Hey guys, complete newbie here, so please bear with me
I've landed in this thread for a few reasons. But let me give you some background. I really don't know much about TVs, and the last TV I purchased was a 55" Panasonic Plasma which was 7 years ago. A few years after I bought it I moved to NYC and didn't have an apartment big enough to put it in, so I gave it to my parents. I recently moved to a new and bigger apartment and so I'm finally in the market for a new TV.
I always loved that Panasonic Plasma. The picture was great, and even years after I bought it I noticed "stuttering" on even the newest
LEDs when watching hockey (my main reason for getting a giant TV). It seemed to be some technological limitation of LED/LCD TVs that did not allow them to be as super silky smooth as my old plasma screen. So, naturally, when I find myself finally in the market for a new TV now I first look to plasmas. It seems the Samsung F8500 is the one to beat, and my main concern is its performance in moderately bright rooms.
My living room now, which will have the TV, has three big windows. One faces east, and two face south. They do not have blinds on them yet, but I will get them soon. With no blinds, it's pretty bright in here from sunrise to a few hours before sunset. I am a doctor and i work in the ER -- my schedule is all over the place. It's not like the only time I can watch TV is the evenings and weekends. So daytime/bright room performance is important.
Secondly, I am looking for a TV that excels in showing sports, specifically hockey. I've read that the F8500 is great for hockey because it is so bright and because it's a Plasma instead of LED. This makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
Thirdly, movies. I like watching good action films. I love watching terrible action films. The reviews seem good for this TV and movies.
Lastly, gaming. I do play some games (xbox, may get an xbox one soon) and i keep reading about the input lag on this TV. Honestly, in my two days of googling, this is the only potential issue that keeps coming up. I see that there are ways to mitigate the input lag and get it down to a reasonable level, at the expense of some picture quality.
Questions I have
My main two questions deal with its bright room performance and the dreaded input lag. Also, since i am a complete novice at this, please let me know if there's anything else i should know about/be considering/asking about regarding this TV.
So, seriously -- how good is this plasma TV in bright rooms?
My TV will not directly face a window, but it's fairly bright in here! I would hate to spend $2k on a TV and have it all washed out/glaring/reflecting all over the place. It's very hard to get an idea of how bad this issue would be without being able to test it in person.
And my second question is about the input lag. How much do the adjustments you need to make to get an acceptable input lag affect picture quality?
Ie, how bad will games look on this thing once I've achieved a reasonable level of input lag? Will it still look pretty good? Or does it look "bad" at this point?
Lastly -- Recommended vendors?
I've looked into PaulsTV and Eastcoasttvs.com -- are these reputable sellers? They seem to have the cheapest online prices around. Are they too good to be true?
thank you so much everyone! I'm pretty lost here and could use some guidance!!