Pros 480p resolution
Cons Drab casing
Summary Ok if you are getting hot over 720p 1080p and other mambo-jumbo then go and spend your money. Just remember that 720p 1080I and 1080p signals are not coming to your TV from anywhere.
1. 99% of broadcasts are not HDTV therefore your HDTV will show worse picture then analog sets.
2. Progressive-Scan DVD signal is 480p, therefore HDTV with 1080p resolution will have exactly the same quality picture as EDTV.
3. HDMI or Up-converting DVD players do not make 480p signal into HDTV (1080p or 720p) they simulate higher resolution by line doubling. The result is better picture in professional tests. Almost undetectable difference for your eyes.
4. But, but what about those 6-7 channels that supposedly broadcast HDTV? If you are getting them through cable or dish they come to you compressed 40 to 65 times, so much for HDTV. Networks cannot afford so much bandwidth on their cables to stream uncompressed signal.
So there you have it folks. Good luck with you high resolution sets they will be obsolete in 3 years when TV finally converts to 100% digital and may be 50% HDTV. But even then only fiber-optic cables could potentially provide actual HDTV signals and that is of course if cable company decides not to compress the heck out of them to fit more channels. Meanwhile continue to spend thousands of dollars on TVs resolution of which is useless due to lack of actual signal.
Pros Inexpensive, Easy to Configure settings
Cons Could use more connections
Summary Great EDTV. Picture is nice and crisp and the blacks are excellent. Configuring the picture and sound settings are a snap. I only have a few HDTV channels with my cable company and when they add more and this BLU Ray HD DVD mess is settled, I guess I'll get myself a 1080p TV but for now, I'm enjoying this TV.
Pros Great picture detail and value
Cons Needs one more HDMI cable
Summary I had been shopping for HDTV's for awhile and was on a bit of a budget. I was shopping at a local ma' and pop shop and saw this EDTV vs. every other brand like Hitatchi, RCA, and Toshiba. I was blown away by the great picture detail and color of the same movie playing. I highly recommend this TV for sattelite HDTV or even gaming. It has been truly a great TV and was worth every penny I spent on it. I see subtle difference to a 1080p display and even PS3 games have flawless graphics and still display 720p and 1080p detail. It even tells you when you connect on the screen and when you alter the settings there really is a huge difference from 480p to 720p-1080p on this model. The only difference I could clearly see between 720p an 1080p panels are the frames on the TV panel are about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wider at select dept. stores. Even then progressive scan is still far superior on an 480p TV due to the fact that DVD resolution is equidistant in terms of frames and lines to enhanced definition and therefore providing great transfer and utilization of contrast ratios as well as a spectacular frame rate. Definitely need to get Discovery HD if you have this TV.
"Worth every penny"on by Crash
Pros Affordable, excellent quality
Cons Honestly can't come up with one
Summary I bought this in Feb 2005 for $2500. I was comparing this EDTV with the Panasonic 42" HDTV (which was $5,000). I went to Best Buy and compared the two, and I honestly couldn't tell the difference. The sales person told me that if I were to get very close to the screen (less than 12 inches) I could see that the EDTV was slightly more "grainy" than the HDTV. To me, not only do they look identical at less than 12 inches, they look identical at 20 feet as well. I took the extra $2500 I saved, and bought the Bose 3-2-1 Home Theatre System and had everything professionally installed. Two years have passed and the quality is STILL spectacular and I am convinced that I made the right decision.
Pros pic is amazing, easy to use and setup
Cons there are none noted yet
Summary This is my first plasma, and did lots of research. Panasonic is rated as the best tv for plasma tv's. This one is awesome. Its a perfect size for the bedroom, which is where this one is. I had it on the stand it comes with which looks nice. But I bought a tv mount, and I highly recommend the wall mount....it is even more awesome.
The setup is easy, and self explanatory, and there are plenty of jacks on the tv. I also suggest using the HDMI if you can...well worth the money....get your cable on ebay will save you money. Also suggest using a stereo to run your audio thru it.