Typically I would do the same, but I already sold my previous TV and if I make my wife and son go a few months without a TV in the living room I'll likely have a mutiny on my hands..haha. So, I'm kinda in the market right now without the luxury of waiting it out. It's a damn shame too because aside from the panel issues on the es8000, the picture would be outstanding. I'm just fed up at this point. Almost willing to pay anything to just have a TV that looks great, has a great picture, and doesn't have any uniformity issues or banding. Is that too much to ask for? I guess with today's TV's it is.... Anyways, it's starting to look like the 950 is gonna be the closest to what I'm looking for without paying 8 grand for an elite, but still, over 5 grand is still waaaaayyyyyy more than I was lookin to pay. I'm just looking for the positives to help make me pull the trigger and say, "yep, it was worth it."