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Samsung PN50C8000 50-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV

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  • Exceeds ENERGY STAR standard
  • Crystal Full HD Engine with Cinema Smooth
  • 1080p Full HD resolution
  • Touch of Color
  • 3D Experience, BD Wise
  • Touch of Color(TM)
  • Crystal Full HD Engine with Cinema Smooth(TM)
  • Exceeds ENERGY STAR® standard
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model Number: PN50C8000
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 50 inches
  • Display Height: 31.8 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

Get a true cinematic experience without going to the cinema with a Samsung plasma HDTV. This Samsung PN50C8000, with Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio makes sure every frame is saturated with dense, rich color. Samsung is also ENERGY STAR compliant so you are assured that your 50 -inch plasma HDTV is helping the environment by using less enery while saving you money.

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Samsung PN50C8000 Plasma tv (March 2010)
Samsung's new C8000 series Plasma flat-panel HDTVs represents our best design innovations and performance found in our 2010 line of Plasma TVs. First impressions begin with an elegantly styled brushed metal gray cabinet that measures a mere 1.5-inch deep. Lighter in weight, more efficient than our previous designs, our feature innovations offer a more powerful SAMSUNG SMART TV with customizable access to Internet content, a convenient homenetworking capability via its DLNA standard connectivity, a high-speed USB port, and the new 3D HDTV viewing experience with optional Samsung 3D glasses. Picture performance refinements are aimed at delivering a very natural, film-like, highly detailed picture with deep black levels and brighter colors. Features also include Samsung's Cinema Smooth processing, Motion Judder Canceller and Real Black Filter. Sit back and enjoy the C8000 series Plasma HDTVs with a smartly designed brushed metal- wrapped remote controller.

                       Samsung Plasma HDTV 55C7000 3D

Stunning ultra-slim depth – includes tuner (no external transceiver box)

Key Features
  • Screen Size: 50 inches
  • 3D HD: Samsung 3D technology makes images leap off the screen– so you feel like you’re a part of the action. Sync up with our Samsung Blu-ray Player to experience movies in 3D on your TV – and enjoy more TV broadcasts in stunning 3D, coming soon.
  • SAMSUNG SMART TV: Connect to an ever-expanding portal of your favorite digital content. Customizable widgets give you access to BLOCKBUSTER, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr
    and more – all on your HDTV.
  • Content Library (Flash Memory): stores limited amount of pictures and video for playback.
  • ConnectShare Movie: Connect a thumb drive or digital camera quickly and easily. Userfriendly interface allows access to videos, music playlists and pictures via the remote.
  • Clear Image Panel: A reflection-reducing coating on the inside of the panel virtually
    eliminates picture distortion.
  • BD Wise: Automatically adjusts all your components for the best picture and sound quality.
  • Ultra Slim Design
  • Touch of Color: Exclusive Touch of Color design combines texture and color that can complement any room.
  • 1080p Full HD resolution: Enjoy the powerful picture quality, vivid colors and stunning clarity of Full HD 1080p resolution.
  • E3-Panel single-filter design: Delivers improved performance in the areas of color saturation, contrast and energy efficiency.
  • FilterBright Antiglare: Minimizes reflections and glare caused by ambient light.
  • 600Hz Subfield Motion: Offers crisp, clear Plasma HD action in every frame.
  • 1080p Full HD Motion: Delivers better resolution with less blurring during faster motion sports, movies and games.
  • Mega Dynamic Contrast ratio: An unparalleled Mega Dynamic Contrast ratio brings together the deepest blacks and brightest whites.
  • Crystal Full HD Engine: Images of incredible clarity are achieved by the Samsung Crystal Full HD Engine chip. By unifying all of the TVs advanced imaging technologies, the Samsung Crystal Full HD Engine expands performance, enhances all aspects of the image, and takes picture quality and image integrity to new levels of excellence.
  • Motion Judder Canceling: Samsung's Motion Judder Canceller virtually eliminates blurring, even with fast-moving images. Whether you're watching action films or sporting events, you won't miss a second of the action.
  • Real Black Filter: The Samsung Real Black Filter reduces the onscreen glare caused by external light, so every black shadow and dark detail is as crisp and well defined as possible.
  • Cinema Smooth: Cinema Smooth lets you enjoy the unbelievably smooth, realistic action in every frame.
  • Exceeds ENERGY STAR standards: Energy saving, up to 43% less than our similar 2009 Plasma TV in standard mode.
  • Built-in digital tuner: No external box needed.
  • Warranty: 1-year parts and 1-year labor warranty (90-days parts and labor for commercial use), with in-home service, backed by Samsung
    toll-free support.


  • 4 HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia
    Interface) version 1.4
  • USB: 2
  • PC Input: 1 - back
  • Stand-by Power Consumption < 1watt
    Component: 2 - back
  • SRS TruSurround HD: Get crisp, clear digital quality sound via advanced SRS technology.
  • 10 Watts x 2 audio power stereo broadcast reception: Supports multi-channel sound (MTS) and second audio program (SAP) with 181-channel capacity.
  • Component Video Inputs: 2 – Backside
  • Digital Audio: 1 – Backside
  • PC Audio Input: 1 – Backside


  • TV without stand: 47.7 x 29.5 x 1.4 inches (WxHxD); 54.0 pounds
  • TV with stand: 47.7 x 31.8 x 8.9 inches (WxHxD); 63.5 pounds
  • What size TV should you get?

Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

HDTV Size chart
With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience.

If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.

  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.9 x 47.7 x 31.8 inches
Item Weight 64.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 82 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Item model number PN50C8000
Customer Reviews
2.8 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #189,454 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#142 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > Plasma TVs
Date first available at March 17, 2010

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By N. Wheeler on April 26, 2010
I love this TV. It has great black levels without losing details. Seriously the blacks get as dark as the bezel in a darkened room. Great color accuracy. Handles motion like a champ even converting 2D to 3D. Menus are very responsive and even the widgets are snappy. Samsung Apps/Netflix works great too. I am really having fun with the 2D to 3D conversion watching sports and playing video games. I watched Avatar the other night, and even though it wasn't released on 3D Blu ray, the built in converter made it look great. I was nervous about Burn In/ Image Retention, but so far watching 2.39:1 movies hasn't caused any issues that don't take care of themselves switching video sources. I need to say that there is a buzz sound, but its pretty quiet. Can't hear it at all with any audible tv volume. My only major beef with this set is the Audio Return Channel and Optical Out only send 2 channel (stereo) audio unless its source is broadcast. So, my PS3 and cable box will only play dolby directly through my receiver - which in my opinion makes ARC pointless. I hope they change that in an upcoming firmware patch. This TV replaced a UN55B8000 because I was unhappy with its blacks losing details,motion blur, flashlight effect, and sluggish menus and widgets. I experience none of these problems with this new set. I couldn't be happier.
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I bought this exact model the PN50C8000. One might get the impression that it is silver. I'd call it a dark grey brushed metal look. Which is fine IMO.

One thing that is not often publicized for some reason is the fact that plasma's are not even close to as bright as newer LCD models. This worried me a little.
But when I got it; it took some tweaking but I was able to get exactly the color/brightness I wanted for normal viewing and 3d viewing. All 3d glasses are tinted so it's good to have a very bright setting for when you view 3d.

Electronics review websites always talk about how plasmas can do extreme blacks. I set it to where the blacks are on the darkest setting. Honestly I was surprised that the blacks are not all that dark (note this is my first plasma I'm not comparing it with other plasmas). The 8000 series LED LCD Samsungs seem about the same when it comes to blacks, of course I have not seen both inside my living room environment so I can't make a perfect comparison. I don't actually care; either tv would be dark enough for me. I just thought I'd point this fact out.

The primary reason I bought a plasma over a 8000 series LCD has nothing to do with price or darkness levels, it was for superior 3d viewing. 1.) Less eye strain. I have read on more than one electronics site and electronics magazines that the 600hz viewing of plasmas (and the way the image is drawn on the screen) has been proven to provide less eye strain for 3d viewing. 2.) Viewing angle is always better for plasma over LCD. (This is important for 3d because loss of lighting and clarity is a big deal when you are already limited by the glasses.) 3.) Clearly there is a issue with mixing LCD tech with 3d since if you tilt your head the image splits apart.
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I have been researching 3d plasmas for about 3 months. This has to be the best picture quality I have ever seen. I was debating between 3 3d plasmas. Panasonic v25, samsung pn50c7000 or 8000. Even the 7000 got an excellent rating on cnet. what kept it from getting a perfect rating is featured on the 8000. I consider myself a serious videophile and this one does not disapoint. The main diffrence between to 7000 and 8000 is fine tuing of color. and motion judder canceller. This tv has a 2,000,000 to 1 higher contrast ratio. For the price compared to the panasonic it is far better. More apps, and on par picture quality. I have this TV calibrated providing a incredible picture. these settings are below. Do not hesitate to buy this TV. Here is also a review that should help with choices. [...Read more ›
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We have had a Panasonic 46 inch TH-46PZ850U for the last two years and have enjoyed that set. Good black levels, decent ability to handle non HD sources, and very good color on 1080 sources. It was unfortunately stolen in a burglary 2 weeks ago so we found ourselves back on the market for a TV. We briefly looked at the LCD/LED sets essentially to confirm that motion is still an issue on many of them and that they still have that eye popping, yet somehow hyperreal image quality. We researched the Panasonic and the Samsung plasmas. Consumer Reports gives Samsung the edge (on the models they tested). Crutchfield stopped carrying Panasonic and raves about Samsung's quality improvements. CNET sees strengths and weaknesses in both, fretting about last years 2009 Panasonics' rapidly diminishing black levels and possible "motion issues" with the Samsungs.

With all that in mind, we visited the local retailers to see the 2010 models from each. Both manufacturers top of the line plasma sets are now 3D models. Not a big selling point for us, but we do want the best 2D image quality possible. The Panasonic models are the TCP50VT25 and the TCP50VT20. We evaluated these with a Planet Earth Blu Ray as well as the feeds in the stores. In Samsung, it came down to the Samsung PN50C8000 and the similar PN50C7000. The 8000 offers a different black level adjustment and motion dejudder adjustments.

We were impressed by the Panasonics. A definite improvement over our 2008 model. Better blacks and a very clean image.

But we decided on the Samsung PN508000C. The Black levels on this set are stunning! The anti-reflective screen is far superior to the Panasonic. It makes the blacks so "present" that the 2D images create incredible depth in the image.
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