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Preliminary Review of Samsung New PN60F8500 Plasma Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Miller   
Monday, 25 March 2013

tn_1200_dbc2c3baacce73e2e5e9c68a58e4015f.png.pngPros: Vastly improved black level and light output capability combine to deliver a dramatic increase in Contrast Ratio. The panel is processing RGB correctly going well below video black (16) and well above white (235), further improving contrast ratio. Video processing correctly handles 24p Blu-ray content at 96Hz, and also offers a Judder Corrector feature.


Cons: The 2pt and 10pt white balance and Custom Color Space CMS (Color Management System) calibration features seem to interact quite a bit making professional calibration time consuming. Vertical viewing angle is poor at close range, due to the ambient light rejecting filter on the panel, but is not a problem at normal viewing distances.


To Buy or Not to Buy: As of this writing, the Samsung PN60F8500 series plasma is clearly one of the best flat panels money can buy from a picture quality and video performance perspective. Highly Recommended!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 June 2013 )
Final Review of Samsung PN60F8500 Plasma Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Miller   
Monday, 25 March 2013

pn60f8500-2.jpgI spent another full day calibrating and evaluating the PN64F8500 plasma panels. This afforded me the time to measure black level and ANSI contrast ratio on the larger 64-inch model so we could compare results between the different sizes. Some clarification from Samsung on the video processing of the F8500 series made me revisit the 24p tests. The Cinema Smooth feature on these Samsung’s series is the 96Hz processing scheme for 24p, which introduces so much judder that it is unusable. See the Contrast Ratio and Video Processing sections for updates on these important areas of performance. The bottom line is it does not change my overall conclusions about the F8500 series Samsung plasmas.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 May 2013 )
PANASONIC TC-P65VT50 PDP. Best HDTV on the market? Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Miller   
Thursday, 28 June 2012

panasonic-tc-p55vt50.jpgPROS: Improved black level and color accuracy, and 50% brighter than last year’s VT30 series panels. Color decoding is now accurate in both the Custom and THX modes.

CONS: The CMS (Color Management System) is not fully functional with the Luminance control not working. The Luminance of Red, Green, and Magenta are a little too high.

To Buy or Not to Buy: Currently the best performing flat panel on the market. Available on line at well under $3,500, this 65-inch panel is very reasonably priced considering its performance and features. Highly recommended!


ISF ccc implementation was done using ControlCal software. Pre and Post calibration and Color Tracking reports were created with CalMAN Pro versions 4.2.6 and the beta version of 5.0

Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 July 2012 )
Elite PRO65X5FD - In Depth Product Review Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Miller   
Monday, 08 August 2011

elite 60 inch front view.jpgBy Kevin Miller

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Pros: The PRO-60X5FD, a full array LED backlit LCD panel with Local Dimming Technology, produces superior blacks to the vaunted reference Pioneer Elite panels, and is definitely one of the best performing most color accurate flat panel displays available today.

Cons: Quite pricey carrying MSRPs of $5,499.00 for the PRO-60X5FD and $7,999.00 for the PRO-70X5FD. Off angle viewing is not as good as plasma.

To Buy Or Not To Buy? If you want the very best in an LED based LCD flat panel in a very large screen size, then one of the two Elite models is definitely what you are looking for.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 November 2011 )
SONY KDL55NX810 Edge Lit LED LCD Product Review Print E-mail
Written by MIchael Hamilton   
Wednesday, 22 December 2010

sonykdl-55nx810.jpgPros: Good brightness and contrast ratio. Very accurate color gamut and grayscale tracking. Good feature set. 3D capable.

Cons: Somewhat limited calibration setup features. Lacks selectable color spaces, and a Color Management System (CMS) feature for fine tuning color space. The remote lacks backlighting.

To Buy or Not to Buy? Very good overall performance for an edge lit LED LCD. At a list price of $2,900, this panel represents a reasonably good value. Highly recommended for an edge lit LED LCD.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 December 2010 )