Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:43 PM
I've had the PS60E8000 at my home for a few days now, as a replacement for a purple haze 58C7000, so here's a mini review:
* Styling: Not a fan of the spider legs, and it's all a bit wobbly, but what can you do. The bezel of the TV is very thin though, dark/metal grey in colour with a slight sheen, and it's not bad looking.
* Connections: Only 3 HDMI ports compared to 4 on the 58C7000, AV and component now combined into the same set of connectors (which connect directly to the TV - no more flimsy adapter cables) - this means you can only use AV or component, but not both. Also, no more VGA inputs. There's an extra USB port, that makes 3, and you have wonder if it's better to have exchanged that for an extra HDMI port.
* Black level, brightness: Black level noticeably improved compared to C7000, not sure how much compared to D8000 though. Some reviews have said the set isn't as bright as before, but it seemed bright enough for me in my dimmed light viewing environment. The only difference is that whereas I had the C7000 at cell light 18, this set might need the same setting to be tweaked to 19 to get the same effect. No CS on bug, so black levels remain the same (according to other reviews, maybe even better) with CS on.
* Motion: Motion is silky smooth, so much so that I actually thought there may have been some interpolation going on. But it's mostly very natural, and with Blu-ray, still very cinematic and not "TV" like.
* Fluctuating brightness: The controversial inclusion of a new feature might annoy some people. What happens is that on a pure black image, the screen automatically turns itself off momentarily. This can be annoying with black fade-ins and outs during movies, where the screen appears to turn itself off, and then moments later, you see a jump in black levels as the image fades in from black. In a completely dark room, the change in black levels is pretty evident. The "switch" happens quite quickly, in a fraction of a second - it's not too distracting for me, but it might be for others.
* 3D: Haven't tested it much, so can't really comment. My set came with two pairs of the 4100 universal glasses. It's quite flimsy and light, and it comes disassembled so you'll have to plug the legs of the glasses in - they don't appear to fold, so storage is an issue (really don't want to unplug the legs every time, as the cheap plastic will no doubt break soon enough). In use though, they worked fine, and for someone like me that's prone to headaches in 3D, it seemed a bit better than the 2100 and 220 glasses I had, and the quality is probably as good as you can expect on a active 3D set.
* Sound: Fairly weak speakers as you would expect, but OK for day to day stuff.
* Smart Controls: Voice control works, but it's a bit erratic. It also turns itself on at times if you or the TV makes a sound that's only remotely similar to the trigger word (default: "Hi TV" - so it sometimes activates when I say "LCD", because apparently these two words sound similar enough). It takes longer than using the remote, so it's only handy when you can't actually find the remote. Motion control is pretty useless, it's not very accurate, either too sensitive, or not sensitive enough - I think you need a very bright room for it to work. Touch remote - not very intuitive at all, same as the motion controls, sometimes too sensitive, and sometimes it just doesn't do anything.
* Buzz: I think I got lucky and found a non buzzer, relatively speaking. My old 58" was definitely a buzzer, so I know what a buzzer sounds like. There is still a buzz, but it's not audible over any volume and I have to turn my ears towards the TV (sitting right in front of it, from about 2.5m away) to hear it. For the new TV, it's a more gentle hum than the high frequency static buzz of my old 58" (which was audible over normal volume). The buzz on the new set is also more audible from the back than on the front (complete opposite of the old TV), so not sure how this would affect wall mounters. The buzz fluctuates with brightness though, whereas with my old TV, it was more constant. In terms of loudness, sitting from my usual distance, my Foxtel IQ2 box in playback mode makes much more noise. Will post back if the buzz situation changes over time.
* Misc: Haven't tried web browsing much, but pages loaded really quickly, as quick as you would expect on a computer. Using the touch remote to navigate still seemed like a chore though, due to the over sensitive nature of the touch area, and having to hover over the virtual keyboard to type in every letter. The Samsung wireless keyboard/touchpad seems like a better way to control the browser.