"Solid Product: Great picture and clarity"4.5 starson by bungi43
Pros: I purchsed the 65S1 about 3 months ago. Bought it open box from HH Gregg. I had picked up the 58 inch and really loved it, so I returned it for the bigger TV. DirecTV looks solid on it, HD channels all look great.
Cons: None that have anything to do with the TV itself.
Summary: Even after reading the "black color" update by CNET, I knew this was the TV I wanted to purchase. I have an older model Viera 42 inch Plasma that is now about 5 years old and it still produces a better picture than a lot of TV's I've seen today. This 65 inch really is spectacular. This was my first venture into the 1080p world as I believe that most people don't notice the difference (especially at the smaller size). At 65 inch there wasn't an option. After a discount sheet I had I purchsed this TV for about 1400. It is a bit on the heavy side, but that is to be expected from this TV.
Out of the box the TV does need adjustments, but that's normal with any TV. I did some searching online for some things and ultimately chose to play around with it for my preferences. PS3, Xbox 360 and my Panasonic Blu Ray all look wonderful. Upconversion looks good too: Regular DVD's look great. Even my Wii looks pretty good on a TV of this size.
Standard def is okay, nothing fancy, but I've yet to see a TV of this size where the standard definition looks great (hence the reason I didn't dock the TV under the Cons section). 3 HDMI inputs are plenty (I have a receiver with 6) and the one on the side of the TV is great for quick hook ups. The remote is relatively friendly, but I'm used to a Panasonic remote anyways.
If you are looking for a large TV, the "S" series is very affordable and very clear. I would recommend this TV (or any from this series) to anyone.
Burn In: A lot of people are leary of this: Most TV's today that are plasma have anti image retention tools that you can use to keep this from happening. I play a lot of video games that will have a "permanent" image on the screen during play. From time to time I'll have slight image retention on the screen, but after 10-15 minutes of watching something else it clears right up. So don't let that fool you. Comparing this to an LCD of similar size, it's not even close. No blurry motion on sports like you'll get with a LCD TV.
Right now I give it a 4.5. I don't give it a 5 as I've only had it 3 months and I want to see how well it will continue to perform.