My set arrived this morning and everything went fairly well and quick with the installation. The guys were definitely in a hurry because they left some plastic wrap around the stand and underneath, guess they had to get back to Miami pretty fast. The strange thing was, when they turned it on, it didn't seem to "wow" me like I was expecting, like it was darker than I expected. But then it seemed to get brighter the more I watched it, maybe the LEDs had to "warm up"? Who knows. Also I changed the picture mode to "Vivid" and now it looks amazing. Extremely bright picture, sharp, great blacks. Currently watching "The Kingdom" on TNT
My main concern with this set was the glare, and I can honestly say it's not that bad in my opinion. Of course it does vary where you sit, time of day, etc. For example I'm sitting in the "sweet spot" right in front of the tv, but if I move to an armchair we have on the right side the glare is pretty bad actually
But we do have blinds we can close, so that helps too! Also considering I will be doing the majority of my viewing during the evening/nighttime, I don't think it will be much of an issue for me.
When I first started TV researching, I was settled on a Panasonic plasma, but then just as I was about to purchase it the rising black levels story came out, so I went back to my starting point. I eventually settled on the Samsung B8500, but then that was discontinued and I couldn't find it anywhere close by! So then after some more back and forth between several different models, I finally narrowed it down to the Samsung C6500 and the LG LE8500 (I am waiting until 3D technology is more established). I picked this set because CNET's review stated it was closest to the Samsung B8500's picture, the one I was wanting to purchase before. Can't remember if CNET mentioned the glare in their review or not, but right now that is the ONE thing I see that can maybe be an issue with the set. I have not noticed any zone banding, but we will see once I watch the set at night.
One minor thing, I was playing the PS3 and the video signal will cut out for maybe half a second. It's too fast for me to realize if the audio goes out as well. Is it possible the HDMI cables I got are too cheap? Or is it maybe another issue? Any help is appreciated, thanks! I will try to post pics later tonight.