Samsung Improves PNE7000 Plasma Black Levels By 10 Percent
By Richard Gates|January 10, 2012|10:03 am

Categories: 2012, C2c, Pne7000


Samsung didn’t send us an image of a PNE7000 model by press time, so here’s a 2011 PND7000 TV, which should look very similar.

(Credit:Sarah Tew/CNET)LAS VEGAS–In 2011 we awarded our Editors’ Choice among plasma TVs to the Samsung PND7000 for its combination of outstanding picture quality and comparatively good value.

Samsung says it has improved black-level performance–a key ingredient of a good picture–by 10 percent for 2012.

The PNE7000 will share this better black level with the step-up PNE8000 and step-down PNE6500 series (about which we were given no other information) 2012 plasmas.

Considering that the 2011 models also had the best color accuracy we’d tested on any TV, the PNE7000 is already a strong contender for best picture quality of 2012.

A Samsung rep speculated that the TV would share the fix for the “brightness pops” found on the PND8000, but couldn’t tell us for sure by press time.

Details were also vague on other aspects of picture quality, such as whether the 1080p/24-compatible Cinema Smooth mode will still cause worse black levels, and what other picture-quality-related differences exist between the PNE8000, PNE7000, and PNE6500 plasmas.

We do know that all three will have Samsung’s Smart Hub Internet suite and two pairs of active 3D glasses.

The rep mentioned that the PNE7000 will most likely lack the Smart Interaction and touch pad remote of the PNE8000, but couldn’t confirm those differences for sure.

Pricing and availability were not announced, although we expect these and other Samsung plasmas to arrive as early as March 2012.

Samsung PNE7000 series features (confirmed only; other features TBD):Plasma TVComes with two pairs of 3D glassesSmart Hub connected TV suiteSamsung PNE7000 series models:Samsung PN51E7000: 51-inch, date available TBD, $TBDSamsung PN59E7000: 59-inch, date available TBD, $TBDSamsung PN64E7000: 64-inch, date available TBD, $TBD.

Richard Gates is a business journalist based in Seattle, Washington. Richard has a passion for financial markets and breaking news stories and loves writing about business news, stock market, and economic opinions that matters most to its audience. Richard spends a lot of time discovering and researching latest financial markets and industry news stories in order to make sure the latest and greatest stories are brought to you first on

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