Ok so I finally caved in and returned my 8000 for a 7000. Dont vorry, I am not crazy.... the new TV is LARGER
As some might rememebr, my old sammy 50incher died, and got the bestbuy replacement plan to step in to the rescue. Wehn I got my exchange approved, i was able to select the 7000" 51 (for an extra $100), the 8000" 51 (for an extra 400) or the the 7000 60" (for an extra 700). There were also free gifts with the Tv purchase (which applied to any of the options).
Anyways, larger seem temptin, but after taxes and re extending my protection plan, I was lookin to shell out an extra 1k in funds (wife would have killed me). This is a conversation were LARGER is not necessarily appreciated :P
I went for the 8000 then, realizing that for 400 (pluss 200 extended warranty), i was getting a great tv with slightly better image processing... and the bells and swhistles are just extra!!!
Luckily, best biy kind fo messed up the order, so I got the upgrade for free (so I only paid 200 to re-extend my warranty).
Well, I like the TV. Much better than my old sammy, except i miss the SOE effect of the old one. The motion and voice controls are gimmicky and glitchy. It is often that someone slightly moves on teh couch, ad the motion control pop up apears on the TV. Not to mention, sometimes, the TV audio will trigger the voice control. I know all these can be turned off, but is it jsutifiable to get a Tv with all these bells and whistles... to disable them??? Also, the touch control is also unprecise. So pretty much, all the bells and whistles were sub-par. But again, my main thing was image quality, and I did like this TV alot.
But here is the kicker. I am a HUGE fan of 3D. As i was watching 3D on teh sammy, I jsut could nto help but feel that the 3d effect was missing something. I felt like i was watching real life through a window... but i kind of felt that I was never SUCKED in completely into the movie (like in the cinema). I have a feeling that has to do with size and viewing distance, because if i move my couch a few feet forward... it gets better... not perfect, but better. So it is reasonable to assume that a loarger tv will HELP (only help) this to an extent. So after much deliberation, I decided to return my Tv and go with the 7000.
I mean, at this point, the expenditure total is only about $500 (sicne the Best Buy error carries over to the new tv exchange) Vs the initial 1K. This covers new TV and extended warranty, and going from 51 to 60 seems to indicate (by what a have read) to enhance the TV watching experience considerably. My only concern is sacrificing video quality and evolution kit.... but it seems that video quality is almost the same, and that the evolution kit is also present on the 7000 model line.... so all i am sacrificing is a video camera, motion and voice controls and a touch remote... all that not work very well.
Any thoughts on my rationalization here? is this a good decision? did i mess up?
(only regret I have is not going with a panny, cause of the image smoother [For SOE]), but they are jsut too expensive!!!, and would ave to buy far more expensive glasses