I would like someone's recommendation as well as to what model I should get. I recently bought the 65" M-series Vizio 3D TV and it is going back. After watching some movies with darker scenes I started seeing these white clouds, come to find out after coming to these forums, it is pretty standard with LEDs. I have two plasmas, this was my first LED, so I wasn't expecting this issue. Anyway, so I've been reading about dimming and these Samsungs are suppose to fix the flashlight issue better and I've narrowed down to the F8000 or the F7100, or possibly back to plasmas and get the Samsung F8500 plasma.
I can't live with what I'm seeing in the four corners of my Vizio, is the way Samsung handles this problem with edge-lit LEDs better? I'd much rather pay the extra money for the F8000 if it is a better TV. This is going into my game room where I watch a lot of movies and play a lot of Playstation. Thanks.
Will the new TV be going in the same room where you previously had one of your plasmas? Can you control the lighting in this room? If so, and if you have been satisfied with the performance of the plasma in that room, then you may want to stick with plasma. If you are sensitive to the issues of LED lighting and you want the absolute best performance (deep blacks, accurate colors, good screen uniformity, and good off-angle viewing) in dim to dark lighting, plasma is likely the best option. I would look at the Samsung F8500 you mentioned, as well as the current plasmas from Panasonic. On the other hand, if you have a room with lots of windows/ambient light, and want a TV that will display great picture in a lit room without sacrificing too much in the dark, the F8000 is it. If you have the budget, I would definitely spring for the F8000 over the F7100. See my post a few posts back; I've had both the F6300 and the F8000 in my room recently, and it was no contest--the F8000 had much better black levels/contrast and better uniformity. While I have not had the F7100, the reviews/comparisons from reputable sites like CNET have indicated that it offers only marginally better performance than the 6300. The F8000 simply offers better dimming/light control, and is widely considered the best edge-lit LED made so far. No LED is completely free of all light uniformity issues, but the F8000 minimizes them to almost nothing, and it’s the best in its category. I don’t think you would be disappointed, but just in case, buy form a retailer with a good return policy so you can try it in your room and take it back if not satisfied.