Originally Posted by Patrick G
Due to continued panel issues after an exchange, Samsung is refunding my purchase price of $3840 (purchased Oct 2011) for my UN65D8000 LED TV. I'm trying to decide if I should turn around and purchase another one (because I believe it's just about the best LED TV out there in its price range), or purchase a plasma to get better screen uniformity and viewing angles (with little-to-no compromise in color vibrance). My top priority is picture quality. If you had $4000 ($4500 absolute max) to spend on a TV today, which one would it be?
What was it about the Sammy that attracted you the most, and what was it that led to your return?
Your goal should be to find whatever attracted you most to the D8000 with the least chance of suffering the problems that led to your return.
You mention that you want little or no sacrifice in "color vibrance" with better screen uniformity.
A plasma will give you all the color vibrance of the original source material. What it won't do is give you the exaggerated "pop" that your outgoing Samsung is capable of and may be what attracted you to that set most in the first place (forgive me if I'm wrong). A plasma is your best bet for screen uniformity and off-angle viewing, however.
If you want maximum "pop" you'll have to go with an LED/LCD. This leaves, imho, two choices within your max budget--The Sony 929 and one of the 70" Sharp 7xx models--the 735 being the only one with 3D capability.
Of those two sets the Sharp will have a little more "pop" but very slightly dim corners, mostly visible only with very bright backgrounds. It will be about 1400 less than the Sony and will do 3D a little better.
The 929 will have the best screen uniformity of the two, with deeper blacks due to it's local dimming (The Sharp is full backlit but without local dimming).