Originally Posted by Bobby244
Thanks for the link, very useful thread to read. It's a tough decision because on one hand I can afford the 8500 but don't know if I would even notice the difference between the picture quality of the 5300 and the 8500, but on the other hand I've had my current plasma for 5 years and plan to get another 5 years out of it, so if I were to buy an 8500 and get potentially 10 years out of it then I midaswell spend the extra money and buy the 8500. Plus with the announcement today that this is the last year Samsung will produce plasmas it makes me think what the hell get the 8500 while its still around … it's just the buzzing that concerns me, that is one thing I couldn't live with if I could hear it all the time
my personal experience is that it's much harder to live with underbuying than with overbuying. the only times I've ever had serious buyers remorse is when I didn't buy the best I could afford, and then wished I had.
for example, I bought the f8500, then I upgraded my projector to a jvc x35, now I never use the f8500 for any movies or serious viewing. most of the time it's just used as a pc monitor for my HTPC, and casual tv viewing. part of me thinks I should have just bought an st60 and saved 800bux, or even an s60 and saved even more. but since I'm not hurting for that money(I could afford to spend what I did) I'm still super happy whenever I turn the f8500 on and watch stuff on it. it doesn't remind me of money I don't have, it reminds me of the awesome tv I bought.
on the flip side, my first plasma I bought was a Samsung b530, and from nearly the day I got it home, I was not impressed with it's blacks and overall picture quality. it was neat finally getting 1080p, but I felt like I had wasted all my money buying it, because the RPTV it replaced still provided a better picture to my eyes. in that case, every time I tried to watch a movie, or anything in the dark, it was a constant reminder of how I wasted 1000bux buying a cheap tv, and I would have happily traded the tv in with some more cash to upgrade it. in fact, it was the first tv I owned that I actually 'wanted' to break so I had an excuse to buy a new one.
I learned my lesson, and start shopping form the top down now. I look at the best, and if I can't find anything cheaper that matches its performance, I buy the best. I'd rather buy one great tv every 7yrs than buy a mediocre tv every 2yrs.