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What do you think of this Samsung Plasma?

caryrae73
09-14-2009, 06:15 PM
What do you guys think of this HDTV? Samsung - 50" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / Plasma HDTV Model: PN50B860.

I have read a bunch of reviews about and they are very good. CNET gave it an excellent review and the reviews at Best Buy give it 5 out of 5 and on Amazon it has 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Loves2Watch
09-14-2009, 06:29 PM
I believe the Panasonic G10/15 series would be a better set. Samsungs have more problems with image retention and just don't look quite as good in many areas as the Panasonic does...

Codes20
09-14-2009, 07:43 PM
I believe the Panasonic G10/15 series would be a better set. Samsungs have more problems with image retention and just don't look quite as good in many areas as the Panasonic does...

The V10 is the most comparable model. The 5xB860 is a single-pane glass panel (like the Pioneers) and has "Cinema Smooth" 96Hz playback. It's a pretty looking TV, but I'd still opt for the Panasonic V10 based on reliability.

Techlord
09-15-2009, 04:12 AM
The Panasonic plasmas are better than Samsung's! V10 seies baby! :D

1happyguy
09-15-2009, 05:24 AM
In my tv search Panny Plasmas are the BEST!! Samsung plasmas don't look as crisp!!

daleb
09-15-2009, 08:32 AM
It's a toss up. Both are excellent displays especially when properly set up. Panasonic is the leader in reliability against any other brand. But nothing is perfect.

http://www.valueelectronics.com/images/pdf/VE%2009%20HD%20shoot%20out%20results%20of%20the%20 attendees.pdf

Choose the one you want based on budget and taste.
If I was buying today, I would likely pick up a Pioneer KRP-500M. (pre-calibrated and run-in)

http://www.valueelectronics.com/

rslamon
09-15-2009, 10:33 AM
I've had problems with Samsung in the past with non HD tvs but my brother has a 42" Samsung plasma and it looks great. Personally, I like the reputation Panasonic has so I bought their 50" plasma.

MdrLou
09-15-2009, 10:54 AM
The Panny V10's are excellent, but the Samsung B550 series, in my eyes, surpasses the the Panny S1's. Unless you want thin and the internet features of B860, I think you would be very happy Sammy B550 and save some $$$. IMHO the extra $$$ are for features and not for an significant picture quality. I just purchased a 63B550 and did a lot of comparing of the 65S1 and 65V10.
For a possible increase in PQ the V10 was over $1000 more.

Loves2Watch
09-15-2009, 02:15 PM
The Panny V10's are excellent, but the Samsung B550 series, in my eyes, surpasses the the Panny S1's. Unless you want thin and the internet features of B860, I think you would be very happy Sammy B550 and save some $$$. IMHO the extra $$$ are for features and not for an significant picture quality. I just purchased a 63B550 and did a lot of comparing of the 65S1 and 65V10.
For a possible increase in PQ the V10 was over $1000 more.

Actually the G10 would have given just as good a picture than the V10 at a much lower cost. Reliability, customer service and problem free plasma TV's are what has made Panasonic king. Samsung, on the other hand.....

tRidiot
09-15-2009, 04:53 PM
Actually the G10 would have given just as good a picture than the V10 at a much lower cost. Reliability, customer service and problem free plasma TV's are what has made Panasonic king. Samsung, on the other hand.....

No G10 available in the size range he purchased, or that might have been a possibility.

Loves2Watch
09-15-2009, 08:11 PM
no g10 available in the size range he purchased, or that might have been a possibility.

ok.....?

Cle. Plasma
09-15-2009, 11:21 PM
Both great sets. Panasonics have a better black level. Samsung have better colors. :2cents

PFC5
09-16-2009, 09:30 AM
Both great sets. Panasonics have a better black level. Samsung have better colors. :2cents

I agree. I would say the better black levels would be more important though, since how many people can actually notice a maybe 2-3% color shift with certain colors? With black levels it is more noticeable IMO.

Also the greater reliability of Panasonic over Samsung and better customer service too. ;)

jeschwartz19
09-23-2009, 03:10 PM
I just purchased PN50B860 on September 14th and placed it into service on September 18th. I am very happy with it so far. My advice (if you haven't already purchased a set) is to do your research, but make sure you compare actual picture and sound quality of all of the sets that catch your interest. There's no accounting for taste, so go with your own taste and not somebody else's. I preferred the Samsung plasma picture quality to that of the Samsung LCD's, SONY, and Panasonic. The Samsung Series 8 plasma sets are top of their plasma line and have many nice features. Since this set had all of the features I was shopping for, since it was available with good pricing, and since I liked its picture and sound best, I decided on PN50B860. So far, I'm glad that I did.

jeschwartz19
09-23-2009, 03:15 PM
Can anyone out there give suggestions as to custom settings for the PN50B860 Plasma HDTV? I think that the default settings are outstanding, but I would welcome suggestions based on the experience of others. Thanks :)

Techlord
09-23-2009, 03:43 PM
Can anyone out there give suggestions as to custom settings for the PN50B860 Plasma HDTV? I think that the default settings are outstanding, but I would welcome suggestions based on the experience of others. Thanks :)

If you limit the time you spend viewing still images, avoid ultra-bright modes like Vivid, and are extra cautious during the first 100 to 200 hours of the set’s life (the phosphors are most prone to permanent burn-in when they’re new), you shouldn’t experience any problems. Run full 16:9 and avoid black bars of any kind, bring your contrast and brightness down to at least 50% for the first 100-200 hours! This is important as the phosphors are most prone to permanent burn-in when they’re new.

PFC5
09-23-2009, 05:13 PM
I just purchased PN50B860 on September 14th and placed it into service on September 18th. I am very happy with it so far. My advice (if you haven't already purchased a set) is to do your research, but make sure you compare actual picture and sound quality of all of the sets that catch your interest. There's no accounting for taste, so go with your own taste and not somebody else's. I preferred the Samsung plasma picture quality to that of the Samsung LCD's, SONY, and Panasonic. The Samsung Series 8 plasma sets are top of their plasma line and have many nice features. Since this set had all of the features I was shopping for, since it was available with good pricing, and since I liked its picture and sound best, I decided on PN50B860. So far, I'm glad that I did.

Congrats on your new toy. You got a great display and should enjoy it for years to come. :hithere:

It does come down to personal preference to some degree. All we can do as members is give of our knowledge and advice and let people make informed decisions for themselves. I chose Panasonic for the reasons stated and you chose Samsung. There is no wrong answer, and those two brands are the best choice IMO outside of being able to get a Pioneer plasma for a good price as the inventory disappears.

Enjoy!

daleb
09-23-2009, 06:00 PM
Can anyone out there give suggestions as to custom settings for the PN50B860 Plasma HDTV? I think that the default settings are outstanding, but I would welcome suggestions based on the experience of others. Thanks :)

You can try tweaktv.com for initial settings then fine tune it with Avia, or other calibration disk to get the picture out of the 'showroom mode'.
Although it may look impressive now, it's capable of much more.. you don't want too much contrast or brightness especially the first 100 hours or so. Also, avoid SD viewing (4:3) without using gray side bars.