Picked up this set from Microcenter last week. On the verge of taking it back.
Motion handling has become terrible. It started out acceptable with judder and blur set to 1. I couldn't see any judder or blurring and everything looked mostly natural (no SOE) - still not as good as my plasma sets though. Today that all changed. Now I have visual tearing and skipping at these settings. I have to turn both up past 3 to get rid of it, and that starts the SOE that I cannot stand. With both sliders set to 0, I get the tearing and skipping again. If I turn TrueMotion OFF, it goes away, but then the set has blurring of fast moving objects and some judder. Perhaps a better explanation of "tearing" would be to describe what happens when you disable V-Sync on a computer monitor and experience tearing. It is essentially the same experience.
The blacks, colors, and contrast are very impressive. I came from good quality plasma TV's so I'm not floored by this set, but it is a definite leap above anything I've seen from an LCD. When I watched Star Trek in a dark room, the blacks of space were indistinguishable from the wall behind the TV.
I just cannot get past the issues this set has with motion.
A few other negatives I've noticed:
-A single occurrence of reds being over-exposed and looking like a supernova. A reboot of the TV and this went away.
-The TV got confused yesterday about whether to turn the screen or the sound on. Power on #1
: screen on, no sound. Power on #2
: screen off, sound on. Power on #3
: screen on, sound on - screen took a long time to come on.
-Random blurring of images on-screen. Football players become blurred when the camera is zoomed out. I watched some network TV today where a man's beard and lips were blurry but everything else was sharp. I notice none of these artifacts on my 46" Panasonic S2 plasma (I watched both recordings on that set to check). I have adjusted every setting possible to fix this - Noise reduction, mpeg noise reduction, sharpness (and H and V sharpness), edge enhance, dynamic contrast, etc etc.
I still have a while to take the set back to Microcenter so I will play around with it some more. But there may be an F8500 plasma in my immediate future. If anyone has dealt with these motion issues and found a fix, please tell me. I would love to keep this set!