Originally Posted by chornee
Well .. If you watch American Football or Soccer its super obvious ( I assume with other sports like baseball too but I never tried). I am a big football fan and I watch a lot of games on the tv, any time there is a long pass, a long run or a punt, something that causes the camera to pan horizontally then they are noticeable. I found that for movies I didn't start even noticing it until I saw some football games, but once you see it once, then you see it every time. Your eye is immediately drawn to it every time it happens. It annoyed me enough that I returned mine all together , no way it's worth paying $3500 for a tv that has issues with the picture IMO. I initially purchased this tv without even doing any research, I had so much luck with previous Samsungs that I just went to the store and bought it.. I am now doing my homework and currently reading up on Full Array LED models which supposedly do not have this issue (still researching but that's what I have gathered so far).. (but are not as thin if that matters) to me the thickness of the panel doesn't matter, I do not wall mount mine.
well my set is an EH6000 series so it's full-array, not edge-lit (but with a limited number of LEDs) and the vertical banding on it is not as bad as you describe on your ES8000... also, I paid only $750 for my set so my expectations are obviously lower at that price point
you should consider plasma, especially the Panasonic 65" VT50 if you want the best PQ from a flagship 65" TV
and if IR is a concern, the Samsung 64" E8000 Plasma is a good alternative
as far as full-array LEDs go, there is the Sharp Elite but it's not perfect either and is easily one of the most expensive flat panels currently being sold
you could also look into Sony to see if they make a full-array LED this year (not sure, I haven't really kept up with Sony this year)