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AlaskanAVGuy

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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!


Sources: http://www.cnet.com/...onics-shootout/ http://www.valueelectronics.com/

The attached PIC clearly shows the location of the F8500 mounted high above the other HDTV's during the 2014 Shootout...
 

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Since the Samsung F8500 had the Highest Overall Score it wasn't a tie just a marketing stunt to keep you interested in OLED tv's like the LG 55EC9300, because PLASMA tv's are on their way out thanks to the E.U Energy Standards in a large part, but Plasma still remains King of Picture Quality:

Score Tally from VE SHOOTOUT 2014:

#1) Samsung F8500: 52.01

#2) LG 55EC9300: 51.54
 

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Apparently the LG was originally declared the winner because it did best with their weighted categories. The people complained because the Samsung got the highest total score so they called it a tie.
 

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Yes I know they spent hours building up the OLED's with presentations on the new technology from the Manufactures Tech Departments and were quiet embarrassed to have to admit the F8500 PLASMA had the Highest Overall Score. The F8500 would likely have scored even higher in the DAY MODE Category considering the poor placement of the F8500, which gave the appearance of a dimmer screen thanks to the Real Black Pro Louvered Filter Panel that is visible from
30° Above & Below.

Still a 2013 HDTV competing and winning against the latest 2014 OLED & UHD 4K sets that cost as much as $120k is quiet impressive considering it's the cheapest set in the Shootout, and it easily beat out all of the UHD 4K tv's in EVERY Category. Where it really shined was Color Accuracy & Motion Resolution which is what you want if you watch any sports, racing or any other fast paced video. In any conclusion it is by far the best Bang for your Buck!

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Here's a real world example of the Samsung F8500's Real Black Pro Filter in action, as you can see the light reflections in the room are suppressed greatly which creates a much deeper Contrast on the set even in a very Brightly Lit Room like you might see in a big box store. The other set without the filter looks washed-out.

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