RE: The IR concerns...A week ago today I picked up the 65VT60 display model from HHGregg, and in-store the IR didn't look too bad, but there was obviously IR from ESPN, but that had been playing recently so I thought it might be an easy wash. Brought it home and it looked WAY worse, and ran the scrolling screen wipe for 3 straight days, and thought it looked a little better afterwards. Ran zoomed-in BD content continuously when I wasn't using the set, and used it normally when I did use the set to watch TV. Have found some IR screen wash videos on YouTube I have been running nonstop when the TV isn't being watched, and alternate between a couple different ones. So basically for a week straight it has been showing a variety of full screen material, of many colors and patterns at high contrast, and it isn't going away.
God only knows how many hours this poor display sat with ESPN on the screen in Vivid mode at the store, but I am pretty sure the IR can safely be called "burn-in" at this point. I got a great deal on the TV and thought I would give it a try, but this is really stubborn. I don't notice it watching normal content but the ESPN ticker and logo are clearly visible after a week of bombing it with everything I can. The Food network logo is visible on red screens but nothing else. I will likely return it and get an F8500 if it doesn't get any better in the next week of efforts. But if I see it improving I will hang onto it.
Not complaining as I know this is a risk one takes buying a display model, but the price was right. Just throwing out some info for those of you out there in the same predicament as I.
Basement Mancave: Samsung 64F8500 / Marantz SR7007 / Sony BDP-S5100 / ARX A5 / HSU VTF-15H
Upstairs Den: Samsung 58C7000 / Random Samsung Soundbar/ Wireless Sub