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Samsung UE55F8000 - 3D Pictures and Verdict

John Archer

By John Archer

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Samsung UE55F8000

Summary

Our Score:

10

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Samsung UE55F8000 - Image Quality Cont'd

Yet another string to the Samsung UE55F8000’s bow is how sharp and detailed its HD pictures look. In fact, we're struggling to think of any other 55-inch TV that delivers HD with quite such a profound sense of clarity and resolution (even after toning sharpness levels down a touch to prevent some HD images looking noisy).

With this in mind, it’s great to see that the sharpness remains intact even during action scenes, thanks to a combination of the screen’s native 200Hz system and a much-improved motion processing engine.

We preferred to use this motion system on its Clear setting, though it’s worth adding that the new processing power wielded by the Samsung UE55F8000 is so speedy that you can now also opt for the more potent Standard setting without it creating too many negative side effects.

Samsung UE55F8000

Standard definition playback is mostly strong too. Colours remain natural rather than becoming washed out as they can with many lesser TVs, and noise levels are kept low. Standard def images perhaps look a touch short of detail once set up to deliver the best all-round results, but the good news with them far outweighs the bad.

Samsung UE55F8000 - 3D Performance

If the Samsung UE55F8000 is ridiculously impressive with 2D, it’s downright spectacular with 3D.

We know that 3D hasn’t proved a massive hit with consumers, and even Hollywood seems to be slowly losing interest in it. But after spending time immersed in the 55F8000’s spectacular 3D images, we’ve found our interest in the format – specifically the active 3D format – renewed.

The reason we stressed the active format back there is that the Samsung UE55F8000 produces what we feel confident are the sharpest, most detail-filled full HD 3D Blu-ray images we’ve ever seen. There’s simply no significant difference between the detail level and image ‘polish’ of the set’s 3D and 2D images - especially as Samsung’s latest processing engine is able to work on motion in 3D as well as 2D images, dealing extremely effectively with the sort of judder and blur issues commonly witnessed with 3D on LCD TVs.

Contributing still further to the sense of clarity in the Samsung UE55F8000’s 3D images is their relative freedom from crosstalk. The telltale double ghosting flaw is still very occasionally visible, but far less often and far less aggressively than we’ve seen it before on any Samsung 3D TV.

Add to this emphatic 3D HD sharpness the retention of unprecedented levels of light and contrast even after donning Samsung’s 3D glasses and you also get to enjoy the most convincing sense of space and depth that we’ve ever seen on a 3D TV.

The icing on the 3D cake comes from the way the Samsung UE55F8000's ultra-slim bezel provides you with an almost imperceptible boundary to your 3D viewing, allowing you to become more immersed in the action rather than feeling aware of the TV technology that’s producing it.

Samsung UE55F8000

Wrapping up the picture analysis with a couple of more general points, it was great to see how well the TV soaks up reflections of ambient light in your room (further boosting its contrast credentials), and how little input lag it suffers with. We measured just 37ms, which is low enough to make the Samsung UE55F8000 an adequate gaming monitor.

Samsung UE55F8000 - Sound Quality

Turning finally to the Samsung UE55F8000’s audio, you’re probably expecting to hear that it’s rubbish given how thin the TV bezel is. However, remarkably it’s really rather good. Samsung has included a pair of woofer speakers within the TV’s rear that both inject a reasonable amount of bass into proceedings and relieve the pressure on the upper register of the set’s soundstage, resulting in an audio performance of much more substance, dynamism, openness, clarity and raw power than we’ve heard from a Samsung flat TV in years.

The only downside is that sometimes if you're watching a 3D film with the set's 3D Sound option active, voices can sound a little physically detached from the person speaking on the screen. This is easily avoided, though, by simply turning the 3D sound mode off.

Verdict

The Samsung UE55F8000 improves dramatically over its already illustrious predecessor in almost every way, combining class-leading 3D images and outstanding 2D images with a huge, cutting edge feature count and even – honestly!- some startlingly good audio.

It’s become almost customary now for Samsung’s latest flagship TV to set the bar for the rest of the TV year with its first new annual TV, but this year that bar has been set even higher than usual. Over to you Sony, LG, Panasonic et al.

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Overall Score

10

Scores In Detail

  • 2D Quality 9
  • 3D Quality 9
  • Design 10
  • Features 10
  • Sound Quality 8
  • Value 8

Arenaman

March 8, 2013, 12:03 pm

Hi, did you notice an screen uniformity issues, ie clouding, banding or light bleed at all, also how is the motion, is there any stuttering seen like on the ES models?

dracula

March 8, 2013, 5:10 pm

why did you move the backligth so low at six ?, only dracula could watch something at such a darkness. Thank u.

Agustin Alonso 

March 11, 2013, 9:12 pm

This set have the Precisión Black or its only for USA and Samsung lies one more time?

John Archer

March 12, 2013, 7:35 pm

As I state in the review, the key point about this Samsung is that it gets rid of the clouding and uniformity problems that have troubled the brand before. Especially if you use the Cinema Black feature when watching 21:9 material.

The more powerful processing also seems to have greatly reduced stutter issues, especially when watching 3D.

Hope this helps.

johndaintree

March 14, 2013, 11:55 am

So, and this is possibly an unfair question. Is this a better TV (for picture and audio) than the Sony 55HX853 - or even the 55HX953? I'm on the cusp of getting one or the other but I've not been able to do a side by side comparison.

Matt

March 22, 2013, 3:20 pm

Looks great.. but that stand will not fit on my current cabinet. At the moment that's a deal-breaker for me, which is really disappointing.. it looks like a great TV :(

Jonas Vingys

April 10, 2013, 6:57 am

I wonder how TV can get 10 out of 10, when the most important stuff (i.e. 2D and 3D image quality) gets 9 out of 10 and average mark for all features is 9 out of 10? Not fair overall rating IMHO.

Darren

April 22, 2013, 5:55 pm

my existing stand is 120cm. would I have a unstable hangover or not in your opinion?

Srinivas Rao

July 10, 2013, 3:58 pm

no this tv cant be as good as sony hx853 or hx953 in picture clarity only good in apps

Mikael Chuaungo

July 27, 2013, 2:58 pm

Dont you think this TV is worth purchasing a new stand?

Mikael Chuaungo

July 27, 2013, 2:59 pm

U CANNOT compare any TV with the Sony 55HX 953 :D

Dze_Oh

August 28, 2013, 4:08 am

What about the horizontal black line problem that has plagued consumers who bought Samsung TVs 2010? As soon as the 2 year warranty runs out about 6 months later the line appears. That is why any further extended warranty is not sold. You are told that to fix the horizontal black line it is cheaper to buy a new TV. Reviews like this that I read never revealed the horizontal line problem with Samsung TVs plasma and LCD. It was only after buying a 50" plasma TV June 2010 with the most warranty I could get - 2years - and having the line show up February 2013 only to be told it was cheaper to buy new TV that to fix the horizontal line that further research showed the problem existed for Samsung TVs as far back as 2006 with the 40" sets.
You should let folks know about these problems because we buy TVs based on your reviews.

joseph xuereb

September 11, 2013, 12:46 pm

does the f8000 support hdmi 1.4b????? thanks

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