I don't want to put it above the fireplace but due to the location of windows in room and how it's open to the kitchen, it's my only real option for direct angle viewing and correct speaker placement. The fireplace directly vents outside and the entire unit is contained lower than that mantle so there isn't heat in the wall behind where the TV will be and no significant heat gets up and around the mantle; it's room temp up there.
That Samsung is very nice but $9K isn't going to happen. $4K is about my limit right now. I'm spending quite a bit on in-wall wiring and also plan on buying all new speakers in the near future that will probably be another $5K or so. I don't want to extend myself too far.
Thanks for the link on Panasonic pricing. The price on the 65ZT60 seems to be right about where people were predicting it would be. However, on Cleveland Plasma's website (before that link came out) they have it printed shipping for much less? Is that going to hold true?
As much as I want the new Panasonic plasma, like others are saying I think this time around the size may be the biggest contributing factor even if I give up some picture quality. Ugh, it's a tough decision though.
Worst case scenario I don't get anything for a while due to getting furloughed without pay for this stupid sequestration BS.
But I do want to get something soon, it seems a waste to have all this wiring done and just hook up all my old stuff to it.