the 65" S64 showed up in my city's Sams Club today. It was out on display and below are my thoughts and observations. Keep in mind I own a Panasonic 50" S1 and Panasonic 60 GT30. I prefer plasmas over LEDs and was really hoping this would be my next TV (it wont be):
1. The AR filter really doesn't do much for reflections. In fact, it was probably 90% as reflective as the regular S60, if not 95%. For those thinking the S64 is going to make any sort of difference over S60 regarding reflections, it wont. It is still a mirror.
2. Now, I have 20/15 vision so take this for what its worth. I could see "waviness" or "ripples" on the surface of the glass which i believe is AR coating. Im not saying the actual glass panel was rippled, it was perfectly flat as I ran my hand across it, but I could see it when I was anywhere from about 20 degrees off center and then all the way to 90 degrees. And I could detect it the most with dark colors on the screen, not light or white background. All I can say is it was similar to an amateur window tinting job you see on some cars, but not quite that bad.
3. It has a very dark picture, even in vivid mode. In fact, the whites were so dark, they were definitely a gray. I was severely disappointed with this. I then tried the other picture modes, and the darkness just got worse. I just dont get what has happened with plasmas the last few years?? My 50" S1 Panny is very bright, and whites are white. This S64 was ridiculous dark and the whites were not anywhere near WHITE. It is by FAR the darkest luminescence I have seen among the recent plasmas.
4. Nice colors and deep blacks, better than any of the surrounding LEDS.
Overall, even though its priced at $1488 at Sams, I dont see the value as the picture is very dim and the whites look terrible.
FYI --- I looked at the Samsung F8500 plasma at BB last night and was blown away. That is one NICE picture; dark blacks, bright whites, rich colors. If I had $3500, I would buy it in an instant.