Earlier this year I called the Samsung PNF8500 series.
In the last couple of days its price on Amazon has dropped to its lowest levels yet. The 51-incher now costs $1,198, the 60-incher $1,698 and the 64-incher $2,498. No, the series still is not cheap, but for this level of picture quality it's a great value.
The PNF8500 delivers the deep black levels and excellent off-angle and screen uniformity of plasma, along with the brightest plasma picture we've ever tested. It's simply a superb performer, and delivers a more impressive image than any LCD TV.
"But what about 4K?," you may ask. In short, no 4K TV we've ever tested has better overall picture quality than the PNF8500. The closest, some things to know about 4K TVs for more information why., is much more expensive than the F8500 plasma. Check out
In fact, along with Samsung's plasma the other TV at the top of our Best TVs for picture quality list, is also not 4K. It uses OLED display technology, only comes in 55 inches, and costs quite a bit more than the PNF8500.
Along with LG, Samsung has already said it after 2014. So if you're in the F8500's price range and interested in getting a great non-LCD TV before they all disappear, this might be your last, best chance. Especially if you missed out on Panasonic's exit last year.