Originally Posted by roadking00
The only problem with that right now is the ceiling and walls are finished now and a ceiling fan is in the way along with I no longer have access to get required wires there..I wish I would have looked into it like I am now before the rock and Spackle went up...one of those kick yourself in the --- things now....so a 65" higher end plasma is my best option right now...
All of these higher end plasma's are great for certain things and I had a hard time deciding which one I would finally go with. Panasonic has a great set with the VT60 and Samsung has a great set with the F8500. I watched about 45 minutes of content in 3D and 2D in each in both dark and bright room configurations and was lucky enough to watch them both side by side fully calibrated to reference levels.
Just remember that what type of content you like to watch should also influence your decision. Right now, Samsung has the best technology for upconverting content into its native 1080p. No Panasonic fanboy would argue with that, which is why SD looks better on a Samsung Plasma. The newer F8500 has a quad core processor that is class leading and upgradeable as well if suddenly two years from now an eight core processor is used which lead to firmware enhancements that may increase picture quality in SD. By no means is SD bad on the VT60, just in comparison there is no contest.
If 3D is important to you, the Samsung F8500 has Full 1080p on both eyes all the time when watching bluray 3d. Panasonic chose not to go that route for 3D content in their high end plasma's so they give up resolution in order to achieve a more accurate greyscale in 3D. So if 3D is important to you like it is to me, you have to test out 3D in both for yourself to see if you can notice the difference. Also the F8500 when properly calibrated in 3D (an extra fee which I highly recommend) is brighter than a properly calibrated VT60 which compensates well for the loss of light when wearing the 3D glasses.
However if you have a dedicated dark room home theater space, and primarily are going to watch 2D Blurays, then you will achieve very slightly darker blacks with the VT60 than the Sammy F8500. Honestly though when I saw both side by side and calibrated to the best that both could get, the F8500 looked like it had darker blacks than the VT60 even though the machine told us differently. The illusion lies with the extra brightness on the F8500 that it can achieve. Yes, the VT60 produces a more reference quality picture, however to me I discovered a more pleasing picture with the F8500. Granted your Regina's close more the brighter the image so you do have to make sure to also view both sets on their own and let your retinas adjust to the darker image of the VT60 after viewing the F8500 to make the comparison.
Now I am not saying you will come up with the same conclusions as me. In fact you may see the exact opposite, and that is ok. I do suggest you go see the plasma's for yourself and make up your own mind.