I don't think it's necessarily that bad, I just don't think it's that good either. If you're more into cosmetics than picture quality, then it's probably perfect. Take away the design, and you have a very ordinary set. But issues with uniformity/banding etc. make it a no-go for critical or dark room viewing, in my opinion. The fact that Samsung's edge-lit sets experience inherent LED/LCD problems worse than other brands is concerning and the PQ on the D8K does not justify its designation as a flagship TV.
ht Panasonic TC-P60ZT60, Monitor Audio: Silver RX6, RX Centre, Radius 90HD; Martinlogan Dynamo 700, Marantz SR5006, PS3, Oppo BDP-103D
2ch Marantz PM8004, Sony BDP-S1000ES, JVC T-X3 tuner, Monitor Audio Silver RX1, REL T3, Apple TV, Peachtree Audio DAC•iT
lr Panasonic 50ST60, Sony BDP-S5100