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Samsung UN65D8000 LCD HDTV First Impressions Review$5,399.00
Display Size & Technology
The UN65D8000 is built around a Full HD panel with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. This is an edge-lit LED display, so the LED backlights are arranged around the edge of the display. This means that the display cannot perform local dimming, because this requires the backlights to be behind the display where they can be individually controlled. Instead, Samsung offers a feature called Micro Dimming Plus, where the edge backlights can be dimmed individually to create some of the effect of local dimming. We were not able to test this feature at the CES show.
Formats & Resolution
As a Full HD 1080p display, the UN65D8000 can cope with any sort of signal that you are likely to come across in the home, right up to 1080p and 3D Blu Ray signals.
Brightness, Blacks and Contrast Ratio
We were not able to test the performance of this display at the CES show, but the demo footage that Samsung was showing at CES certainly looked impressive, with deep, dark blacks and clean, bright whites. We'll wait to get it into our test lab before we can draw any real conclusions, though.
The demo footage we saw at the CES show had clear, bight colors and good levels of shadow detail: we did not see any obvious issues with color gradients or contouring. We did see some noise in some bright colors, but outside of the lab it is difficult to tell if this is caused by the display or the source material.
Motion & Refresh Rate
The UN65D8000 boasts 240 Hz motion processing, which Samsung claim produces smoother, more natural motion. We have found mixed results with this in our tests on other displays: although there is a clear improvement with 120 Hz processing, we usually see little or no difference with 240 Hz. However, we will refrain from final judgment on this until we get a review model in to test.
Our experience with the UN65D8000 on display at CES was very positive: we found that it seemed to have a very wide viewing angle, with only some minor decrease in saturation at more extreme angles. But once again, we will have to wait to get a unit into our labs for a through test to draw any final conclusions.