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Review: Samsung Smart TV LED LCD 8000

Samsung's 8000 series LED TV focuses on streaming content and 3Di.

Samsung 8000 Series LED TV

Samsung has been making TVs for quite some time, but now they’ve released a new line of televisions they are dubbing: Smart TVs. You know, aside from the transition from standard definition CRT monitors to high-definition flat panels, TVs haven’t really changed much over the past several years. They still bring you the same programming from cable or satellite you’ve been watching since you learned how to point a remote control at the screen and click. But TVs need to change. I mean, I don’t know about you, but most of what I watch these days comes from the Internet or a cloud-based source for movies. We’re talking about Netflix, Hulu Plus and VUDU, among other sources. But how do you get that content to that expensive flat panel you purchased for Christmas last year? Well you can do what many of us do and connect your laptop to your TV with a dangling cable… Or… and this is cool… you can look for manufacturers who really seem to “get” emerging media and the new content marketplace. Samsung’s SmartTV platform is positioned squarely in line with this kind of idea - and it’s represented in full by their LED 8000 series televisions.

NuVision NVU55FX5LS Review

January 18, 2010 By David Birch-Jones 42 comments
NuVision NVU55FX5LS Review

When less is more

Established just five years ago, NuVision has steadily expanded their line of premium flat panel HDTVs and are now offering this, their first LED-powered model, the 55-inch NVU55FX5LS (40- and 46-inch models are also available).

240 Hz and Beyond

November 20, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison 83 comments
240Hz and Beyond

With claims of decreased motion blur, better detail, world peace, and smoother motion, LCD manufacturers are drastically increasing refresh rates. But why?

First it was 120 Hz. Now it’s 240 Hz. Already manufacturers are talking about 480 Hz. I mean, 60 Hz is so 20th century. Are there really any advantages to these faster refresh rates? If so, how do they work?

Samsung UN46B8000 Review

November 9, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison 25 comments
Samsung UN46B8000 Review

240 IS GO! Samsung lights up the sides and slides into 240 Hz with the svelte UN46B8000.

This thing is gorgeous, and I haven’t even turned it on yet. Über-thin—I think it’s two dimensional.

Amazingly, the attractiveness of this set is only one of its claims to fame.

Panasonic TC-P46G10 Review

October 5, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison 79 comments

The King is dead. Long live the King!

No one at Panasonic seemed to care that Pioneer left the plasma TV market. Then again, maybe they did. It would have been easy, perhaps expected, for Panasonic to put out a gussied-up version of their last generation plasma now that the direct picture quality competition has fled the market. But that's not how it played out.

The G10 is a significant step forward in picture quality for the company best known for value and consistency more than outright picture quality.

Panasonic TH-65VX100U Review

February 9, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison 38 comments
Panasonic TH-65VX100U Review

Premiere Plasma

Looking to carve out a piece out of the high-end custom market for themselves, Panasonic launched the Premiere line, with 50 and a 65-inch models.

Sporting many custom features aimed at the custom market, does the Premiere have what it takes to compete with the KUROs of the world?

Samsung LN46A950 Review

January 23, 2009 By David Birch-Jones 163 comments
Samsung LN46A950 Review

Plasma Poseur

Within minutes of setting up Samsung’s top-line 46” LCD HDTV (they also offer a 55” version), I knew that this was no ordinary LCD flat-panel, as the picture quality, with just a few picture control adjustments, looked startlingly un-LCD-like and much more reminiscent of what I’m used to seeing with better plasma sets.

Sony KDL-46XBR8 Review

January 20, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison 55 comments
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Using local dimming LEDs, Sony KDL-46XBR8 gives a run at the title of best flat-panel ever. But does it take the crown?

The promise of local dimming LEDs is a simple one: significantly increase the contrast ratio of LCDs.
Using said technology, this Sony KDL-46XBR8 can create a near absolute black. So dark in fact, its contrast ratio is not measurable by standard test equipment. It can be called infinite. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.

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