"CNET messed up the review"5.0 starson by christephi
Pros: Great picture, perfect for videogames, unbeatable price
Cons: nothing really
Summary: I've had this TV since Christmas and my experience with it has been nothing short of spectacular. For the first week and a half I used it mostly to play my Xbox 360 on. It's perfect for videogames, and it was a major step up from my old Samsung 30" HDTV monitor. I don't watch too much TV and I never intended to watch TV programs with this TV. I was just going to use it to play movies on. Until one day, for no real reason as I was just experimenting with the on-screen menu, I tried the "channel scan" feature, which in essence "programmed" the HD channels onto the TV, and I was blown away when I saw for the first time, HD quality broadcast on my screen! I never understood the difference between an HDTV with a built in tuner such as this one and an "HD ready" one. I thought that both types of TV required satellite or cable TV in order to experience HD, except that the "HD ready" TV would still require an external HD tuner on top of the cable box. I was completely wrong. This built in tuner means you can watch HD broadcasts over the air and you'll be treated to an amazing picture.
At any rate, after reading the CNET review, I couldn't believe they were talking about the same TV that's sitting in my living room. The review sounds impressive with all the technical jargon, but if you can understand even half the stuff the reviewer was talking about, you're probably smart enough to have a high paying job that can afford you an HDTV in the $5,000 range. But if you're the average joe like myself on a limited budget, I doubt that you'd find a better 50" plasma than this. I also doubt that you'd have the luxury of being able to compare several HDTV's side by side in a dark theater the way the reviewer was able to, to really verify what he was talking about. All I know for sure is that I've been 100% pleased with the picture quality both for HD broadcasts and for videogames. I don't have the reviewer's technical credentials, but I do have a good pair of eyes that have observed and drooled over several HDTV's in the past and I can attest that this HDTV is great and nowhere near as horrible as CNET's review would have you believe.