"Impressive unit, THX worth the money"4.0 starson by Ted_Zimmerman
Pros: Color in THX very accurate right out of the box
Menus easy to understand and configure
Cons: Reddish cast as noted in CNET review is noticeable
Speakers not the greatest
Remote volume and channel controls hard to differentiate
Summary: We upgraded from a Sony Wega 32" flat screen and have been very impressed with the performance of the Panasonic aside from a few niggles. Blacks are fantastic and the dynamic range is excellent. 1080 BDs look superb.
The TV isn't perfect however, hence the four star rating.
First, the reddish cast as referenced in the CNET review is quite noticeable on certain white and neutral tones. It's not a deal breaker although I'm surprised at how many scenes are affected. Images with lots of white or even light grey, such as clouds or overcast skies, are rendered with a light, blotchy pink cast. Skin tones however seem OK. Also, different video sources seem to exhibit varying levels of ruddiness so your mileage may vary depending on the content you are viewing.
Notwithstanding the red cast, the THX mode is fantastic, with excellent color reproduction straight out of the box. I use a NEC 2690 reference grade monitor for my photography business and am amazed at how close the Panasonic colors resemble those on the monitor. This makes it a great TV for viewing slide shows with accurate and predictable color.
Second, I would have preferred a backlit remote. In a dark room it is easy to switch channels instead of volume as the two rocker switches are identical in feel and are located side by side. The menus however are intuitive and it only took about 30 minutes to configure the unit.
Third, the speakers seem to lack mid range punch, especially with 5.1 sources. We haven't purchased a surround sound system yet so are relying on the internal speakers for movies and games. We often have to change the volume to hear speech, then for action sequences we usually need to ramp the volume down.
Finally, while standard def content looks better than I expected, with a unit this large it is easy to detect compression artifacts and other noise. THX seems to help somewhat, but this may be too large of a unit if you are sitting closer than 8 feet to the screen. This isn't really a fault, but rather a recommendation to consider your size needs carefully.
Overall we are still very pleased with the TV and are looking forward to many years of stunning image quality, especially with 1080 sources.