I know this a 5300 vs 8500 thread, but here goes. I picked up my 5300A model three months ago after returning an LG 5700 plasma purchased in may from HHGREGG. Took back the LG for a few reasons such as audio synch, buffering, sometimes wouldn't recognize hdmi signals, and certain content had a dim overcast look to it, even the NBA finals! That kinda stuff happened about 10% of the time, but when that TV worked as it should, holy moly was the picture stunning! Movies looked great, network tv shows looked better than I've ever seen, and the news almost lifelike. The 5300 while brighter, better black levels and without the issues of the LG, it doesn't come close to the pq. IDK if its the pentile display, had a 50" 720p sammy plasma for five years and the picture was similar to the 5300.