Conclusion: Samsung may have unwittingly created an OLED, 4K TV killer in the PN51F8500. If a plasma TV like this can produce such deep blacks (400% improvement over the prior E8000 series) then why do we need to spend $15,000 on a 55 or 56 inch OLED TV? Good question because not only does the 51F8500 have 4X better blacks it also has 2.5X more brightness equaling the contrast ratio of Samsungs excellent top end LED TVs.
Pros: Bright room performance is excellent for a plasma TV, The best Samsung picture quality on the market, Light-flow is comparable to some of the best LED TVs, Smart Hub has a robust selection of free apps (some paid too), Touch Pad remote is much faster for navigation versus a 5-way remote, Side angle viewing, Quad Core processor is speedy with apps and web pages, 480i and 480p upscaling provides strong contrast and color, Active 3D playback, Judder is almost not present...
Conclusion: Until we’ve thoroughly tested the Panasonic VT60, we can’t declare any winners in the battle for this year’s best TV, but we can say that Samsung’s F8500 is going to give the Panny a serious run for its money. Though the F8500 is a little rich on novelty features for our taste (we could do without voice commands and gesture control entirely) it’s Smart Hub TV interface is one of the best platforms available.
Pros: Stunning black levels, Great shadow detail, Brightest plasma yet, Spectacular color, Attractive design