Originally Posted by ajsimeon
Bringing this old thread up because I'm now an owner of a 55b8500. After Best Buy credited me back my purchase price of a Kuro that sadly was unrepairable, I thought I'd use the credit on other things and not replace it with a newer model high end tv. Found this baby on craigslist and has 6 months left on Geeksquad black tie which I believe is extendable for another year all for $700. How does this set compare to the newer local dimming sets? I know it was a great tv in it's time but have other local dimming sets passed it? At the time it was considered one of the best after the Pioneer Kuro. The Pioneer Kuro is still a reference set that the new Panasonic/Samsung sets are trying to beat. I've been away from the lcd game for awhile. I owned the Sony xbr8 and an LG le8500, which were beautiful local dimming sets. I only gave those up because they were less than 50 inches. Are there clear winners that beat this set nowadays besides the Sharp Elite?
Well, great buy @ $700... regardless of it's age!!
For competition, the Panasonic VT30/50 [ Plasma] has it beat unless you compare it in a vivid environment. The Sony HX 925/950 [ Full Array + LD ] have also surpassed the B8500 in terms of overall PQ. Not sure about the LG as I haven't seen/owned it. Even the Sony HX850 gives the B8500 a run... The Sharp Elite is pretty darn good, but not worth the $$ IMO. I'd rather take the Sony HX 950 or Panny 65" VT50 over it any day!
I sold mine a while back and, though I thoroughly enjoyed it during the course of it's ownership, the blooming/halo issue always bugged me...
The B8500 was the best you could buy in 2009 [ iirc ] and it's truly a great set even today!