I have had the pleasure of seeing the F8500 in my living room. It is hands down the best TV I have ever seen. The deep blacks, wonderful saturated colors, LED like brightness, and details brought out in blurays due to the clarity of the panel is very impressive. Cons - panel buzz, which seemed to almost go away by the time the F8500 left my house, filter which blacks out the screen when looking at the panel from above or below when very close to the TV (0.5 to 1 meter way), and the mediocre built in speakers (C grade). Others are raving about the VT60 and the ZT60, so I have not made a purchase decision yet. Waiting to see the VT and ZT60 in person. $2999 seems to be the best price on the F8500 from a legit dealer. The VT60 is the same price, but I have not found a brick and mortar place that carries one so I don't know the street price. The ZT60 is likely to command its $3500 asking price. Which one is best? That depends on what your eyes tell you. In a couple of months, Best Buy/Magnolia is likely to have all three to compare. I believe in putting eyeballs to the screen instead of buying based on an internet review of peoples' opinions in a forum. If the VT and ZT don't live up to the hype, I am buying the F8500.
Samsung PN64F8500: Oppo 105D; Onkyo TX-SR805; Polk LSI x 5; Kimber Kable 12TC Speaker Cable; Monnster Cable Speaker Cable; Shunyata Research Aries interconnects; Shunyata Research Anaconda CX Power Cord; Monster Cable 700 and 1000 HDX HDMI Cables; John 3:16;