Originally Posted by Playdrv4me
I've kind of reversed my position on the F8500 we got during the Conn's sale for my brother down in TX. At first even at that great price I was really wanting to get rid of it and replace it with a ZT60. Over time (and probably because Conn's has a crap return policy and I'm not there to take it back LOL) I've realized that the brightness of the F8500 is a very cool feature indeed. So I told him to hang on to it.
Problem is, Samsung's reliability has not been the greatest and they aren't fun to deal with when things do go wrong. And I feel that whatever they did with the panel driving or phosphors to blast that amount of light out of those pixels is going to have some sort of ramification later on. Hopefully sets that are kept at traditional brightness levels won't have any issues, but looking at the F8500s next to torch-y LEDs in a showroom it's amazing how well they keep up. There's something rather unnatural about it, though.
for me personally, the brightness means nothing, i have my backlight down to 50%. it's just something that SELLS a lot of lcd's in the showroom
and as far as reliability goes, it's not like samsung's plasma line is different than their lcd line. same company either way. i was just hoping plasma could hang on a little while longer, prove to be profitable, and maybe even make the sheeple realize plasma is pretty darn good.
i mean if you can get plasma blacks, contrast, motion handling, off angle viewing, uniformity, color reproduction and 80% of LED's brightness. what is their left to want for?
i would say though, the f8500 has a far more lcd look to it than plasma. so compared to some other plasmas, there is a trade off. compared to LED's though, it's all better.