Samsung PN60E7000FF Plasma TV Review
The Samsung PN60E7000 is a feature-heavy TV that's got the performance to back up all of its frills.
Within the realm of plasma televisions, the PN60E7000 is a top-notch performer. However, having just come from reviewing Samsung's flagship plasma, the E8000, it didn't look as impressive as it would have. Where the E7000 is not perfect in its color accuracy, its contrast scores were highly impressive and the entirety of its screen performance—uniformity, motion, and viewing angle—deserves praise.
The E7000's massive viewing angle is its greatest strength.
Viewing angle is a very important aspect of any display, but it's especially important for TVs. Almost no one buys a TV without having at least some idea of which room they want to put it in, who's going to be using it, etc. Viewing angle contributes heavily to a TV's flexibility of use, as it directly determines how far from center (90° or perpendicular viewing) one can go before a 50% loss in contrast occurs, causing a lot of content to become distorted beyond the point of being watchable.
Viewing angle is one of the E7000's strongest points. Its total viewing angle is just under 180°, which is nearly impossible to achieve. What this means for the consumer is that you could place the E7000 almost anywhere and still comfortably watch it (except for directly to the side or behind it, obviously). Considering that it also swivels on its base, it would make a perfect centerpiece for a family room. More on how we test viewing angle.
The E7000 tested with a very good color gamut, the most important aspect of its color integrity.
Color integrity is important to everything a TV displays. To determine this, we compare the E7000’s gamut to the Rec. 709 standard gamut for HDTV color. As you can see, the E7000’s gamut is just about perfect, with mild under-saturation pulling some of the points a little too far from center. Overall, this is a very good result.
Color integrity is important to everything a TV displays. Whether it's an animated TV show or a PlayStation game displaying in 1080p, a TV's ability to display a full gamut of colors will benefit the picture by making it richer: everything from vivid sunlight on a lake to a panoply of shadows under trees will not only look better, it will look closer to what the director or artist intended. More on how we test color performance.
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