Originally Posted by Darthdingo
I am so leaning towards getting a Plasma now, and exchange my new LED.
Just watched the Blackhawks game on my 55D8000 LED I bought last Thursday, ( frigging Hawks lose again
) And maybe I just got a bad TV, but the colors just look washed out sometimes, unless I sit dead nuts straight center it looks really great, but just move one seat cushion to the left or right, and the colors drop off a little bit, and if you sit on a 45 degree angle from the TV, it is a dramatic drop in picture quality, colors looking washed out or cloudy almost.
And on dark HDTV scenes I see these jets of light colors coming out of the sides of the screen or light cloudy look coming off the outside bezels. Not happy with this after spending a couple grand on a new TV. My old Sony LCD that died last month was 6yrs old, and I swear the picture on this Samsung LED only looks slightly better on HDTV.
But I will say this, BluRay movies do look incredible on this tv, very high quality detail, excellent picture on BluRay. But again only if watched from dead center.
I first tried a UN60C6300 last spring. The flashlighting and clouding when watching dark scenes in a dark room finally got to me. I tried to accept it but just couldn't as watching films in a darkened room is something I look forward to.
Exchanged for the PN59D8000 instead and maybe I'm lucky but I've got a terrific set...no peeling, no buzzing, no brightness pops, no issues. Don't like the stand much, would rather have the pedestal stand that C6300 had. Terrific pic and I've not fully calibrated it yet (but got a kit recently so am going to give it a shot).
Now a lot of people aren't crazy about the whites not being as bright/pure as on an LCD and while I can see what they mean, it doesn't bug me, the whites are just fine for me; it's partly just the nature of plasma (look up the subject of producing whites on a plasma). I'm watching a special on wolverines with plenty of ice and snow and it doesn't bug me at all, but for you perhaps the hockey watching thing might be a consideration. I grew up in Oak Park, we were big Blackhawk fans; one of our friends' dads was their equipment manager so sometimes we'd get stuff
I don't watch it though, played some, gave up skating when I moved out to California.
Overall I just like the film experience on this set. Some bike races and nfl for sports, and it's fine. Better motion handling than the LCD had.
Originally Posted by gregzzy22
For people who have this set, especially those who bought one more recently, IS IT WORTH GETTING LONG TERM? The next set I buy NEEDS to last me 5 years. I know it doesn't always work out that way, but durability is huge.
I have followed this thread since its inception, since before I had money to buy a new TV. Now that I have it I cant pull the trigger in fear of getting a buzzing set, dont want a LED because seems like the plasma picture is better overall.
Please, someone lead me in the right direction. Are the more recent sets more or less prone to the issues like buzzing and pealing? Is pealing still an issue at all? I'd love to talk to someone through PM if possible. Thanks for any responses.
Can't make your mind up but who knows what technology might be available in 5 years. Maybe OLEDs will get big and cheap, maybe not. Maybe an affordable 4k projector. As far as providing a great pic for 5 years that I'm not worried about. Upgraditis is what I fear. As for getting one with an issue, buy from someone with a good return policy that works for you, and get the warranty if you're worried.