Because the screen is curved, the reflections stretch horizontally. It only reflects lights that are directly in front of the TV. We had to move our background lights closer to the camera for them to be captured by the picture. The finish is glossy, so the reflections are attenuated, but more defined.
Overall, the Samsung H8000 LED TV is a great TV with tons of features. The curved screen is a novelty that doesn't add much to the experience, though, and the picture quality is similar to lower-end models. Therefore, unless you really need the curve, go for a cheaper Samsung model, like the H7150.
I have the UN65H8000 and have significant issues with audio lag. I have adjusted the audio delay to 0, but it doesn't seem to do anything, and the audio and video are still out of sync. Have you heard similar complaints? And if so, do you have any suggestions for how to resolve the problem?
It can be caused by a few factors. Are you using an external sound system? If so, the delay is probably because of the input lag of the TV. You can reduce it by turning on Game mode, or you can set a delay on your receiver to match your TV's lag.
I always thought that the H8000 was just a curved version of the F8000. Is this not the case? And if not, what other differences are there besides just the curved screen?
If you compare it to models from previous years, then yes, it is a curved F8000, but with updated software. If you look at it from the 2014 lineup perspective, it is just a curved H7150 (although with local dimming added, but as mentioned previously, that isn't worth it).
Is the 240Hz actually meaningful? The motion rating and the comment that the 6H350 is better seem to indicate that either this is bad 240Hz implementation or maybe some other issue is at play?
Look at the pictures that we took. It is all the difference there is (which isn't a lot). 120Hz vs 240Hz is really negligible. If you look closer at our pictures, you will see that the 240Hz TVs flicker faster. This creates more superposition of our logo, which results in an increased amount of blur (although they have the same trail length).
I'm currently deciding whether to get the Sony KDL65w950b or the Samsung h8000. I want one that has better picture quality and better, deeper, richer colors and deep blacks for dark scenes. I would greatly appreciate it if you could tell me which one performs better.
The Samsung H8000 definitely has better blacks than the Sony KDL65W950B, by far. It is not even close, because the W950B uses an IPS panel. Get the Samsung.
I'm very close to going with this TV in the 65 inch, but am worried about vertical banding. As we know the higher the screen size, more chance of the problem piping up. Is this still true with this model or will it be just as good as the 55 inch?
Vertical banding is a defect that can still occurs on some units, even in the 55" range. Don't worry about it, though. The likelihood is low, and if it does, you can just exchange your TV for another one. Usually, the QA testing for these premium models is better.
This TV should have a BFI mode called 'LED Clear Motion'. Was this setting used when taking the picture for the 'Motion Blur' paragraph?
No, we didn't take the picture with that setting. That mode is indeed very effective for reducing the motion blur, but because it adds significant input lag (about 120ms), we decided to turn it off. It is a bit of a shame, because on the Sony W800B, the equivalent setting is available in game mode with low lag.
I'm retiring my Pioneer Elite 50" (going out after 9.5 yrs). I am trying to decide whether to stay with old technology and get a Samsung PN60F8500 or go for one of my other two choices, the Sony W850B (softer picture, closer to a plasma), or the more dynamic Samsung UN65h7150. My biggest concern is picture quality. As far as conditions are concerned, the room does take in quite a bit of natural light during daylight hours, and I watch movies, sports, and regular TV - no gaming, and 3D is no big concern. Your input for this decision is greatly respected. Value is a concern, however quality and satisfaction are of greater importance.
All three of these TVs are great. If you don't mind plasma's downsides, go for the PN60F8500. It can get very bright for a plasma and it has an anti-glare filter, so it shouldn't be an issue in your room. If you prefer an LED, the Samsung UN65H7150 is more versatile than the Sony W850B. It has a better screen finish (glossier, but fewer reflections), better smart features, and 3D. If you don't care about those, get the Sony W850B. It has more uniformity issues, but it has less motion blur and better processing.
I recently got the UN65H8000 and WOW am I impressed with this set! What I would like to know: is "Game Mode" really necessary? I've been playing Watchdogs in Movie Mode and it seems perfectly fine to me. Or is Game Mode meant for online gaming? Also, I've read that if you watch a 3D movie, you should put it in Standard. I threw on Pacific Rim 3D and switched between the two and didn't notice a significant change. Am I missing something?
If you don't notice the input lag when not in Game mode, then don't worry about it. Set the mode to whichever one you prefer. The goal of game mode is really just to reduce input lag, not to increase picture quality. As for movies, Standard more has more processing done to the picture than Movie does. Some people prefer that, but others, like us, want a picture as close to the original source as possible, so we use Movie instead.
What are your thoughts on the Samsung 65" hu7250? I am between this and the 7150 model. I sit about 12 feet from the TV. Is it worth it for the 4k and curved screen? It is $500 more. I also worry that curved TVs are a fad, although in the store they look great. Would you buy a curved TV?
Curved TVs are definitely a fad. Unless you really want 4k, get the H7150 instead. $500 is a pretty big price difference for 4k resolution.
Thanks for the wonderful review. I'm in the market for a high-end 55" 1080p TV and I'm on the fence for the Sony W950B and the Samsung curved H8000. I live in very bright condo with lots of windows and am concerned about glare and reflections. Which one of these sets would you recommend for my situation?
The H8000 is a bit glossier than the W950B, but it reflects half as much. If you can position the H8000 in such a way that there is nothing bright directly in front, it would be the best choice. Also, the curved screen narrows the area reflected by half. But if you have something bright in that area, it will appear stretched.
The reviews are good. They allow me to learn from my field of view. I have an H8000, just purchased and don't know my way around, and I purchased this after a review of the flat screens and the curved H8000. My first requirement was the picture, and the second was that I believed the H8000 (2014) model would have WIDI to match my laptop, so I would be able to connect the two without an HDMI cable. I can't seem to locate the set up that I was confident resided in the software for the H8000. I suspect Samsung did a reverse and didn't incorporate that feature at the end of 2013, regardless of the agreements with Intel. I was disappointed, but the work around would be possibly Netgear PTV3000 or Miracast. Is there a distance and delay factor for either that I would have difficulty with?
Keep in mind that no wireless technology can match the quality of HDMI. 1080p@60fps requires a bandwidth of 5 Gbit/s. Wireless technology is able to stream it on a smaller bandwidth by compressing the signal heavily. Not only does this introduce artifacts, but it also adds delay. The distance limit and delay will depend on your device. Usually, the delay is around 500ms. No problem for work or videos, but don't expect to play video games with it.