Hi everybody. I'm thinking of upgrading my venerable HLT5087SAX before its lamp dies. I kind of like the H6203/H6350 based on features and the current sale prices. I'd go 60"-65" to make it worth my while.
Don't particularly care about smart features, as my Bluray has that covered. Do not care at all about 3D, even in the theaters it adds nothing to my experience. I use a universal remote, so unless the TV's remote does something erotic, don't curr.
I went to Best Buy, they look pretty good, but I noticed that as each set scrolled through the tedious promotional reel, I noticed fairly pronounced pixels along slanted straight lines and rounded, sharply defined lines, such as bold lettering. This was not noticeable on a F5300 in the same aisle, which actually looked great in general, albeit dark compared to the surrounding kleig lights... errr, I mean LCD set to Store Mode. Also, they were playing a movie on a monumental (75"?) H6350 set in the same aisle, and even at the maximum 4-5' I could get away from it, it looked very good.
I've read the F5300 is dark enough that it makes hockey rinks look dirty, but it seems like a knockout value, especially given that it does not have features I won't use.
Do setting adjustments affect the pixelly look on H6xxx panels? Is this something anybody else has seen? Are there panel version controversies or other pitfalls to be aware of?
Should I just man up and buy a F8500 while they are still available? The jump from $700 to $1500 is pretty drastic, although I could stick to the same size I have now, and enjoy improved PQ for $1k, and my reading suggests there is not a better looking set in production, and there may not be for some time. Seems like a limited window to grab that kind of quality at that price point.
Should I wait for post-Superbowl sales and returns?