Originally Posted by HLdan
I think you're looking at the wrong Samsung Plasma. Most LCD TV's on the same level as the F8500 generally cost more than the F8500 or most plasmas in general. Plasma is generally known for best bang for the buck. Also Samsung Plasmas are not discontinued. They will remain current until the end of November.
Thanks, HLdan.....I think off the top of my head I was looking at the UNH series from Samsung. I was at a friend's recently and I just glanced at the back and punched up the price on my smartphone and the 60" retailed for about $850 or so. So I guestimated that a 64" or 65" would sell for about $1,500 or so (maybe I looked and a 65" came up, I don't remember).
If you're purely focusing on the price hike of $1500 more than the LCD TV's you've been looking at then you should check out the Samsung PN64H5000. http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/PN64H5000AFXZA
. It retails for $1299. At certain times it's been a bit less. It's a no-frills Plasma (no 3D, no SMART HUB) with great PQ. It has a pentile display which some may see as the "screen door" effect but it depends on how close you sit to the TV.
I have to look into this pentile display because the last thing I want is SDE, but this might be an option for me, thanks !
I really do not think I am going to use the TV as a Smart TV and am not into 3D. It might be nice to use the TV to scan e-mails and other things from my monitor but right now my PC is 8' from my TV, not up a flight of stairs.
If you have no care about viewing angle or black levels (which are generally the biggest advantages of Plasma) then you may also consider to focus not necessarily on the advantages of Plasma but rather the disadvantages of LCD TV's. Unless you want to pay higher than the F8500 for the FALD LCD TV's then most of the LCD's you will be looking at are Edge-lit displays. They still have issues with flash-lighting (white spot lights at each corner of the TV that are most shown on dark scenes) and clouding which is also most shown on darker scenes. For daytime viewing the average joe won't see a huge advantage of Plasma to an Edge-lit LCD but for night viewing those common issues with LCD can be frustrating even for a non-videophile.
During the day I usually have news channels and/or CNBC on my TV, and work from my PC. My back is to the TV at about a 45-degree angle from maybe 7-8' away, so I'm really not that skewed.
Of course, I also have my couch which is 9' away from the TV directly facing it.
As I said, I have a 50" 720p TV with 2006/07 technology so I think even the lower-priced Samsung might be worthwhile for me. If I wanted to splurge on lots of bells-and-whistles, 3D, SmartTV, and extra processing power and color extravaganzas, I guess the F8500 will then enter the conversation.