Samsung PS51D8000 review

Clean, comfortable 3D and smart TV on a plasma screen

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Samsung ps51d8000 review

There are a few sound modes on board the Samsung PS51D8000, including Music, Movie, Amplify and Clear Voice, as well as a separate section containing the self-explanatory SRS TruDialogue and SRS TruSurroundHD. SRS TruSurroundHD is the most impressive - don't expect 7.1 wizardry, but we did perceive a much wider soundstage that was just about suitable for movies.

Kudos go to Samsung for achieving what would appear to be some low frequency sound - not something we've often heard from a flatscreen TV. It's able to go to fairly high volumes without getting distorted, too.

Despite its slimness, this plasma TV actually has rather good speakers, something that at a stroke justifies our continued criticisms of TVs with weak sound, and gives us hope for the future.


Samsung ps51d8000 review

The reticence of 3D TV manufacturers to give away multiple pairs of 3D glasses with their latest wares will be the death of the format, and we're sad to report that it's a similar situation with the Samsung PS51D8000. Not a single pair of 3D specs adorns the box.

Judged on ultimate picture quality, the Samsung PS51D8000 is a mixed bag. It's not bright enough to compete with LED TVs, but not dark enough to be considered as good a home cinema choice as Panasonic's ultimate plasmas. The TV is left somewhat in limbo - but that's easily spun as 'good value', and justifiably so.

Considering its Smart Hub and associated online trickery, the Freesat HD tuner and Wi-Fi, we'd judge the Samsung PS51D8000 to be just about worth the £1,000+ price tag. It's as versatile a TV as you'll find, and a better performer with 3D than most other TVs in its price range - although the inclusion of some 3D glasses would instantly convince us.

Tech Specs

Product TypePlasma TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size129.5 cm (51")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)25.40 kg
Standby Power Consumption1 W
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Height with Stand802 mm
Width with Stand1195.90 mm
Depth with Stand309.50 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height719.4 mm
Width1195.9 mm
Depth37.1 mm
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, DTS
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Content Access, PC Streaming, Media Player, Auto Program, Closed Caption, Sleep Timer, Picture in Picture, Auto-off
Product ModelPS51D8000
Product NamePS51D8000 Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS51D8000
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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True 3D experience in a whole new light
Experience 3D TV at it best with the PDP 8000, which produces the ultimate in 3D picture quality that is utterly immersive. This is possible thanks to Samsung's innovative 3D HyperReal Engine, which delivers superior performance and crystal-clear Full HD images. The unique Plasma +1 design has a much slimmer bezel, and delivers a huge and immersive viewing experience with its +1 inch screen. And with cinematic 3D Sound, featherweight 3D glasses with ergonomic design, and an integrated converter that lets you enjoy 2D games and shows in 3D too - home entertainment has entered a new dimension.

Package Contents
  • PS51D8000 Plasma TV
  • Remote Control
  • Battery
  • Slim Gender Cable
  • Power Cable
  • User Manual
  • E-Manual
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)23.20 kg