1. The "Model" you have.
Sammy 60" F5300B
2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
The 51" and 60" F8500 plasma TVs are sold out. This was the next best thing IMO, and the price was sweet.
3. What do you like best about your Plasma.
The 60" size (up from our previous 50" plasma, a Samsung PN50A550), and the colors. Just awesome.
4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
The stand doesn't hold the TV at a perfect 90 degree vertical viewing angle. It leans back - way too far. I had to Jerry Rig a couple of little foam edge protectors under the two back stems of the stand to get it to lean forward a bit so it's directly facing the viewers instead of the ceiling.
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
3 HDMI inputs. That's it. ...or I need to get a new receiver with multiple HDMI outputs - then I won't care. I'm not into 3D movies nor any of the SMART TV schtuff...
6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Make the attachable stand longer (so it extends further up the back of the TV) and make it more rigid, so the TV sits at a more proper viewing angle when it's placed/set down on an actual TV stand. And don't chince out on HDMI inputs. Give every TV at least three.
7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
The brightness and clarity of the picture quality. It's not even broken in yet, and the IQ is already infinitely better than my 8 year old Samsung plasma. ...in the daylight. I haven't fully calibrated the TV yet, either. ...and of course the size. I didn't think those extra 10" would have made that BIG of a difference in our living room, but yikes! I was wrong. The picture looks HUGE and more submersive than the 50". ...but not in a "horsey-it's-too-big-for-the-room" kinda way. A 64" TV wouldn't fit in our spot, so the 60 is perfect.
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
I just got it, so nothing so far. Will keep you posted.
9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
At less than $850 for a 60" plasma of this quality, I'd say obscenely so. The prices a stupid awesome, and the picture quality for a non-top-of-the-line set is infinitely better than what we had 5, 6, or 7+ years ago (YMMV). Our old one was $1,800 for a set that was already one generation older than the newer sets. Still a great TV in it's day, and I still preferred it to the LED TVs of today (even the new 4K TVs). Kinda glad our TV started going on the fritz 6 months ago (bad main board), and become intolerably bad last week. It literally forced our hands to getting this new set.
10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
A) In a way I wish we'd have pulled the trigger when Sammy put the 8500 on sale, but considering how much better this inexpensive Samsung Plasma is compared to our old Samsung Plasma, it's kinda relative. So really, it feels like we saved $600.
Score! and Score! I'm not going to second think about what could have been with the 8500 series, I'm just going to sit back and enjoy what I have.
B) If you're like a me, and a lot of other people in this particular group on the AVS forum, and you prefer plasma to LED TVs, and you're still running with your older plasma TV (5+ years old)......if you have the money, upgrade as soon as you can. Panasonic and Samsung were the last two great Plasma TV makers, and they're done. Panasonic is all but gone, and once the Samsung are sold out, you'll be stuck with your much older technology or buying a used plasma from someone else.
C) If you're worried about the Pentile IQ of the 60" F5300, it's really a non-issue - our seating is about 10-12 ft from the TV. Even when I schooched closer, probably within 7-8 ft, it was still a non-issue for me. Only when I approached the TV to remove a disc from our Blu-Ray player, did I really see the screen door affect. Then again, my eyes aren't perfect, not bad, but certainly not perfect - I wear glasses when I'm driving and that's it. I don't even wear glasses when I'm watching TV. Thing is, I'm not a pixel peeper when it comes to my photography, so I'm not going to be a pixel peeper when it comes to my TV viewing - though I do appreciate good detail, it doesn't need to by hyper-real. So right now, 4K doesn't interest me at all.