Samsung UE65C8000 review

  • £5000

The world's largest 3D LED TV may have a high price tag, but it's still great value

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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.

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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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-S2, DVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product Family8000
3D Type3D
Brand NameSamsung
Screen Size165.1 cm (65")
Aspect Ratio16:9
EthernetYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)39.20 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard600 x 400
Operating Power Consumption370 W
Standby Power Consumption60 mW
RMS Output Power30 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand991.40 mm
Width with Stand1519 mm
Depth with Stand347.40 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation TechnologyClear Motion Rate 800
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height911.7 mm
Width1519 mm
Depth29.3 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Surround Sound, DTS
Product Series8000
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Auto-off, Closed Caption, Picture in Picture, Sleep Timer, Teletext
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelUE65C8000
Product NameUE65C8000 65" LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberUE65C8000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Samsung LCD TVs Elegantly designed with a unique Touch of Color™ bezel, Samsung LCD TVs display brilliant images with amazing detail and provide a host of connectivity options.

Package Contents
  • UE65C8000 LED-LCD TV
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • Remote Control
  • Cable Connection (Component, Scart, Composite, RF, LAN, PC, Optical )
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)36.20 kg