Pros Picture is fantastic, not too expensive considering its a 1080P plasma
Cons Does have some of the advanced burn in protection that the samsung has
Summary I've only had the set for a few days and I have not had it connected to a true 1080P source yet, but this TV is really amazing. My previous set was a 48" Mitsubishi 1080i projection TV. I recently purchased a Sharp 52" 1080P LCD to replace it. It was okay, but it wasn't great. The hight speed motion blurr was quite noticable and the picture just seemed a little off, especially for a $3000 TV. So I returned that (thanks, Costco) and found this. The improvement between this and the Sharp LCD is significant. Even my wife took one look at it and could tell the difference. I've watched a couple episodes of the Discovery HD Planet Earth series on this set and its the best picture I've ever seen. Almost no motion blurr. The Planet Earth episode about Caves was really a showcase for the deep and true blacks. And its only a 1080i source from my Directv HD tivo. The reds seems a little "hot" but I'm sure I can make some adjustments for that.
I've also tried DVD from my Oppo DV-981HD. It upconverts to a 1080P singal, but of course this is not even close to what I expect to get from a true 1080P BluRay or HD DVD.
The much-hyped anti-glare coating seems to work great. I haven't noticed any significant glare. I haven't given the SD slot a try, but since I do have a digital camera with SD, I expect that this will come in handy.
The remote is nice even if you need other Panasonic components to take advantage of the EZ Synch feature. It has to really big buttons in the middle for channel and volume. Kind of nice to not have to fumble around for them.
Overall I couldn't be happier with my new set.
Pros Did not realize how much I was missing. Wow!! So much yet to discover.
Cons Pricey but.... you get what you pay for as they say
Summary Still awaiting installation of high def satellite for true high def content( next weekend). But what I can tell you is this TV will blow you away right out of the box. We went with an upconverting DVD from Panasonic along with the THPPZ700U and using Monster 1M HDMI cable to connect the two. When we finished hooking it up we debated on what DVD we were going to use to challenge our new purchase. We chose King Kong and I can't tell you how amazing the crystal clear, highly defined picture looked. We were mesmerized (lost track of time as we were just doing a test)for about an hour as we were in awe of all the detail we had missed watching this on our old TV. Unbelievable! I presently have it hooked up to a digital cable receiver until next weekend, and if high def is better than this, Oh my god, I'll never leave the house.
Panasonic you rock !!! Thanks consumers report for your in depth review in November 2007 issue.(Highest rated TV they have ever tested)
After keeping an eye on trends of the Plasma market for the past 2 years waiting to jump in, and watching Pioneer be the #1 rated Plasma in every review with a price diff. of roughly $1,000 to $1,500 more for this same sized panel. I'll update when I have Satellite connected.
If your in the market for 50" you won't be sorry going with this beauty. Be sure you get the THP50PZ700U. 1080p, antiglare screen,PC input. They offer many choices in the 50" size but the PZ is the Cadillac.
Well done Panasonic.
Pros picture, sound, features, inputs
Cons cost, power consumption, setup
Summary This set is true Panasonic. I based the purchase mostly on the Panasonic reputation of the past few years since there were no reviews of this set. I would place this with the Pioneer FHD1. The cabinet is beautiful. Inputs are good. Sufficient for me now, but I may need more than 2 HDMI in the future. I can't see it though at this time.
Setup and adjustment is a little bumpy - not smoothly executed but totally sufficient when done.
It has automatic audio leveling when using an antenna input. Unfortunately, with cable or satellite it has to be done in the cable box, which it isn't. You can't level an input.
Speaking of the audio, it is fantastic. My neighbor commented on that immediately and is jealous. The speakers themselves are about 2". The processing makes them sound as good as using my 12" stereo speakers. Bass is fantastic. There appears to be a resonance at a low frequencies. However, it may be what was broadcast because it happened only in one spot on one advertisement and repeated with the ad.
The connections to secure it to the wall when using the supplied pedestal stand are a joke. Fortunately, it is very stable on the pedestal and really doesn't need this, assuming it is sitting on a stable stand to support 123.5 pounds.
I would really like it if calibrating these sets was made doable by none technically challenge people. I think this set is less calibratable then last years version, but I am still waiting on a real technical review to find out.
It looks most impressive at about 4 feet. That is where the pixels disappear with 1080P resolution. Normal viewing for me is about 10-11 ft.
It may have some green push, but when I think it might, it is hard for me to tell if the green is not suppose to look like that. Not all green looks pushed just some landscape green - grass, trees, etc. - especially the ad for Planet Earth in HD.
Cost - paid a no hassle $3019. delivered - not setup. You can probably do a little better at a few other online retailers - but expect a hassle with some.
I can't configure it to make it easy to switch between component and HDMI on my DVR to see if there really is a difference. That is an issue of the cable box. The cable guy said one could see a difference especially in 50" and over sets.
Anti-glare screen effective but not perfect.
SD card nice touch. No headphone output. Only composite video input on front panel. Some basic controls on front panel. As with most sets the remote is the best place to control it. There appears to be service connections under a panel on the rear which would probably require special equipment.
Power consumption is rated at 695 watts. I was told by Panasonic that it was typically about 1/3 of that and I measured it with a Kill-a-Watt at about 300 watts with a PF=1. IE, watts=VA.
Overall - I would do it again in a heartbeat. Panasonic's reputation is not faltering.
Pros Picture, Picture, Picture.
Cons Only 2 HDMI ports - no 1080p via component or VGA
Summary I was down to the 52' Sony XBR2 and the 52' 92 series Sharp. Then I saw this TV. WOW! While the other two TV's offer better conectivity options, the Panasonic beats them both easily in the picture department (and thats what its all about, isnt it?). Some of the deepest blacks I have seen, no motion blur, and the colors make your jaw drop. I got mine at circuit city for $2960 (I used the old "can you match or beat internet prices?" and to my surprise they actualy did. This TV is among the best.
Pros FullHD picture: PERFECT black level detail; great sound for a flat panel
Cons Relatively expensive for a plasma; Only 2 HDMI inputs
Summary Once I heard that Panasonic was to release a 1080p plasma, I waited anxiously for this TV to arrive at my store. The minute this TV came in on the truck, I brought it straight to the floor and hooked it up to a Blu-Ray player and our DirecTV HD receiver. Along with a Denon AVR-987 and a KEF 3005 speaker system, I turned X-3:X-Men United on Blu-Ray and was completely blown away. This TV displayed EVERY detail in the picture, with amazing detail and ZERO motion blur. Images were crisp, colors seemed well accurate, fans were quiet, black level was perfect, and it definitely challenged Sony's XBR2 picture quality. Remote was very simply laid out, so Panasonic definitely took the average consumer into consideration when designing this TV. Speakers are forward-firing and on the side, unlike their 75 series. For being a flat panel, sound was actually somewhat deep and did not have that tinny sound at all. Biggest cons, as with all plasmas, was the glass screen reflecting all the ambient light. Keep in mind, this is in a store with lights everywhere. So the average room wouldn't be so bad with this TV. Panasonic could've just thrown the anti-glare coating on. Also, most TV's being released now have 3 HDMI inputs, whereas this has two, which was no big deal, since I only had two HDMI sources hooked to it anyway. All in all, this definitely has to be my most favorite plasma.