Samsung Series 6 3D plasma TV (preview)

Samsung's cheapest 3D plasma TV of 2011 may be the best value

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Pros

  • Probably much cheaper than the Series 8 with most of the image quality and features

Cons

  • We're not sure yet -- expect us to find out when we get a review unit in our Test Centre

Bottom Line

Samsung's Series 6 3D plasma TV might well prove to be the best value 3D TV offering from the company in 2011. It's the lowest positioned 3D TV in Samsung's lineup, but we're optimistic about its potential picture quality based on past experiences.

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Announced at CES 2011 at the same time as the Series 8 3D plasma, the Series 7 LED and Series 8 LED, the Samsung Series 6 3D plasma TV should be significantly cheaper while still including important features like 3D processing (with a 2D-to-3D mode) and Web-enabled applications and features.

If you're picking out a new television and want to work out what's best for you, read through our LCD vs LED vs plasma TV buying guide.

Want to learn about 3D TV? Take a look at our 3D TV buying guide.

Have a look at what we thought were the best TVs of 2010.

According to Samsung, "The Series 6 Plasma TV (D6500) offers a dichotomy in design texture, between cold, black metal and warm, smooth glass. The cabinet consists of a brushed metallic black frame and the translucent mold encases the frame and uses Samsung’s Crystal Design technology to create a luxurious finish." We think what Samsung is saying is that it will look pretty swish in the middle of your lounge room. It might not be as attractive as the stunning Series 8, but we're banking on this being an excellent value choice for TV buyers in 2011.

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I was so excited to get this tv. I was taken in by all the hype of these new samsung series smart tv's. From the word go this thing was a lemon. The wrong stand was in the box, that took a day to get the right one by taking it from another new one out of the box and the retailers warehouse and then when I did get it going it had a horrible picture quality on its factory settings. It was a cow to calibrate to get it watchable and then I could never get the picture right. I spend hours... used calibration settings from every mother and his dog I could find on the net and then mucked about myself and it never looked great. It was so disappointing. Then as I was just starting to make some sense of the picture settings it developed a thin black line right across the screen when I turned it on one morning. Seems (after a simple google of 'thin black line on samsung plasma') that this is an on going and standard drama with samsung tv's. Hence, the store had no problem with replacing it with another TV, but, as there where no more Samsung PS59D6900's to be found for 6 weeks, they let me choice an exchange new one of my choice. Ended up with a Panasonic 58 inch VT20.. Older model yes, does none of the smart things the samsung did (which I could not get to work anyway) BUT the picture quality leaves the Samsung for dead. As I say, maybe the samsung I got was a lemon from the start but the Panasonic it streets ahead in the picture quality. Tis a pity, as the Samsung looked great as a piece of furniture, and this has also put me off samsung products. Once Bitten...

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