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.....availability in all three sizes.
Many consumers are still on the fence for various reasons: finances; deciding whether to wait for OLED; deciding whether to havea back-up to older plasma; questioning whether they will get a set with the dreaded Samsung buzz; research on the right stand and size, and so on. How long can the consumer wait without jeopardy of lack of availability despite the 11/30 productionend date announced by Samsung. Also brings into question the need to add timeif you get a unit(s) that is defective and needs to be returned.
For myself, I am on the fence due to the questionof whether the picture will be superior to my 2004 PanasonicTh-50-PHD-6UYplasma which CNET gave a 9/10 in 2013 based on a more stringent rating scale than 2004 (that is a negative from seeingthe set at Best Buy, so would have to buy on reputation that quality of 1080ipicture on the Samsung is superior); size of set; concern over buzzing (major concern, especially if high-pitch buzz - set would go in the garbage); whether to purchasefrom Value Electronics and pay for calibration and assurance of no buzzing;determination of size of set and matching stand, whether to wait for OLED, whether I can justify expense as second television if not superior to the Panasonic, andother matters.
Being very familiar with most of the older Panasonic Pro models as compared to my GT50 and ST60, i'd say the F8500 is much better in pretty much every picture quality category than your old Pro model. No way would i pick an old 2004 Pro monitor (or any other Pro monitor) over an F8500 if i wanted the best picture quality.
You might want to consider just buying now so that you can have the TV exchanged if you happen to get a buzzer on the first (or 2nd or 3rd) delivery until you get a quiet unit.
BTW your all-black text in your post up top is completely invisible to us members who use the AVS-Dark theme on our browsers