Originally Posted by jh901
That being said, Ken Ross, I wonder what the videophile ownership ratio is? I'd expect the typical Best Buy consumer with a decent budget to walk away with the F8500 (over the VT60 or ZT60). I wouldn't expect this consumer to engage in serious viewing much less pop in here to discuss minutiae.
Of course I think you're wrong, very wrong. The assumption that only 'videophiles' buy the ZT and only well-healed 'video-ignorant' buyers purchase the 8500, is very silly. We have discussed the 'minutiae' here in the various 8500 threads, you just having been paying attention.
I, myself, am as much a videophile as any ZT owner out there. Because you feel that obtaining the last ounce of MLL somehow qualifies one as a videophile, is more than amusing to me. To have, in the 8500, a display that would have been considered class-leading in MLL in 2012, barely beating out the VT50 for MLL (which was forever raved about for black levels), but also having the ability to present brilliant daytime scenes far less encumbered by the very limiting impact of ABL, is a win win in my book.
You see, most of us watch dark movies, bright movies, sports, dramas etc. I prefer a display that can do it all and do it all well. Not to say that the ZT can't do most things well, but to my...wait for it....videophile eyes, I find the 8500 presents a better ability to do many things well.
I think your suggestion exemplifies a kind of snobbery that only knowledgeable buyers would buy the ZT and pass over the 8500. Wrong, quite wrong.