Samsung Series 8 ES8000, A formidable piece of kit


I bought the samsung tv because it looks so stylish and i loved all the gimmicks that came with it. I have not however been able to set up the u shaped tv stand it has come with which was pretty disappointing. The screws needed are already screwed in to the stand when delivered, so you need to then remove them attach the tv and then re-insert them. I found that removing them nigh on impossible which was very frustrating as the instruction manual states they should come separately, not installed. Apart from that i’ve tried the tv out in a store and for me the 3d is amazing. It really is a great product.

Nobody spends circa £2,000 on a tv without doing at least a little research and i have to admit that i deliberated over buying this one for about 9 months. The good news is that by delaying the purchase i (a) saved an awful lot of money, and (b) knew what i was letting myself in for. First things first: the standard picture settings are pretty poor. For the more technically-minded that probably doesn’t come as a surprise but i have to admit that i was pretty shocked by the pre-set picture options. All were inferior to the ‘standard’ setting on the 4 year old samsung tv this supposedly flagship model was replacing. Before buying i had seen a number of threads suggesting picture calibration but i had always expected these to just be optional fine-tuning rather than an absolute necessity (which in my opinion it is). Don’t let this put you off though. After going through a number of forum threads on the subject (av forums was particularly helpful) i tried a couple of the settings that seemed most popular. Within a few minutes of tweaking i was rewarded with what can only be described as a breathtaking picture.

Having made the plunge and bought a flat i, like a lot of blokes, thought the first thing it would need is a large tv. After a bit of research i’m glad i bought this one. The image is crisp, easily customisable (theres a few guides out there through a quick search on google) and hd is a thing of beauty. It takes a variety of inputs through the multiple hdmi ports. Sound is the only thing that lets this tv down and thats pretty hard for any manufacturer to overcome as there’s only so much space to fit things into what is an extremely thin tv. Other bits of interest are that it has built in wi-fi (for netflix/youtube/iplayer etc) and hand motions which don’t really work practically but do add some entertainment value with angry birds.

  • What a stunning purchase
  • Good Product but Could Be Much Better
  • A formidable piece of kit

Brilliant & beutifull for 20mins. Then a green line from top to bottom, oh no, anything bar that as i new there was a major pixel fault. It took some effort to unpack read all the instructions and set it up as i am 74. I really could not face repacking and returning it as it was a huge size. I looked up help, found a phone no. For samsung, rang them, told them the fault and they said it could be repaired on site, they would order a nw part and be in touch ,they rang a week later and the engineers would come and repair it. My thoughts were how do you repair a line on the screen (55′) perhaps a line eraser. They arrived with a brand new screen, brought there equipment (2 men) one worked on 1 side the 2nd man on the other, all done and set up in less than 45 mins.

I purchased the tv after seeing the excellent reviews it had received around the internet and it certainly lives up to its reputation. The picture quality is absolutely outstanding, giving a crisp and clear hd picture. So far i’ve played files from usb, the built in netflix application and the built in bbc iplayer application. In every case the television has performed perfectly with no issues. The smart touch remote that came in the box is quite cool, although i find that using it for text entry is slower than using the ordinary remote. Overall this is a brilliant tv that i would absolutely recommend to anyone.

Features of Samsung Series 8 ES8000 (55 inch) Full HD LED SMART Television

  • 24P-MOVIE
  • 3D TV-Y
  • Audio Output-2 x 10 Watts
  • Built-in DVD-N
  • Camera-Yes

Good product but could be much better. The first thing to consider when purchasing this set is the price. I don’t believe the es8000 models is in any significantly way better than the es7000 model, therefore i advise you choose the es7000 model if you want one of samsung’s top 2012 tv. The es7000 is almost identical with the exception of the micro dimming mode which is supposedly more advanced in the 8000 model. The only other difference i could find is the stand, it’s the same panel, same lcd, led edge lit technology. You will most likely hardly notice any difference, as i’ve seen both models. Its ultra clear panel (as i believe it’s called) is only on the 7000/8000 models & as the name suggests, it is indeed very clear in comparison to other sets i saw in the shops. Picture quality is extremely good, particularly with hd content on disk/usb/usbhdd/network/etc. Other digital files or streamed online via netflix/lovefilm is also quite impressive. Standard definition picture works well.

Bought this tv a couple of weeks ago (not from amazon). Took me a while to set up because i got a bundle with a samsung blu-ray and speaker set, and there were a lot of cables to get sorted (i eventually settled on using an optical output cable from the tv to my speakers). Once i’d got it all cabled up and set up i have to say this tv is stunning.Leaving aside the size (which starts off massive, but over time becomes normal) the picture quality is incredible. It is worth spending some time customising the colours and contrast/brightness to the way you like it – search the web and find the settings recommended by the serious tv watchers. The most realistic picture is in movie mode. Plug this in to a blu-ray source and a separate speaker system and this is true home cinema. 3d is ok but a bit of a gimmick so we don’t bother with it. Voice control is fun, especially when the tv sometimes decides to turn itself on when you are singing.


One thought on “Samsung Series 8 ES8000, A formidable piece of kit

  1. The Blade Runner
    Nobody spends circa £2,000 on a tv without doing at least a little research and i have to admit that i deliberated over buying this one for about 9 months. The good news is that by delaying the purchase i (a) saved an awful lot of money, and (b) knew what i was letting myself in for. First things first: the standard picture settings are pretty poor. For the more technically-minded that probably doesn’t come as a surprise but i have to admit that i was pretty shocked by the pre-set picture options. All were inferior to the “standard” setting on the 4 year old samsung tv this supposedly flagship model was replacing. Before buying i had seen a number of threads suggesting picture calibration but i had always expected these to just be optional fine-tuning rather than an absolute necessity (which in my opinion it is). Don’t let this put you off though. After going through a number of forum threads on the subject (av forums was particularly helpful) i tried a couple of the settings that seemed most popular. Within a few minutes of tweaking i was rewarded with what can only be described as a breathtaking picture.
    1. J. Crow
      Brilliant & beutifull for 20mins. Then a green line from top to bottom, oh no, anything bar that as i new there was a major pixel fault. It took some effort to unpack read all the instructions and set it up as i am 74. I really could not face repacking and returning it as it was a huge size. I looked up help, found a phone no. For samsung, rang them, told them the fault and they said it could be repaired on site, they would order a nw part and be in touch ,they rang a week later and the engineers would come and repair it. My thoughts were how do you repair a line on the screen (55″) perhaps a line eraser. They arrived with a brand new screen, brought there equipment (2 men) one worked on 1 side the 2nd man on the other, all done and set up in less than 45 mins.

Comments are closed.