Just picked this up this weekend. I'm coming from a 42" inch Sony XBR2. Swore I would never buy a premium display again. Too much money considering next gen models can meet or exceed the performance in a few year's time for a LOT less $. The XBR2 was THE best display at that time (2007). Now a $900 display can easily beet its black level performance. Saw this display when getting ready to buy a Samsung 60ES7500 and was immediately impressed by the brightness it can produce. Initial observations...the screen size is huge (nice !). The clarity of the F8500 panel is awesome. No cliche...watching a move is like being there with the actors. I can't imagine a more clear or transparent panel. Black levels blow away my TV. Excellent ambient light rejection filter. Stunning industrial design. Dynamic setting can go toe to toe with almost any LED display (except maybe the Elite). Black levels are very good. Only in daylight due to I see any grayness to the panel. Putting on a movie makes the gray go away. I hear a buzz from the panel. Sometimes the buzz is not annoying. Sometimes the buzz is very annoying. Considering returning the display only due to the loud buzz at times. Magnolia has an open box 60" Elite for the same price I paid for the F8500. Considered for a long time about the Elite and now the buzz is making me consider returning F8500 and go for the Elite. If not for the buzz, I would not return the display. Plus my wife really likes skype, a built in camera, and the web browser seems to be very quick. Any comments form member regarding keeping this or getting the Elite? I have seen several Elites at Magnolia. Some look great. Others look like crap. I guess it depends on set up. What can I do about the buzz? I tried pushing on the back panel where the buzz is coming from to see if something was loose, but no change in pitch or loudness. I know if I return the F8500, I will likely not find a display than can match the clarity of this panel. Black levels and light output, yes. Clarity of picture, no way. Haven't seen one that beat this display. Really want to keep this F8500, bu the buzz annoys the hell out of me at times. BTW, the metal stand is top notch (not that such a thing would matter to anybody except me). My wife loves this TV, but I hate the buzz.
Samsung PN64F8500: Oppo 105D; Onkyo TX-SR805; Polk LSI x 5; Kimber Kable 12TC Speaker Cable; Monnster Cable Speaker Cable; Shunyata Research Aries interconnects; Shunyata Research Anaconda CX Power Cord; Monster Cable 700 and 1000 HDX HDMI Cables; John 3:16;