Review of 64D8000
Received my 64D8000 on Wednesday morning via Fry's. Had been shopping for a 64", 65", or 70" set to replace a 6 year old 55" SXRD.
My consideration set was the Sammy 64D7000, 64D8000, Panny VT30, and the Sharp 70" 735 series. Price really was not a huge factor, but as you will read, ultimately price tipped the scale in favor of the Sammy 64D8000.
As much as I liked the Sharp 70" - I simply got a bit of cold feet buying the first generation of the 70" sets...however, I think a 70" set would have given me more wow factor in terms of size. My room is big, and 64" got small pretty fast. Don't get my wrong - its big, but not as big as I would have thought. My room is 20x24 or so, with 10ft ceilings. TV fades into the room pretty quick.
I purchased from Fry's in Downers Grove, IL. The sale has ended, so I will say that for a few days, they were selling the 64D8000 for $2299. No online retailer came within 15% of that. I know a lot of folks don't like Fry's, but my experience, like others I have had with them, was great. Purchase took about 15 minutes. Of course they pushed extra cables, mounts and extended warranties - passed on all. Purchased at about 8PM on Tuesday - for $50 they delivered by 9:30 AM next morning. Three guys brought it in, put it on the stand, powered it up, hooked up the HDMI to DirecTV and let me inspect it for 5-10 minutes. I said it looked great, and they were on their way. Best $50 I could have spent not having to try and transport that beast on my own.
On to the TV itself. Having read this thread top to bottom, a piece of me was concerned about the peeling or brightness issues. As I expected, I have neither problem. My August build looked great out of the box...no peeling, pops or buzzing. I will say, I knew if it looked this good out of the box after only being on 10 minutes, I would be in for good things once I dialed it in properly.
Not that I believe the break-in period was needed - but had some meetings to attend for work - so let it run for a good 8 hours while I was out. Got back home and plugged in Cue's settings (from the calibration thread) and am floored at how much pop and sharpness their is to the picture. I am glad my decision to go Samsung over Panny verified itself. IMHO, I just think the Samsung had a bit more "oomph" to the picture - the color is just so lifelike. Nothing against the Panny, as maybe it has the black level edge, but being a "layperson", I like the color and vividness more than black level.
I tuned on a older movie "The Firm" (Tom Cruise) that dates to 1993 on HBO. I could not believe how awesome it looked. I would have swore it was shot a couple weeks ago - absolutely not noise or grain in the picture.
My kids watched "Up" that night, and wow, is that a reference movie to show off these new TV's. Phenomenal.
DirecTV looks great on this thing - and am pleasantly surprised how good SD looks on this thing.
The SMART TV stuff is very cool - I just wonder how much of it I will actually utilize.
This thing does seem to put out some heat - so clearly LED has an edge there.
The stand is a bit too modern for my likes - but it will eventually be wall mounted, so not a big deal. Still don't get why Sammy would not have used the same one as the d7000, as it just looks classier.
In the end, can't imagine a TV performing better than this one...It really is a 10/10, and the fact that I paid $2299 for a top of the line 64" plasma is insane.
As I expected, the brightness pops, peeling and buzzing are non-existent. Not saying that some people don't have it - but I highly doubt it is as widespread as the handful of posters on here make it appear.
I would highly recco this TV to anyone without reservation. And at the price this thing appears to be going for, its an absolute steal.
I liked it so much, two days later, I bough the lower model D550 in the 59" version for the master bedroom - and set is almost equally as impressive with no issues as well - that set is a July build.