Buyer beware, thin black line appeared after 2.5 years
6 June 2013
Summary: I also just got the dreaded thin black horizontal line on my TV last week. Samsung support was not much help of course since warranty was only 1 year. I called and spoke with their executive customer relations department. The best they could do was this thing they call the Samsung Panel Rebate Plan. Depending on the size of your TV and type you could get between $200-$700 off the cost of a replacement service, but for ONLY an entire PANEL replacement service.
Summary: While the picture was beautiful when I first purchased this television, a couple months past the warranty expiration, a horizontal black line appeared near the bottom of the screen. I don't think I'll ever purchase another Samsung set again.
Summary: Quit working after two years. I did some research and found this is a common problem with Samsung. There has even been a class action lawsuit. I called Samsung who was no help. I will not be buying from this company again.
Summary: Well, my Samsung PN50C8000YF quit working two months out of warranty. I guess I should have been clued in by the fact that they only offer a one year warranty. None of the HDMI ports work, but everything else is fine. I can watch in HD using the component jacks, but am not able to watch 3D as this requires the HDMI port. I will never buy Samsung again.
Summary: I bought this TV a little over a year ago and was very happy with it. Great picture, features, and plenty of options. Three months after the 1 year warranty expired I started having all kinds of sparkling/erratic pixels on the screen and it is basically unwatchable now. It was powered through a power conditioner its entire life so I'm not really sure what the deal was. I guess I was just unlucky. Caveat emptor.
Summary: TV worked great for 9 months then it went 'pop' and spark fell to the floor and a small amount of smoke appeared and the room filled with a nasty smell of burning electronics. And now we are screwed because the warranty card wasn't sent to them within 7 days of purchase. Lesson learned. Never buying samsung again.
Summary: I went for a plasma because everything I read said burn in didn't happen anymore. Especially if you're careful. I bought this TV 9 months ago and was super careful about pausing it, etc... It "ghosted" immediately. ALL the time. I mean ALL THE TIME! Not when I paused it... just when I was watching TV or a movie. OK, fine. It needed to "break in." I ran the scrolling feature a LOT, I lowered the contrast, yadda yadda yadda.