Originally Posted by supernova
Hello! I'm looking at getting either a VT25 or a Samsung C8000 plasma and wanted to get some opinions from owners on here. In my research so far, I've found the input from owners and contributors on this site invaluable and I greatly appreciate any help you can offer!
I was initially leaning toward the Samsung due to the lower price and 2D-3D conversion. It also appeared to have a less reflective screen, but my only experience has been in the store, so it's really difficult to tell. As far as PQ, both seem to get great reviews for both 2D and 3D. After reading the C8000 owners thread, it appears that some sets have a loud buzzing, as well as some blinking issues and the glasses losing sync during 3D. I've been perusing the VT owners thread and it seems like there are some buzzing issues as well (though possibly not to the extent of the Samsung), but are there any other issues that I should be aware of? Do these sets have blinking issues or issues with losing sync during 3D? If the Panasonic has less issues than the Samsung, it may be worth the increase in price to avoid the hassle. It's difficult to read through the entirety of this thread at this point in time, so I apologize if this has been covered before. I'm sure I'd be really happy with either TV, but when you're spending this kind of money (and perhaps a bit of a perfectionist), you want to get it right the first time!
I've had a Samsung PN63C8000 for about two weeks now and have not had (k.o.w.) any of the problems you see when reading the forums. The picture is absolutely great and I'm really enjoying it. Contrary to another poster, the 2D--> 3D conversion is actually pretty impressive. If you enable it looking for things to leap off the screen, you'll be disappointed. If you enable it looking for some really cool increased depth to the picture, you won't be. I don't, personally, use it all the time. The most annoying aspect of the TV, for me, has been getting it to play nice with my wireless router. That, however, is secondary for me because I have an XBox and a PS3 in my system and have access to movies and apps through those (and my cable box).
Having said all that, the Panny VT25 series is a great set, as well, and you really can't go wrong with either one. I considered the Panny very seriously before buying the Samsung. To answer the qustion of what downsides the Panny might have, if you do a search on "rising blacks" and "floating blacks", you'll find some material to consider.
For me, the decision came down to a $1,200 difference in price that I didn't see as justified based on my personal viewing of the two sets, the reviews that I had read of the two TVs (basically, flip a coin), and the features available on the Samsung.