New 55JS8500 Owner
Greetings all. Thought I'd chime in for others on the fence about buying this TV before supply dries up. I've owned Panasonic plasmas and Sony and Samsung CRT's, never finding LCD's acceptable. For perspective, I'm a 40 year old, lower working class laborer. I primarily watch movies and sports.
I bought the Samsung 55JS8500 early March from Best Buy for $1497. Compared to my 2012 Panasonic ST50, the JS8500 is an improvement in every way. The color, clarity, motion handling and overall experience is cinema worthy. Years of chasing a perfect black level were wasted as I now realize the white level is just as important. No more sitting in the dark with the curtains closed. I can finally enjoy TV during the day again. Even viewing an OLED TV brings me back to that dull, dark plasma experience I'm done with for now.
I find wide color gamut and high dynamic range bring the LCD experience to a new level. Samsung colors pop and highlights shine more than current Vizio or LG TV's and the clarity betters Sony's graininess to my eyes. White moonlight shines through window panes and street lights glow bright orange. The gradient of colors in an outdoor mountain scene filled with flowers, trees, grass, snow, and sunlight is remarkable. I watch around 100 movies at the Carmike each year. Watching this set at home provides the closet viewing experience I've had to a movie theatre.
I sat on the fence myself for two years researching 4K TV's on the internet and in person. I think 4K, HDR10, quantum dots, and quality motion processing make LCD a worthy upgrade to plasma. Thanks to this forum and thousands of pages information contained herein on so many TV models, I'm satisfied my hard earned money's well spent.