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Samsung PS64D8000 review

Excellent, great value 3D plasma with Smart TV internet connectivity

Our Verdict

For

  • Very attractive
  • Relatively cheap
  • Excellent online features
  • Very good 2D pictures
  • Sporadically excellent 3D images

Against

  • Occasional crosstalk during dark scenes
  • Average black levels
  • Only one free pair of 3D glasses
  • Input lag a little high for gaming

The Samsung PS64D8000 plasma is arguably the most eagerly awaited 3D TV so far this year. Its immense 64-inch screen fits nicely into the generally accepted 'bigger is better' mantra, while gas technology has consistently proved superior to LCD or LED at suppressing the dreaded crosstalk noise.

The PS64D8000's exceedingly lovely design features a brushed silver metallic bezel and transparent outer trim and is impressively slender by plasma standards. While it's impossible not to draw negative aesthetic comparisons with the stunning near bezel-free designs of Samsung's D7000 series, the PS64D8000 puts to bed any notion that plasma equals ugly.

As well as the aforementioned 3D compatibility, the flagship PS64D8000 carries full Smart TV capability, which means all manner of multimedia playback support and plenty of picture processing power.

Also available in the D8000 plasma series is the 51-inch PS51D8000, while a step down in Samsung's 3D plasma range are the D6900 and D6910 models, which lack the contrast-boosting Real Black Filter found in the D8000s, as well as a few of the flagship model's Smart TV features and Freesat tuner.

The black filter in the P64D8000 is of particular interest, as the hope is that it might lift Samsung a bit nearer to the class-leading black levels of Panasonic's current GT30 and VT30 plasma models than the Korean brand got with its (nonetheless awesome value) P51D6900.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size162.6 cm (64")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)38.30 kg
Operating Power Consumption480 W
Standby Power Consumption1 W
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand979.20 mm
Width with Stand1487 mm
Depth with Stand351 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D ConversionYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height888.9 mm
Width1487.9 mm
Depth37.1 mm
ColourSilver
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesPC Streaming, Media Player, Web Content Access, Teletext, Auto Program, Auto-off, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelPS64D8000
Product NamePS64D8000 Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS64D8000FUXXU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung's PS64D8000 Plasma +1 evolves the home entertainment experience with a creative blend of new technology and ergonomic awareness that matches the cinematic experience and more. With on screen smarts that react to room brightness, offer superior HD and 3D, plus seamless connectivity with all things online and on your devices, everything is perfectly possible with this premium set. Experience the all-new Plasma +1 difference with Samsung.

Package Contents
  • PS64D8000 Plasma TV
  • E-Manual
  • Instruction Book
  • Power Cable
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Batteries
  • Remote Control
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)35 kg