the one you really want is the 51E6500 which sadly is not available in sa. it has most of the picture qualities of the 8000 with none of the gimmicks.
Tafelberg should have it (in the Western Cape). Also if Game stocks them at a higher price you can take Cats' price and Game will beat it.
Finally found out how to install Plex on the E550, works fantastic! Now I can get rid of my htpc...