I went to bestbuy eariler, and they had the VT60, and F8500 right next to each other, while playing a loop of a trailor from the new star trek movie, along with some best buy advertising..
I set the VT60 to vivid and then to THX Brightroom mode , and I did not touch the F8500, and I did not check which mode it was in.. For what it's worth this is what I saw..
VT60 had better blacks which were easy to see over the F8500.
VT60 had better reds
F8500 had a more sharp picture
F8500 Clearly had much whiter whites and about a 30% or 40% brighter picture (almost the level of the led that was next to it)
F8500 had more pop to the picture
VT60 had a nicer looking bezel, where as the F8500 screams "cheap" looking..
A lot of experts seem to believe that black levels are the most important aspect of PQ, but to my eyes, that is not the case.. It does help in certain scenes
but without enough light output, the VT60 will never have that "pop" or that "wow" factor that i look for.. For PQ i would choose the F8500 without a doubt, then again, once i get it home and start putting some hours on it, this opinion may change,,It's
just a shame that the bezel of the F8500 is so cheap and plain looking, and that, there are no really good deals on the F8500 going on right now