Originally Posted by jh901
Anyone think that Panny hurts themselves by letting the new flagship Sammy come to market so much quicker? If the F8500 proves to be better than that VT50 as reports come in over the next few weeks, then the ZT60 is really going to have to "bring it".
From the sounds of it, it seems like they might not have had much choice. If you are significantly changing the manufacturing process, it takes time to work out the issues that inevitably come with that. Apparently they use an autoclave in the panel process and that is sure to add time as well as cost. Up here in Canada I have seen less press and heard less hype over the F8500 so it may fly under the radar a little. I recently bought my first LCD ( 75ES9000 ) which I have been less than thrilled with, when I contacted the dealer I bought it from and told them I would be returning it, he immediately began discussion on the ZT as a replacement. When I called back to ask about the F8500 after reading about it from CES and here, he didn't seem to know much about it. He doesn't have a brand preference, does carry Samsung (my 75ES9000 IS a Samsung LOL) . None of this scientific, just my experience, but I would point out the traffic on the ZT vs F8500 "anticipation" threads, post counts and content as secondary indicators. The F8500 thread really only starting picking up steam AFTER the set was actually showing up in store inventory systems. Before anyone jumps on me, I am NOT saying the F8500 is better OR worse, I also have no brand loyalty, I have a quality preference
, just saying that the advantage the F8500 has by being first out of the gate may not end up significantly hurting ZT sales. Especially if the ZT has limited production. At my dealer there is about a thousand dollar price difference listed (which I know means very little when it comes down to "out the door" price) between the two sets and I think THAT might be a bigger factor than release dates in driving sales of one over the other, assuming similar PQ of course.