Originally Posted by chrisjmccord
Which one did you end up going with, and why? Ok with your decision?
Wait, just saw your signature, so you got the Panny ZT60?
Yes, I have the ZT60. I got my ST60 first, and the strength of that product biased me a bit towards Panasonic when looking for the other. The choices were VT, ZT, F8500 for me. I was going to view in a mix of darkness (at night) and a low to moderate level of ambient light during the day. So, I ruled out the VT, as I wanted the best picture for both viewing situations and the ZT was better in the low/moderate light from what I could tell.
In Magnolia, the F8500 did not look better than the ZT60.. but I will say that this is not a fair comparison as this BB/magnolia had a few issues, and I'm not sure any of the TVs were on their best footing. People like DavidHir have had both in their house and have a better idea of the true differences.
I did not need the brightness of the 8500, and I didn't notice any extra sharpness when I compared the two. Also, I got lucky at the time I bought the ZT60 -- the price I ended up paying was around $100+ less than I could find a F8500 for (online, or in stores) and a little cheaper than the VT.
Given I loved the ST60, I figured the ZT60 was a no brainer because of the PQ I perceived, and it ended up being cheaper at the time (even though it was only cheaper for about a week).
Ok with my decision? ABSOLUTELY. Love it!
Now, not to confuse things, but there are people who saw just the opposite in comparing the ZT60 and F8500. They bought the F8500 and absolutely love the set. My advice, as it was to someone else, is judge with your own eyes. See what you see, not what people here tell you to see. I think both sets are excellent choices. The F8500 can be had for a bit less than the ZT now adays.