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Samsung PS51E6500 review

 Review: December 2012  
 

Rating: 5 stars

In a nutshell: This 51 inch plasma screen is an extremely compelling proposition due to its outstanding picture quality, Smart TV functions and high-end looks.



 

Design & looks

Samsung's range of plasma TVs aren't quite as stylish as their superslim LED TV's. They share a similar Crystal Design, with a solid square stand and a reasonably narrow steel bezel. With a depth of 56mm, this Series 6 TV certainly isn't ultraslim, but it's by no means thick, and has a satisfyingly contemporary appeal. In fact, the use of premium materials gives this TV a real edge and feeling of quality.

Picture quality

This is Samsung's mid-range plasma, but pleasingly, there have been no cost savings made with the plasma panel itself. The picture quality on this screen is just as good as on the high-end Series 8 plasma range.

The screen delivers satisfyingly dark blacks, thanks in part to Samsung's Real Black Pro anti-reflective filter, but also due to the very high native contrast ratio of the plasma panel itself. It's not as bright as LED displays, but in a normal home setting that shouldn't pose any problems.

The display has a very fast response time, so there's no danger of motion blur, and with Games Mode engaged, it's a great screen for gaming.

After an hour of gaming you'll notice some image retention of fixed scene features like onscreen scores, etc, but this will fade in a matter of seconds with no long term effect.

As you'd expect from a plasma, viewing angles are extremely wide, such that we couldn't see any fading or colour changes from any viewing angle. This is in stark contrast to Samsung's LED range of TVs, which suffer from some pretty narrow viewing angles.

Overall, the picture quality of this display is extremely impressive, especially when you consider how much cheaper it is than Panasonic's benchmark plasma TVs.

3D

3D performance on this screen is also pretty good. Two pairs of 3D glasses are included, which is useful, since active shutter 3D glasses can be expensive to buy.

The active 3D glasses reproduce full HD images, although there is a noticeable dimming effect when watching through the glasses. It's a little like watching TV wearing sunglasses, so you'll want to ensure that the curtains are drawn and room lights dimmed to get the most out of 3D.

There are occasional 3D artifacts noticeable, especially with high-contrast images such as text. This can lead to a ghosting effect, caused by crosstalk between left and right images. Overall though, this is better than we experienced with LG's plasma range.

Audio quality

Audio quality on this TV is really no better than on Samsung's slimline LED TVs. SRS TheatreSound HD tries to get the most out of the downfiring speakers, but there's definitely a lack of bass here. Still, this is no worse than most TVs from other manufacturers, although some Panasonic and Sony models do manage better. As this is clearly a TV built for the ultimate home cinema experience, we really recommend that you invest in a proper 5.1 home cinema speaker system to get the most out of it.

Smart TV

Samsung’s updated Smart Hub brings you access to features like youtube, facebook, twitter, web browsing and apps. Family Story lets you share special photos, messages and events with loved ones. A separately-sold Skype camera kit lets you make video calls via your TV.

Connectivity

As this TV is likely to find itself at the heart of a home cinema network, it's vital that it's able to connect to all other AV devices.

The TV is equipped with both built-in Wi-Fi and an ethernet connection, so connecting it to your home broadband router presents no problem, and it can equally well talk to Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as smartphones and laptops. With DLNA you'll have no problems streaming content such as video, music and photos from compatible devices.

We always like to have 4 HDMI ports (just in case), but here we have 3 ports, which is probably enough for most people. In addition, the TV is equipped with 2 USB connectors, SCART, component and composite AV connectors, plus audio inputs and outputs. It's compatible with both Freeview HD and Freesat HD.

Conclusion - impressive and well-priced

When it comes to picking a plasma TV, Panasonic are generally regarded as manufacturing the ultimate displays. However, this Samsung model performs very close to Panasonic's ST range. While there's a little 3D crosstalk visible, it's not enough to spoil anything, and overall we'd rate the picture quality of this television very highly indeed.

In addition to this, it's a very stylish piece of furniture that will add serious wow factor to any room, and it comes with a good range of connectivity options and truly excellent Smart TV features.

On top of everything, it's competitively priced. All things considered, this is absolutely deserving of a full 5 star rating.


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Reviewed by Alan from Scotland on 8th Mar 2013
This TV is just simply Superb !
If you are looking to buy a Plasma TV, then please check this TV out..... the picture is fabulous !
Unlike this review, I find the 3D to be quite, quite brilliant and see nothing bad at all to say about it.
I also say that the sound is quite amazing for a flat screen TV.
This TV fully deserves its five stars and the picture looks better than that of the Panasonic ST50 which I returned to get this set.
It only cost me 750.00 at the time a couple of months ago through Amazon UK.
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