Samsung PN59D7000 Plasma 3D HDTV Review$2,599.00
Audio & Menus
Audio quality of the Samsung PN59D7000 was underwhelming, with middle tones sounding very muffled. Bass sounds were predictably mediocre without a proper subwoofer, and medium-high frequency sounds were sometimes blown out.The SRS TruSurround HD setting helped quite a bit in boosting volume and clarity, however. With its many inches of screen size, this TV has enough presence to effectively throw sound from the left and right. With the surround emulator turned on, it feels quite immersive.
The SRS TruDialog feature was one of the more effective voice isolation modes we have encountered. However, don't mistake it for the 'Clear Voice' sound mode, which has typically poor and unnatural sound. That is just one of the handful of equalizer presets this Samsung offers. A granular equalizer is also available for adjustment of a few ranges of frequency.
The menu system on the Samsung PN59D7000 is very clean and simple to use. On the left side of a black box, colorful icons and their labels define categories of settings. Scrolling up and down this list highlights a category and populates its settings into a rounded, blue box to the right.
Selecting subcategories in the blue box lists its contained settings in a dark frame to the right. We liked this feature, as it made it easy to find the subcategory for the setting of your choice, such as the Film mode in Advanced Settings.
The Samsung PN59D7000 really has two manuals: a quick-start guide, that comes packaged with the television, and an e-manual that may be navigated with the remote, or downloaded from Samsung's website as a PDF file. The quick-start guide gives you enough information on using the remote, assembling the TV, and consulting the e-manual for any more significant problems.
The e-manual is a gigantic, manual-shaped app stored inside the Samsung PN59D7000. It should be able to answer all your questions, from setting up your remote to use HDMI-CEC to navigating the Smart Hub. You might still find it easier to search the downloadable PDF, which is available in English or Spanish here.