"A new one-sheet-of-glass design"5.0 starson by BillNYC
Pros: THX Display certification/4 HDMI inputs
Cons: Ain't gonna be cheap...
Summary: Although pricing isn't officially announced on these models ($3,199.99) will be more like $2,700.00. I feel safe in telling you they ain't gonna be cheap. This three-size series (a 58-inch version will follow this summer) adds THX Display certification, which is said to deliver a "superb cinematic experience at home" by making sure the sets pass a series of tests. I can't wait to see how these fare in our tests. Beyond THX, the 800U models also add one more HDMI input and many more levels of gradation (5,120 if you must know), which should cut down on the false contouring that has been evident on some Panasonic plasmas in the past. The company also touts the 24p capability of these models, which supposedly allows them to display 1080p/24 sources without 2:3 pulldown, resulting in a smoother picture. This last claim seems pretty dubious unless the panels refresh at 72Hz, much like Pioneer's models.
Billy Amato - NYC