Pros Using Verizon FIOS HD--Great picture in HD. Standard def is just standard (BLAH) though some SD channels seem very good. Custom Picture can be tweeked to much better than THX. PS3/Blueray--take your sox off or you''re gonna lose 'em!
Cons Remote sux. no real backlite. Speakers very weak ( as expected in a >2" thick tv) . Viera tools ,cast, link= useless.
Summary Price=999.00 --Video Only (Beaverton Or)= including a Panasonic BluRay DVD Player-deliv. included.
BluRay is fantastic--much better than FIOS HD. Some PS3 games are so realistic you will stop just to look at the scenery!
Get a better sound sys., get a BluRay player--you're in for a pretty good experience.
My one concern is how long will this tv last? My last hdtv was a 50" rear proj. Toshiba (720P) that had the highest reviews on CNET, Home Theater Mag. Consumer Reports etc. and it went away totally in 3 years. 2200.00 for 36 months. I don't mind paying good dollars for a tv that will last, but i am little sceptical about the newer ones on the market.
Cons nothing at all
Pros Awesome picture, THX feature, looks, value.
Cons Just like many reviews I read, sound is so-so and the remote..........come on Panasonic.....I laughed at it when I saw it. Nether is a deal breaker by any means.
Summary I struggled with the LCD vs. Plasma and about went out of my mind researching TVs for about a year. Panasonic had the best picture and price of all the flat panel HDTV that I looked at, and believe me I looked at a ton. I read many reveiws, and found consistent great reviews. I've had this TV for about three months and I LOVE it! I highly recommend.
"Love this TV"on by hammondjl
Pros Size, quality, price
Cons No Cons yet
Summary I have had this TV for about 6 months and it is beautiful. this is my third flat screen and by far the best. I do wish they would add Hulu or Netflix to the Viera cast, but that would just be a bonus.
Pros Price, picture quality, THX mode overall appearance,.
Cons Sound, Or lack there of.
Summary This is mostly a regurgitation of my reply to Hutchoos excellent post on Feb. 4th, (My 1st post here
and I didn't realize that one could only see my comments by expanding his,so forgive me.)
I though my comments might be helpful , as others' were to me.
I can't really improve on Hutchoo's review, other than to say my experience was almost identical, though I have yet to address my sound "issues" with a system,
Being a photographer by trade that has been calibrating monitors for many years I can tell you to use the THX for blu ray movies (tweak the settings if you like I did... I have a Pana Blu Ray DVD and it sets it to THX mode automatically BTW) but more importantly, set the TV the way YOU like it to look in the custom settings with stuff you watch all the time and just enjoy it. In my case I took a local network morning news show with a solid consistent solid feed and adjusted the skin tones,brightness, and contrast with the usual room conditions and that was it.
The Editors have done the objective testing and confirmed that this set is capable one of the best pictures you can get, so forget the green or cyan or secondary color performance it's just pixel peeping BS.
The "black issue" so far I'm not worried about, but will keep an eye on.
I paid just over a grand for this amazing set, so I couldn't be more satisfied.
FWIW during Superbowl 1/2 time, I went to a neighbors house that just got a new Samsung 8000Series LED to check out how AMAZING it was.They must have left it with the factory VIVID settings or something,because the grass looked like it was fluorescent green, but you know what? THEY thought it looked great and were blown away by how much better it looked than the set it replaced. Hey like I said, Get a highly rated set, and make look the YOU want.
ALSO what was amazing to me with the Samsung was how snappy it still looked WAY off angle where I stood for a while-
that was impressive even though the review said off angle performance was an issue if I remember right.
To each, his own.