Samsung PN59D6500 Review

59" Plasma TV

We were highly impressed with Samsung's plasmas in 2010 and the 2011 not only gets better, they get bigger as well. Samsung is calling their new plasmas "+1", this name derives from the 1 inch larger screen sizes. Even though the screens got larger the TVs remained the same size so the bezel is now even thinner than it was last year.

Picture and Viewing Feaures

The new, one inch larger screen retains many of the pircture features from last year, it appears to be a case of not messing with a good thing. The Real Black Filter returns, providing rich, deep blacks that enhance all the other colors sharing the screen. The warmth and realism that the picture offers is nothing less than stunning.

Appearance

The new slimmer, brushed black metallic bezel, the larger screen and the thin depth combine to make the PN59D6500 a very good looking TV, this is a television you will want to show off.

Internet Applications and Connectivity

High end Samsung TVs will include their new "Smart Hub" in 2011, this divdes the connected features of the TV into 4 categories:

  • Samsung Apps: Samsung was the first to offer an HDTV app store similar to the ones you find on today's smartphones. There is plenty of free content like YouTube, Pandora, streaming media and social media content and there is also premium content that varies in price but is for the most part cheap.
  • Web Browser: Smart Hub equipped televisions come with a full web browser. Surf the internet without getting up from the sofa and getting your laptap.
  • Your Video: Based on what content you watch this area of the Smart Hub will suggest content you may enjoy based on your viewing habits.
  • Search All: Search your TV, any DLNA connected devices and even networked PCs all at the same time. Quickly find the content you are looking for

Standout Features

The 1 inch larger screen is a standout feature, by making the screen larger without making the TV larger you get more TV and less bezel than you did last year. An inch isn't a lot but it makes the D8000 better both on and off.

The Smart Hub offers some excellent connectivity options, we especially like the Apps and Search All feeatures. If Your Video does a good job of making suggestions it could be another strong feature on a strong TV.

Connections

The D6500 has plenty of connection options, plenty of HDMI 1.4 inputs, analog component and composite video and for the first time Samsung is including built in WiFi in a television.

Specifications

  • 59" class (59" diagonal) PDP 3D HDTV / 1080p resolution
  • Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio 5,000,000:1 / 600Hz subfield / .001ms response time
  • Crystal Full HD Engine with Cinema Smooth
  • 4 HDMI 1.4 / 2 USB 2.0 / 1 digital audio input / 1 PC input / 1 PC audio input / 2 component video inputs / 2 component audio inputs
  • Built-in WiFi / AllShare DLNA networking / USB ConnectShare Movie
  • Samsung Smart TV: Smart hub / search all / your video / Samsung apps
  • SRS TheaterSound / 10W x 2 speakers
  • Ultra Slim Touch of Color design
  • Remote control
  • 54.3" W x 32.6" H x 1.5" D without stand / 54.3" W x 34.9" H x 13.2" D with stand
  • 67.5 lbs without stand / 80.0 lbs with stand


 



Review Equipment Used: Sony Blu Ray BDP-S1 High Definition DVD player, Sony DVP-S50 DVD player, Sencore Color Pro 5000, Sencore Auto Cal Pro, Sencore signal generator.

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