Originally Posted by sublimerocks86
Hello everyone, I have a question regarding this television. I own a Panasonic S60 plasma in my apartment as that was my general price range when I was shopping for a TV last year and am pretty happy with the buy. That's not the issue at hand though, however it did turn me on to the wonders of plasma even though mine was an entry level model.
My father had a Sony LCD that he bought about 3 years ago that died during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. If anyone is familiar with the scene in the Mel Brooks film Spaceballs where Spaceball One goes "to plaid"...well that's what this TV looks like. From what I can tell, it's done.
He wants to get a plasma now and since the VT60 isn't an option, I have heard amazing things about the f8500. The only issue that I have is he does not watch blu ray movies ever. All he does is watch news/sports and such. I doubt IR/any type of burn in would be an issue as these sets don't seem like they are prone to those issues, plus if I tell him steps to prevent it, I'm sure he would take those steps.
The bigger concern is quite frankly, he won't be using the TV to it's full potential. In my area, the HD broadcasts aren't of very high quality (then again that's true most places). I mean is this TV honestly worth it if a person is basically watching sports/news/maybe some Netflix?
I apoligize if these questions have been answered already throughout this thread or similar ones to it. Thanks very much everyone for providing your opinions! Have a great day!
if he's got the money to spend, I'd still highly recommend it. it handles 720p stuff quite well, and the general 'processing' of the tv is good. IR is as you said, not really a concern. usually commercials or flipping channels is more than enough to clear anything before it becomes noticeable. I'm using mine as my PC monitor right now as I'm typing this, and I've been surfing these forums for well over an hour already. I do this often, with no issues so far.
in some ways, I'd actually say he's the ideal user for the tv. sounds like he'd make use of the displays extra brightness, awesome screen filter, and great overall picture quality. it's not like the f8500 would make any of his casual viewing look WORSE, so there's no harm there. and when he does pay attention to what he's watching, even if that's 'only' sports, it's going to give him a better picture than the current competition on the market.
I actually have my f8500 in my theater room as the secondary display to my projector. I rarely watch any movies on it, just tv shows, some gaming, a lot of PC use. I still REALLY appreciate the picture quality
if he doesn't go for the f8500, I'd still recommend he go for another plasma while he still can.
PS, maybe he doesn't watch any movies on his current tv because they don't look good on his current tv?