: The TV's built-in WiFi supports IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless LAN networks and WEP (open/shared), WPA-PSK (TKIP/AES), WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES) network security.

WiFi Direct: When using WiFi Direct, you can connect directly with other devices without using a wireless router. You'll be able to wirelessly transfer personal content (such as photos & videos) to the Samsung Plasma TV without connecting to your home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses your WiFi access point/router, so it's easy to set up. Streaming of copy-protected content and other certain formats are not supported.

AllShare/DLNA Certified: The Samsung Plasma TV's AllShare function, along with its DLNA Certification allow you to watch videos (Divx/AVI/H.264/MPEG/MKV/MOV/WMV), photos (JPEG/PNG/BMP/MPO), and listen to music (MP3/WMA/AAC/FLAC/OGG) saved on your Windows PC (or other DLNA Certified media server) through the TV via its Ethernet (LAN) port or built-in WiFi (wireless). 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.

Screen Mirroring: This Screen Mirroring function lets you view the screen of your WiFi-enabled Samsung Android smart phone or tablet (with support for AllShare Cast) on the Samsung Plasma TV.

Samsung Apps: Once you have connected the Samsung TV to your home network, you gain access to Samsung Apps. Samsung Apps lets you download for pay or free-of-charge applications and services 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 that connect you to some of your favorite online content; such as movies from Netflix or Vudu, TV shows from Hulu Plus, videos from YouTube, music from Pandora, and social updates from Facebook or Twitter.

  • Movies: Watch movies and TV shows on Netflix (5.1ch), Vudu, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, & CinemaNow.
  • Music: Listen to music from Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, SHOUTcast Radio, & vTuner
  • Social Networks: Share your thoughts and comments about a program on the air through social networking services. Social Networks displays social network services such as Twitter, Facebook, & Google Talk, on a single screen. You can post messages and comments in the same manner as you would using a computer. You also have access to YouTube, & Picasa.
  • News & Weather: Includes apps that provide information content; such as news (USA Today), weather (AccuWeather), and more.
  • Fitness: Fitness is an application that helps you stay fit. Create a profile, set up an exercise plan, and start exercising according to a structured regimen.
  • Kids: A recommended list for applications and content that is suitable for children and even provides services not currently installed on the TV. Using Kids, you can download applications and content for your children to your TV. Certain services, however, are fee-based.
Note: Samsung Apps require an Internet connection with a speed of 1.5mbps or greater. Some application services may be provided in English only and the content available may vary, depending on your area. Visit Samsung's App Store for a complete list of available Samsung Apps.

Web Browser You can access the internet using the player's Web Brower application. You can search web pages using Google or Bing. You may enter a URL addresses or enter a keyword search. The player will archive your web browser history. You can also save "Favorite" web pages and create a "Home" page. The playback of Flash videos is also supported. The Web Browser is optimized to fill your connected TV's screen. Use a USB- or Bluetooth-enabled keyboard and mouse (both sold separately) for a more convenient web browsing experience

Note: The browsing experience, however, may not be the same as it is on your computer. The Web Browser is not compatible with Java applications. E-commerce, for purchasing products online is not supported. ActiveX is not supported.

Skype w/ Built-in Camera & Mic: Samsung's free Skype app, plus the TV's built-in pop-up camera & mic lets you make video calls from the comfort of your living room. Using the TV's remote control, you can create free Skype accounts, log into existing accounts, and navigate via a simple Skype interface made for the big screen. You can make free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls to friends and family, wherever they are in the world from the Samsung TV.

Note: The built-in, pop-up Camera adds 0.5625" to the height of the TV.

Tickers: The Ticker application provides useful News, Weather, and Stock Market information on-screen.

Link Service Accounts: The Link Service Accounts function lets you link your player to your accounts with Internet services (such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.) so that the player can log you into the service automatically when you start the app for that service.

Firmware/Software Updates: The television's Software Upgrade menu allows you to upgrade the TV's software & firmware for performance improvements & additional services. You can upgrade in four ways; USB, Internet, Alternative Software, or Standby Mode. The tested television contained firmware version (T-FXPAKUC-1013.2, BT-S as of 3/27/2013). There was an immediate firmware update (1015) available. Visit the Samsung Download Center for the latest Firmware/Software updates.

Triple USB Ports: The television is equipped with three USB (type-A) ports. Two of the USB ports can accept a USB mass-storage-class device (5V, 0.5A), while the other USB port will accept a USB hard-disk-drive (5V, 1A). Either USB port lets you view photo and movie files, as well as listen to audio files saved on a compatible USB device. 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 file types; AVI, Divx, H.264, MPEG, MKV, MOV, and WMV. 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 compatible USB device.
  • Still Image Playback: The TV supports the following still image file types; JPEG, PNG, BMP, or MPO. Still image files can be viewed as a slide show with background music or as a thumbnail view. Still images can also viewed full-screen and zoomed or rotated.
  • Audio Playback: The TV supports music files supports the following music file types; MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, and OGG. 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.

Convenience Features

Smart Hub: This TV features Smart Hub, an interactive multi-purpose menu system. With Smart Hub, you can surf the web, download applications, and stay in touch with family and friends through social networking services. In addition, you can enjoy photo, video & music files stored on external storage devices. The new Smart Hub interface organizes your entertainment and content into 5 convenient panels.

  • Social: Connect to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also make Skype video calls to friends by connecting the TV to a camera (sold separately from Samsung).
  • Apps: Samsung Apps offers an extensive collection of free and paid news, sports, weather, and gaming content you can directly download to and enjoy on your TV.
  • On TV: Check a listing of TV programs that are currently airing and are scheduled to be aired (supports off-air, cable, and satellite programming).
  • Movies & TV Shows: Purchase and watch movies and TV shows from an online service provider. You can browse content by Favorites, Featured, Movies, or TV Shows.
  • Photos/Videos/Music: Play back photo, video, and music files from an external USB or network storage device.

Content Discovery: The TV offers unique ways to search and access your favorite and new content from the TV's tuner and network apps.

  • Recommendations (w/ voice control): The Recommendation feature helps you discover what you want to watch on TV or the Internet with customized content options based on your preferences. Select Timeline View to display program recommendations for different times of the day. You can even use the TV's voice control system to ask the TV to find things to watch and get program suggestions.
  • Favorite Channels: You can designate frequently watched channels as "Favorites". You can create up to 5 favorite channel list for each member of you family. You can also rename and edit favorite channel lists.
  • Genre: It is possible to filter channels by genre, if the channels contain proper genre information.
  • Schedule Manager: Using this function, you can set the TV to display a desired channel automatically on a day and at a time of your choice. The Schedule Manager can be set to repeat only once, everyday, Mon-Fri, Mon-Sat, or Sat-Sun.

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.

Hearing & Visually Impaired: The Samsung Plasma TV offers Close Captions and an Audio Guide for the hearing and visually impaired.

  • Close Captions (CC): The TV provides Analog Closed Captions and Digital Closed Captions. The Digital CC offers customizable text, font, and size. The Caption feature does not work for Component and HDMI input sources.
  • Audio Guide: Activate the audio guide for the visually impaired. This is only available with broadcasts that provide this service.

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.

ECO Settings: The Samsung Plasma TV 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 energy.
  • 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 4 hours of being left idle to prevent overheating.

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

  • Picture Test: Use to check for picture problems. If the problem appears in the test picture, select "Yes" and follow the directions on the screen.
  • Sound Test: Use the built-in melody sound to check for sound problems. If the problem occurs during the test, select "Yes" and follow the directions on the screen.
  • Signal Test: An HD digital channel's reception quality is either perfect or the channels are unavailable. Adjust your antenna to increase signal strength.

Timers: The Samsung Plasma TV offers On/Off and Sleep timers for your convenience.

  • 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.

Remote Support: The Samsung Remote Support service offers you one-on-one support with a Samsung Technician who can remotely diagnose your TV, adjust the TV settings, perform a factory reset, and install recommended firmware updates. Your TV must be connected to your homes wired or wireless network.

Smart Evolution Port: The Smart Evolution Port on the rear-panel of the TV allows you to update the TV in the future. Samsung's Smart Evolution Kit (sold separately; available in 2014) plugs into this port on back of the TV and updates it with new software and technology that will improve the TV's performance - faster speed, more content, more features.

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. Open the e-Manual to learn how to use the TV's many features.

Remote-Voice-Gesture Control

Smart Touch Remote (w/ IR Blaster): The new Samsung Smart Touch Remote Control makes it even easier to navigate the television's entertainment sources, menu settings, and Smart TV features. Improved user convenience has been provided so that you can switch the channel and adjust the volume with just your fingertips while focusing on the TV screen. The built-in touchpad removes the need for a mouse when you change the menu settings or search for something on the Internet. You can even activate a virtual on-screen remote controller (w/ numeric keypad, playback controls, and shortcut menu) on the TV which can be operated through the remote's touchpad. It also has a built-in microphone that you can use to give the Samsung TV voice commands. In addition, the remote can be programmed to control satellite/cable boxes, Blu-ray players, and home theaters from other manufactures using the TV's setup menu and the included IR blaster. You can turn on the remote's backlight function for a brief moment with a press of a button.

Note: The Smart Touch Remote communicates with the TV through wireless Bluetooth communication. This means you don't have to point the remote directly at the TV. The remote will need to be initially paired with the TV.

Smart Interaction: The Samsung F8500 series Plasma TV offers Smart Interaction with voice & motion control, as well as face recognition through its built-in pop-up camera and integrated microphone. The camera is retractable and its viewing angle is adjustable. Using the TV's Smart Interaction, you can access and control menu options and functions using speech, hand gestures, and face recognition.

  • Voice Control: Using the TV's built-in microphone or the microphone on the included Smart Touch Remote and the voice control function of the TV, your voice is all you need to turn on the Samsung television, navigate menus, and get to your favorite Smart TV content. You can use only your voice to switch the channel, adjust the volume level, and launch online apps while focusing on the TV screen, which removes the need for the conventional remote control. The Smart Touch Remote's mic even lets you use "natural language" to search for content on the TV, your network, and online apps. To use Voice Control, you must pronounce words and phrases clearly and correctly in the language (English/French/Spanish) you selected. The Voice Control function can be affected by unclear pronunciation, voice level, or surrounding noise. Make sure to speak in a loud (~40dB) and clear voice and reduce any background noise (below 40db) in the room. Use the TV's voice control management test for best performance.
  • Motion Control: Thanks to the television's built-in camera and motion control function, a simple hand gesture is all it takes to access your favorite movies, sports, apps, and other Smart TV content. Use a specific hand motions to switch the channel or adjust the volume level, as well as to move the mouse pointer to a desired position while surfing online content from the Smart Hub. Simply use your hand to control TV functions by swiping (moving your hand left or right) to navigate and grabbing (closing your hand or making a fist) to select. The motion control function can be affected by user's location, motion posture, or ambient brightness conditions. The built-in camera's angle is adjustable to compensate for the television's mounting height (high on wall or low on stand). Make sure the palm of your hand is open, flat, and facing the TV when making "swiping" movements (not too fast or too slow). If your hand moves outside of the camera's view, motion control will be deactivated. Your room should be well lit room (50-500 Lux) with the light illuminating you. Use the TV's gesture control environment test for best performance.
  • Face Recognition: The built-in camera also recognizes your face and logs you in to your profile, giving you instant access to your favorite apps, your personal Skype address book, and more. In order for Face Recognition to function, the TV's built-in camera will take a snapshot of your face and a thumbnail image of your face will be stored in the TV for logging-in purposes. The TV can store up to five face recognition profiles.
Note: Samsung recommends using the Voice & Motion Control function within approximately 5-13' of your TV. The motion control's range may differ depending on the angle of camera or other conditions. Voice Control performance levels will vary based on the language spoken. Some TV and menu functions will require the use of the included IR remote control.

Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC): This TV is enabled with Anynet+ (HDMI-CEC); a feature that makes it possible to control Samsung external devices connected to the TV with ease. With Anynet+, you can use the TV remote control to operate all your compatible Samsung devices that are connected to the TV via HDMI. Anynet+ can control up to 12 compatible external devices (up to 3 of the same type).

Smart View Mobile App: Download the Smart View Mobile App from the Android Market on select Samsung smartphones and tablets (Android 2.2-up) for yet another way to control the Samsung F8500 series Plasma TV. If both your Samsung smartphone or tablet and TV are connected to the same wireless network, your smartphone or tablet will link to the TV automatically where you can use your smartphone or tablet like a remote control. The TV can also transfer live feeds to your smartphone or tablet. Main features include:

  • Remote: Your Samsung mobile device can work as remote for the Samsung Plasma TV and a connected Samsung Blu-ray player or home theater system.
  • TV View: Enjoy TV and other multimedia right from your Samsung mobile device that's connected to the Samsung Smart TV. You can watch the same content as on the TV or different content from other input source.

Keyboard & Mouse Compatible: The Samsung F8500 series Plasma TV will also support either a USB or Bluetooth enabled keyboard and mouse (both sold separately), which makes web browsing a lot easier.

5-Way Joy Stick: The television is equipped with a 5-way "joy stick" like button on the bottom right side of the TV's rear-panel that lets you control the TV without the remote control or Smart Interaction.

Mounting Options

Base: The TV is shipped with its base unattached. The base attaches to the television using the supplied hardware. The television weighs 71.4 lbs with the base.

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 600mm (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 weighs64.3 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.

Detachable AC Power Cord: The Samsung Plasma TV comes with a 5' detachable AC power cord. The power cord sits 0.9375" from the back of the television. The power cord is fitted with a right-angle AC plug that sits 0.875" from the wall.

 

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Samsung plasma

Written By J.T., New Jersey on Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Wanted a Plasma for my summer condo. I have a Panasonic Plasma at my house that has a great picture, but they Panasonic no longer make Plasma. Samsung was about my only choice and I did not go wrong. Great picture evan in bright light.
Pros:
Great picture
Cons:
it does thing That I do not need.
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5 out of 5

Great tv. Slight humming

Written By Junior, Denver, CO on Monday, July 07, 2014
 
Just picked up this tv. Wow the picture is amazing. I didn't purchase from here I ordered from a local store instead. But the tv is awesome. There is a slight buzz but only noticeable at low volumes.

I agree the tvs sound in not impressive. But I'm using my 7.1 surround sound so it's not a big deal.

Pros:
Great picture. Great 3D. Purchase this you won't regret.
Cons:
Slight humming
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Written By Anonymous, California on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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We have had the TV for about 2 weeks and love it. Picture quality is awesome !
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1 out of 5

Buyer beware! Dont buy samsung!

Written By Angry in Texas, Houston on Thursday, May 29, 2014
 
I purchased 40 Samsung TVs for my business. Unfortunately I only realized my mistake in purchasing Samsungs later as they started to go down one by one and I had to attempt to deal with Samsung technical and then customer support. THE worst technical/customer support for any product or service I have ever encountered. Save yourself hours of frustration and anger and look at a different manufacturer. As my Samsungs continue to go down and are just now out of warranty, I will start replacing them with Sonys. I'll check back later to update the review with my Sony experience.
Cons:
Poor internal build quality and Terrible technical/customer support.
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5 out of 5

Meets & exceeds expectations

Written By Bill, central Maine on Sunday, May 11, 2014
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This is my third plasma tv - following a Dell (short term: O.K., long term: disaster) and a Panasonic (excellent). Divorce occasioned need for a replacement, and after refusing delivery on a used - and broken - Panasonic from another retailer. I turned to Crutchfield for the highly rated Sansung 8500. A month or so later I am very pleased with everything but the sound, which is irrelevant as I've retained my surround receiver and speakers. The 3-D (which I'd only experienced in theaters) is really impressive, and there are so many other bells & whistles & adjustments that I expect an extended learning curve. Part of the fun, for me.

Crutchfield's purchase, delivery and support routine was flawless, with the exception of the available no interest financing, which is best avoided.
Pros:
Everything else.
Cons:
Available financing.
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5 out of 5

Top Notch

Written By SW, Seattle on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
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Really awesome and I'm really picky.
Pros:
Picture quality is AMAZING.
Cons:
Voice recognition has a mind of its own, better just to leave off.
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2 out of 5

Incredible picture, but the humming....

Written By Ryan, Steamboat CO on Monday, April 21, 2014
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Disclaimer - I live at 7,000ft above sea level. I've heard that altitude can have an effect on the electric humming caused by power consumption of a plasma tv. Everything about this tv is amazing, from the apps, to the picture quality. Unfortunately, there was a slight electronic humming coming out of the back left side. I called tech support and they indicated that, due to power consumption, that was normal. I tried moving the tv, and putting sound absorbing material behind it, but even with my surround sound turned up, I could still hear it in the background. It proved to be too annoying, and I returned it for the Samsung UN60F8000, which turned out to be great.
Pros:
Almost everything
Cons:
Annoying electronic hum from the back panel
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5 out of 5

Samsung PN60F8500

Written By Anthony, Orange Park, Florida on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Best TV I have ever owned. This is the 3rd. Samsung TV in a row that I have owned. I got them all from Crutchfield. Crutchfield has Great Customer Service.
Pros:
Great Picture & Built with quality.
Cons:
Remote has a learning curve.
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Samsung PN60F8500

Written By Jason, Springfield, MA on Sunday, March 16, 2014
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Hands down the best looking picture I have seen on a 1080P TV. I used the CNET picture settings to adjust the display, the contrast, blacks and color are almost as good as a professional calibration. The TV itself it very well made, the remotes and accessories provided are also quality pieces. I didn't score it high on value because it is an expensive set. My only consideration when making this purchase was picture quality, this Samsung definitely delivers. SMART features are well done and very fast since the TV is equipped with a quad core processor. If you are looking for the best picture and don't want to pay for an OLED this is it.
Pros:
Picture, features, build quality
Cons:
Value
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5 out of 5

Samsung PN60F8500

Written By Brian, Michigan on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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After much research I decided to replace our old LCD TV in the living room with a plasma. The reflections from the many windows are what drove me away from getting a plasma TV for this room years ago. This TV does indeed have a bright enough picture to view in the daytime and the anti-reflective screen is astounding (less glare than our LCD had). The smart features generally work well but that is the icing on the cake for this model.
Pros:
Picture quality Overall appearance
Cons:
Built in speakers lack punch so plan on using a home theater sound system or sound bar.
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5 out of 5

Samsung 8500

Written By Ron, Gardiner, ME on Saturday, March 08, 2014
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First I must I was a little hesitant about purchasing a Samsung, but decided to after reading positive reviews. I must say that Samsung got it right this time with this 8500. I purchased the 60" and quite impressed. This t.v. is truly a smart t.v. and has all the bells and whistles but it is the picture quality and the impressive plasma picture that truly impresses. The colors are deep and rich and live like and in bright light it still is impressive. The speakers on this t.v. are quite good for a flat screen.
Pros:
picture quality, speaker sound, wide array of applications
Cons:
The swipe remote is a little difficult to learn but you need to use it to get used to it.
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Samsung PN60F8500

Written By DavidB, Tn on Sunday, February 16, 2014
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I was hesitant about a plasma due to some reviews concerning the brightness but this tv hits a home run. I had to turn it down because it was to bright for me. It is a great value.
Pros:
It is a little hotter than I would like, but not a significant problem.
Cons:
Unlimited viewing angle, no motion blur, easy to set up.
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5 out of 5

The best TV I have ever owned

Written By jbeg, OH on Friday, February 14, 2014
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After a tragic accident befell my beautiful Panasonic plasma, I thought my days of beautiful high quality TV were over. I took a somewhat pricey gamble on this Samsung, and frankly if I had known how good this TV was I would have broken my Panasonic some time ago.
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5 out of 5

like it so far

Written By tim, FL on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
 
this tv is impressive. now i've always been a huge panasonic fan, and really really wanted the zt60, but there were just a few specs the samsung had that i couldn't ignore. and since i'm not a panny fanboy, it wasn't a problem. plus this came with the free soundbar, which ended up being a huge get for me cuz it fills a huge need i had. i've only had it for a day, but the picture is impressive. i'm not super picky, but it looks as good as anything i've ever had. and i know some don't, but i actually really like the stand. it was somewhat tricky to get tv onto it, but once there i think it looks super slick. i'm gonna mound to wall, but didn't have m8 screws, so for now it's on stand. i did have a sample of thor 3d that i downloaded that i got to test out, and it worked great. not sure how i feel about a movie in 3d, but it definitely was a unique experience that the tv handled great. 4 included glasses was nice, as so many only include 2 or none. my only gripe is the remote. the thing looks as stunning as the tv, and it does work quite well, but it requires a lot to do the simplest tasks. i'll eventually program my harmony one for the tv, so it won't matter. but even just pausing or typing in a channel is a pain. i do, however, really like it when navigation through the apps and stuff.
Pros:
- fantastic picture - mount (subjective, but i really like it) - remote (looks, performance, and when using smart hub) - 4 glasses - left running all night as part of break in, wasn't warm at all in morning, other plasmas i've had ran quite warm - gets ridiculously bright, when messing with settings i turned offf the eco mode thing and it went full bright, wow, my eyes had artifacts for a few minutes - built in wifi works great, and it's actually ac, made updating firmware very easy
Cons:
- remote (ease of use with regard to easily accessible buttoms) - voice recognition, thought it was supposed to recognize real speech, but for me it hasn't, yet, don't plan to use that function and i'm not done hooking everything up, but seemed less than expected so far - silver bezel, i'm more a fan of black personally, but it's a darkish silver so whatever - sound sucks, but if you buy this to use onboard sound, well, you should just sell it and look out the window
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3 out of 5

Priced right

Written By Expernow, Las Vegas, NV on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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Great picture for TV shows and movies. Sports not as good as my panasonic plasma but, better than LCD or LED. While voice recognition and motion control are cool they work sporadically.
Pros:
Sale price, Wireless works well, the apps are easy to get too and operate, Picture quality is excellent for shows
Cons:
Sports should be smoother with no lag, voice recognition comes on out of the blue and disrupts dialogue on the tv I had to turn it off in the smart hub menu.
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5 out of 5

Love it!

Written By Alexander, New York City on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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Purchased this samsung F8500 from you guys at Crutchfield and I am loving this TV. Upgrading my Sony 40-inch LCD purchased back in 2007. Its a great TV but I felt like it was to small for my living room and I wanted something bigger and better. With the upcoming major sports events, the Super Bowl, Olympics and the Fifa World Cup I decided to go online and research the best TVs of 2013, I came upon to great plasma models, the Panasonic VT/ZT60 vs the Samsung F8500. I headed to every electronics store in NYC and I came to the conclusion that my eyes liked the Samsung better. Even though I've read and seen that the Panasonic produces a deeper black level in dark environments. I was called by Crutchfield and UPS to make sure I was the real deal, LOL UPS called and gave me a delivery date and the TV box came in good condition even after that big storm that hit NYC on Tuesday Jan 21. I would Highly recommend this samsung plasma.
Pros:
Built Quality, Picture Quality, Big screen, Motion.
Cons:
Sound and one stuck pixel. Does not affect my viewing experience. I use a surround sound system :D
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5 out of 5

Samsung PN60F8500

Written By Ron, North Fork, Ca on Thursday, January 16, 2014
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This television picture is as good as promised. The true black was something was so different than the LCD. I know there are adjustments but I have been satisfied with the factory settings. The detail is fantastic. I have watched movies that I have seen before and picked things I didn't see on the LCD. Sports is so much more detailed. Beads of sweat from a players helmet and no hesitation in any action. The best television I have purchased.
Pros:
Just about everything.
Cons:
Much warmer than a LCD but in a big room, no problem
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5 out of 5

So far so good

Written By Nello, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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I haven't been using this very long but so far I'm completely happy.
Pros:
BIG! SMART! Very good picture and easy to use.
Cons:
Not cheep.
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Samsung PN60F8500

Written By Anonymous, Wisconsin on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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The PN60F8500 was purchased in August 2013 based on reviews from top sources. After 3 months of use, I have used most of the features, and the unit stacks up to any out there. Picture is clear with no burn in. Watched 3D movies with great satisfaction. I watch in a room with lots of natural light and it is fine for most viewing - primarily cable and sports. When watching dark movies, I do so at night with lights off. You can see every hair on a characters face. Speakers are not the greatest, however, I use an AV with surround without a hitch. Family viewing of normal programming is not an issue with the built in speakers. Mounted the unit on the wall with a multi articulating wall mount. No issues, and I have been very happy with the purchase. Not a gamer so can't review how the unit works with gaming units.
Pros:
Great picture, plenty of input options, general appearance, easy to setup and use.
Cons:
Built in speakers. Not a big deal if you are an audio/video phile. I would use a surround system for movies 90% of the time. Not a big issue for regular family viewing.
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5 out of 5

Samsung PN60F8500

Written By MikeF, Sacramento, Ca on Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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This is so much more than a TV. I have been waiting to buy the right one for over 2 years. This is it. Crutchfield's team was very good their knowledge was very good price was very good. Love this TV it's upgradeable so in 5 - 10 years they want to do something new the set automatically over the net dose it. The TV programs to you and its place no worries.
Pros:
Sets up fast Awesome picture
Cons:
hand jester works but kinda funkie along with voice. They still need to work on that. .
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5 out of 5

Samsung PN60F8500

Written By JC, Castro Valley Ca on Saturday, November 02, 2013
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Best picture I have ever seen on a TV well worth the money
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Samsung PN60F8500

Written By Rick, Collierville, TN on Friday, September 27, 2013
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Amazing picture quality. I own five TVs through out the house, all Samsung. My last purchase was a Samsung 60" 8000 series. Brilliant colors, but the "whites" always seemed dull and gray. I had the TV professionally tweaked, but no improvement. So when it was time to furnish the media room, Samsung wasn't my first choice. But after researching and reading reviews, I decided to give Samsung another shot. I'm glad I did. Probably the best picture I've ever seen. As for the cool "smart TV" features, not really interested. I've played with them, but if I want to access the internet or use apps, it's so much easier/faster to pull out my iPad. I enjoy streaming TV shows and movies, but haven't figured out how to run the audio from the TV back to my receiver/speakers. Much easier to use a Smart DVD player to stream audio/video via a receiver to speakers and TV.
Pros:
Best picture I have ever seen. Easy set up. Lots of bells/whistles for the tech savy.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Samsung PN60F8500

Written By Gregory, Richlands, VA on Monday, September 09, 2013
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Great TV. Once set up was complete - very happy with product. Great picture quality. Sound was only fair so added Samsung HT-F6500W. 3D is neat but may use rarely. Would definitely purchase the exact same TV again. Researched heavily on CR and other sites prior to purchase.
Pros:
Picture quality Ease of set up Links well with Samsung Home Entertainment System
Cons:
TV Sound Quality Price
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Great Samsung TV

Written By JeffN, Greensboro, NC on Thursday, September 05, 2013
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Although it was expensive, I am very happy with this purchase. The picture quality is superb, and the set-up was extremely easy. This TV almost seems to think for you. It also looks fantastic.
Pros:
Picture quality Ease of set-up
Cons:
Expensive
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5 out of 5

AwesomeTv

Written By Ryan, Charlottesville, Va on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
 
This is the best picture I have seen on a tv, outside of the new OLED. Even compared it side to side with a Crutchfield employee with Sony's new 4k and this tv was just as good if not better, which is very impressive. There is a slight buzz and I don't even notice anymore. Would recommend this tv to anyone. You really can't get any better unless you have a ton of money to throw down on a OLED!!
Pros:
Picture Quality, Styling, Fast Internet, Tons of options, Bright picture, Deep Blacks
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

Motion blur ruins a great picture

Written By Mark Q, Southington, Connecticut on Saturday, August 17, 2013
 
First off I have to say the picture is pleasing at a distance but as you move closer than 2 meters there is a bad case of double images which can not be defeated with any combination of settings, I've owned four plasmas and none of them had a problem with motion blur from computer sources it makes gaming unplayable once you notice it and I'm just holding out for an update to rectify this problem because the picture is otherwise great
Pros:
Nice stand, good set of smart features
Cons:
Motion blur, soft buzzing sound (not apparent from 2 meters)
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5 out of 5

Great TV

Written By Bill, Greensboro, NC on Monday, May 27, 2013
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Great TV in every way. Did not believe the picture Quality Would be this great. Don' t know how it could be any better.TV was delivered in two days and set up was no problem. Great job Crutchfield.
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Samsung PNF8500

Written By Charlie, Long Island on Sunday, May 12, 2013
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Very impressive picture. It will be professionally calibrated after it breaks in. No hum, no negatives. Connecting to network is easy. Ordering and delivery was quick and efficient. The TV, on the stand , makes a unique visual impression, especially with the BDI Valera.
Pros:
Picture and styling.
Cons:
Why can't manufacturers of flat panels put HDMI inputs facing downward, or not so close to the edge of the panel?
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Beyond my highest expectation

Written By Robert S Corvallis, Oregon, Corvallis, Oregon on Sunday, April 21, 2013
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Wow!!! The picture quality is amazing. I feel the people are in the room with me. The Smart features are really neat and fun to play with. If picture quality is important to you, I'm not sure you can get better. There are not regrets with this TV and couple that with the quality service of Crutchfield, and you have an unbeatable combination.
Pros:
Picture quality, Smart features, Wi-Fi connectivity and for a TV, the product is an elegant addition to your entertainment area.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Excellent Plasma HDTV

Written By AG, Lancaster County, PA on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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Ordered this TV based upon reviews and the Crutchfield reputation. It arrived in perfect condition, 2 days after placing the online order. Very easy to assemble the TV stand and connect to the cable box. All the features worked as advertised (still learning how to control the hand gesture commands).
Pros:
- Beautiful HD picture; very vivid blacks; -TV includes 4 pairs of 3D glasses; excellent 3D picture -Decent sound from TV speakers -Screen menu is easy to use
Cons:
A little pricey.
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5 out of 5

Gorgeous picture, sleek exterior

Written By Scott F, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, March 21, 2013
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I received this TV yesterday. I'll post this review with some initial thoughts, and I'll update it in a couple weeks once I get some more experience with it.

My early impression is the picture's brilliant, better than any TV I've ever seen. My room is very bright (multiple windows on both the south and east sides), so I increased the brightness from 45/100 to 68/100, and it's much more pleasant to view than our outgoing 2007 Panasonic plasma. The blacks are so dark my wife and I were initially disoriented.

We've watched 1080P HD sources (Dark Knight Rises on Apple TV), 720P HD sources (Comcast STB) and SD sources (TV shows on Apple TV). All look great. I'm particularly impressed with the SD content.

The exterior is dark, sleek metal. Both my wife and I love it. The fact my wife took to it is a big deal, given her discerning taste.

So, based on one day's use, both my wife and I are thrilled with the set and would highly recommend it.
Pros:
Incredible picture Beautiful metal exterior and stand
Cons:
Slight amount of buzz. I'm not sure if this is a normal amount for a TV of this size. I stopped noticing it reasonably quickly. My wife hasn't said anything about it.
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1 question already asked

Can the stand that curves out, come off when mounting this on a wall? [ Paul Carlberg  Jan 07, 2014 ]
18 answers
  • Yes it can! [ ROBERT   Mar 09, 2014 ]
  • Yes [ ROBERT   Jan 14, 2014 ]
  • Hi Paul , The stand that comes with the tv is not attached out of the box....if someone wants to table mount the tv they have to use the hardware included to connect the stand ( it would be easy ) i mounted my 8500 to the wall with an articulating wall mount that pulls out 25'' ( makes it easier to get behind tv ) be aware that Samsung does not include the 4 mounting screws to attach to the wall mount ( you can buy a 32 multi scew set from samsung but only 4 of those will work and its $16 ) i had a co. install my tv and they had the screws. As for the tv itself its awesome....the rich blacks and the bright whites is amazing !!! hope this helped you out....enjoy your new tv !!! [ KENNETH R   Jan 11, 2014 ]
  • Yes it can. In fact, the TV will be shipped to you without the stand attached. By the way, this is one awesome TV. [ Michael   Jan 08, 2014 ]
  • Yes , it comes detachted. You can attach it or put caps (supplied ) over holes so you can mount on the wall. Great TV! [ ROBERT   Jan 08, 2014 ]
  • Yes, stand detaches for wall mount. [ PETER   Jan 08, 2014 ]
  • Yes , it comes detachted. You can attach it or put caps (supplied ) over holes so you can mount on the wall. Great TV! [ ROBERT   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • It sure does. It's just an accessory for table top mounting. My 8500 is secured nicely to the wall. I bought the mount from Crutchfield. I'm sure they could help you as to which one fits your needs. [ GARY   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Yes the stand is removable. [ FRANK   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Yes - [ HOWARD W   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • the stand is not part of the TV. It comes separately in the box and must be attached to the TV'S base with screws. [ Brant   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Yes easily removed. The TV comes unattached to the stand. The stand attaches with 4 screws. [ MICHAEL   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Yes, it needs to be attached in the first place, and serves no purpose, other than to keep it upright on a stand. [ CHARLES   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • When you remove the TV out of the box you will see that the stand is not pre-mounted to the TV. If you want it to stand on a table or pedestal you have to manually attach the stand to the TV. So, If you want it wall mounted, simply follow the enclosed instructions. Important: keep the stand. Your situation may change and you may want it pedestal mounted some day in the future, like when you move... [ STEVE   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Yes it can be. It actually comes in the box detached. I mounted mine on the wall nearly flush. One thing to be aware of that you may not discover until the TV arrives is that the power cord inserts into the back of the TV near the center, not on the side where the other inputs/outputs are. This made it impossible to use the mount I bought because it covered this area and you couldn't plug the power cord in. I had to retrofit the mount by using washers to create a space between the back of the TV and the mount. Turned out being just as sturdy and looks great on the wall. [ JAMES V   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Absolutely. You will need to purchase your own wall mount for it. Mine is on the wall. It comes with the table stand enclosed but not installed so you don't even have to take it off to put the screen on the wall. [ Nelson   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Yes, it arrives with the stand off. Awesome TV. [ SHANE P   Jan 07, 2014 ]
  • Absolutely. [ Robert   Jan 07, 2014 ]

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