Samsung PN63C8000

We haven't had a chance to fully test this product yet, but we've assembled this helpful overview of relevant information on it.

Samsung’s PN63C8000 is part of their C8000 series from last year. They’re brushed-metal gray and only 1.5 inches deep, looking elegant without taking up too much space. This 63-inch TV features 3D technology with 1080p HDTV resolution. With the Clear Image Panel coating and 600Hz Subfield- Motion drive the C8000 ensures that images aren’t distorted and remain clear for viewing pleasure. This TV has 4 HDMI ports and two 10 watt speakers to offer full surround sound. The C8000 series offers internet access with Samsung’s 2010 Linkstick, two high-speed USB ports and a Content Library to hold some pictures and video for playback. With the internet comes Samsung’s Smart TV which allows users to get widgets accessing Youtube, Facebook, Blockbuster and Flickr among others. C8000 Televisions exceed Energy Star ratings by more than 40%, according to Samsung.

Features List:

– 63-inch 3D Plasma TV

– 1080p HDTV resolution

– Clear Image Panel coating reduces blurriness

– 600Hz Subfield Motion

– 4 HDMI Ports

– 2 High-Speed USB Ports

– Samsung Smart TV internet access

– Exceeds Energy Star ratings

– Touch of Color gradiations in brushed metal gray

– 1.5 inches deep

– FilterBright anti-glare and Real Black Filter

LCD or Plasma?

Debating between LCD or plasma can almost get as subjective as debating between chocolate and vanilla. But unlike the never-ending ice cream debate, there actually is a superior TV choice, depending on how you plan to use it.

Check out some of our previous guides on the subject to get a better look, but in short, plasmas use more electricity, come in bigger sizes, have deeper blacks, don’t suffer from motion blur, and offer an unlimited viewing angle that’s best for off-axis viewing. LCDs are more energy-efficient, have fewer problems with glare due to their matte screens, can hold an image for hours or days without suffering “burn-in,” and generally look brighter.

After deciding which format to go with, our LCD and Plasma HDTV buying guides can help you with more questions specific to your type of TV.

Do I need a 120Hz set? What about 240Hz?

This popular LCD TV-based technology helps reduce motion blur. Pronounced “120 hertz,” 120Hz technology essentially doubles the speed at which frames are displayed, from 60 frames per second to 120 frames per second, resulting in a clearer moving image, especially in fast-action video sequences.

Since the screen can display more frames than a movie actually has, many TVs will artificially generate in-between frames where they don’t exist to make motion look smoother. Some people find the look more fluid, while some people think it looks artificial and odd. Fortunately, all TVs that offer it also offer an option to turn it off, if you don’t like it. We recommend testing it in person to see the effects for yourself before deciding whether or not you should pay extra.

Check out our article 120Hz and 240Hz Refresh Rates Explained for more on motion smoothing.

What inputs should I look for?

A final consideration when buying a new HDTV is what you can connect to it. Make sure there are ample HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) ports to connect multiple components, such as a cable/satellite receiver, video game consoles, DVD/Blu-ray player, camcorder, and so on. At least three or four such ports is a must. A convenient bonus is when the TV also offers a USB port to connect a Flash thumb-drive or external hard drive full of music, photos and videos, or a SD or Memory Stick card slot that lets you insert a compatible card that contains photos and videos. If you think you’d like to connect your computer to the television for big-screen web surfing, look for one with PC connectivity. Many TVs today offer these additional features.

Should I worry about viewing angle?

Absolutely. All LCDs will distort when viewed from extreme angles, but the degree of distortion and the angle it starts to occur at varies from TV to TV. If you plan to pack a dozen people in front of a single TV for entertaining, viewing angle will make a huge difference for the unlucky few who get scattered off to the sides. Most manufacturers will state viewing angle in degrees (for instance, 160) in the specifications for a TV, but be warned: methods for measuring this very subjective figure vary, and we can guarantee most companies opt for the most generous figures. When possible, try to evaluate it yourself in person, or read hands-on reviews that can offer anecdotal evidence, rather than relying on easily-manipulated numbers.

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