After a lot of thinking, I have decided to return the PN51E8000. I'm supposed to be contacted within the next 24-48 hours to schedule a pick up. I too share the disillusion that skentala and wrassie are experiencing.
Why am I returning it?
To be blunt...the difference between my previous 2009 PNB650 and this E8000 where minimal at best. It wasn't worth the price ($1800). I jumped the gun by judging the gaming picture, because it did seem sharper on the E8000 compared to my old PNB650. Ultimately though, I'm disappointed.
Did this TV buzz? It did..but it was mostly "normal" operational buzz. Did this TV have image retention? None that I was able to detect. That was impressive (well at least the time I had spent with it). Are the smart features (voice, camera, hand gestures, etc.) worth the extra $300 bucks? NO. I admit, it is pretty cool, but how often will I be using voice and hand gestures? It's not a bad TV, but after 3 years since I bought my previous TV, I expect way more for a 2012 model.
I know best buy is not the place for comparisons, but a few days ago I was in Magnolia and saw the E8000, D8000, and the D7000 next to each other, and it was difficult to find a difference. Matter of fact...the D7000 looked a bit darker. Of course I am aware that settings could be different, it could be the signal, etc, so take that comparison with a grain of salt (I am). I'm sure once the review comes out for the E8000 and its calibrated there may be a difference, but my non-calibrator eyes couldn't tell.
If you're into the latest tech, then this TV is for you. If the Smart features are features you "gotta have", this TV is for you. If you've bought a TV in the last 3- 4 years, please do yourself a favor and check it out in the store before buying...your current TV may be sufficient.
Back to searching for a TV I go lol.