A night with the Samsung LED D8000 Smart TV
Samsung gave us the opportunity to experience their top-of-the line Samsung LED D8000 Smart TV by spending a night at the H20 Hotel in Manila Ocean Park where a 55-inch model greeted us when we entered our room.
The Samsung D8000 is one sweet-looking TV. It is not only 1.2″ thin but it also has an ultra-slim brushed-titanium bezel that makes it seem like you’re viewing the picture from end to end. No distracting bezel without compromising the picture quality. It also has a cool X-stand that would surely fit any room you put it into although wall mounting it might be a better idea.
The setup in a room comes with a Samsung 3D Blu-ray Player (BD-D5500) which is also controlled by the TVs remote. Nice! It also has touch panels in favor of buttons if you don’t want to use the remote.
So what are the features of this Smart TV? Being Smart, it has access to the internet with it’s built-in WiFi so I was able to connect using the hotel’s own WiFi. I didn’t waste my time accessing Facebook or watching YouTube videos on such a nice, big TV but you can access all sorts of online sites with this D8000 TV. It’s hard to type with a remote though so better get a WiFi keyboard or use your Galaxy Tab to navigate internet sites on the TV.
Picture quality is really good on the D8000 with its 25,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio. Blacks are pure and color contrast is sharp. However, what sets this apart with other LED TVs is what Samsung calls Clear Motion Rate or CMR.
Clear Motion Rate (CMR) is Samsung’s more comprehensive and accurate measure for how well an LCD or LED TV can display fast-moving images. Previously, motion clarity was expressed simply by the refresh rate, measured in Hz. CMR, however, takes into account all three factors that contribute to motion clarity: panel refresh rate, image processor speed and backlight technology.
The D8000 has a CMR 960. you can treat it as refresh rate if you want and most LED TVs have at most a 120Hz refresh rate. Actually in reality, CMR 960 doesn’t mean 960Hz refresh rate although you can think of it as such. For technicalities sake, it has a 240Hz refresh rate and with all the CMR magickry going in the background, it kinda bumps it up to 960.
So what does this CMR 960 really mean for the viewer? Well, you would get a livelier picture. Like the characters pop out from the TV or it’s like you’re watching from within the set. It may look unreal at first but you would warm up to it in the long run. We watched Thor in Blu-ray and everything was so clear! We even noticed the people in the background with clarity like we’re a part of the movie.
The D8000 TV is also capable of 3D viewing with the use of its Active 3D glasses (battery-powered). It can even convert 2D to 3D at a click of a button but the effect is not as good as watching a full 3D movie. I was able to compare the two functions watching Green Hornet 3D. 2D to 3D feels just like a gimmick. However, watching the movie in 3D mode was a blast. The 3D glasses were not cumbersome to wear and I was able to use it non-stop for the whole movie without any discomfort.
Overall, once you start watching your HD videos on this D8000 Smart TV, you would be wanting to go home early every night just to watch more videos. I tell you, go out to your nearest appliance store and see the difference of this Samsung D8000 and its CMR 960 compared to the other LED TVs to appreciate it.
This 55-inch Samsung D8000 TV will set you back a cool Php239,900 but if you have more to burn, get the 60-inch for just Php319,900.
Samsung LED D8000 Smart TV Specs:
- Screen Size (in.): 54.6″ Measured Diagonally
- Native Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080
- Resolution: 1080p
- Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 25,000,000:1
- Clear Motion Rate: 960
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Sound Effect System: SRS TheaterSound®
- Speaker Type: Down Firing + Full Range
- Wi-Fi: Built-in
- Standby Power Consumption (W): 0.09
- 4x HDMI, Component, 2x Composite, PC (D-sub 15 Pin), PC Audio Input (Mini Jack), Ethernet, 3x USB 2.0, Digital Audio (Optical), Audio Out Mini Jack, DVI Audio Input
- Smart Hub
- Auto Volume Leveler
- DTV Tuner Built-in
- Micro Dimming
- 2 Pairs of 3D Active Glasses Included
- Dynamic Noise Filter