For my husband's X-mas gift this year I opted to upgrade our TV from our Samsung 46" DLP, which has been declining in reliability of late (shutting off for no apparent reason plus the fan is distractingly loud during use) to the 59" 6500. I'd originally planned on going with an LED unit, based on my initial non-forum research and also my dislike for glossy displays due to reflectivity, then switched to deciding on a plasma display since I understand the reflectivity issues have improved via AR coatings and such (again, non-forum research).
Upon finding this forum I was able to narrow my choices down to the Samsung displays, based on value for purchase price and my past experiences with Samsung electronic/tech products.
I'd pretty much decided on the 7000 series but my ongoing research indicated the main differences between the 6500 & 7000 series were the contrast ratio and Real Black Filter. Did that warrant a nearly $ 500.00 price difference? Since the contrast ratio on the soon-to-be-replaced 4663 was 1500:1, would DH and I notice the difference between 5M:1 (6500) vs 15M:1 (7000)? And since we're "blessed" with a northern exposure in our TV room, would we truly benefit with the RBF?
After much deliberation, and vacillating back and forth, and finally making the dreaded visit to BB to touchy-feely (and, rats, they didn't have the 6500 on display although the tag was there), we took delivery on the 6500 on the 1st.
I'm pleased to report a 9/30/2011 build date and current firmware out of the box. OMG, the picture is stunning! I really doubt that DH and I would have noticed the additional 10M:1 contrast offered on the 7000. The reflectivity concern has not been a problem at all, and I'm particularly fussy about such things. We have two lamps (one of each side of the sofa) that if you look
for them in the display you can find them but they really recede into nothingness even with a lot of black displaying.
While awaiting receipt (from Vann's), I downloaded and burned the break-in slides as indicated on the Master Burn-In/IR/Break In Thread (thank you Evangelo2) and have been running them when not actively watching the set since we powered it up 64 hours ago.
I have been doing further research into audio options and plan to pull the trigger on getting a Sony CT150 soundbar to replace our Samsung surround sound DVD player system (thanks to Davyo's recommendations/reviews). I also await our Panasonic 3D BD Player (sh-h-h-h, it's still a surprise, along with Avatar in 3D) to go with the 3D starter pack (also a surprise) that will be under the Christmas tree.
Oh, no buzzing noticed, that's zero, nada, zilch...which is a huge
departure from our noisy DLP unit, and no pixel issues, nor does it seem to run warm (especially when one considers it has been running 64 hours straight).
Thanks to every
one who participates in this forum with their insights, opinions, reviews, etc.
Your choice to share made my decisions a lot easier (although they are never easy).Question
: I wanted to wait ~30 days before wall mounting the PDP, just make sure all seems to be OK, but wondered if there would be an increase in heat retention due to the lack of truly clear ventilation. Heat build-up=lower lifespan in my book. I don't find the stand to be objectionable but I did want to top-mount the soundbar (which I guess I could still do if I spring for a soundbar mount...assuming it's viable with the 6500).
DH is thrilled...so far, more thrills to come