First post here, but just wanted to mention that I picked up the 55" B8 at Best Buy (NYC, Union Sq) on Saturday for $1109. I have a tax exempt card, so that was the total paid. Delivery would have been only by Friday, so I took it with me (two young children helping with carrying duties), and managed to squeeze it into a cab (for the record, it fits in the seating area of one of the tall minivan style yellow cabs, with about a quarter inch to spare on either side!).
Was shocked to see it has gone back up to 1599 today! I had tried the BB on 86th and Lex on Saturday, and they had none in stock. They had only 3 in Union Sq. I'm v glad now that I went down there straight away.
V pleased with it so far, but found our first movie (Instant Family on Amazon Prime) very disconcerting until I calibrated and switched off the TruMotion, which gives the horrible SOE. Also makes programmes like Modern Family look appalling.
Even the kids appreciate the black levels, after having had a 10 year old Sony 1080 (which is still pretty decent, despite its vintage). One of the best things I've watched so far is a simple 4k demo on Youtube of street scenes from NYC (on video). Definitely like looking through a window.
I'm now wondering whether a UHD Bluray player is worth it, or whether to stick to Apple/Amazon Fire /Netflix?