Samsung PN64F8500 Plasma Crowned King of HDTV
by VE Shootout 2014...again?
That's right the Samsung F8500 has now became the very first HDTV to win the infamous VE Shootout back to back. In 2013 it was the battle of the Plasma's, between the Panasonic VT & ZT series which are no longer available today as they quit production at the end of 2013. Now the F8500 has won again in 2014 with the Highest Overall Average Score despite being pitted against the latest OLED & UHD 4K panels that cost as much as $120,000.00 !
This is quite a feat considering the placement of the HDTV during the Shootout, because it was mounted high above the current 2014 lineup of OLED & UHD 4K sets. This poor location gave the F8500 a clear disadvantage, because it has an Anti-Glare Louvered Filter called the Real Black Pro Filter which blocks out Ambient Light from Above and Below to allow for better Contrast in Bright-Room situations. Because of it's high placement on the wall, this Louvered Panel actually made the screen appear darker to the rest of the voting audience.
Despite the poor placement the Audience and Experts both cast their Votes for their favorite HDTV in several categories including: Black Level, Contrast Ratio, Color Accuracy, Motion Resolution (Sharpness), Day Mode and General Content (Video Quality) and the Samsung F8500 came out as the Overall Winner!
The attached PIC clearly shows the location of the F8500 mounted high above the other HDTV's during the 2014 Shootout...