I am/was ready to pick up a 55" VT50 series Panasonic locally at Pauls TV's for $$1497.00 a very good price but then saw the Samsung CES preview and think I'll wait a few months and see what the reviews are on the F8500. I was looking for 55", 60" is just a little to big to fit in my living room. I think I can live with a 51" unless Samsung decides to come out with a 55" in the F8500 series.
I know it is not going to be anywhere near the $1497 range the Panasonic is selling for now, but have been hanging out on the VT50 thread and man there seem to be so many problems with it. Have not looked around enough to see what problems people have had with the Flagship E8000.