I know it’s a really “geeky” thing to do… I have a circle of HD TV Buddies, but that’s what I’ve somehow managed to find myself with. The only reason I can think of for this is that I share my excitement for HD TV with these (mainly) Guys…and you know what we Guys are like when we get excited about something.
So, it was no surprise when I picked up the phone to a wildly Bryn in Seattle. I met Bryn at a TV trade show in Seattle a couple of years back, and we just hit it off over a couple of beers.
What was he so excited about? Del, “I’ve got a 3D’er,” he enthused! Wow, we talked 3D a couple of months back after visiting London, but I didn’t think he was serious. “Yeah, I went and got a Samsung UN55C8000 55 Inch 3D LED TV,” he enthused, “It’s stunning, Del”! So, after sitting and listening to him go on about how wonderful it was for a good twenty minutes, he finally said…
“Anyway, Man, come down and have a look.”
How could I possibly refuse? So here’s my review of Bryn’s new Samsung UN55C8000 55 Inch 3D LED TV.
First, a few words from Bryn…”It was a huge leap to “go 3D,” and I knew Teri wasn’t convinced. Nonetheless, I couldn’t hide my excitement when my (sorry, our) new Samsung UN55C8000 was finally delivered”. So, when my new Samsung “C” Series arrived, I looked at the box and wondered what it would be like. The sales puff promises “full real-life 3D”, “you’ll be immersed in the action,” add to that a jack pack that offered more connectivity than you could shake a stick at, and this TV has it all. According to Samsung anyway”.
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- “As Teri helped me slide out of the box…the first glimpse – oh what a beauty”.
- Indeed it is; it’s got a stylish slate gray surround and the blackest screen I’ve ever seen.
- I was awestruck at the sheer beauty of this thing!
First up, Bryn told me it took a while to sort out. “Of course, the kids and Teri wanted it on right away,” “but I’m glad I decided to read the manual properly and do the set upright, even if it took a while.”
So, if you’re getting a 3D TV, be prepared for some initial pain. Make sure you prepare the family for the config time, especially if you’ve not attempted a new TV, Blu-Ray, and surround sound install before. Make sure they understand it’s not just plug in and watch!
Fortunately, Bryn is an organized and logical sort, so he did the sensible thing and sat down to read the manual – good move!
This is what he had to say about configuration. “With the stack of connectivity to sort out, including wireless connectivity to add to the surround and Blu-Ray, it was a big job. There is also a load of “widgets” that you need to “configure.” Things like Yahoo, YouTube, and Flickr. For my money, the manual is good – but I am technical, so I’m used to technical manuals. But it was set out well and easy to follow”.
One of the things that attracted Bryn to the Samsung UN55C8000 55 Inch 3D LED TV is its built-in ability to take normal 2D pictures and turn them into 3D. Bryn admitted he did find it a little awkward to get this working well, though.
“I’m glad I took the trouble to go through the full configuration and to get this right first time,” he said.
When I had a look, the truth became obvious. The converted 2D images are not the best. The picture tended to blur quite a bit…I think the technical term is “crosstalk.” It was watchable but not much more. Consequently, our hopes for native 3D weren’t as high as they might have been. However, when we switched to a true 3D source and the full force of native 3D came alive…WOW! That’s all – WOW!
Although…there is another configuration matter to address. In common with all 240Hz HD TVs, there is the “Spanish Soap Opera” look. No, I didn’t understand either until I saw it. So, what is it? Well, it’s an overblown effect that the manufacturers reckon to make the picture look more like the one you get when you actually go to the cinema. Apparently, there are lots of fans! Personally, I find that hard to believe because I like the picture crisp and clear – I like full clarity!
So, the Samsung UN55C8000 55 Inch 3D LED TV had to be configured, and Bryn again had to dig into the menu system a bit to find the “off” switch.
The effort was worthwhile, though, as the full native 3D picture was working, it was almost beyond belief – the 3D is just amazing. Yes, I know what that sounds like, but you have to see it – it is fantastic!
The picture is robust and crystal clear, the 3D is amazing, and Bryn’s kids just loved it. Apparently, they’ve been watching Monsters v Aliens virtually non-stop. The paddle bit is brilliant (yes, it made me jump), and the space scenes at the start are stunning. We also had a look at Star Trek, which is also just brilliant in 3D, especially when they dive off the rig. There was still the odd bit of “crosstalk” even with native 3D, but it’s very occasional. Overall I was very, very impressed. It’s also pretty impressive that 3D stays true when you move quite an ay to the side of the screen.
You might think going back to normal 2D after 3D would be a letdown, but the full 1080p and 240Hz make for brilliant pictures. With such an incredibly black screen, the colors’ contrast when it burst into life is almost beyond belief. I am completely in awe of the picture it provides. Deep rich but bright color, brilliant, vibrant, shining, crystal, sharp, stunning contrast…this is, without doubt, the best picture I have ever seen on a TV.
In my humble opinion, the bottom line is this: the C series Samsungs takes home entertainment to a new and higher level.
Despite the odd bug here and there, which Samsung says they will be sending a fix for soon, Bryn and his wonderful family are blissfully happy with their new Samsung UN55C8000 55 Inch 3D LED TV.
Bryn said, “I paid my money and took my chance on going 3D, and I think I’ve won – big time”.
“It certainly wasn’t cheap to upgrade the lot – surround system, 3D Blu-Ray, and of course, remember you have to buy 3D glasses for the entire family!”
“But for under $4k, we now have home entertainment far and above what we had previously. I’m not sure how long the “WOW” factor will remain, but at the moment, I don’t care because I love it – and so are the family. Right now, it seems worth every single cent!”
Having now seen the Samsung UN55C8000 3D LED TV in action, I have to agree, and I now have to persuade Ali to let me upgrade as well, and that is not going to be easy as I only went 240 /1080 12 months ago.