Way back in January we tackled a Samsung 58B, and we also brought you the story of how a home theater setup revolved completely around this monster. Well, I finally got the chance to take a look at one myself, and so today we talk Samsung–specifically, the Samsung PN58B860.
The Samsung PN58B860 is a fifty eight inch 1080p plasma television that offers internet connectivity (which in turn gives you access to a variety of services like Yahoo! Widgets, Blockbuster on Demand and more), the Crystal FUll HD engine for unsettlingly clear playback, two fifteen watt speakers with SRS TruSurround, E-Panel antiglare technology, one PC input, four HDMI inputs, two component inputs, one composite input, one optical digital audio input, one Ethernet LAN, two USB ports, AnyNet+, and game mode to improve high-speed playback.
This is a spectacular television, in all honesty–the sound is amazing despite the relatively low wattage of the speakers (that augmenting SRS TruSurround must really help), and the picture is stunning on that fifty eight inch screen. There is, as is generally the case here, short shrift for older components but it IS there, so those of you with older hardware won’t be left out in the cold so much as you will be encouraged to buy new stuff lickety-split. And the price may be a bit hefty at twenty three hundred eighty bucks (sale price at Best Buy), but you can be assured that it will provide performance worth that kind of cash.
The Samsung PN58B860 is a huge, pricey television that will provide big value if you’re willing to go that far with the price.