Pros High contrast, easy to use, nice looking and low glare.
Cons IR problems, "green ghosting or phoshpor lag" ,remote
Summary Well, I received this plasma (my first plasma) this week and was horrified to find out about this phenomenon known as phosphor lag or green ghosting. Seems to be common among most plasmas. I got rid om my 52" Sony LCD (W3000) because the motion blur was horrible. Now, I have green flashes when I game on the tv, and have noticed it just a little upon watching Blu Ray. The remote also was a disappointment, with some seemingly commonly used buttons dismissed for newer features that frankly, many will not use (like Viera link). People say the ghosting will reduce over time, I hope they are right but I may not have the unit long enough to find out. Otherwise, I am still in the "break-in period" and have had the unit on for several hours today and it did not seem loud or generate much heat. Also, the inputs were easily accessible and there was a nifty wire management system i have never seen. Being as this is the 2nd TV (the first had an uneven panel issue) I have not taken it off of standard setting. I put the first through the ringer, and I will say the picture looked great and rivaled that of the Sony (still, anyway). After the "break in period" I will know more, and possibly have good news about the ghosting (fingers crossed).
Pros Picture quality is superb! Ease of use remote. Doesnt heat your room up. Everyone says WOW!..What a picture.
Cons Price could be lower but for quality its worth it
Summary Purchased my new Panasonic plasma. Just wonderful picture, really, its that good. If you have HD cable or sat. You will luv this unit. I looked at the new LCD's but still plasma is the way to go if you dont want the herky jerky of fast motion. Stays cool, easy to operate. I see why this one is getting all the good reviews. Panasonic did their job on this one.
Pros PQ, Blacks, refresh rate
Cons green a little bright
Summary This is my first plasma but compared to my previous Hitachi rear projection and the LCDs that I have watched, this TV is great. The colors are bright and vibrant. The blacks are crisp. I am really enjoying this TV. The colors really seem to come into their own as you watch the TV. After the 100 hour break in period that plasmas need, I saw an ever better picture.
Pros Great picture and size of the money
Cons Some small quality issues
Summary I've own my TH-50PZ05U for about 2 weeks as I am writing this.
I got it from a local store and I am glad I did (rather than buying online) because I had to return the first unit because it was buzzing very loudly to my taste. The second unit was a lot quieter but there is still a noticeable buzz when the room is really quiet and picture very bright. But it's acceptable. I am very picky. My wife doesn't even hear it. Also this 50in unit has cooling fans which no matter what will produce some noise.
The other small issue is that the upper left corner had what I believed was a dead pixel but is in fact a small piece of dust stuck between the glass and the screen. It's only visible from less than 3 feet away so that's absolutely not an issue. But this and the first unit loud buzzing are signs that Panasonic has quality control issues. I didn't buy the extended waranty at the store but now I might consider it.
However I do think this plasma TV is a GREAT deal for the money (paid $1900 for it). The picture contrast and colors are fantastic. I've been watching several Bluray movies, HD TV program and played GT5 on my PS3 and the performance in all cases was great. I found that the best picture setting were "movie" and "standard". Other settings ("game" and "vivid") give an artificial look to the images (saturated colors). I didn't bother calibrating because I'm really satisfied with the "movie" setting.
The connectivity is good. Total of 8 different inputs (3 HDMI) and switching input is very easy. The menu system is sober (no fancy visual effects) yet easy to use: so far I didn't have to open the user guide. The SD card reader and PC input are nice to have but if you intend to mainly use this TV with a computer or for watching photos an LCD is probably a better choice.
Finally, I was a bit worried about plasma being power hungry (the spec says 700Watts) but because plasma only use their peak power when picture is totally white I found that this unit barely uses more electricty than my former Sony 27in CRT TV. LCDs use their nominal power all the time so in real usage the difference with a plasma probably not huge.
So would I recommend this TV? I am still over the fence. I am a very picky person. If you like the looks and picture of this TV, go for it: it's a great deal. All manufactures have quality issues and that's what warranties are for. But if you want total perfection and can afford it go for the high end 800 series. I do think that Panasonic may have cut some corners to come up with a 1080 50in plasma for this price.
"Fantastic unit."on by death2spam
Pros accurate colour and easy to use menu.
Cons no swivel base.
Summary As previously stated, I am a picky imaging professional, and am very hard to please when it comes to televisions. This unit is truly fantastic. I watched my first full NHL playoff game in HD...amazing. I'm not sure where previous reviewers bought the units, but the one I bought, was setup and checked in my home by the store technicians, and they ensure it was working to my satisfaction. I am puzzled as to where the other reviewer saw glare? Mine has very effective anti-glare glass. I suppose if you are putting it in a very bright room or direct sunlight? My living room is not blacked out, and is brighter than most during the day, and i have no problems with image quality.
I have had "professional" salesmen tell me that Plasma is on its way out (despite the fact that demand is almost outstripping supply) "plasmas give off too much heat" (mine gives almost none, and much less than my three year old CRT), and of course the old "the life expectancy of plasma sets is very short".
I am very glad the staff at the store I bought my unit are not on commission, and under pressure to move LCD stock.
If I do find any annoyances I will let you know.
For the posters who have ghosting and bad reflective issues, I would check the back of the unit and make sure they did not give you last years model....just sounds odd.