Pros + 2D and 3D performance are superb
+ Deep blacks, natural-looking colors
+ Audio is very good for build-in speakers
+ Wall mounted it really looks great
+ Built in APPS... Netflix, Amazon, VUDU etc. work as well
Cons - I don't have any complaints
Summary This is my 7th Panasonic plasma and the best. 2D and 3D performance are superb. Wall mounted it really looks great. It is very thin at 1.6" but is not so thin as to be delicate to handle. The menu system is Panasonics best yet and easy to follow. There are plenty of inputs and options for just about any possible use. If you want to spend this amount, I don't think you could make a better choice. Even the audio is very good for build-in speakers. The HDMI input features "audio return" so only one cable is necessary when you use an Audio Receiver.
It is virtually silent, even though it does have an internal fan. There is no hum or buzz of any kind. There are the usual video modes plus a THX mode which comes the closest to what you would get with professional calibration. The advanced menu makes calibration somewhat easier, also. After calibration, you can have picture quality that is,IMHO,about as good as it can get. The black levels are, well just wait till you see them. The built in APPS... Netflix, Amazon, VUDU etc. work as well as any I have seen and update easily. The Remote is backlit and easy to use.
If you intend to wall mount, do not use a "slim mount" product. There will not be enough room to reach behind the set to access the inputs. Even if the mount claims to "tilt" the set will already be close to the wall that it simply cannot be tilted. You could attach the cables before you install on the mount but that will be a real pain to handle and you cannot change things later. You will need at least two, or better, three people to attach this set to a wall mount. It is quite wide and you may need the third person to watch from the bottom to guide you while mounting. It also weights 126 lbs (with out the included base stand). I have been calibrating sets for about 10 years and I am extremely pleased with this set and highly recommend.
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Pros Was good to look at initially, but it shows banding sometimes.
Cons I started observing burn-in in less than 10 months and Panasonic says that it's a known problem and is not covered under warranty!
Summary I bought this TV because of CNET's reviews.
I watch TV for about 4hrs a day 6 days a week. Out of that I watch CNN for about 2hrs a day 5 days a week. In less than 10 months I see CNN logo burnt into the screen and Panasonic says they won't fix the problem as they know about it!
How's that right. CNET is rating Panasonic plasmas very highly, but they apparently do not test for burn-in or they get better versions to test than what is sold in the stores.
Pros Great black levels, film-like picture
Cons Obvious flashing brightness problem (fluctuating brightness) actually engineered just to save electricity; mine has a bright spot that Panasonic says is within normal parameters. Nonsense.
Summary I've had this very expensive TV since late July and it has not worked right a single day. First, I noticed the brightness fluctuation flashing like a pinball machine. A few calls and a day off work- they sent a third-party tech to take t apart and swap the a-board. All this time blows my 30 day Best Buy Magnolia return period, just before I start seeing a strange bright spot in the center-not image retention, but something in the panel itself. after contacting Panasonic, they again sent a third-party tech who agreed it was NOT normal and took pics. Panasonic insists this bright blob is normal. A lifetime of brand loyalty destroyed.
Pros Lots of adjustments
Cons No analog audio out
Summary Had mine about a month now and I'm still in love. Bought at Value Electronics in NY since they got one of the early shipments. They will run a set for 100 hrs and then calibrate it if you desire, for a fee. Kevin Miller of ISF did mine and it looks spectacular. He also uses a SpectrCal. The 30 beats my old Pioneer Elite 510 rptv which was also calibrated and looked very good, however the new one has better resolution, better colors, virtually as good blacks, and no wonky geometry/convergence problems. This is as close as you can get to a Kuro today, imo.
As for not having a swivel base, this is really easy. Just stop in Lowes and pick up this lazy susan bearing (<$8), stick on some rubber feet under it so as not to scratch your stand, and set the tv on it, being careful to center. This is a 2 person job because of the 98 lbs. Voila! I now have one finger rotation of a 100 lb tv, very handy for rear access for cabling work etc. Try this on any set that you need to swivel. Cheers.
Pros Great Picture
Cons After 24 Hrs the TV developed a 5 inch vertical bar on the left side. Called up Panasonic service and was informed that they will not replace the brand new set. They sent out a repair tech and he told me they have to order a new plasma screen and a C bo