I watched the Value Electronics shootout tonight. Long but very interesting and worth it. I'm glad I went with the F8000 and not the Panasonic LED because that set looked awful with everything I saw on it tonight. Worst set by far in the show.
I have a question about something that was touched upon in the shootout: I've mentioned my issue with my last F8000 that when using the white clipping pattern from the WOW disc or the AVS disc, the white screen and even the flashing bars or the stars would turn very pinkish if I turned up the contrast past a certain point. Well at one point in the shootout, when they had the white clipping pattern on, the same thing was happening to their F8000 and their F8500 - and these were pro-calibrated sets. They even discussed it a bit - and said that both Samsungs did this with the white clipping pattern - it would push towards pink/red to the point where it was noticeably pink compared to the other panels.
So then I have to wonder if all Samsung sets will just be like this this year - obviously it wasn't just my set that had an issue - and even through calibration they were unable to correct for this. While they did say it shouldn't be happening, they didn't seem particularly concerned, at least at that point in the shootout.
Does this pink tinting of the white clipping pattern affect the actual color/tint of actual viewing, or would this really only affect the white clipping patterns, but not so much the real-world viewing of the set? This tinting has me wondering if this means all very bright scenes or scenes with bright whites would be tinted pinkish? Is this anything to be concerned over? I certainly don't want all the bright highlights in my viewing to take on this pink tinting.