"Extremely Impressive Plasma"5.0 starson by jrt-thx
Pros: Terrific picture quality, attractive design, great feature set, and oh, did I mention the picture.
Cons: Absolutely none so far.
Summary: I bought the 65" version of set last weekend just in time for the NCAA tournament final four. It was barely in stock anywhere...I didn't quite realize how new the set was, I just knew that last years version was highly rated and I'm a plasma fan. This is my third Panasonic plasma and the previous two have been solid sets with no problems at all...so no hesitancy with plasma or Pana. I was replacing the 7 year old 58" unit in my family room...an unnecessary upgrade according to my wife, and I'll admit feeling a little guilty about the indulgence until I plugged it in.
Wow, immediately the difference in picture jumped out at me. Seriously, 15 seconds and I was hooked. Greater contrast and depth of field, much deeper blacks, great brightness, better fast motion handling. Just terrific.
The default picture settings are pretty solid, but seem set for a dark room. My family room is quite bright so I used the custom picture mode and brought up the brightness and lowered the sharpening a bit and that was it. Good to go.
Speaking of a bright room, the other improvement is that this screen is better at handling room glare than the old one. It certainly doesn't eliminate the plasma-glare problem, but It's notably better than before.
The set comes with 2 sets of 3D glasses. Additional ones from Pana are almost $70. I bought 4 more compatible but slightly less ergonomic ones from Samsung (SSG-4100GB) for $18 each. All work very well. I really didn't (don't) expect to spend a lot of time with 3D content but of course had to try it out. I'm pretty impressed though. I'm wishing I had ESPN3D on my satellite package. I still probably wont use this feature a ton and the 2D-3D conversion feature is hit or miss depending on the composition of any given scene being viewed.
I'm not a huge fan either of all the smart TV functions the manufacturers are pushing out. I have good streaming and apps for other devices in my home theater setup... I didn't need more. I wish they would offer a version of the set that's Just a TV and save us all a few bucks.
So in summary, tell your wife it's a real upgrade and worth every penny and then go buy it.