Interesting article from CNET:
Why Samsung's F8500 is the last great plasma TV
"Contrary to what the company indicated at CES, Samsung won't bring to market any new plasma TVs for 2014 -- aside from a single mainstream 64-inch model. That leaves the carryover F8500 as default champion of non-OLED picture quality. Last year the superb Samsung PNF8500 series of plasmas was our third-favorite TV overall for picture quality, losing out to Panasonic's VT/ZT series by a nose. Now that those two are gone, never to be replaced, the 8500 is top dog for picture quality.
The 8500 is a great TV. I've had it for about 3 weeks and loving it!
10 exciting new TVs coming this spring
Panasonic TC-P65ZT60 - Oppo BDP-103D - Panasonic DMP-BDT220 - Toshiba HD-DVD-3A - OPPO DV-981HD - Harmony ONE
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My Dungeon: 9.1set up, Panasonic zt65 (dedicated theatre room)Yamaha rx3010, PS3, PS4, Hsu Vtf-3 mk5 subwoofer, 2 Veritas 6.2 floor speakers, 1 veritas 5.2 center channel, 2 veritas 5.1 front presence, 2 veritas vs surrounds (side surrounds dipole or bipolar)2 veritas minis rear presence
There's a "scratch" on the screen. Upper right corner, evidently not visible when the TV is on.
They want $1800 for it.
I didn't see the TV, I only talked to the manager and determined the price was more than I wanted to spend.
FWIW, Manalapan is near Freehold a little more than an hour from NYC.
About 4.5 weeks ago, I had been shopping a 65 VT60 at an HH Gregg, it was the display model. I also saw the Samsung F8000, but they had none in stock. The 65 VT60 was marked for 2000.00 and had sat for a few weeks since I first saw it. I went in about 2.5 weeks ago and they went down to 1679.00. I went to another HH Gregg and they had the 8000 series Samsung in stock. I called the other HH Gregg that had the VT60 and they came down in price again to entice me to come back and buy the used VT60. Now down to 1600.00. To make a long story short, Pauls TV had the Samsung 8000 on sale, I think it was 2479, almost 2500.00. The HH Gregg with the new one in stock would not match it but came down to 2600.00. I bought the Samsung 8000.
Unboxed it, set up the stand, put it on the stand, and it was very thin and wobbly. Needs to be anchored down in the back to be steady. That made me uneasy. The picture, stunning colors and bright whites. Of course I should have known better, motion issues and judder. With the settings to smooth it out, big time soap opera effect, some screen door and judder. It was funny, the first thing I played was The Walking Dead in Hi Def. Zombies kind of jerk and all that, but not where the arm is back and then all of sudden they went forward a little and you did not see the in between movement. The same with some of the walking steps.
I have a Plasma in my bedroom and love it. I had a DLP top of the line Samsung and loved it, no motion issues at all. LED, still not ready for prime time. Other people like it and get used to it, I cannot.
I returned the LED to the HH Gregg where the VT60 display is and got it down to 1500.00 as they had said it had the 3d glasses but could not find them. That was why it went from 1600 to 1500. The TV is in perfect condition, came with the stand and remotes. The only things missing, owners manual, printed it and the 3D glasses, purchased 4 pairs at Best Buy with a price match from Amazon, a little under 53 each. I love this TV. The 3D works well, I even tried Shrek regular DVD with the 2d to 3d conversion and I like it a lot. So far I have only watched half of the Hobbit in 3D and I like it so far. Blu Ray movies are fantastic. TV stations SD are very good. Hi def TV fantastic.
I need a second Panasonic plasma for 1200 or under, 60 or 65 inch. If anyone knows where new or display ones are in the Tampa area, let me know. No screen scratches, but can be missing the stand or glasses, remote and the like. I just like to make sure there is no burn in and I will but it.
From CNET:by David Katzmaier
10 exciting new TVs coming this spring
... and no Panasonic! Sad times indeed...
What brands are the plasma TVs? My oldest is a Panasonic 500U. I've never had major problems with the four sets we own except for the rising blacks in a 54" V10. And gonna fix that problem one day.
Wow thats the same plasma I have! Panasonic 42 500U ! Awesome plasma. I also have a 32" sony, that is the oldest one. It must be at least 10-11 years old.
My plasma have also made frequent trips with no problems. Michigan to Chicago, Chicago to Georgia and Georgia back to Michigan. Still good!
Too bad OLED currently looks like crap curved... bad technology if you ask me. I could see how it would work if it completely wrapped around you (200+" panoramic?) - but curved 55" looks like crap.
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