I've had my Samsung 60" 2012 UN60ES8000FXZA now since June 2012 and it is still in perfect working condition, perhaps better than ever. The last firmware i updated to was widely considered the best FW for pic quality; the 1046.2 updated on 2/9/2013. Back then one of our members named it "The Bladerunner Firmware" as i was very vocal on updating for pic quality only.
As FW's came out, i read reports and only ran updates after a good amount of data was collected.
I was dead set on not letting this panel comunicate with the outside world. It was and has been strictly used as a monitor. I briefly tinkered with gestures in the first few weeks and have never launched the SmartHub from it. All ...all SmartHub & steaming duties have been launched from my Samsung bluray players.
I've been in Standard mode for most of the time as this produces almost zero flash-light gnomes on my panel. I have a movie mode setting i do love however those gnomes do get the best of me after a while.
5 and 1/2 years with this panel, this has been the most dependable TV i've ever owned and the 3rd longest running piece of gear I have. I still route all power thru a Monster HTS-5000 purchased in 1998, and I still have a Sony VCR for those rare moments running old family video tape etc. ...5 & 1/2 years!!!! WOW, i'm now 1.5 years out of my extended warranty and 1.5 years beyond where I expected to buy another TV.
I recently disconnected a Toshiba HD-dvd player due to noisy motor and lack of need. I'll use that input to tweak with settings posted above by markob50. I'm curious if I can find a movie mode that can replace my current awesome standard mode.
If and when this es8000 dies, i'll give it a proper ceremony that cadets at Annapolis would appreciate. My next TV is really a toss up at this point. I'm most interested in a 65-70 OLED but i'll be very value per dollar conscious as I look at the great stuff from Samsung, LG and I'm especially interested in the new Sony wave. That all said, can I really NOT go back to a Samsung after this excellent ownership experience???
I know this post will likely be seen well after i'me dead and buried, but i hope its been found an interesting read. LOL