Originally Posted by NoTrix
Imagine yourself and a few close friends in your dark family room with your PREMIUM television and home theater setup watching a dark movie in Blu Ray, like Batman or Star Trek... Now imagine little men with small (penlight) flashlights standing at all 4 corners of your PREMIUM TV... FOREVER!
I know we're all very picky here, but look, I have 3 HDTVs in my house now -- a 42" 4 year old Panny plasma, which still looks great, a 32" Sharp Aquos LCD (5 years old) and a 26" inch Toshiba LCD. All have flaws, but in everyday use, I don't pay attention to them. Both LCDs have great color but bad viewing angles and terrible black levels in dark scenes. The Panny has great colors, deep blacks, but is highly reflective during the day and all the whites are "off white" as is the case with virtually ALL plasmas.
I'm looking at the c7000 and c8000 Samsung LED/LCDs and the c8000 Samsung plasma. I really need a swivel stand, so all things being equal, I'm leaning toward the Samsungs.
All that being said, the flashlighting that some people complain about is fairly minimal versus the drawbacks on other HDTVs. Yes the Kuro was the bomb. Yes plasmas have better blacks. Yes the Sammy 8500 seems to have the best of both worlds. But if the c7000 and c8000 LEDs are as good or better than last year's b8000, which I think is an excellent TV, then 99% of the people purchasing them will be thrilled with them, especially with the price around $3K for the 55".
Again, fire away on me, but the crispness of the Sammy LEDs surpasses anything I've seen. I might be willing to live with a very slight light in very dark scenes or on a black scene as a tradeoff for 99% of your viewing being superior to almost anything else out there.