Originally Posted by mightymouseusf
I have a 64F8500 that's been calibrated after 100hr break in period. I've intentionally left the board over the last week because I wanted to evaluate my new tv for a while without any influence from the forum. Holy crap you guys have been chatty over the last week! Here are some impressions:
This is the best tv I've ever owned hands down. I just upgraded from a D7000 and this thing is in another league. Its' clarity (somehow this tv looks way "clearer" than my last panel. Must be the pixel structure), color reproduction, blacks and brightness make my D7000 look like a chump by comparison...(I love the word "chump" It just feels so good to say. Do yourself a favor and find someone you know won't punch you and call them a chump).
My panel is flush with the stand, but the stand itself is not flush with the furniture it rests on. In order to be at rest, it has to be tilted either slightly forward or backward. There is a slight buzz on my panel but it's way less than the tesla coil crackling I heard from my D7000. I have a HT audio so I don't notice it anyway. I'm not sure why some people are complaining about viewing angles, I have couches pretty much all around the viewing room and haven't been able to find a viewing angle that I thought was unwatchable.
I'm torn about how this thing handles motion. Most thing move very well compared to my old tv, but then every once in a while I get smacked in the face by some pretty bad judder. I've played around with some settings but I find it's either occasional judder or Soap Opera. To be honest, it's rare enough that I haven't spent too much time with the settings. Samsara's city vistas and speeding cars were handled with aplomb.
The 3D is fantastic. Again, makes my D7000 look like a chump. I've tried some 3D br's and also tried the 2D-3D conversion, both bested my old panel handily.
I've noticed the flicker but once I changed the cell light, it is completely gone. I've also not noticed a single instance of brightness pops. This is a big one for me coming from the D series. I think I'm extremely sensitive to it. I hated it on my last panel. Got the firmware fix to work for a few months, then the pops came back. I decided to live with it, but I died a little inside every time I saw it, which was quite often. None on the F series whatsoever.
No rebooting to speak of, but one annoyance I'm finding is that the voice control occasionally thinks that people speaking in the programing I'm watching is me trying to make commands. The little notification comes up asking me what I just said. This causes me to say "close menu" aloud.
Also I had been using the "Low" option on the HDMI Black Level settings for a while because it produced visibly darker images which I liked. Then I watched the Zero Dark Thirty compound raid sequence. The whole scene was basically a black screen with the occasional shadow of a face visible. This is the one time I saw ridiculous brightness pops and even with the pops I couldn't make out what I was in the scene at all. I tested that setting on some video games and other still images and noticed I was losing details in the blacks every time. "Crushing" is the term the kids are using these days I believe.
Did notice some video lag when gaming but it was only unacceptable during 1 of 5 games I played (Bioshock Infinite - which to be fair has been criticized for being laggy on Xbox). Once I turned on the game mode, that game was fine.
I'll continue to edit this post as more things occur to me, but once again, all I can say is that I am in love with this damn tv. Even with the few flaws I've listed.