Samsung PS51D8000 specs

John Archer

By John Archer


Key Features

  • 51in plasma TV
  • built-in active 3D playback
  • Smart TV online services
  • Multimedia playback via USB and network
  • Real Black filter
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Price: £1,099.99
Quick Glance
Size 51
Display Type Plasma
Max. Resolution 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio 'Mega Dynamic'
Refresh Rate 600 (via sub-field drive)
Freeview HD Yes
Size 51
Display Type Plasma
Max. Resolution 1920 x 1080
Full HD 1080p Yes
Digital Tuner Yes
Freeview HD Yes
Freesat HD Yes
3D Ready Yes
Contrast Ratio 'Mega Dynamic'
Refresh Rate 600 (via sub-field drive)
Physical Specifications
Height 719.4
Width 1195.9
Depth 37.1
HDMI 4 (1.4)
Component 1
Composite 1
Scart 1 (via supplied adaptor)
Digital Audio Out 1
Headphone 1
Charging/Computer Connection 2
Ethernet Yes
WiFi Yes (built-in)

A Scotland

October 28, 2011, 6:56 pm

A couple of questions if you get a moment:-

1. Does this suffer from the indefeatable noise reduction "feature" of the Samsung LCD tvs?

2. Which would you choose out of the Panasonic GT30 or this?

A Scotland

October 28, 2011, 7:06 pm

One more question. Where have you seen it available for £1099 (as per the "price as reviewed")? Everywhere I look seems to be about £200 more than this making it significantly more expensive than the GT30.


John Archer

October 31, 2011, 8:57 pm

Hello A Scotland!

Regarding your first question, it does suffer undefeatable noise reduction unless you use the set's Game mode. This isn't actually too bad a situation, though, as you still get a good if not full set of picture adjustments available to you within the Game mode setup.

Also, I would argue that the undefeatable noise reduction isn't a really severe issue with HD sources, as there's usually so little noise in such sources anyway. But this is just my personal view and I know it won't tally with everyone's way of thinking!
As for whether I'd choose the Samsung over the GT30, that's a really good question as each screen has its distinct advantages. The GT30 is undoubtedly the best for 3D, simply because it has practically no crosstalk. The Samsung's 3D pictures are brighter and more colourful, but for me crosstalk is always the thing I struggle with most when watching 3D.
The GT30 also delivers a richer black level response in 2D mode, which can pay handsome dividends when watching films. However, the Samsung model has a more stable brightness level and much better motion handling with normal TV viewing. And its 2D pictures are brighter and more colourful for the most part. And the Samsung is a much prettier set aesthetically, AND it's got a (currently) superior Smart TV online service.
So the Panasonic model is probably the best option for serious HD movie fans, while the Samsung is a better 'all-rounder' when it comes to coping with - and providing - lots of different sources.
As for the £1099.99 price, it's available for that at - though I note that the standard delivery charge is a pretty exorbitant £70...
Hope this is all helpful to you.



November 2, 2011, 5:56 pm

Another question, whats the best tv for 3d and 2d right now that I could buy?
so far theres no definitive answer i can find.......


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