Summary: Best picture but it is smarter than me. Still have not used all of the features but the picture is the best. Debated between this one and a Panasonic with similar ratings. Glad I went with the Samsung.
Summary: I actually bought 5 TVs to compare them in my home and returned the ones that did not "pass." This one was easily the best picture and had the most complete feature set. No question the picture is great - as compared to the LED TVs I looked at that gave the picture a soap-opera'ish look. The blacks are phenomenol - and the TV is bright enough to see in a very well lit family room that has a ton of windows.
Summary: Pros: Picture quality is absolutely superb. Expansive video range from virtually black (better dark gradations than most LCD's in videophile reviews) to bright white, ultra fine detail on faces - almost too revealing at times when you can discern even distant stunt doubles easily. Hooked to a PC the display is 1920x1024 native resolution and 10 pitch text is very legible. Gaming is nice as well.
Summary: I've had this tv for about 3 weeks. It's my first plasma and I am extremely satisfied. The picture is beautiful--the colors are bright and accurate (to my eye, at least), and the detail is awesome. Set up was easy, and I was surprised at the excellent quality of the netflix feed over my wireless network. As reported by many owners, the tv does emit a low directional buzz. I notice it now and then, but it does not bother me enough to return the tv.
From a Photographer with a critical eye. Impressive TV to say the least.
Sean Foulkes, Amazon
28 January 2012
Summary: I would realistically give it 4.5 stars out of 5, because after months of shopping for the perfect TV for 2 grand or under, I settled on this for the home theater, and also for video games. I wanted plasma for it's black levels, and sacrificed a slight bit of screen brightness and weight for it. Definitely wouldn't take this TV back and get anything else, unless I wanted to move up to the 64".
Amazing picture. Even better after calibration (see settings below)
12 December 2011
Summary: I've been reading reviews and doing quite a bit of research on buying a new tv. I've always been a fan of plasma's and so had my mind set on a higher end Panasonic. (either GT30 or VT30.) I was considering a 55" Panasonic and then read some great reviews on the Samsung PN59D8000 and 7000. I liked the look, went to the store to see both sets in person. It was still tough to tell the differences in store due to the wacky settings they use.
Summary: It would be easy to write a huge review nitpicking every aspect of this set and its pros and cons, but there are already many lengthy reviews here. Let me give you the more 'reader's digest' version. This is an amazing television! It looks sharp, is so thin it is surprising, has phenomenal image quality and the most bang for the buck you can find. Alright, you need a few more details? Here we go.