Originally Posted by Top_Cat
Despite professional reviews, users opinions, forum members thoughts (i reckon i´m a big fan of Ken Ross´s opinions
. Really trust him.) which i value (and thank) a lot, in the end my eyes (and wallet....) will tell and decide, fortunately there is a new place not very far were i live (well not very near either but it will be worth a trip) and there i will have the opportunity to view the F8000, F8500 and the VT60 (my top list. Sadly the HX950 is out of my budget), in different viewing conditions.
I don't know Top_Cat, I don't trust that Ken Ross guy as much as you.
. Seriously, thanks for the kind words.
I can't recall being more confused about buying a display than this year. I think if you look at it objectively, that's a good thing in that it means there are a lot of great displays this year.
I was hoping that the F8500 would be the best of LED and plasma, with great brightness and black levels. It may still be, but Chad's review put a bit of a damper on the black levels. Although very good, they're not 'best ever' or even at the level of a VT50. How visible is this? I haven't seen one, so I have no idea. But brightness does appear to be excellent.
With that said, it's still a plasma and must be cared for more than an LED. The plasma guys can argue this until they're blue in the face, but it is simply an undeniable fact that you don't have to exercise the same care with LED that you do with plasma. I'd have no problem doing that, but the display would have to produce the best picture to my eyes to make that exercise worthwhile. My wife watches the USA channel for hours since she likes the NCIS reruns. I don't give it a second thought with my LED, but I think I would with a plasma and that USA logo burning away.
I'm hoping to get up to Robert's store on Friday to look at his calibrated F8000, 64" F8500 and VT50 sitting in a row. Kevin Miller will be completing the calibration on these displays on Thursday. The only problem is Robert's store is quite bright, but the rear of the store is dimmer. I might actually bring a blanket to shield some light. I saw Kevin do that when he ISF'd one of my displays in my bright room. Yeah, I need help!
The other issue is, as cmay has often said (and he knows Samsung panels far better than I do), there is little similarity between the issues of a 55" 8000 and a 65" in regards to banding. Since we don't have the 65" out yet, that will remain a mystery. And, lets not forget about the VT and ZT60, more contenders!
My head hurts.