I can only tell you that my 8000 has performed fantastic for me. I did a basic calibration in REC709 mode with the Disney WOW BD, and couldn't be happier. Haven't seen the Sony so can't compare directly. Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with either pj from what I've read. If you have a chance to audition both, pick the one that looks best to YOUR eyes. Reviews are great to use in helping make your decision, but trust your own eyes over anyone else.