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I am awaiting delivery of the 64F8500 and concerned not only about the complaints here; e.g., buzzing; black optimizerissue; motion problems, but the relative quality of the picture. I had a friend over to watch World Series game three on my commercial Panasonic TH-50PHD7UY, and he said he cannot imagine a better picture (disclaimer: he does not own a HDTV). He said the picture was like looking at real life (as looking through a window) as opposed to just video from a television. When I told him I had ordered a new plasma, he said that I should be happy if it at least matched the quality of the PanasonicTH-50PHD7UY. I had mixed feeling when viewing the 64F8500 at Magnolia; detail seemed excellent in relax mode, but somewhat glossed over in movie mode, and sometimes noticed what appeared to be the "soap opera" effect, but did like the larger picture which together with the increased resolution did give great detail in some scenes. My set has had zero problems over ten years. And why does the Samsung have a motion jutter setting? Why is it needed? My set has zero problems with motion with no jutter settings.
When I told him that multiple people had told me on this forum that the F8500 was clearly superior and would blow my Panasonic TH-50PHD7UY out of the water, he expressed skepticism, and that my set may beolder but still have a better picture.
I purchased the set mainly because it was the last superior plasma that will soon be sold out, and the high rankings given the setat the HDTV shootouts. And if I find the picture inferior to my Panasonic I canmove it my master bedroom which actually has more distance from the set to thewatching position. I do know that set was definitely superior to Panasonic G series in terms of picture quality.
Perhaps the PanasonicTH-50PHD7UY is similar in respect to quality ala the Kuro? I know one poster laughed at my comment that my set has inky blacks, but I does. I would put it up against the F8500 in that area.
Anyone care to voice their opinion on the above,especially those who have owned the early commercial Panasonics? I know foryears it was the set used for the television monitor for affiliate newsbroadcasts. Perhaps the 720 picture actually gives a better viewing experience? I recall one forum member making a comment regarding that point of view.
I have the plasma hooked up to my DirecTV receiver via component because I believe it gives better picture quality than over HDMI for my set. I recall a fellow AVS member that debate does exist whether HDMI always give a better picture than component; he attached a scientific article explaining that component can sometimes give a superior picture than HDMI.
I did see the CNET gave the PanasonicTH-50PHD7UY a 9/10 overall revised rating in 2013 despite CNET stating it has made its rating criteria much more difficult to attain a high rating than when the set was first rated.
Last edited by igreg; 10-25-2014 at 01:42 AM.