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Samsung PN59D7000FF Review

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A stunning, high-end plasma TV fashioned by Samsung for 2011.

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Science Introduction

Samsung consistently produces LCD and plasma TVs alike that sweep the board with excellent performance numbers—a wide contrast ratio, excellent color accuracy, and smooth motion handling are things we've come to expect from the company, especially high-end models.

Color

The Samsung D7000 tested with a highly accurate color gamut.

It's very rare to find a television that produces colors within the range it's supposed to. Rec. 709 dictates an international standard for display color, though the amount of TVs that actually match the ideal color gamut are rather rare.

That's why we're so pleased to see the D7000's performance numbers; its color gamut is very close in matching the ideal, with only very minor margins of error at each point. This means that the D7000 is producing colors accurately and correctly, rather than over or under saturating the way that many televisions do. More on how we test color performance.

Viewing Angle

The Samsung PN59D7000 tested with an impressively wide viewing angle.

Plasmas are lauded for their great viewing angles and the Samsung PN59D7000 shows why. Unlike with the typical LCD display, our spectrophotometer was able to go 66° from center before the contrast dropped below 50%. This translates to a total viewing angle of 133°, which is exceptional. Planning a Super Bowl party? This will accommodate the whole group comfortably.

The screen will frustrate you with perspective distortion before you notice a drop in contrast. Additionally, colors don’t shift noticeably as you move to a wider angle. Some LCD technology, particularly of an older variety, has trouble with color shift over a wide angle. That's not evident here, as the PN59D7000 offers flagship-level performance. More on how we test viewing angle.

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