When i tested the Samsung 9 what i saw was horrible deviations in colour down either side of the screen while my Samsung F8500 plasma has a perfectly consistent image all the way to the edge.This effect is caused by the edge lighting used to give you those lovely thin bezels but at a cost to the image.I bought the Samsung KU6000 because the cheaper model actually has less backlight issues than the high end version and all for half the price.I might have payed double the price if it didn't have those flaws but it does so as they say in the outlaw jose wales "don't p!ss down our back and tell us it's raining" because in the end the Samsung 9 series is what it is,an LCD.
you see Owen, thats where not everyobody is the same
you want a house with a dedicated home theatre, i have a dedicated home part of which is a theatre
and that is why styling and aesthetics are sometimes MORE important than function
the bonus is, with the Samsung 9 series, you get both
I sit 3m back and according to Rtings I should be using a 70" TV. Well I had a 70" TV and it was obviously too small for scope movies, that only use two thirds of the screen hight, within the first week of ownership. It just didn't fill enough of my vision in the vertical to be immersive, it was just a TV. Going down to a 65" has been a significant step in the wrong direction, 5" doesn't sound like much but the loss of screen area was very noticeable and unwelcome. Going to a 100" screen at the same distance was a revelation, finally a screen big enough to do movies justice, should have done it years earlier. I just didn't realise what I was missing.
When I move into the new house with a dedicated theatre I will move back further and go for a much larger screen. A really large screen viewed from a distance works better and is more impressive than a smaller screen viewed from a proportionally closer distance. Sound staging works better as well when you can get away from the speaker.
Anyway, the reason I go on about big screens so much is because of my experience. Lifes short guys, live it while you can. How many people return a TV because its too big? Stuff all, but plenty if the most upgrade to a larger model with each new TV.
For low quality source it is possible to go too big, thats why a TV for TV viewing and projector for movie is such a good setup. No one display can do it all.