Thanks a lot.
That's helping me making my decision to buy this 51D6500 set !
Again, thank you for taking the time to take and upload the pics.
That's really puzzling. Today, I went to two other Futile Shops, one at Laird & Eglinton and the other at the Old Stockyards. At Laird, the Sammy also ran crazy hot to the touch. At the Old Stockyards, not so much -- the Sammy actually felt more reasonable. So I don't know what to make of this. Out of 3 samples, 2 ran crazy hot and one ran sort of okay. But all 3 had "substantial heat".
I guess it's a matter of the luck of the draw. If you buy the Sammy, you may or may not get one that runs way too hot. The probability is high, though, that you will, IMHO.
Maybe someone else can chime in, but I would imagine that "real world" use at home is not comparable to a unit sitting on display, often in "torch" mode in a retail store. I've been watching HD Netflix on moderate settings for the last 4 hours and I just ran my hand around the TV and the back. No hot spots. A small amount of heat in the back, but it barely registers.
I've had my 59" 6500 for about 2 weeks now. It is also my first plasma. Great TV, no burn in or image retention. I have really broken it in by just watching full-screen HD content. 3D works great.
My only complaint is that the stand had a couple of dents in it for some reason... no big deal though since I mounted it.
Picture quality is A+++