Thomas J. Norton of Home Theater Mag writes: "Samsung appears to be producing so many LED-backlit LCD sets these days that it risks a “been there, done that” reaction from the flat-panel peanut gallery. But with the coming of 3D, plus some twisty new technology that produces an outstanding picture, the company is challenging other set makers to a game of catch-up.
The 8000 series, available in 55-inch and 46-inch sizes (as tested here, $2,800), is one step down from Samsung’s flagship 9000 models. In addition to styling and thinness, which are the 9000 series’ featured attractions, the 8000 models also have upscale image enhancements that haven’t made it into the 9000 series.
Both the 8000 and 9000 lines, as well as a number of other Samsung sets, are 3D capable. But while 3D may be the HDTV story of the year, it’s only a fraction of what the UN46C8000 offers."