Originally Posted by SteveCallas
Slowly getting back into the market for a new LCD, and the 75F8000 is the leading candidate.
Is this still regarded as the best PQ LCD available right now, being that it is a year old?
Any estimates on when a true replacement will come out, or how much longer this set will be available? I'd like to snag it from an authorized retailer around $3k if possible, which means I may have to wait a while longer.
The F8000 was and still is one of the best 1080p LED's you can currently buy. It's in some ways better than the newer 2014 H8000 which has uniformity issues and a slightly worse black level. The contrast, black level, local dimming, color accuracy, shadow detail, greyscale linearity, motion resolution, sharpness, design, and features of the F8000 are just flat out amazing and second to only the highest end 2014 4K flagships.
I got the 55" F8000 and paid $2800 total with 3 year extended warranty and tax last year on July 1st (will never forget the day I brought my F8000 home) and it continues to stun me today. Everything from BluRay movies to TV shows to Vimeo look startlingly realistic and vibrant. Before this I had never seen a high end modern television and boy is it a sight to behold. You will definitely watch more TV with this set because it really does look that good. The picture quality is excellent and reference level. I would consider the F8000 to be a timeless television. Even as it ages and OLED takes off (if it ever does) the F8000 will still be a satisfyingly gorgeous TV to look at even 10 years from now. I'll probably put my F8000 in my bedroom once I'm living fully on my own (I'm in private housing for school the next couple years and unfortunately had to leave my F8000 at home, but it makes seeing it again that much more refreshing).
If you can find a 75" F8000 for only $3000 ($3300 after tax) then I would consider that an excellent bargain. You should keep in mind uniformity however. I've heard of 75" having clouding compared to the smaller sizes like 55". So be sure to have a plan B such as an exchange or another TV model to opt to if the 75" suffers uniformity or any other minor quality control issue. I do hope you get a flawless 75" though because this TV is truly outstanding.
2013 was the best year for LED TV's in my opinion. The Samsung F8000 and Sony W900A were the pinnacle of 1080p LEDs. Can't wait to see what Samsung and Sony have lined up for 2015. Hopefully now that 4K has hit mainstream they will start to focus on improving picture quality and getting prices lower.