"Completely Awesome!"4.5 starson by TallGuyXP
Pros: Picture Quality, not paying for features I don't want
Cons: no in-home warrantee
Summary: I've had this set for a few days now and I am completely pleased with it. The picture quality is jaw droppingly stunning. I have it connected to my JVC D702B A/V receiver via HDMI which is connected to my Dish Network VIP622 satellite receiver, also via HDMI.
I keep the plasma's aspect ratio set to "full" and use the VIP622's remote to change the aspect ration for non-HD channels.
As to burn-in... Yes, all plasmas can show burn-in or image retention, but Panasonic has done a lot to reduce the possibility of burn-in. That said, I am following some procedures I found in the AVSForum that help to further reduce the chance of burn-in. Apparently, plasmas are much more succeptable to burn-in early in their life, so, during the first 100 hours of use, I always have a full picture displayed (no bars on the sides or top) and, most importantly, the brightness, contrast and picture settings are set to 0 (use the Cinema mode). The picture is not quite as vibrant as it would otherwise be, but I can deal with this for a couple weeks.
I like the fact that I don't have to pay for features I won't use, like speakers and a tuner.
Since the commercial (professional) versions of Panasonic plasmas don't come with an in-home warrantee, I decided to purchase my plasma from Costco. Although it was a bit more expensive than other online retailers, they can't beat Costco's return policy.