Looking to purchase a tv within the next week or two. I was all set to buy the 50b550, but they're all gone locally. So it's between the two options above. This is going above the fireplace in my living room, not a home theatre.
I can get the b850 at sears for $1,490 or the b860 from Best Buy for $1,579. I like the thin aspect of the 850/860 but the new 550 is less than 3" thick, so it's not a major concern. I don't like buying electronics when they first come out (c550) and that's $1,299, so I'd be paying premium price for that.
I've done a lot of research on this board and was hoping for comments from people that may have had a chance to compare them both. I am not concerned about sound, strictly picture quality. I believe the 850/860 had some kind of special filter on the screen and was wondering how that compares to the new screen on the c550.