Reading this thread has almost caused me to start pulling the hair out of my head! Some background: I have a Samsung 52 B750 and also a Samsung 63 C8000 plasma. I do love both of these TV's and I am in the need to get a third television. This time around the criteria was different. Whereas last time I wanted to purchase among the best televisions in the market, this time it is more bang for the buck. I am looking for a TV with great picture quality, no clouding, flashlighting, etc while being at a certain price point. So on black friday I ordered the Panasonic 55ET5 3D TV that was on sale at Best Buy online, but when I stopped by the store later in the day I somehow decided that the Samsung 55EH6001 was better suited, given I already have a 3D TV and the 6001 was $100 cheaper.
I brought the TV home and have been pleased with it. Only gripes are that the off angle viewing is not all that good and I miss having a stand that swivels (the B750 and C8000 both have swiveling stands). Still no biggie. Perhaps I made the mistake of coming back onto AVS forum to read the EH6000 owner's thread, but pretty much it seems that Samsung is still playing the panel lottery. My B750 has the Samsung panel and it has been an excellent television. The 55EH6001 I purchased has the CH02 panel. After reading this thread and the speculation that the EH6000 may have better build quality (and mostly the chance that I may be able to get one with the Samsung panel), I decided to order the 55EH6000 from Best Buy as it was only $79 more. Went and picked up the TV today and unfortunately it has the CH01 panel.
So now I am torn on what to do. I assume that the CH01 and CH02 panel are identical (both Chi-Mei), but the EH6000 cost more. I am thinking maybe since I travel back and forth from Tucson to El Paso, one of the Best Buy stores may have a 55EH6000 with the Tx-xx (Samsung) panel. I may just swing by each of the stores and check, but damn that will take up a lot of time. Any thoughts or suggestions? Is it worth keeping a CH01 panel 6000 over the CH02 panel 6001? Anyone that recently purchased a 55EH6000 with the Samsung panel? Input very much appreciated!