Pros: Best whites that I have seen on plasmas in 2013 lineup. Colors are accurate with slightly exaggerated reds. Good blacks.
Cons: Buzzing and video processing mistakes on Cinema Smooth mode. Software glitch that does not shut off Cinema Smooth, strong SOE with Cinema Smooth OFF.
Finally here came the PN64F8500 and it has good color accuracy, white whites and respectable blacks. I have played most of my test files and this TV impresses.
My comparison are basically these:
- Colors that as accurate as VT50 and much better than Elite
- Images have depth that I did not see on Elite or on VT50
- Whites that are white and much closer to Elite's
- Blacks are up there with the big dogs of Elite
I enjoy the visuals from this TV every day but motion on the other hand is a pain to deal with. Nobody should be doing these hoop jumps on the $3500 TV. FW 1110 still has issues with Cinema Smooth and unless you know how to deal with that you will have motion issues like jerkiness ever 2-3 secs and SOE. 1080p24 from the good source creates strong SOE with Cinema Smooth turned OFF, to kill the SOE one needs to turn the TV off completely and restart then TV produces correct 60p conversion but if for some movie you decide to use Cinema Smooth and then after watching turn it off you will end up with SOE and will need to do full TV reboot.
Buzzing is also abnormal on my June 2013 unit. It buzzes even from 11ft away when you sit in the center of the TV. It is the pitch and tone of the buzzing and the volume when combined create unpleasant buzzing experience. Plasmas buzz, I know but my VT50 was barely audible in the quiet room from 11ft and impossible to hear with lowest soundtrack on. Do I have a superhuman hearing? I do not think so, but I am audio fanatic and I prefer my video concerts to have quiet backgrounds.
Another minor thing, if you are to zoom to avoid burnt logos or 4:3 issues, you are in for an unpleasant surprise, this TV does not have adjustable Zoom modes or just good Zoom modes at all, so if you are watching something via SmartHub with logos or 4:3 size, you will not get Zoom corrections like you would on Panasonics.
I am not reviewing SmartTV features as I do not see value in them there will be many more reviewers that will rave about SmartHub. My sources are far superior to SmarHub sources. I only care about picture quality and quiet audio without major buzzing.
This TV does have respectable picture, if Cinema Smooth can be fixed then all picture aspects will be very good and I suspect buzz-free F8500 do exist so this is a major lottery here that you are playing with your $3000+.