I should've posted my take alot earlier but better late then never..
Had the D8000 and then switched to the HX929 !
I keep reading stuff like the D8000 getting lower then average points per picture quality on known sites..
People normally go like ah "they sacrificed the picture quality for it's looks" according to me that is a very wrong assumption..
I had a Samsung 6000LED before that , I've also tried the C8000 and have owned many other Samsung models..
Even had the Pioneer Kuro Elite briefly also..
The D8000 is by far the best Samsung Screen in my experience I've ever come across in-terms of picture quality , I had it side by site to my Samsung 650 52'' (VGA) , while running a HDMI connection via PC to the D8000..
I'll spare u the horrible experience and utter disgust I had with the D8000 the first day of use with minimal calibration on it's picture
After two or three firmware updates (fixed Motion Plus , I believe the D8000 beats the HX925 when it comes to motion rendering in my view , I believe it maintains a near perfect balance of smoothness with minimal blurring)
Skin tones beat my Samsung 650 , also my Dell Monitor (connect to the pc via VGA) , that's no small feat , as my Samsung 650 LCD when connect via VGA (calibrated of course ) gave a very realistic look easily beating my previous Samsung 6000 55" LED in side by side comparisons every time...
What made me realize how better the D8000 was over the 6000 was the Side by Sides I had done with my Monitor setup along with the 650 !
The D8000 beat my monitors with noticably better more accurate skin tones , while maintain a pop/bright imagine (really bright , brighter then the HX929) While also keeping blacks as best a samsung could even when without auto dimming kicking in..the difference between auto dimming turning on and not turning on was not vastly noticeable like on previous Samsung Screens..
If I turn off LED Control on the HX929's , the Samsung D8000's blacks were vastly better and in my case , much more so with minimal bleeding in comparison to the Sony but the arguement goes futile if Sony's LED Control is turned on , the Sony milks out pure glossy inky blacks during scenes without a hitch beyond the sometimes noticeable blooming artifact (btw my d8000 was July or august build)
The D8000 is an excellent choice , u cant go wrong buying it , it's alot cheaper here..
It looks great , it's the best performing Samsung Screen I've ever used , tweaks/calibrations can have a drastic impact on ur screens picture quality (unlike the Sony that has alot of options but allows the picture quality to only change not on a vast scale ) , by default the D8000 ran like a 300$ screen , after calibrations it beat out my cousins Panasonic Plasma , all my other Samsung Screens , my Dell , HP monitors..
In most of every area , from motion handling , brightness to Colors the Samsung is an amazing screen , Viewing angles on the D8000 were also better then on the Sony (blooming takes atoll on the Sony on extreme angles rendering the screen unwatchable vs the Samsung that may lose out on color vibrancy only
The only downside I noticed with the D8000 was that the screen had an interlaced looking image and was mildly towards the non Apple Screen like sharpness side of things while the Sony feels like the Apple equivalent of a TV , like the lines on the screen are sometimes more noticeable then one would imagine being a norm for TV's , interlaced/projector kinda lines !
With my Sony HX , even if I'm sitting 4 feet away I dont see lines like those on my screen but 7 to 8 feet away from my Samsung I could still notice it slightly..oddly this was not there on my previous Samsung models..
I wanted a TV like the HX929/925 , so I bought it knowing exactly what to expect.. but I did learn to appreciate the Samsung more so after owning the Sony..
But the Near Kuro Blacks , a balanced crip TV that feels less like a gadget that'll go out of date in 6 months and more like a TV that I could imagine owning for 5 years... is what I gained..
The Sony feels more stable with picture quality , dark scenes , bright scenes , games , text , graphics all at an optimum..all the time (halo , blooming in scenes with nights stars at off center points are not good at all)
While the D8000 feels less consistent , , some scenes look sharper then others , blacks sometimes are inky in really dark scenes and sometimes with a mix of brightness and darkness , scenes look alright but never perfect all the time like on the Sony..