I'm done flip flopping. I picked up the ES8000 at Best Buy, and after about a half hour of setup, I am now watching it. I decided that with my room being fairly bright during the day, an LED would be best for me instead of a plasma.
I really like the "window" effect I get, with the small bezel. The picture is great out of the box, but I'm sure I will tweak it a little eventually.
The blacks are blacker than I thought they would be, and colors are vibrant.
Amazingly, I was able to bring it home, and set it up all by myself. Its really not very heavy.
Oh, and i DID figure out what ARC on HDMI2 is for. I was hooked up to HDMI1 and got no sound through my SR7007 when playing the built in apps. Changing it to HDMI2 made the sound work through the receiver. My Amazon Prime account works just fine on this TV. All my movies are in the menu.
On tap for tonight is The Avengers on Blu-Ray. I'm looking forward to it.