I hate to say it but the F8500. I know, right? Trade one laggy display for another. I didn't have many options to choose from, VT60 is NOT being carried by Sears, it's not even in their system at all, and I had run out of time for my exchange. Oh, and to make things better, all the local stores in my area are not carrying the F8500, so that had to be special ordered. I had a hard enough time talking them out of a restock fee and had my pink blob ace that they agreed to an exchange. I could have picked up a F5500, but I refuse to because of the pentile display and the step down in PQ. I could have picked up the S60, but less picture controls, no Infinite Black Pro panel, and a buggy service menu brightness fluctuation will make calibrating that a nightmare.
So that left me with another ST60, or a F8500, or *gasp* a filthy LED display. I'm hoping some how, we can reign in that quad core via custom firmware. But that may be a pipe dream. Worst case, I calibrate it, sell it off to a local videophile, and pick something else up a few months down the line, or just go back to my CRT and forget about 3D and big displays.
If NA had the GT60, that would have been my no. 1. choice. Sadly, that is not the case, and I was out of options. At least the Sammy has minimal ABL and full resolution 3D. The ABL alone will probably make it the most CRT like display I can currently get. I'm also hoping it doesn't have nearly the same amount of menu bugs as the Panny. Bah, I'm still not really happy with my decision. I'm kind of just resigned to it at this point, but I won't really know until the set arrives. After 2 defective Pannys (I'm not even counting the input lag here...) this whole situation has made getting a new display a nightmare, I kinda wish I had never went out and picked up a modern flat panel at this point, and should have just been happy with what I had.
However, you can bet your toosh I'm going going to be testing the F8500 against my CRT and look for every available option to get that lag down. Maybe I'll get lucky and find something acceptable to me, and if so, then I'll have a very nice display with good response.
Well, at the very least, I'll have a responsive picture menu to go through. I can't tell you just how much faster the S60 I was playing around with at the store was compared to going through the menu on the ST60. With a quad core pushing that thing, it has to be speedy. Right? Right guys?!?