The Good The Samsung E6500 plasma TV offers some of the best black levels we've seen at this or any other price. The TV offers excellent value for money, particularly the 51-inch model. Its styling mostly lacks ostentation -- apart from the stand -- and will suit a variety of living spaces. The apps suite is usable and the Smart TV interface is quick and easy to use.
The Bad Despite the deep blacks, the E6500 isn't able to get as bright as other TVs and so contrast suffers ever so slightly. The TV is merciless with noisy sources and presents them as is.
The Bottom Line The Samsung E6500 series is an excellent television that offers classy looks, outstanding picture quality, and a great price.
For many years, Samsung was the answer to the question, "Which LCD should I get?" While the company also manufactured plasmas, they seemingly weren't a priority for Samsung or the public. But beginning in 2011 with the superband , for example, the company demonstrated that it was serious about the technology's picture-quality potential. That newfound determination continues into 2012.
The Samsung PNE6500 is an excellent television, with all of the features you need and few you don't. In picture quality it's every bit the equal of the phenomenal Panasonic ST50 series. The PNE6500's picture quality is also basically identical to that of its significantly more expensive Samsung stablemate, the flagship PNE8000, with the same performance in key areas such as black levels and color accuracy -- making the E6500 an excellent value.
If you were looking to spend between $1,000 and $1,500 on a videophile-grade TV, the Panasonic TC-P50ST50 and the Samsung PN51E6500 are the two you should be looking at (no LCD comes close -- you'd need to spend a big chunk more on something like theto get near this level of picture quality). With online prices only $50 apart for the 50/51-inch versions, which should you choose? Brand loyalty plays a part here, but each TV has its own unique strengths. If you're looking for something a little bigger, the 60-inch models of each will obviously cost you more, but they're still worth consideration at under $2,000.
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