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Samsung PN64F8500, PN60F8500, & PN51F8500 Plasma TV Comparison

Samsung PN64F8500, PN60F8500, & PN51F8500 Plasma TV Comparison

Samsung PN64F8500, PN60F8500, & PN51F8500 Plasma TV Comparison


  • Product Name: F8500 Plasma TV Series
  • Manufacturer: Samsung
  • Review Date: April 01, 2013 11:45
  • MSRP: $Varies
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!





Titan Black


Screen Size (in.)

64.0" Measured Diagonally



600Hz Subfield Motion



Sound Effect System


Sound Output (RMS)

10W x 2

Speaker Type

Down Firing + Full Range

Dolby Digital Plus/ Pulse


DTS 2.0+Digital Out / DTS Premium Sound

DTS Premium Sound 5.1


Apps Platform

Smart TV with Samsung Apps

Smart Hub





AllShare™ Play

Anynet+™ (HDMI-CEC)


Game Mode


Sound Share


Bluetooth HID Built in


USB HID Support


Wide Color Enhancer



ConnectShare™ Movie


Yes (Direct TV Ready)

Auto Power Off


Auto Volume Leveler


Inputs & Outputs


Component 1
Composite (AV) 1 (Shared with Component)




3 (2.0)

Digital Audio Out (Optical)


RS232 (AV Control)





Product Size (W x H x D) Without Stand

58.4" x 34.7" x 1.9"

Product Size (W x H x D) With Stand

58.4" x 36.3" x 12.6"

Shipping Size (W x H x D)

64.1" x 40.3" x 17.3"


Product Weight Without Stand

72.3 lb.

Product Weight With Stand

79.8 lb.

Shipping Weight

101.9 lb.


Typical Power Consumption

218 W

Maximum Power Consumption (W)

653 W

Standby Power Consumption

Under 0.5 W



Analog Tuner

DTV Tuner Built-in*

ATSC / Clear QAM


3D Active Glasses

4 (SSG-5100GB) Included

Remote Control Battery


IR Extender Cable


Power Cable


Slim Gender Cable

1 Component (AV Share)


One (1) Year Parts and Labor


Parts and Labor Commercial Use

90 Days

The F8500 series is Samsung’s 2013 flagship plasma TV line and is available in three different sizes, 64” (PN64F8500), 60” (PN60F8500), and 51” (PN51F8500). There’s no doubt that these are nice TVs, but they're also extremely expensive (over $4k for the 64"), so you might ask yourself, “What makes the F8500 series worth the extra money over other TVs?”

In the past, we’ve tended to like Panasonic plasma TVs over Samsung, but this year things are starting to change. The F8500 is packed full of smart features, which is no surprise, but Samsung is touting vast improvements in picture quality as well. Their Super Contrast Panel uses larger sub-pixels for increased brightness, which they claim is similar to an LED TV. The panel also combines two other technologies, Real Black Pro filter for deep blacks in bright rooms, and Adaptive Reset Control, for deep blacks in dark rooms. They also utilize a single layer panel, which combats reflections and provides great off axis viewing (no matter what you read elsewhere, a plasma TV with a single layer panel will ALWAYS have much better off-axis viewing than an LED or LCD TV).

Samsung F8500 Front

Samsung PN64F8500 Plasma TV

Samsung F8500 Side ViewAnother great feature for film buffs is native 24fps playback. Film is recorded at 24 fps (frames per second), but TVs in North America operate at 60fps, meaning the TV has to modify the incoming signal to match the frame rate of the TV.  Part of this modification process is called 3:2 pulldown, which can introduce motion judder into the image, but the F8500 series can avoid 3:2 pulldown.

Here’s what all of this boils down to. The F8500 series has the best image of any Samsung plasma to date, should fair as good or better than most LED TVs in a bright environment, and trounce most of the competition in dark environments.

Beyond picture quality, the F8500 series sports a quad core processor for fast operation of its built-in smart features. As far as we know, Samsung is the only company using a quad core processor in their home theater products.  It also features a full web browser, app store, and built-in camera for Skype calls or gesture control. If you have a Samsung phone or tablet you can even mirror what you’re watching on the TV to the tablet, or vice versa.  This means you can turn the TV to your favorite channel, then leave the room and continue watching that channel on your Samsung tablet or phone. With the use of the included IR Blaster you could even change the channel on the cable/satellite box using your mobile device. The F8500 series is also extremely thin for a plasma TV, measuring only 1.9” deep. And the inputs are on the side of the TV, meaning it can be mounted extremely close to the wall.

A few other features that should be included on any TV this price, and are included with the F8500 series, are: 3D capability with 4 sets of glasses included, built-in WiFi, smart/touch remote, and 600Hz subfield motion. Finally, the F8500 series features Samsung’s proprietary Soundshare technology, which allows the TV to wirelessly send all of its audio to a 2013 Samsung soundbar.

Samsung F8500 Camera

Samsung PN64F8500 Built-in Camera

If you are sold on one of these TVs, then be prepared to shell out a good amount of cash. The MSRP on each model is as follows: PN64F8500 - $4,399; PN60F8500 - $3,799; PN51F8500 - $2,699. Luckily, Samsung’s MSRP pricing is much higher than what you should expect to actually pay for any of these sets. For example, as of right now the PN64F8500 is widely available for just under $3,700.

If you think this might be a little too much TV for you, but want to stick with a Samsung, checkout our overview of their F5300, and F4500 plasma TVs. Otherwise, Panasonic's 2013 TV lineup is just as competitive, and we have never had bad luck with a Panasonic plasma.

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About the author:
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Cliff, like many of us, has always loved home theater equipment. In high school he landed a job at Best Buy that started his path towards actual high quality audio. His first surround sound was a Klipsch 5.1 system. After that he was hooked, moving from Klipsch to Polk to Definitive Technology, and so on. Eventually, Cliff ended up doing custom installation work for Best Buy and then for a "Ma & Pa" shop in Mankato, MN.

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