If there's one area where the UE65C8000 really disappoints, it's with audio. A screen this big and impressive demands equally large scale sonics, but the Samsung's 15W speakers are hampered by the TV's thin chassis.
Dialogue is always intelligble, but the overall feel is trebly and compressed and there's a distinct lack of bass. Users can try to improve matters by experimenting with the five SRS TheaterSound modes (Standard, Music, Movie, Clear Voice and Amplify) but none of them can do much to widen the soundstage or increase the frequency response. The same is true of the equalizer function.
The UEC658000 also offers SRS TruSurround HD, which claims to provide a virtual 5.1 surround sound experience from the TV's stereo speakers, via something called Head Related Transfer Technology. This is something that, unsurprisingly, it completely fails to do.
At around £5,000, this TV certainly isn't a budget option. However, it's similarly priced to its main rival (Panasonic's TX-P65VT20) and is, you must remember, absolutely whopping in size. Stepping up from, say, a 50in display to a 65in one brings about nearly a 70 per cent increase in total screen size. If you're wallet is large enough to pack five thousand pounds, then this TV is worth every one of them.
Ease of use
The UE65C8000's remote control is a bit of a looker, and you might mistake it for a heavy-duty metal model until you pick it up and realise it's plastic. It's fairly straightforward to use (and definitely more intuitive than the touchscreen handset bundled with Samsung's UEC9000) but could be improved; some of the main buttons, such as the input selection key, are woefully small. Still, it's backlit, so you won't strain your eyes in darkened rooms.
The onscreen menus are attractive and very responsive, but may take some getting used to, as they work in a similar way to Sony's XMB interface. The animated graphics (particularly the booming loudspeaker icon for the audio section) are pleasing, but there a few niggles. Adjusting the volume, for example, takes you out of the main menus and the UE65C8000 doesn't remember where you were when you go back in.