"Plasma vs. LCD"on by JosephLED
Pros + Great picture and sound
+ The color is fantastic
+ Network feature
+ The base is very sturdy and the non-sliding works
+ Was packaged very securely
Cons -The speakers are a little lacking.
-There is only 1 audio out port and it is fiber opic.
Summary I wanted TV that would fit in a small room. Anything over 42 would have been too big. I also wanted a TV with all the connections (USB, Flashcard, Computer, HDMI,etc). I wanted a high refresh rate. I wanted a TV that made my Blu-ray movies look amazing and my old VHS tapes tolerable (and I wanted standard broadcasts to look good). I wanted a TV with a good viewing angle. I wanted to be able to connect to the internet. This TV does all those things very well. I'm so glad I bought it.
But I had my doubts. Frankly I was worried. I'd never bought a TV online. Another issue: I bought plasma. I've never owned plasma. I've never owned LCD, but whenever I went to Best Buy or other stores, the Samsung LCD LED seemed to have the best picture than anything else and the plasma's always looked worse the LCD's. But I did a little research and learned that companies push LCD in the stores because they make more money off the LCD's.
I also learned that LCD's have a brighter picture which shows better in store lighting. I really liked the advantages that the plasma seemed to offer (the best refresh rate, true blacks, no picture loss from viewing the screen off center, accurate color reproduction, amazing picture at near half the price of comparable LCD's). I love this TV. I've had no problems. Delivery went smoothly.
The picture quality is amazing. I have no regrets. Only one thing to be aware of--this TV needs a wireless USB adapter to connect to the internet. It costs an extra 85$. Didn't know that until after I set it up and realized it wasn't really internet ready out of the box. Luckily I bought the Panasonic Blu Ray player that includes the required USB wireless adapter. Also, sound is acceptable, but I've got this TV hooked up to a surround sound system, so I wasn't worried about sound quality all that much.
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Pros Out of the box plug & play ease
This TV is the cream of the crop!
Do yourself a favor treat yourself to a fantastic experience of ease of use and nothing like you have ever seen picture quality.
Cons I am pretty particular and have now spent 2 days with the the TV..can't find ANY cons.
Summary I researched for over a month and had narrow my choice down to an LED TV. I went to a retail store and browsed. The employee that helped me was very good. I told him what my expectations were and he showed me 3 sets. This was the lowest price of the 3 and even he recommended it! Remind you that he gets a commission. I was so happy after I came home and did my own research that we went the next day and purchased the Panasonic. I also decided to upgrade from my 6 year old home theater and he worked with me to find what met my needs and the TV's needs. I am in heaven.Don't know how I forgot the THX we love it!
Updated on May 1, 2010
Pros Fine, when it isn't broken
Cons died twice in 2 years, which is all the cons anyone needs to stay far away.
Panasonic thinks 42" at like 80 pounds is "portable" so they won't come to you, you get to bring it to them
Summary Within months of ownership (So, inside the warranty period), I got the blinking red light of death.
Since it's 42" they won't come to your place, you have to lug this 80 pound television to them. Panasonic considers this "portable." So find the biggest SUV you can and it will barely fit.
An authorized dealer repaired it and again I borrowed a friend's car to bring it home. Super annoying, but you figure, one time, how bad can it be?
Well, surprise, I'm are back to a blinking red light.
I think I paid like $2k for this tv. It's been about 2 years, so no more warranty (generally extended warranties are for suckers, for flat panels I'm not sure I agree).
Anyway, now its going to cost a lot of money.
Why did I buy Panasonic? And why do they generally get such good reviews on e-commerce sites? Very undeserved. I would never buy Panasonic again. Samsung, here I come.
Pros Great HDTV Picture
Good Brand Quality Overall
Cons Unwatchable Standard Definition
A distinct buzzing noise, more noticeable when screen is brighter, once you notice it, can't ignore it
Sub-Par Sound from built in speakers
Poor placement for buttons/3rd HDMI input
Summary Standard Definition picture hurts my eyes, HD picture is great, but not worth the SDTV Trade-off. I've had it for 5 days, it is already for sale. Very disappointed, going back to my 2005 Panasonic 42" 480p Plasma TV. Not as good for HD (obviously), but SDTV looks great. Until all programming is in HD the 2010 G series Plasmas should not be purchased by anyone who has previously had a flat-panel TV that performs decently.
Pros When it worked, it worked well.
Cons WEnt from $1200+ tv to being a doorstop in 30 months
Summary I will never, ever buy another Panasonic product of any kind.