Received my 64" 8500 from BB ($2,500, Born Oct. 14) this past Saturday and must say i'm floored by the PQ and spot on colors right out the box. This is my first plasma, and coming from an 8 year old Sony 60" SXRD HDTV, i couldn't be happier with my purchase (no buzz, at least my 60 year old ears can't hear if its there). I won't be using the smart features since i have all sources running through my Marantz AVR including an Oppo 103D which will be used for all streaming of video/audio.
I'm a newbe to high end TV so i have calibrated the unit using CNET settings which provides a moderate improvement, however, considering professional calibration after 200+ hours based on recommendations from this forum. I'm looking into BB Geek Squad who i understand are ISF certified. The cost is $250, but not sure if BB would be the best way to go. Any guidance or opinions would be appreciated. Thanks
For Florida folks, BB in Orlando has the 64" in stock for $2,500 at several of their stores. Not sure about smaller units.