If you’ve read my article on the Samsung UN65C6500, you’ll know my HD TV Buddy Tom got himself one a while back. And you’ll also know we had a great time watching it in his viewing room. It was a great experience, but you’ll also know that I did have a slight reservation that it was only 120 Hz and I was worried that Tom didn’t wait for the 240 Hz version…which has duly arrived with the Samsung UN65C8000 65 Inch LED 3D TV. It’s also 3D!

Despite the fact Tom’s set is only 120Hz, I was surprised (in a good way) at the picture quality. There’s no doubt it was a superb set in his large room setting.

But, with the upgraded version Samsung really have pushed the boat out with full 1080p, 240Hz and 3D. And…WOW, that’s all! What a TV the new Samsung UN65C8000 is.

Samsung’s new “Ultra Clear Panel” picture technology is remarkable. This is what the brochure has to say about it “Advanced technology (Ultra Clear Panel) lets you enjoy crisp image details, natural skin tones, excellent shadow detail, and vibrant colors”. For once the advertising blurb is not wrong!

How do I know this? Well…by hook or by crook, I knew I had to get a look at one of these things! I wasn’t sure how so my first stop was my HD TV chums down at the local store. So, I went down and asked when they might be getting a Samsung UN65C8000 on the showroom floor? Whilst they didn’t have an exact time scale, they were going to a Samsung TV exhibition in Seattle the next day. Now, I am a great one for goal setting, and it’s amazing what can happen when you put your mind to something. They had a spare ticket and offered it to me!

Talk about child in a sweet shop! This was HD TV heaven, with large chunk of 3D thrown in!

My first stop had to be the UN65C8000 and she didn’t disappoint. 55au7700

First up, the picture. The Samsung brochure is right about the picture. I know there are only so many superlatives you can use when talking about clarity, vibrant colors, deep blacks and so on, but the picture was stunning in it’s beauty. I was blow away by it, with the skin tones, the reality of it and the way shadows looked, it was different. It was better, it was real! I’ve seen an awful lot of HD TV and this is the best picture I’ve seen – particularly on such a big set.

So, what else do you get? As I said it’s full 1080p, 240 Hz HD and the set is 3D ready. The native 3D demo and Samsung Active 3D glasses were the same as I saw in London. It was the canyon demo and those water splashes on the screen again made me jump! They then ran some of the latest Star Trek in 3D. I had seen this before but it was still a great experience, especially when they dive off the platform, I just love that.

I do like 3D, definitely. But as I have said before I wear glasses and I don’t get on with lenses! And…the 3D glasses do get a little uncomfortable after a while when worn over existing specs. And it’s something the advertisers are chosing to ignore. No matter where I have seen an HD promo, here, the U.K, Canada, it’s the same. This issue is being swept under the carpet!

It’s a shame as I now thing 3D is here to stay especially as more and more content is becoming available.

Moving on, even the 2D picture is powerful. And I think powerful is the right word!

The Samsung UN65C8000 3D LED TV has every connectivity issue you could imagine covered. Internet @ TV offers all of your favourite digital content at the press of the remote. You can also hook up your digital camera or camcorder, access videos playlists and there is an enhanced game Mode which is stunning.

Game Mode has been a bit of an issue for Samsung (in my opinion) and there is no doubt Samsung have worked on this over the 7000 series LEDs. They were running a preview of “Michael Jackson – The Experience” on and HD Wii and it was great fun and amazing game play quality.

A digital tuner is incorporated so there you won’t need a set top box and “AllShare” allows you to wirelessly sync up any other wireless device in the house. So you can make all of your digital content readily available through the set.

So…now I have a huge problem. There’s no getting away from it – I want one! Yes, I know I said I was going to sit
on the 3D fence, but I hadn’t seen a Samsung UN65C8000 65 Inch 3D LED TV in close-up action then! However, this TV weighs in at just over $5k, so it’s top end and still expensive. How am I going to get the “spend” past Alison? And, if I am honest with myself…my viewing space is too small for the Samsung 65 Inch 3D LED TV, but I still want one!


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