As some of you already know i'm looking at getting a bigger screen size this year and want a 55 inch lcd/led to replace my Sony 46HX853 and after the recent supertest in this months magazine I have been looking in greater depth at the Philips 55PFL8008 after it received such a good review in the test and my previous choice the Samsung UE55F8000 got demoted to a four star rating.
Upon further research it seems other reviews don't agree with the WHF review and have pointed to backlight clouding and a complete lack of any changes to the panel (Samsung made PSA display) or 3d performance from last years 8007 model, infact it would seem that any changes are limited to just cosmetic ones and the inclusion of being able to display content from devices such as phones and tablets. Poor performance in dark conditions and a washed out picture when viewing off axis add to the negatives of this tv although where viewing angles are concerned it's nowhere near the issues faced with the Sony W905.
I'm getting really confused as I can't find a single retailer in my area with one of these Philips tvs to demo and i'm quickly running out of a 55 inch tv that I would be happy with and am now considering keeping my 46HX853. Am I right to look at some of these other more negative reviews as being accurate or should I trust the review in WHF? Of course I want to demo the tv for myself when that is possible but for now the comments made in this review:
versus how positive the WHF review was seems very much at odds with each other making choosing my next 55 inch set very difficult, infact just getting a list together to demo is difficult.
If it wasn't for my previous bad experiences with Panasonic plasma tvs then I would of course go for a 55VT65 but I have serious concerns over gaming on another panny plasma as I had issues with this on all of my previous plasmas from them, being quite a big gamer I don't want to go through all the issues I had last time with extreme IR, one case of image burn and a weird clouding effect.
Are there any more decent 55 ich lcd/led tvs yet to come this year that might be worthy of consideration? So far I've just got the Philips and Samsung tvs on my demo list so any advice or info would be greatly received, thnk you.