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Samsung UE55D8000 - 2D Performance, Audio and Verdict

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Samsung UE55D8000


Our Score:


Given that 3D sources are inevitably still limited, it's a relief to find that the 55D8000 is also a terrific 2D performer. Again, clearly better than 2010's Samsung equivalent models, in fact. HD fare looks superbly detailed and pin-sharp, as well as rich in colour, dynamic, and dripping in contrast - not least because the 55D8000 can produce a startlingly deep black colour by edge LED standards.

It even manages to do this without suffering the horrible backlight inconsistency issues noted with so many edge LED TVs. There's a minute drop off in brightness towards the centre of the screen, but this is only noticeable when the screen is filled by washes of a single colour shade - which, of course, happens very rarely in normal viewing conditions. And even when it does appear, it's hardly a big deal. In fact, many people will probably never clock it at all, which is just fine with us.

Motion is handled smoothly and cleanly, without the need for intrusive amounts of video processing, and 2D sources are upscaled with a keen eye for detail and an even keener talent for subduing source noise. Really, the only significant picture issue, aside from the residual 3D crosstalk, is the set's fairly limited viewing angle before contrast and colour are reduced. But this is also the case, of course, with pretty much every other LCD TV around except for Panasonic's IPS Alpha models.

While the 55D8000's pictures inevitably steal the show, we're rather surprised to also have positive things to say about the set's audio. For Samsung has finally managed to get some more than decent sound quality into one of its flat TVs, so that the 55D8000 delivers a genuinely rounded dialogue track, pleasingly clean treble information, a quite open and punchy mid-range, and even a bit of low frequency response. Who'd have thunk it.


Samsung has clearly piled an enormous amount of effort into the 55D8000, and the results speak for themselves. It's a TV that's as excellent as it is innovative. If this is the shape of things to come in 2011, you can consider us very excited indeed.

Michael G

March 10, 2011, 2:16 pm

£2500 TVs, £2000 projection screens...yeah I think I see the direction TR is heading in.


March 10, 2011, 2:44 pm

Yeah, god, that's all we ever review...



March 10, 2011, 8:53 pm

Stunningly elemental design spoilt somewhat by the sadly necessary lapel at the bottom. I would have preferred you to detail it's SD upscaling qualities too since that's what the majority of content that'll be viewed on this.


March 10, 2011, 10:53 pm

One the Swedish Samsung site (www.samsung.se) there's a TV called UE55D8005 and I guess it's the same thing as the one reviewed here. Anyway, according to the information on the site, UE55D8005 has a built-in web browser. Did you find a web browser on this one, with the option to browse the entire Internet? Did you test it? Was it good?


March 11, 2011, 2:54 pm

@OneMoreMartin - I'm afraid John Archer doesn't respond to questions or comments.


March 11, 2011, 8:04 pm

@Metalex - it's because he's developed square (or widescreen) eyes from all the up close and personal TV testing he's undertaken over the years!

His eyes fail to recognise the glyphs in our comments - his eyes are too busy checking out the shade and geometry of the individual pixels.

He's the stig of the visual entertainment world.




March 11, 2011, 10:42 pm

@Metalex - well, I guess I will find out sooner or later. Someone, somewhere, somewhen should have the answer. Maybe it's you, maybe it's me, John Archer it doesn't have to be.


March 11, 2011, 11:41 pm

Now that's what I call FREE MARKET COMPETITION. Top that Pani!!

Given the HIGH scores for picture quality, at first I thought it was a plasma tv and had to read the first few paragraphs a second time to make sure there wasn't some mistake.

Thus in fact I would expect a similar spec and quality plasma tv to be priced at £1999.99.

As for the web browsing with this tv, well it should not be beyond the bonds of current technology and the concept has at least been seen by me in American (non sci-fi) tv programmes. As I cannot see in the context of the stories that it was done specifically for the programmes I would say it was done with real technology.

So well done Sams.


March 22, 2011, 6:35 pm

Ok - I'm liking this TV a lot ! An awful lot in fact.

Love the very slim bezel design. Love the apps built in (is iPlayer coming?).

Not a fan of 3D but I guess it just can't be avoided on this size TV now.

Wish the stand was a little less lary, and protuded a little less at the front but I'll have to consider that if I go ahead and buy it. Guess I should let the price settle anyway / see how the other new sets for this year compare before leaping in.

Very very interesting though.


May 25, 2011, 8:25 pm

Design is good, but there are a lot of problems whis new D series models, like pixel burnout (like on plasma tv's), 3D is a little bit better then on C series, Motion in horizontal direction is much more worse than on C series and main problem what i hate is - No Digital programm sorting WTF?
Sony is much more better

Jan Andersen

June 8, 2011, 3:45 am

If Samsung made a 21:9 50" as above, I promise I will not request more from a TV.

Now that Philips somehow is on its way out - can we pray that Samsung will pickup the lead, and continue what Philips started.


February 27, 2012, 7:22 am

Samsung Electronics may have been good last year but I'm afraid Samsung won't be able to win this time with their new OLED TV technology since many fingers are pointing towards LG OLED TV and even Sony is going up very strongly as well. The truth is that Samsung has had a lot of complains and even lawsuit for their LCD/Plasma TVs power defects. Some here: http://www.engadget.com/201...


December 4, 2012, 11:42 pm

I have this model from Samsung at home. The picture is great, but is lagging behind the audio. I tried connecting a Lip Sync Corrector to the TV, but it only goes up to 300 ms, which unfortunately is not enough. Is there a way to fix the problem? Paying appr. $3000 for a TV that cannot manage to hold sound and vision together, is unacceptable.

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