Originally Posted by venus933
I think you answered your own question. I'm willing to give up a little bit of PQ performance for 10 more inches and worry free image retention. Still, I'll have to be careful replacing my E7000 plasma. I'm hoping the 70" P series fits the bill and I'm heartened to hear you opined that you thought the Sony with the insane speakers came very close.
As for going from a CRT to a LCD, just my opinion, I would say the dramatic increase in resolution and richer colors would more than offset any black levels/contrast drop off.
All good points. Apparently the Samsung does not have the IR issues that were somewhat of an issue with the Panasonics, whether that's really the case or not, I have no idea but I've heard it from my ISF guy as well as reading it here and from my friend who works at Magnolia. Regarding the colors with the Samsung, they are as vibrant and rich, maybe even more so than all the LCDs that were there as well, and this was in a brightly lit room. One of the first things I noticed was that when even set in Dynamic mode, which is everything pushed to limit, the letterbox bars looked as if someone had taken some black electrical tape and covered the top and bottom of the screen, there was absolutely no light bleed at all. Every other display exhibited some light bleed, some bad and some(Sony) did a pretty decent job of it, but none could match the Samsung.
To be clear, I'm not here to knock the Vizio, I really, really do want to see the P series, I'm just between a rock and a hard place right now with my current display failing on me. Plus, with the announcement that Samsung is ceasing plasma production in Nov those F8500's are going to start going fast and for ever increasing prices so my window to pull the trigger is getting smaller.
If the P series were here today my problem would disappear, but sadly, for me anyway, we're still looking at Sept(?).
P.S. As far as IR, having had CRT-based HD displays for the last 14 years I've got a fairly good handle on how to avoid burn-in, the amount of 4x3 films I've watched over the last 10 years is probably less than 1% of total viewing time, I just don't do it.