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August 25, 2011

A night with the Samsung Series 8 8000 Plasma TV

Samsung Philippines booked us for an overnight stay at the Picasso Hotel last Sunday so we can try their new flagship 64-inch Plasma Smart TV, the Series 8 8000.

Along with the Plasma TV is the latest 3D Bluray player and a 5.1 surround system pictured below (notice the two other speakers are strategically placed beside the headboard).

This is actually the largest TV we’ve ever tried and tested — the 64-inch display is almost as wide as the queen-sized bed in my hotel room.

Samsung Plasma TV PS64D8000
64-inch screen size (diagonal)
Full HD 1080p (1920×1080 resolution)
3D capable
4 HDMI ports
2 USB 2.0 ports
WiFi 802.11n
600Hz maximum refresh rate
3D Hyper Real Engine
Ethernet (LAN) port
PC audio in
PC in (D-Sub)
Smart Hub User Interface
DLNA (Samsung AllShare)
AnyNet+ (HDMI-CEC)
Skype on Samsung TV
Dolby Digital Plus / Dolby Pulse
SRS TheatreSound HD

It’s not the thinnest TV we’ve seen but at 37.1mm, it’s already very sexy.

And when I thought that plasma TVs are on their way out but here we are in front of a 64-incher from Samsung.

From the specs sheet, this baby can eat up to 480 watts when maxed out (less than 1 watt on stand-by).

The unit also comes with a Bluray player (model BDC6900) which is also WiFi-ready and 3D-capable when hooked up to the 3D TV. It also has a built-in hard drive with 1GB capacity. The player can also convert 2D movies and other video clips to 3D (requires 3D glasses).

The Series 8 8000 PS64D8000 is probably on the top end of Samsung’s Smart TV food chain with the Smart Hub that allows you to control all aspects of your TV — from searching for content, launching Samsung Apps, streaming YouTube videos or firing a native browser to surf the web.

And speaking of apps, there’s one for Facebook and another for Skype. You can actually run Twitter and Google Talk while watching TV (now there’s a real reason for TV networks to want their shows to trend on Twitter).

With AllShare (which is basically just DLNA), you can wirelessly connect your devices (laptop, camera, phone, etc) to the TV and project content from anywhere as long as you’re within range.

There are 2 USB 2.0 ports at the back where you can plug a flash drive or an external HDD and play movies and music or view photos straight off the device.

Picture-quality is excellent, display is clear and crisp with that very deep contrast you’d always expect in a plasma TV. The 3D glasses that came with the TV is also somewhat comfortable and lightweight, despite its bulky size, although I don’t think I can last more than one full movie with this on.

To help you appreciate the enormous size and impressive picture of this Samsung Plasma TV, check out this short video I made:

I wish we had more time with this TV since the 20 short hours we had with it went by so fast I don’t think I was able to explore all that is to learn about this unit. In any case, it was a great experience altogether.

I’m not sure if this model is already available locally and how much it retails but the list price in the US puts it at $4,299 (I expect a quarter of a million pesos SRP in the Philippines).

Disclosure: Samsung Philippines shouldered the overnight stay and meals for us to review this product.


22 Responses to “A night with the Samsung Series 8 8000 Plasma TV”

  1. berns says:

    Wow hanep, ibang klase ka talaga yuga.

  2. wites
    Twitter: wites
    says:

    movie marathon na! ^^

  3. POngPing says:

    Hanggang tingin na lang ako dito sa TV na to. Asa sa isang typikal na taong mahilig manood… Yakang yaka ni Mr. Sy bumili ng maraming ganito para lang maapreciate ang ganyang klaseng TV. Sa bandang huli rin eh malalaos din yan…

    On the lighter note, its top of the line! Mini IMAX theater sa kayang bumili nito =)

  4. raul barrios
    Twitter: kryptobarrios
    says:

    Nice! Hope you could’ve featured a movie with real humans.

  5. Alex says:

    I’d love to have one but maybe after 1 year or so! ;-)

  6. Andre says:

    why plasma? is something wrong with LED?

    • Les says:

      Well, it wont make any difference for a 64 inch panel in terms of viewing angle. Kung dimo pa makita yung pinapanuod mo eh magpa check ka na ng mata hehe.

    • konqueror7
      Twitter: konqueror7
      says:

      tv is targeted towards movie watching, in which case, plasma would be the same (if not better) in energy consumption, as most films nowadays have more dark colors

  7. bryan_mmx says:

    sweet!:D

  8. Iyan Sommerset
    Twitter: iyansommerset
    says:

    Plasma displays are the gas-guzzling SUVs of the tv world. 480 watts is crazy, and I assume that doesn’t even include the amplifier/digital receiver and the speakers, and the player. And of course the airconditioner for the room (I wonder how hot this monster gets). IMHO just not worth the trouble seeing as LED-back/edgelit LCD screens these days are just as awesome for much more performance per watt consumed.

  9. alfranz3 says:

    A good cozy hotel with a very huge TV, Blu ray player…does not happen to ordinary people everyday.

  10. Icesteam says:

    Sir abe typo ata yun 1GB built in hardrive , 1TB ata yun tama or is it 1GB talaga ?

  11. xxx9 says:

    hanep sarap manood ng bluray nyan :D

  12. 21 says:

    kaylan kaya ako magkakaroon nyan

  13. fr0stbyte says:

    Ang LED variants mas mahal sa mga plasma. A 64-incher LED would cost around 10K dollars. This where the plasma shines: price! Less than half usually ang asking price kumpara sa LED. Sabi nga ni Yuga 4.2K ‘to (although I an get it for 3.6 dito sa Australia) so mas mura ng ‘di hamak. Pero you carry the costs of the power usage. The last time I was in Samsung eh 150+ watts ang konsumo ng LED. Samantalang ang plasma nasa 400+ watts.

  14. roiji says:

    grabeh!! isang kotse na yung halaga nyan @_@

  15. Carl says:

    Nice tv… nice room…

  16. light says:

    wow pareho pa talaga yung color scheme ng website at yung room

  17. lucacoleman says:

    I really do love watching hi-def movies from Samsung plasma TV.

  18. ???? says:

    Excellent enthusiastic analytical attention intended for details and can foresee complications just before
    they take place.

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