It might be best for the CNet Editors to field this one. Unfortunately, I don't have any control on reviews or comparisons between different brands.
If I can help with any Samsung specific questions, I'll be happy to assist.
After reading the editor's review on the Panasonic 54VT25 I truly believe it is the best plasma I can buy for under $3000. Yet I am still very interested in the Samsung 58C8000 for a few reasons. One, it is slimmer and more sleek in design. Two, it has a larger picture size and can convert 2D to 3D at any time. Finally, it is about $300 cheaper. Yet, I cannot find enough substantial evidence that it is on par with the Philips in terms of performance. I would love to hear opinions or find out when the Samsung will get an editor's review.