i have been watching my replacement PN64D8000 samsung for a while now, and i have to say that after the exchange i have been nothing but pleased. no buzzing, no peeling, no dead/stuck pixels, no brightness pop-ups, no IR, no nothing.
well, that´s not completely true, since i see a bit of linebleed every now and then. but, i just have to live with that, since every plasma has that issue in some regard.
i have not done any calibrations yet, just watched with normal movie mode movies, blurays, and television programs. some of the movies and programs show black bars in top and bottom, but i have not let that worry me. the tv is made for watching and enjoying, not worrying if an occasional black bar would burn the image into the screen.
one could say that i am kinda breaking in the tv since i haven´t done any calibrations yet, but it also has something to do with the fact that i tend to be a bit - well, to be honest, lazy - sometimes. so, i thought that it might be a good idea to run the tv with normal settings for a while before i tune it up, and because calibrating (even with someone else´s numbers) is a bit of a pain in the arse (since you have to enter those numbers into every source), i thought "the hell with it, i´ll just enjoy the picture for a while as it is".
and to be honest, i have to say that the picture looks pretty awesome with it´s standard settings on the movie mode. if i remember right, the earlier tv didn´t look nearly as good with the standard settings than this one. ofcourse i cannot say for sure, since time has passed when i had the earlier set.
but, just wanted to let you know how pleased i am with this tv. i´ll keep my fingers crossed that i don´t get any problems later on, but if i do - well, that´s just life and i´ll have to deal with it when the time comes. i could not think of a better set for myself, and for my viewing needs.