Samsung PS64D8000 review

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

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Samsung ps64d8000

The PS64D8000 is beautifully styled and has features coming out of its shiny ears, including the full Smart TV package, reams of picture adjustments, and, of course, active 3D playback.

Its performance is mostly impressive, too, with 2D in particular delivering a superbly natural, contrast-rich, punchy and sharp picture.

The set's 3D pictures are also excellent for much of the time, although, crosstalk does appear when images contain bright elements against dark backgrounds.

Overall, the PS64D8000 is great value. It's not as good as Panasonic's VT30 series, but its compromises are more than tolerable when set against the saving it offers on its rival.

We liked

The PS64D8000 looks a million dollars and doesn't skimp on features or connections. Its Smart TV services are a high point, especially now there are a number of good-quality video streaming services available.

It's also a very accomplished performer, producing consistently great 2D pictures and often superb 3D ones, with minimal crosstalk during bright scenes. Plus, of course, it's much cheaper than the only other 64/65-inch screen around right now.

We disliked

Crosstalk is noticeable when viewing dark 3D scenes and some light scenes show momentary 'jumping' brightness levels. Black level response and colour saturations aren't up there with Panasonic's latest efforts, though they're still good by general standards. Finally, input lag is a bit high for gaming.

Final verdict

The addition of the extra Real Black Filter to the PS64D8000's screen makes it a markedly stronger performer than the great PS51D6900 and its prodigious size emphasises the quality of its 2D performance, with both HD and standard-def material.

The set looks gorgeous too, and you can't get any other similarly sized screen right now for the same sort of money.

The PS64D8000 is packed with quality multimedia tricks and it's an accomplished 3D performer, with only some occasionally obvious crosstalk during dark 3D scenes standing between it and a full five stars.

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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
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand979.20 mm
Width with Stand1487 mm
Depth with Stand351 mm
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D ConversionYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate600 Hz
Height888.9 mm
Width1487.9 mm
Depth37.1 mm
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
Product ModelPS64D8000
Product NamePS64D8000 Plasma TV
Manufacturer Part NumberPS64D8000FUXXU
Manufacturer Website Address
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
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)35 kg