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Samsung PN64F8500

64" 1080p 3D plasma HDTV with Wi-Fi® and voice/gesture control

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Our take on the Samsung PN64F8500

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 PN64F8500

A new picture quality benchmark from Samsung

The PN64F8500 is not only Samsung's top 64" plasma for 2013, it's part of the finest plasma TV series the company has ever built. 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 PN64F8500 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 PN64F8500 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 selection 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 PN64F8500. 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 PN64F8500's screen on your Galaxy S3 phone or tablet. You can leave the room anytime without leaving your entertainment behind. It's like whole-house television you can hold in your hand.

A 3D experience whenever you want

The Samsung PN64F8500 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 PN64F8500 offers the richest, most vivid colors and the deepest black levels this side of OLED.

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Features:

  • 64" 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)
  • 58-7/16"W x 34-9/16"H x 3-3/16"D (36-1/8"H x 12-11/16"D on stand)
  • weight: 79.8 lbs. with stand; 72.3 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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64"
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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58-1/2
Height with Stand (inches)
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36-1/8
Height without Stand (inches)
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34-5/8
Depth with Stand (inches)
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12-3/4
Depth without Stand (inches)
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3-1/4
Stand Width (inches)
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58-3/8
Weight with Stand
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79.8 lbs
Weight without Stand
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72.3 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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  • 64" 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 79.8 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 weighs 72.3 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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5 out of 5

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Written By SloTown, SLO, CA on Monday, July 07, 2014
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This television has a fantastic picture! It performs very well in our very bright living room. It also has outstanding off-angle viewing. It has lots of features and an intuitive setup. Shipping left a lot to be desired. Crutchfield advised that the shipping company would call for delivery. They sent a tracking number, which I used for arranging someone to help me get it inside and assembled (over 100 lbs. boxed). Unfortunately it was delivered two days after stating "out for delivery".
Pros:
Simply outstanding picture in HD. It can be viewed in a very bright environment and the sound is actually better than I was expecting.
Cons:
The auto-brightness (ECO feature) needed to be turned off due to dimming too low, even in a very bright room. Once off it worked well. No component video input, but I knew that prior to purchase. Puts out a lot of heat!
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5 out of 5

Expensive, but awesome

Written By AJ, Richmond on Saturday, June 28, 2014
 
Easy setup, need two people. GREAT picture. Remote is easy to use and intuitive. When I turn on my Blu Ray, the input automatically switches to that source. Use of the wireless keyboard is nice, but it doesn't carry over to the set top box.
Pros:
picture, ease of use
Cons:
price. lack of component video inout
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5 out of 5

Satisfied Customer

Written By DNJ, Arkansas on Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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Looking to upgrade from a 46" Viore plasma TV, I did much research between various HDTV's (plasma and LED) for a number of months before making a purchase. Looking at various reviews, TV specs, etc, I finally settled for this product. So far I am impressed with the TV. Great picture and brightness. The blacks are exceptional. Impressed with the clarity and crispness along edges of fast moving objects especially while watching sports. I have not tapped into all the available functions but look forward to learning them. Looking forward to football season.

Pros:
Great picture Exceptional clarity Brightness in lighted room are exceptional blacks are exceptional
Cons:
Expensive but was worth it
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Samsung PN64F8500

Written By Anonymous, Jupiter, FL on Saturday, June 07, 2014
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One of the best detail and color available .... stunning blacks, sharp detail with outstanding color balance. Take time to calibrate... you will be pleased and rewarded with outstanding picture quality!
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By RWKHaus, So Cal on Monday, May 19, 2014
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Well I wanted a Plasma for the picture quality and true color mixed with fast action sports viewing.

The color is awesome. The TV when off looks beautiful. The menu's are kinda understandable. The remote is beautiful (the alum one) but is very limited. The 2nd one it comes with is very usable.

It does Dish guide thru the TV, not box, if you so wish, but you cant hide non HD channels so you get 2 of every channel.

The ability for it to control my other devices thue the TV remotes, is very nice.

I would have done a 60" but was told they likely would not be back in and discontinued, so I did the 64". Come to find out they got a stocking order of 60" models a few weeks later. Oh well, this thing is huge and fits nicely in my build in wall unit.
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5 out of 5

pn64f8500

Written By dennis s, tinton falls n.j. on Monday, May 12, 2014
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Iam still learning but it has a great picture and cannot watch my pionner elite pro150 50'' Istill have to learn all the features.
Cons:
i cannot think of any i just love this plasma from samsung
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5 out of 5

Samsung PN64F8500

Written By Anonymous, Bossier city, Louisiana on Sunday, April 20, 2014
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I have to say this TV was all everyone said it would be!!! I have it in a super bright living room with windows everwhere. The blacks are super black and the colors are beyond great... One tiny issue is the voice command does show up from time to time without prompting it... As for other issues like humming or some other crazy things other people have described are non existent with this one... Crutchfield was great from beginning to the end and I will definitely buy my next tv from them in the future.
Pros:
The TV is frigging beautiful and I opted to us the stand just because I've never seen one so creative. . The picture is outstanding and the colors are so vibrant it looks like you could touch the screen and your fingers would get wet.
Cons:
Voice command pops up Un prompted and doesn't work anyway.
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5 out of 5

Couldn't be happier!

Written By Lb, New York on Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Although my first model shipped was defective, Crutchfield had a replacement out to me the next day. Picture quality is excellent. Smarthub is pretty cool for streaming. I use the Plex app often and everything works great.
Pros:
Picture. Apps. Streaming.
Cons:
The secondary remote is difficult to use. Price is higher than others in this category.
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5 out of 5

Really Like the Samsung 8500

Written By TerryM, St.Paul, MN on Friday, February 07, 2014
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The TV is a little spendy by it's extremely nice. We are using it in an area where there are a lot of windows and the Plasma is bright enough to still our perform any LED.
Pros:
Excellent picture quality Fast delivery Easy to setup SMART functionality is pretty cool
Cons:
Cost
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5 out of 5

A Great Purchase!

Written By Gk1impulse, New York, NY on Monday, January 27, 2014
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There's truly nothing bad that can be said about this television. The "Sammy" replaced another Samsung Plasma (PN63C8000) that had served us well until a panel failure. Knowing that Panasonic and others had already abandoned Plasma I was concerned as to whether we should stay with the same technology that had served us well until that point. I'm glad that we did. One thing I must advise is that upon setup, I turned off the motion/camera ability and completely abandoned the home "apps" screen. For me, I'm interested in one thing with a TV of this size- picture quality/performance. The picture on this TV is so vivid, so bright, and the dark colors really pop as well. Overall, the quality is better than what I've seen in alot of LED's and some reviews have likened the same to what is presently offered in OLED technology for alot less money. Turned off the TV speaker so I can't attest as to sound quality on the set, and one thing to note is that Samsung is now including an IR remote along with their Bluetooth-enabled remote for those of us who are Harmony users where programming is a breeze. The only critique I have is that Samsung should have offered a "stripped" version of this set which eliminated all of the apps and "smart" features that some of us can do without- after all, isn't that why we have IPADS? Finally, a word of caution- with the hip new stand comes a TV that sits relatively low off of the console. Check your center channel speaker height!
Pros:
Picture quality, ability to really show bright and dark colors without fail, ease of use/programming.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Excellent TV

Written By JayG, Alexandria, VA on Monday, January 13, 2014
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I purchased this TV to replace a 58' Samsung 7000 Series Plasma that had the panel go bad. For financial reasons, I initially tried the Vizio M Series 70' inch LED but wasn't happy with the picture quality. I decided to return it and pony up the extra 1k to get this Samsung Plasma. I'm extremely happy I made the change and it was well worth the money. The picture quality (great colors and deep blacks) is the best I've ever seen on a TV. 3D is excellent with very little blurring or ghosting.
Pros:
Outstanding 2D and 3D picture quality, colors pop off the screen and I've been able to see more detail in dark scenes then on any other TV. The TV itself has excellent build quality and looks very slick mounted on the wall. The voice command is a nice touch as is the Samsung SmartHub and built in Camera. My wife and I use the camera for Skype.
Cons:
Gesture Control is pretty useless.
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5 out of 5

so far so good

Written By k, johnson, ks on Friday, January 03, 2014
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so far so good. great picture. easy to set up.
Pros:
awesome picture. lots of apps. voice recognition really accurate.
Cons:
price. remote not the best for my cable. but just got free remote in mail today maybe it will be better.
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5 out of 5

One of the best plasmas you can buy right now!

Written By Pete, Chippewa Falls, WI on Friday, January 03, 2014
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My major concern with buying a new TV was how it was going to look in my living room that was very bright. I knew I wanted a plasma and had narrowed my selection down between this one and the 2 top rated Panasonics. I went with the Samsung because of the brightness. In a room with many windows, this TV shines. In my opinion, it gives you all of the greatness of a plasma, but also allows you to put it in a bright room where normally you would want an LED TV. I did tweak the picture manually to my liking instead of using one of the preset options.

Besides that it is just too cool with all of it's smart features. It has voice recognition, a camera on top of the TV, internet browsing just to name a few.

I actually like the remote. It's compact and reminds me of a smart phone. The manual isn't the greatest.

I got a good deal on the TV over Black Friday, but prices will probably be dropping in the next month when the big companies start rolling out their new line up.

Well worth the $3000 spent. Would buy it again. Overall great TV!
Pros:
Picture quality for a plasma in a bright room. The brightest plasma that you can buy!
Cons:
The manual and for me setting it up to use the smart features.
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4 out of 5

Samsung plasma

Written By MichaelArchAngel, Saint Petersburg, Florida on Friday, December 27, 2013
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A fine plasma type TV. I knew a sacrifice was being made for viewing in a well lit room but the sacrifice was much greater than expected. I already have a Samsung LED TV and wish I'd gone for another.
Pros:
Good solid TV all functions aok. If viewed in a completely darkened room it great.
Cons:
Poor picture quality in a room with table top ambient light. This is the first time after many years as a Crutchfield customer that I ordered installation by their recommended installer. The installers were fine but setting them up was extremely irritating and time costly. I called the # provided over the phone for Crutchfield's approved installer to come out and evaluate the installation and specify the equipment to be ordered and installed.
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4 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Rahul, Arlington,tx on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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I chose this TV because of the room conditions in my living room are bright with about 20' in lenght of windows on one wall. I wanted a TV that could combat the brightness yet provide great color accuracy and black level. So far I am very happy with this product.
Pros:
Great screen quality Great brighness Great color accuracy Great Black level Remote works with PS3 and dish hopper out of box
Cons:
Remote does not have numbers so it is a little annoying to use
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4 out of 5

A fantastically bright and clear picture

Written By Saul R, Chicago, IL on Saturday, December 14, 2013
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The picture quality is remarkable, compared to two other Samsung 60+ TVs that I have purchased in the last few years. However, the other TVs are quite good; the PN64F8500 has a sharpness and brightness that make images spectacular. There are so many bells and whistles that I wonder if I shall be able to master the majority of them. The voice control option pops up on my screen even when I don't access or request it. This can be very annoying. I am waiting to receive the Smart Touch Control which was not included in the packaging. Hopefully, this will allow me to have a better handle on this issue.
Pros:
Picture quality
Cons:
The manual is absolutely terrible. The new features of motion control, voice recognition and face recognition are so new that one may have thought there would have been more detailed explanations and operation than is included in this poor excuse for a manual. I have not looked at all the videos that you can get online yet. I would prefer having a real manual to go along with this very expensive set.
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By KL, Chesterfield, Mi on Sunday, November 24, 2013
 
Beautiful TV, best picture on the market, I own 2 Panasonic VT's and chose the F8500 over the New Panasonic ZT because of the brightness of the picture compared to the ZT, plus it doesn't hurt that it one the HDTV shoot out.
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Picture, technology, styling
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1 out of 5

Samsung PN64F8500 a bad buy

Written By Little, san Diego, Calif. on Sunday, October 20, 2013
 
Room must be too dark to get good picture. Too many bells and whistles. "Extended IR and built in camera are nonsense.The "free" 29 inch LCD is a much better TV. The package was way over priced. I'm going to try and sell it and cut my losses.
Pros:
None
Cons:
Room must be too dark to get a decent picture. Too many bells and whistles. "Extended IR and built-in camera are nonsense.The "free" 29 inch LCD is a much better TV. The package was way over priced. I'm going to try and sell it and cut my losses.
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5 out of 5

Great Plasma TV!

Written By CD, Las Cruces, NM on Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Great plasma tv with excellent picture and easy to set up. So far the best tv I've ever owned!
Pros:
Great picture!
Cons:
none so far
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5 out of 5

Excellent TV with great picture

Written By Scott, Woodbridge, VA on Friday, October 04, 2013
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Purchased the Samsung PN64F8500 about 2 months ago to replace an old Samsung DLP TV. I picked it almost solely based on picture quality and haven't been disappointed. It's a stark difference from my old TV, no surprise there, but I'm particularly impressed by the clarity when watching movies and really anything in HD. Black levels and contrast are also excellent. Like other reviewers I find the speakers to be a disappointment, but I use it with a home theater sound system so don't really mind. I have yet to try the motion control but the voice control seems clunky and I could do without it. The curved base is unique and looks great, although it makes it difficult to find a TV stand that's wide enough since the stand is the full width of the TV.
Pros:
Picture quality, styling
Cons:
Speakers, voice control
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4 out of 5

Samsung's new Flagship Plasma 64" F8500

Written By Brad, Houston, TX on Monday, September 30, 2013
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See pros and cons. I consider myself an expert in audio/video technologies but I'm not a professional in that industry. This TV delivers BIG on the video side of house and I had no problem giving it 5-stars there. Howeever, as stated in virtually every forum and review across the web the audio is sub-par. I replaced a 2006 era 63" Samsung plasma with this unit which had a great multi-speaker sound bar built-in (maybe 15w output...it was GREAT!) The built-in system on this TV is total JUNK. I guess the design intent was to spend all the focus dollars on Video (which is evident) but for everyday TV watching and even movies where you don't want a full component audio system burning up electricity...the audio needs some serious rework! My opinion of the touch "swipe" remote differs from some other reviewers...I think it's GREAT, compact and easy to learn (for the whole family) and I like some of the future proofing they did with this TV (the evolution module.) Given, it's not an ipod touch or harmony remote in it's capabilties but I wasn't expecting that. Overall the TV is awesome due to picture quality and simply juicy visuals satisfying even the most critical viewer.
Pros:
Gorgeous picture, updated feature set and apps, fast and consistent network performance, sleek design & "futuristic" appeal
Cons:
Horrible audio subsystem; pricey
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4 out of 5

64F8500

Written By Doug, Wadsworth, ohio on Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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Nice TV, great picture, awesome feature except, the remote leaves a lot to be desired. A remote extender has to be utilized to control a cable box, DVD player, etc . . . When your TV is mounted elevated on the wall with all the cables routed internal to the house walls and your equipment is in a remote cabinet you have a choice. Run the remote extender cable down your wall in plain sight when every other cable in your system runs internal to the wall or use multiple remotes. Cheesy remote design on a $3200.00 TV, I expected more. Crutchfield technical support had no solution.
Pros:
Nice design and picture
Cons:
Poor remote capability
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5 out of 5

Samsung 8500

Written By Tip, Hickory NC on Sunday, September 22, 2013
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After adjusting the picture settings this is everything I could have hoped for. Watched my first 3 d with 7.1. The Gaurdians. Unbelievable. I can't imagine going to the movies again.
Pros:
Picture quality with or without 3 D
Cons:
It will take a while to learn all the gadgets. Picture doesn't look that great right out of the Box. Looks like it has a smoke screen. If you switch to dynamic it is too bright. I went to c/net and made all recomended adjustments . If you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself then pay someone. It will be worth every penny.
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5 out of 5

smoking tv

Written By jerry, new bedford, ma on Sunday, September 08, 2013
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This is the best plasma money can buy. I searched months for the right tv led or plasma?? that was the big question. I currently own a Samsung pn63c7000 plasma and let me tell you the picture detail, color, brightness, and sharpness is night and day. Although the pn63c7000(which I purchased at crutchfield 4 years ago) is still a very good quality picture it does not compare to the 64f8500. The brightness, color, and off angle viewing are amazing. Almost purchased the Samsung LED un65f8000 but in a side by side comparison the off angle viewing of would not work for me. The LED washed out considerable. I made the right decision and crutchfield is great to deal with always helpful.
Cons:
none so far
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5 out of 5

Amazing picture

Written By BenD, Haledon, NJ on Thursday, September 05, 2013
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I have had the TV for about a month and I have to say that the picture quality is just amazing. I struggled between the Samsung 65" LED (preferred for looks) and this tv (wins for picture quality) and am glad I chose the plasma. Regular HD tv takes on a realism (Breaking Bad) and 3D content just pops (Avatar, Hugo, Open Season 2) with amazing clarity and sharpness. Definitely check out the opening sequence of Paris in Hugo and the initial pan into the train station. The glasses supplied are active so they do need a battery. There are numerous discussions on active vs. passive online, but for me these glasses were light weight, easy to setup and did not cause any headaches during a 3hr movie (Avatar). The TV works well in a room with lots of natural light unlike older plasma's. I did change the picture settings based on http://www.digitaltrends.com/tv-reviews/samsung-pn64f8500-review/ and these worked well for me. The touch panel remote takes a little getting used. I would be hard pressed to tell the difference between this TV and a 4K TV at a viewing distance of 7ft or more.
Pros:
Picture quality, features
Cons:
Price
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4 out of 5

Samaung 8500 Plasma

Written By LukeT, Theodore, Ala on Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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If you are looking for a Plasma TV that has a fantastic picture in a dark or bright room? This is the TV for you. Blue-ray movies in 1080p on this TV WOW! CNET calibration values for this TV are GREAT!
Pros:
Picture Quality. WOW!
Cons:
Motion and voice recognition is limited. TV stand is cool but the TV is not real stable with the stand.
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4 out of 5

My 1st plasma

Written By Kenny's, Long Island,ny on Friday, July 05, 2013
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Upgraded from a 55' samsung LED to the 64' plasma,the difference in brightness is noticeable.I find it comparable to my LED during the day ,but at night in a dark room,the picture really looks good on the plasma( colors and blacks).I only gave it 4 stars because the voice recognition and camera control are hit and miss,plus the ARC function won't work with my denon receiver.
Pros:
Picture Size 3d
Cons:
ARC don't work Voice recognition and camera controls are hit and miss
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5 out of 5

Samsung PN64F8500

Written By JimC, Madison, Al on Monday, June 24, 2013
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Impressive picture, numerious features, picture brightness enhances viewing pleasure.
Pros:
Great picture, light weight, extensive features.
Cons:
"Smart" remote is a challenge for some of us to operate (thank goodness for the cable remote).
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5 out of 5

Great TV

Written By BBaker, Houston, TX on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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I wanted a high quality, big plasma, and this one definitely qualifies. I was also looking at the high end Panasonic units, but for the extra money I did not see a clear improvement. I like the brighter picture of the Samsung, and my wife definitely preferred the brighter look. Since we have it in a room with windows, I think it is also a better TV for daytime vieiwing in our house.

The buying experience with Crutchfield was, as usual, painless. Arrived within 5 days and was easy to get set up and running. Still learning the ins and outs of all the features (a better manual would help), but very happy wihout using all the bells and whistles - of which there are many.
Pros:
Great picture - state of the art. Bright - maybe giving up some blacks/shadow detail, but I don't miss it.
Cons:
Needs a better manual. I like paper, not online tutorials.
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5 out of 5

Pn64f8500

Written By Chuck d, Waterloo,iowa on Saturday, June 08, 2013
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After reviewing and debating over plasma and led .i purchased this model plasma. I have to say ,great picture, and the 3d movies on this tv will knot your socks off. The 64 inch is just the right size for the family room .
Pros:
Best picture I have ever seen.
Cons:
Although the remote is cool looking and works as should,, I am going to use a harmony remote for one touch start up of my system
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3 out of 5

No way to connect Headphones!

Written By Harry, Top central Illinois on Monday, May 20, 2013
 
There is no way possible to connect either analog speakers or headphones to this TV. Only digital Toslink output. This totally kills any plan to use your existing sound system or and headphones for people with hearing problems. You can purchase a VERY EXPENSIVE converter for this, however.
Pros:
Perfect otherwise.
Cons:
No external analog audio! A biggie!
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5 out of 5

Fabulous

Written By BobB, Upstate NY on Saturday, May 11, 2013
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Outstanding picture! I haven't been through all the features as yet, but so far, so good. I'm not a "tequie" but I am thoroughly satisfied with this purchase to date. "Up and running" is a breeze, HDMI makes connections as simple as possible, wi-fi works great, picture is like sitting in the same room as subject, I just wish all channels would utilize full 16:9 at all times (no fault of Samsung). Thanks to Crutchfield all my questions were answered during purchase process. I'm looking forward to experiencing all the features this product offers.
Pros:
Picture, sound, ease of set-up and use.
Cons:
On the expensive side, but if you want new technology, you pay for it.
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5 out of 5

My 1'st Plasma Tv the 64F8500

Written By Bill M, Marriottsville MD 21104 on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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This 64" F8500 is my 1'st plasma tv and is the best picture I have personally seen in a large screen model. As with the tv I purchased from Crutchfield in 2004, I was able to choose a model with the help of an adviser based on the type of entertainment I was looking for. I like the whole movie experience including the best picture in 2D and 3D available. The 64F8500 seamed to be a good match. After properly installing my new Samsung, my expectations were exceeded. Basic screen choices, vivid to easy on the eyes would allow me to place this tv any where I want in my home. My favorite is cinema. The pureness of the blacks and whites are incredible. The 3D viewing was great too. The depth in 3D mode is amazing also. But the real surprise was the ability of this tv to take on any added special 3D pop out of the screen effect the movie maker can produce! For example, while watching a cable on demand 3D movie.a scene in A Dolphins Tail where two children were flying a model helicopter, surprised me when it flew out the screen, past the right side of my head, then from behind me back into the screen! I cant wait to see what Blue-ray can do with this. The burn in protection Samsung uses gives me peace of mind in this area. Its hard to burn pixels that are moved around periodically. New audio settings like Clear Voice allows you to hear dialogue without background noise or music drowning it out. The Smart Hub is fun too. I talk to it the same as I do my smart phone.
Pros:
A new plasma design with a bright sharp screen. The biggest bang for the buck for today's real world tv. A quad core processor, that allows you to multitask while watching tv. Perfect for great cinematic experience seekers.
Cons:
None yet.
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5 out of 5

Wow

Written By Steve, Colorado on Friday, April 26, 2013
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Okay, I went from a 27' screen that I had bought in 1983. To a 64'. What can I say but wow! I don't really watch that much t.v. Or movies, But I think I will be from now on. Friends of mine say that it looks better than their older xbr's. I'm still overwhelmed by the clarity of the picture from some of the older movies that I have. I truly gives a me a sense of space in the back ground of the movies. Thank you Crutchfield.
Pros:
Every thing!
Cons:
For a troglodyte like my self this is a very steep learning curve.
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5 out of 5

New Samsung Plasm

Written By BSC, Morristwon, TN on Thursday, April 25, 2013
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This TV is amazing. After going through 2 of the 8000 series LED's and dealing with the black vertical band and corner bleeding issues, this was a relief to get what seems to be a great TV. We were advised by several to avoid plasma's because of our bright room, but this TV has far less glare than the LED's we returned. It is pricey, but so far it has blown our mind with the picture quality and all it can do with the 3D and apps!
Pros:
picture, features
Cons:
none so far
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5 out of 5

the new Samsung Plasma 64" F8500

Written By JohnR, san diego, CA on Wednesday, April 03, 2013
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I exchanged my new PN64E8000 for this new F8500. I was very satisfied with the E8000, but I like the latest and greatest, and I was still under the 60 day satisfaction guaranteed for the E8000. This F8500 picture quality is amazing, much better than the high quality E8000. The user interface is slightly better, but the picture quality is why I made the exchange, it was well worth the extra expense and trouble.
Pros:
amazing picture quality
Cons:
price
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5 out of 5

Reference Plasma

Written By McDaddy, Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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Intial reaction to this TV is it is the best picture quality I have ever seen all around. Everything has it's strengths and weaknesses but this unit will not dissappoint. I love the bright-vibraint screen of Samsung's LED-LCD's but their 65" 8000 series LED was a huge disappointment with uneven screen lighting and bleeding. The 8500 truly does bring all of the things I like about the LED's with no bleeding or banding and the colors and black levels are amazing.

3D is also amazing with no flicker like I experienced with the 8000 series LED.

I was a little hesitant to go with plasma but thus far I am so glad that I did...you get all of the benefits of plasma with vibrant colors and great black levels with LED like screen brightness. Finally, a product that lives up to the marketing hype! What more can I say...keep you all posted.
Pros:
Picture quality, brightness, contrast, color and black levels and gorgeous cabinet
Cons:
None so far...suprisingly
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Can you use the voice command to turn the tv on and off? [ Tom  May 29, 2014 ]
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  • No the voice system is not that great.. [ LUKE G   Jun 03, 2014 ]
  • Don't know, never tried it. Turned my voice command off, it's to lose to my center speaker. [ WALTER   May 30, 2014 ]
  • Can't remember-I pretty much stopped using the voice commands-they're useless [ KENNETH   May 29, 2014 ]
  • I have not tried this yet. [ Richard   May 29, 2014 ]
  • I do not use these controls. [ LAURANCE   May 29, 2014 ]
Can you turn on the TV with the voice command? [ Tom  May 29, 2014 ]
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  • not yet [ WILLIAM   May 30, 2014 ]
  • I have not tried the voice commands as of now. [ DONALD   May 29, 2014 ]
  • The guy who helped us install the TV said that voice command should work. But we haven't tried to do that yet. [ Edward   May 29, 2014 ]
  • I wasn't aware that this television potentially has this feature, so I don't know. However, I can tell you that there is absolutely nothing about this tv that I don't like. It was definitely the right choice and has a phenomenal picture, in a bright room or a dark room. I contemplated getting an Ultra HD tv, but I'm waiting for the prices to still come down more. I am not disappointed that I bought this Plasma Screen tv instead. [ Karey   May 29, 2014 ]
  • This set has the capability via the touch remote, but it is not the best implementation. It only works sporadically. I've had better luck using a Harmony remote to coordinate power on/off, input, volume control. [ Steven   May 29, 2014 ]
  • I have not used the voice command and really don't plan on using it. I knew before I purchased the TV that the technology for the voice command option was not very good. Using a remote control is a pretty simple basic function for me. The TV overall, I am very pleased with it. [ KENNETH G   May 29, 2014 ]
  • Hello Tom, I don't think its possible. The voice commands triggers in only after switching on the TV. But, With Xbox One you can do that. ;) Thanks Raghu [ RAGHU   May 29, 2014 ]
I have this TV hooked up to a Marantz SR7007 on HDMI 3 with ARC. The only way it seems that I can get the TV to send audio info back to the receiver when using smart hub, I. E. Pandora, youtube, is to have anynet cec control l turned on on the TV . But what keeps on happening are two things. One I turn on the TV and it automatically turns on the receiver. The receiver automatically goes to TV audio input which is the setting it needs to be on in order to receive audio info from the TV. If I want to watch satellite I have to change the input back to satellite but what always happens is five seconds later the TV changes the input back to TV audio. I have to then again change it back to satellite and once I do that, it stays there. It gets real annoying having to do that every time I turn on the TV. It only does it every time I turn on the TV. The only way I have found to prevent is it turn off anynet cec, but then I lose the ARC function to hear audio coming from the TV. The second thing is, let's say I turn on the TV with the intention of watching something on smarthub for which the receiver needs to be on the TV audio. You would think everything works out golden. But no, for some reason the audio doesn't come through. I have to turn off the receiver and then back on for the audio to work. I realize this question has to do with 2 products but right now I'm trying to figure out how to get the TV to stop telling the receiver automatically that it needs to change to TV audio twice. I have the setting on the receiver for its default input to be satellite every time it turns on. The TV overrides that, twice. Any ideas? Thank you for your help. [ MICHAEL  Apr 08, 2014 ]
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  • If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 08, 2014 ]
Can this TV be wall mounted? The pictures show a bowed out piece on the bottom that would seem to prevent wall mounting. Can that be removed? I want to mount it to the wall and be able to pull down a projection screen over it at times. Thanks.