Originally Posted by ianbast
Was the zt60 too dim even in the dark for you and did you get it calibrated before returning
it for the f8500? I was thinking about getting the f8500 too but, don't want to get stuck with
the buzz issue and an older build date.
I spoke to two calibrators, both who frequent this forum.
Both admitted to me that getting the ZT60 up to a desirable brightness level could be impossible.
I was told -- by both individuals in a phone call -- that they worked on many ZT60s and were rarely ever able to push the brightness level.
In fact, when I went to the Value Electronics store to look at both displays that were side-by-side, owner Robert Zohn tried pushing the brightness level on the ZT60 as high as it could go. Next to the F8500, it looked very dim.
I still purchased the ZT60 because people told me it was the better display. When I got it in my home theater -- a room with all windows blackened -- I found the brightness level to be undesirable. It could not even do 3D nearly as well as the LG 950 it replaced.
For the price you were looking to pay for the new ZT60, you may consider going with the 64" F8500. Those don't seem to have buzzing problems. Not sure how common the buzzing problems are in the 60" displays.
Just, personally, I think the F8500 is the better display because of its ability to bridge the gap between plasma and LCD. You get the great black levels of plasma but the brightness levels and crips whites that LCD boasts. No other plasma, that I am aware of, has been able to accomplish that.