Originally Posted by superkyle
Hey guys I'm headed out today to my local BB as they have the 60" and 55" open box. I've been eyeing this tv for a while and I'm curious if either the 55" or 60" has a better panel. On some Tvs I know that different sizes experience better or worse banding etc. is one better than the other? Also which panel manufacturer statistically has the least occurrence of light bleed? I'm buying this set for my game room and it will be there for years to come so buying the correct (best) version of this model is important to me. Thanks for your help!
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Just be aware that an open box (no matter what their clueless clerks tell you) was returned for some reason. 99% of us are happy with our 8000/8500's but as forums tend to do . . . they uncover most of the unhappy owners that are unlucky with so many of any of the latest tv's inherent issues. Its the luck of the draw. samsung has strict quality control I'm sure or they wouldn't be the number one seller of tv's (my guess).
But with any appliance or electronic device bad ones are going to get through their quality checks.
So by buying an open box you increase the odds exponentially of someone else having returned it for things like light bleed, blooming, case separation, etc . . . read some of the previous posts. true that this tv is a new 4k technology and a great pic, but the leading edge of technology is also the bleeding edge!
it doesn't make sense to think you are getting a bargain with an open box that some rep has plugged in after a return and certified it ready to sell.
These tv's are so finicky I personally would never buy an open box (also watch out for sealed damaged boxes where the TV was slammed around during shipping).
Open box just to save a $100 or $200 and buy someone else's headache? You are better off just waiting a short time and spending the same amount you can spend now on brand new sealed merchandise as the prices keep dropping. The 65 inch model started at 2995 only back in april. then 2495, then 1995, then 1695.
And always spring for the biggest you can get if you have the space. Over the next 5 years if you average out the extra cost per week that you paid to go bigger, its not that much money.
Just my experience after owning starting with projection TV's then flat screens over the last 15 years