The PNXF8500 is the finest plasma TV Samsung has ever made. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, while OLED and 4K TVs were grabbing the headlines, the F8500 series was definitely the most talked about "real world" TV. When our photo sample arrived and we had some time to play with it, the verdict was unanimous: It's the best plasma picture we've ever seen.
Super Contrast Panel gets bright, goes deep
We love plasma TVs anyway for their deep black levels, fluid motion and wide viewing angles. But plasmas generally aren't as bright as LED TVs, so we haven't always recommended them for rooms with lots of light. The PNXF8500 uses Samsung's new Super Contrast Panel, which is 250% brighter than last year's panel. It also produces incredibly deep black levels. Colors don't just pop off the screen, they explode.
How did Samsung do it They reduced the thickness of the cell walls in every pixel, allowing more light to pass through. That, combined with a nanocarbon anti-glare filter, delivers the picture quality advantages of plasma and adds LED-like brightness.
Beauty on the outside, brainiac on the inside
The PNXF8500 is one of Samsung's smartest Smart TVs ever thanks to a 1.35GHz quad-core processor. That's more horsepower than most tablets have. Besides surfing the web you can do things like multitask or use one app while downloading another. Whether your connection is wired or wireless, you can do a quick web search while you watch movies and TV shows, and enjoy TV while you chat with friends and family online. Along with built-in apps for services like Netflix®, Hulu Plus™, and YouTube™, you can download new ones from Samsung's large selection of apps.
Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets add handheld viewing and control
Samsung's AllShare™ Play lets you wirelessly access and stream content from any compatible device. If you have a Galaxy S3 smartphone or Galaxy tablet, you can share movies, photos, and music via the PNXF8500. Your Wi-Fi® network lets you do things like toss photos from your phone or tablet to the screen with the swipe of a finger. Or push streaming video like Netflix movies from device to screen.
Sending content from your phone to your TV is cool, and going TV-to-phone is even cooler. Just download Samsung’s Smart View app and use the Clone View feature to mirror whatever’s on the PNXF8500’s screen on your Galaxy S3 phone or tablet. You can leave the room anytime without leaving your entertainment behind. Think of it as whole-house television you hold in your hand.
A 3D experience whenever you want
The Samsung PNXF8500 delivers a spectacular picture in 2D or 3D. Just slip on a pair of the included active glasses to enjoy a deeper view, and not just with true 3D video sources — switch on the TV's 2D-to-3D conversion for added depth with regular 2D video. And even if you're not interested in 3D this set still deserves consideration if picture quality is your number one priority. The PNXF8500 offers the richest, most vivid colors and the deepest black levels this side of OLED.
- "Metal Flow" design with brushed metal bezel and curved base
- tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
- QAM cable TV tuner (subscription required to receive cable channels — contact your local service provider for details)
- Super Contrast Panel for exceptional brightness with deep black levels
- 600Hz Subfield Motion for clear video motion
- Real Black Panel Pro enhances picture contrast and black levels
- displays 3D images when you wear Samsung's active 3D glasses (4 pairs of glasses are included)
- 2D-to-3D conversion adds 3D-like depth to non-3D video sources
- Internet-ready Smart TV — plays Netflix® video and more (subscription required for some services)
- supports up to 5.1-channel audio with streaming movie services like Netflix and Vudu™ (audio quality depends on your connection speed)
- built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
- Smart Interaction 2.0 voice and gesture control
- top-mounted pop-up camera
- quad-core processor for improved web browsing and app multitasking
- AllShare™ video and music streaming from a DLNA-compatible Windows® PC
- 2-way mirroring via Wi-Fi — send content wirelessly from device-to-TV or TV-to-device with compatible Samsung smartphones and tablets
- Skype™ Internet calling (subscription required)
- wireless keyboard-compatible (keyboard not included)
- built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
- illuminated touchpad remote with built-in microphone for voice control
- Anynet+ simplifies control of compatible Samsung components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
Connections and Dimensions:
- 5 A/V inputs, including: 4 HDMI & 1 component video (selectable component/composite)
- RF input for antenna/cable signals
- optical digital audio output
- Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network
- 3 USB inputs for connecting a camera or thumb drive
- detachable stand
- wall-mountable (bracket not included)
- warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
|Screen Resolution (pixels)||1920 x 1080|
|Screen Refresh Rate||N/C|
|Instant Internet Movie Streaming||Netflix 5.1,Hulu,Vudu,YouTube|
|Picture In Picture||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Type of Warranty Service||In-home|
|Total Video Inputs||5|
|Component Video Inputs||1|
|Composite Video Inputs||0|
|Optical Digital Audio Output||1 Rear|
|Coaxial Digital Audio Output||None|
|Analog Audio Output||None|
|Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)||Not Given|
|Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)||Not Given|
|Dimensions & Mounting Information|
|Height with Stand (inches)||34.3|
|Height without Stand (inches)||32.7|
|Depth with Stand (inches)||11.8|
|Depth without Stand (inches)||2|
|Weight with Stand||71.4 lbs|
|Weight without Stand||64.4 lbs|
|Wall Bracket Included||No|
|Pedestal Stand||Assembly required|
This item is brand new and comes with a full manufacturer warranty. Please refer to the table below for details
Don't Gamble on a break-down!
- 100% Parts and Labor
- No Deductibles
- No Lemon Guarantee
- Fully Transferable
- Toll-Free Support
- Worry Free For Up to 5 Years
- Nationwide Coverage
- Rapid Claim System
- Electronic Registration
||Extended Service Plan
||Typical Manufacturer Warranty
|Up to 5 Years including parts and labor
||1 Year Parts, 90 Days Labor
Wear and Tear(Normal Use)
Product Replacement (If Product Cannot be Fixed)
Optional Accidental Damage
Screen or Lens Replacement
24/7 Toll Free Help
No Lemon Policy
Authorized Service Centers in Most Locations
What exactly is an Extended Service Plan?
An extended service plan is generally an extension of your original manufacturer's warranty. Most manufacturers warranty their products to be free from defects for up to one year from the date of purchase. This warranty virtually guarantees you that if your newly purchased product fails, the manufacturer will protect you from the high costs of replacement parts and labor necessary to repair your product. Extended service plans lengthen your product's coverage for up to an additional 60 months (5 years) to insure you get years of performance satisfaction from your newly purchased product.
How is this different than the manufacturer's warranty?
A manufacturer's warranty usually offers limited coverage for a limited time, with parts and labor carrying separate lengths of coverage. For example, a common manufacturer warranty of a product might cover a consumer for one full year on parts defects but only 90 days on the high cost of labor involved to change those parts. Extended service plans provide comprehensive, long term, even length coverage. This means that should your product fail within your plans coverage time frame, both parts and labor costs are covered.
How do I buy an Extended Service Plan?
Extended Service Plans can be purchased along with your product online, or via our toll free number.
Can I renew my Consumer Priority Service extended service plan?
Yes, service plans are renewable and must be submitted 30 days prior to the original plans expiration. Please contact a sales representative to discuss your renewal options.
What should I do if I need extended service?
Our extended service providers offer an easy to use interactive form online which you may use to request that they initiate a claim on your product. Your other alternative is to call the toll-free number on your extended warranty card or email and have a qualified representative make this request for you with the information you will provide. We believe that our claim initiation request process is the absolute best our industry has to offer. It is designed for simplicity and speed.
Who will perform the service on my product?
Our company works with over 11,000 authorized service professionals. Each technician is extensively trained by the respective manufacturers to provide service on your products. Authorized technicians must complete annual and bi-annual continued education exams in addition to being well versed in manufacturer supplied update bulletins to ensure their level of expertise is as current as the new products which come to market. We urge our customers to provide feedback regarding their experiences which we later use to insure that the level of service we are expected to provide is exactly the level of service you receive.
May I transfer my extended service plan to another person?
Our service plans are 100% transferable. If you would like transfer ownership of the covered product along with its coverage, we require that the request be supplied in writing. For assistance please contact a Representative. Please have all of the new owner's information at hand when requesting a transfer.
Will I have to pay a deductible or any other "hidden costs"?
Generally, the amount of a deductible is almost always proportional to the amount of the premium charged. In order to have a lower deductible, even as low as $0, the plan holder would generally have to agree to a higher premium. For those who want lower premiums, they must agree to a higher deductible. Our extended service plans carry a $0.00 deductible along with low premiums. This means that with an extended service plan there are no high upfront costs and they are committed to cover 100% parts and labor costs on any authorized claim.
Types of Televisions:
In Plasma technology, the display itself consists of cells. Within each cell two glass panels are separated by a narrow gap in which neon-xenon gas is injected and sealed in plasma form. The gas is electrically charged at specific intervals when the Plasma set is in use. The charged gas then strikes red, green, and blue phosphors, thus creating a television image. Each group of red, green, and blue phosphors is called a pixel.
Some Advantages of Plasma Televisions are:
Larger Screen Sizes Available
Better Contrast Ratio, so Blacks are deeper
Better Color Saturation
Little to no lag in Fast Moving Images
Some Disadvantages of Plasma Televisions are:
Susceptible to Burn-Ins(Image is “burnt” onto the screen when left on the screen too long)
Generates a lot of heat
Does not perform well at high altitudes
LCD stands for liquid crystal display. These types of displays are made of two layers of transparent material, which are polarized, and are "glued" together. One of the layers is coated with a special polymer that holds the individual liquid crystals. Current is then passed through individual crystals, which allow the crystals to pass or block light to create images. LCD crystals do not produce their own light, so an external light source, such as florescent bulb is needed for the image created by the LCD to become visible to the viewer.
Some Advantages of LCD Televisions are:
Low energy consumption
No "burn-in" effect
Cool running temperatures
No high altitude issues
Lighter in weight
Some Disadvantages of LCD Televisions are:
Low contrast ratio
Fast Moving Images sometimes lag
Individual Pixels can burn out and cannot be replaced
Smaller Viewing Angle (although not significant difference)
DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology utilizes a small Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) to tilt more than 1.3 million micromirrors-each of them less than the width of a human hair-toward (ON) or away from (OFF) the light source inside the DLP. This process creates light or dark pixels on the face of the projection screen. The light then filters to a color wheel, which rotates 120 times per second, producing the correct hue. Each mirror can turn on or off several thousands of times per second resulting in a technology that can reproduce up to 1024 shades of gray.
Some Advantages of DLP Televisions are:
Little to no affection by ambient light
Better Contrast Ratio, so Blacks are deeper
High refresh rate
No lagging images or burn-ins
Not affected by altitudes
Tuner built-in in most models
The only thing that can burn out is the bulb, which can be replaced, so you could use this TV virtually forever
Many connections available - Can also be used as a monitor
Some Disadvantages of DLP Televisions are:
Must be viewed at eye level for the best picture
While a bulb will only cost around $200, a professional will need to install it, incurring an additional cost.
They are heavy and cannot easily be moved.
Direct-view TVs, also known as the traditional tube television, consist of a single cathode ray tube (CRT) and electron beam that excites and illuminates phosphors on the inside surface of the TV screen.
Some Advantages of CRT Televisions are:
Low in cost
Best black level, contrast, shadow detail and color performance of any video technology out there
Not affected by ambient light
Can be viewed from any angle
Very Long Life Expectancy
Some Disadvantages of CRT Televisions are:
Size and Weight of Television make it very heavy
Limited screen size - 38 inches is about the max for CRT TVs
Uses old technology
Choosing the Best TV Size
Where you are putting your television and what you are using it for will determine the perfect TV size for your room.
Living (or Family) Room
For living rooms and other spaces with high TV use, 37 inch and larger are the most popular choices. In large rooms, the largest size possible is usually best.
For bedrooms, offices and other medium-sized spaces, a tv that is from 26 to 37 inches is your best bet.
Kitchens & Smaller Rooms
For kitchens and smaller rooms where you will be close to the TV, a 15 to 19 inch screen is best suited.
Refer to the below chart for the mimimum distance you should be from the television.
High Definition vs. Standard Definition
|TV Viewing Distance Chart
||Minimum Viewing Distance
||Maximum Viewing Distance
Standard definition is analog signals with resolution of 480i (480 lines drawn onscreen in an interlaced pattern, odd lines separately from even), the format in which TV content is delivered over regular analog broadcasts and basic (non-digital) cable. On the best TVs, the picture quality can be very good or even excellent, but it doesn't compare to the best that HD can offer.
Enhanced definition falls between standard and high definition. ED signals are digital, with resolution of 480p (480 lines scanned progressively). This is equivalent to DVD quality, which is a little better than standard definition but not as good as high definition. Some ED sets can accept HD signals, but they convert them to a lower resolution that they can display, so the picture quality won't match that of true HD. On the best EDTVs, it can be quite good.
High definition offers the best TV viewing possible. HD is a digital-TV format that contains more and finer detail than other formats, so images can have almost lifelike clarity. The picture quality can be stunning, especially on a large, wide-screen set. In technical terms, HD images have higher definition, meaning more picture elements (lines or pixels) make up each image. Most HD broadcasts today are either 1080i (1,080 lines drawn on-screen separately in an odd/even pattern, then interlaced to form one image) or 720p (720 lines scanned in one sweep, or progressively). Another HD format, 1080p, has 1,080 lines drawn in a progressive pattern, which potentially yields the finest detail. This format isn't yet being used for TV broadcasts, but some HD DVDs that support 1080p are expected to arrive this year. TVs with 1080p native resolution have already started to appear on the market.
The below chart explains further the difference between Standard and High Definition Signals.
|Resolution and Picture Quality Table
|Standard Definition TV
||Standard Definition DVD
||Enhanced Definition TV
||720p High Definition TV
||1080i High Definition TV
||1080p High Definition TV/Blu-Ray
||Full Screen 4:3
||Full Screen 4:3/Widescreen 16:9
||640 x 480
||720 x 480
||854 x 480
||1280 x 720
||1920 x 720
||1920 x 720
|Which Audio/Video Connection is the best?
||HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is an uncompressed, all-digital signal that combines both audio and video. This connection gives you the optimal 1080p signal and up to 7.1 channel sound.
||DVI (Digital Video Interface) is a video connection that will deliver 1080p video signal, but it does not carry audio signals.
||Component Video, or RGB, is an analog signal connection that splits the video into 3 separate signals, 2 for color and 1 for brightness. The maximum resolution on this connection type is 720p or 1080i.
||S-Video (S for Separate) is a type of component video signal because the color and brightness signals are transmitted on separate wires. S-Video is not used for high definition resolutions.
||Composite, or RCA, connections can be found on almost all video components. Color and brightness pass over the same cable. Although it is the most common connection found, it is also the least quality.