Samsung PN60E6500EF Plasma TV Review
Samsung's not-quite-flagship plasma still delivers flagship-quality performance.
There isn't much that the Samsung E6500 doesn't excel at. With its wide viewing angle, great contrast ratio, and accurate colors, this plasma is one that film lovers and TV nerds can gush about.
A super wide viewing angle means you'll be hosting Super Bowl parties for years to come.
Check out this viewing angle—it's so wide! We calculate a TV's viewing angle by determining the point where a display loses 50% of its contrast ratio. On the E6500, contrast loss drops by half at about 74° on each side. This means that the E6500 has a total viewing angle of 148°, which is phenomenal. You'll enjoy a great picture no matter where you sit in your living room. Another bonus: This great viewing angle is almost identical to the flagship E8000's viewing angle.
Deep blacks and bright whites give this TV a contrast ratio that is more than adequate.
We compared the contrast ratio of the E6500 to some other great plasma TVs. Guess what? It not only held its own—it dominated the competition. With a black level of 0.04 cd/m2 and a peak brightness of 151.88 cd/m2, the Samsung E6500 delivered on both ends of the greyscale spectrum. For those unfamiliar with plasma displays, the E6500's peak luminance is quite dazzling, although it would be considered subpar on an LED display.
Superb color accuracy is brought down slightly by some shaky transitions.
Oh color, how we love you... when you're accurate, at least. Rest assured, the colors displayed on the Samsung E6500 are very accurate. Each of the primary colors—red, green, and blue—appears exactly as it should. The only knock we have on the E6500's color gamut is the slightly-off white point.
How the TV reaches these accurate colors—its vision quest, if you will—is not as lovely. The primary colors ramp up in luminance smoothly, but miss a few transitional colors along the way. The greyscale runs into the most problems: It becomes too bright in the mid-tones, but balances out before it peaks. This greyscale "issue" is actually common on plasma TVs, though.
Color temperature errors are practically non-existent. We say "practically" because color temperature does drop towards the higher input signals, creating a warmer hue. This isn't a problem, though, since warmer hues will not show up on darker colors and blacks.
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