FWIW from the Samsung ES8000 forum
Skip to the last third for plasma concerns.
IMO the perfect tv is not out there yet.
Keep in mind I'm not a plasma hater, in fact if I return my ES7100 (do not forsee this) one of the top plasmas will be in the top 3 of my options.
Originally Posted by dad0118
My wife finally gave me the go-ahead to get a new TV, and I am torn between this and the VT50. I understand the VT50 may have a better picture based on reviews I have read, but really like how this TV looks in the stores. I had a few questions I was hoping you all could help with...
Clouding/Blackess - It appears based on this thread their are issues that people have been having with black levels and clouding. Are most of these sets without these defects? Would you all still recommend buying this set given the risk of the issues?
3D - II recently went into Best Buy to check out this TV. The 2d looked great, but the 3d they had playing looked downright awful. It was a demo showing fish swimming, but the quality of the picture was horrible - many jagged edges and not sharp at all. Was this just due to their set up? Is this TV capable of producing 3D similar to going to the theater and watching something such as Avatar that was built for 3D?
As cool as it is that motion control/voice recognition is built into this TV, I do not care AT ALL about these features. I am going to be getting the 60" version of this TV and spending close to $3k, however, I would hate to feel that I am overpaying for this TV just to have these features... Do you all think this TV would be worth the price without them?
I would appreciate your feedback.
Reply from flyguyjake:
I started about 3 months ago with a 65" VT50. This was my first plasma tv. I didn't like it at all for the following reasons;
1) Buzzing noise (all plasma tv's have it)
2) Video Dithering (all plasmas have it)
3) Flickering picture
4) Dark picture (not good in a typical family room)
5) Heavy power consumption (pulls about 5 amps according to my pureav)
6) Heat (this TV really gets hot)
If you have never owned a plasma I would steer clear! It takes some getting used to I must say. I prefer the es8000 10fold! The clarity and bright picture is stunning. I will never buy a plasma tv again.