After doing my research, I finally settled on a Panasonic 50PZ800u for my apartment and purchased one on 6ave for a little less than 1900 total. In looking at the "Schedule Shipping" email that was sent yesterday, I've discovered they are shipping me the 50PZ850u instead.
So my question is, should I keep it?
I don't think it's an accident--the 50PZ800u is no longer available on their site. I think they just gave me a free "upgrade". So it's not a question of stealing.
I'm leaning towards keeping it, if only because "a bird in the hand" etc. But I chose the 800u for the following reasons:
1.) THX certified--People have said the 850u can replicate the same quality of picture as the 800u's THX mode if you really want to get in the menu and tweak at it. I'm willing, but know next to nothing about what the screen should look like, and the idea that someone else already did it for me was appealing. But if I have someone professionaly calibrate it (as I was planning to anyway) wouldn't they set the colors for me? Does this make the THX mode moot in the 800u?
2.) Consumer reports gave a higher grade to the 800u in DVD playback quality. Now our set will be 40% sports, 40% other programming, 10% gaming, and 10% movie (DVD, then eventually blu-ray) viewing. Can anyone tell me how big of a difference there actually is in DVD viewing between the two models?
3.) It seems the majority of posts I've looked at have people advocating for the 800u over the 850u--although much of that is because of the price. Since they sent me the 850u for the same cost as the 800u, that's not a strike against the 850u. Are there any other reasons to get the 800u over the 850u aside from the three I have listed here?
The set is already in transit (although it won't make it across the country for five days, I'm sure) so my options are:
--Say I don't want it, have it sent back and look for the 800u elsewhere
--Just suck it up and keep the darn thing
As I said, I'm leaning towards keeping it not only because I'd rather have the bird in hand, but also because I was at my local best buy and was told the 800u is extremely hard to find due to it being oversold by Panasonic. This situation with 6ave.com confirms what he told me, I guess. My fear is if I send the 850u back and try to find the 800u, either I will pay a much higher cost than what I thought I was getting from 6ave (for what could be a minimal increase in quality), none will be available (forcing me to get the 850u anyway), or the same thing will happen where I order the 800u and they "upgrade" me to the 850u because the 800u is out of stock.
So, do I send it back and begin my search anew for the 800u, or do I just suck it up and keep the 850u? (Or do I consider myself lucky to get a better tv for less than 1900?)
Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
UPDATE: I also forgot to mention that I will be sitting 13-14.5 feet from the television, so is another option to send back the 50 inch pz85u and upgrade to the 58 inch 800u or 850u? Cost isn't a huge deal (I mean, I'm not made of money, but since I"m already dropping 1900, what's another grand?), I'm just concerned that the 58 inch would be too big for the room and sitting 13 feet away. That's why I originally went with the 50 inch. So should I send it back and go bigger or is that not an option I should consider with how close I'll be to the screen?