In a bit of a personal quandary and thought I might request the thoughts and opinions of the smart and knowledgeable folks here at AVS. I am currently in the last week of the return widow on a 60E8000. It is the 3rd Sammy plasma set I’ve tried, and to be fair overall is the best of the bunch. However on when displaying a full white screen, it does exhibit distinct although slight pinkish areas. When watching hockey for example, the non-uniformity of panel is significant enough to notice slightly darker areas in the image. If you just watch the game it is not really an issue, if you “look” for the irregularity then it’s kinda off putting.
Obviously I can easily return it. Butttt, here is the quandary, I ended up with a great price on it, like $1500 after taxes. Considering how well rounded the TV is (Smart features, quality of 3D, min display lag when using the PC trick, good handling of non-1080P sources, etc) I really think I have a high value set on my hands. However, the reviews on the VT60 & 8500 are clearly suggesting the 2013’s are a significant step up in quality versus my 2012. The main options I am considering:
1 – Keep the E8000, wait until the end of the year for the VT60 & 8500 to drop significantly and then transition into one of them. This assumes I can easily sell the E8000 at a reasonable price.
2 – Keep the E8000 and see if Samsung tech support would consider the pink-ish whites to be a panel defect which would then result in an 8500 replacement.
3 – Return the E8000 for an ST60 or F5500 and pocket the change. Then keep that set until prices drop, sell and upgrade.
4 – Return the E8000 and just wait for the VT & 8500 to drop in price.
The things I value in my experience with these HD plasmas are in order: BR picture quality, 3D picture quality, min display lag and smart features. I really think I’ll end up with a VT60 or 8500 in the end, just trying to work through the best/most sensible way to get there.
Thanks for any thought you guys and gals might have.