Just moved to Naples, FL last month and my plan was to rotate my 2 yr old Samsung 60" D8000 to the Den and replace with the 70" Sony R550 in HT Living Room falsely thinking that this was a true Sony that could match the Samsung at a budget price and boy was I wrong - what a POS the Sony turned out to be in reality. It had the size but it had ZERO HT immersion and the PQ was dramatically inferior to my 2 yr old Samsung - I mean dramatically bad PQ and this thing could be 100" and it would still be a TURD! My 4 yr old Sony Z4100 in the bedroom blew it away also and so within 5 hours of trying to tweak this garbage panel I processed a return to Amazon and decided to give the F8000 a try especially after the wife raised hell about missing the Samsung PQ POP.
While I truly wanted the 75" I could not justify the 250% price jump over the 65" - I'll await the UHD 4K with OLED with perfect blacks to jump at those prices a yr or two down the road.
Setup the 65" F8000 yesterday and both my wife and I are quite happy with it so far without testing the goofy hand and voice systems just yet as that will await a boring rainy day to test. Tweaked PQ to our liking and comparatively to my D8000 60" we see much improved PQ details and better black levels.
One obvious thing I noticed repeatedly last night were the level of details of items within scenes and clothing and hair textures and items that otherwise went unnoticed with my previous panels. One simple example were scenes in Big Bang Theory that items at tables and counters had such detail it was striking and as I watched King of Queens old rerun on TBS were clothing texture and details and details of many HD commercials were so striking that went unnoticed previously and it has to be far more than a mere 5" in size viewing as the 70" beast size presented no true details comparatively. To me the Sony 70" R550 beast is more a Base Vizio (w/out LD) PQ - a PQ Turd Beast not deserving of a Sony badge.
I'm not saying this panel is the Holy Grail as that likely won't occur until the OLED goes mainstream but it's better than anything I've found at a budget level in this size under $3K - I got it for around $2750. Some think plasma rules but I hate it for half a dozen reasons in my brightly lit south facing tall quad glass doorwall facing a lake make a plasma a poor choice for daytime viewing IMO/Experience.
Nightime Blacks are still not perfect but improved over my D8000 - PQ Details are vastly better on this panel and that's before testing a Bluray just yet so that should be even better with BD Media. Sound is typically flat panel bland but adding HT sound soon to enhance that factor.
Wife has no HT experience beyond viewing preference and she freakin hated the Sony 70R550 and loves the Samsung PQ - I'm a lifelong Sony Fan but in this case Sony made a mistake with that panel as there is no comparison and I could not justify buying their 4K panel until they refine it as the reviews have been problematic and less than glowing and I won't pay Holy Grail prices until the panel is in fact reaching that status.
Cannot and won't post settings since our preference is for vivid brighter panel that would never give in as HT lemmings to calibrator dim viewing preferences and what they deem "proper" Horse Pooh!
In our opinion this panel is a winner until that Holy Grail comes to market and for the price you get alot for your money but those OCD AVS members likely may not ever agree on this forum.
Enjoy your choice!Edited by westa6969 - 9/24/13 at 6:12am