Pros -good screen sharpness
-set up was easy
-seemed like a great plasma for the money
Cons -burned in image after 6 weeks of normal use
-customer service advice was not helpful
Summary I am a consumer who tends to buy major purchases and hangs onto them for a long period of time. This year, we finally decided to purchase a new plasma tv for the Super Bowl. We did our homework and read over feedback from many websites rating new flat screen televisions. The best tv for the money seemed to be made by Samsung. Everything seemed great until 6 weeks after our new purchase. At this point, I noticed text from the Wii menu while watching a movie. My son plays the Wii a few hours per day and pauses from time to time when leaving the room. We have owned our Wii for 2 years now and he did this all the time on our old tube tv. Now when we watch tv, we can read the text in the Wii menu as well as see the buttons from the game menu. We talked with the store where we purchased and they recommended that we talk with Samsung. We gave them a call and the customer service agent stated that we can only have a menu screen showing for a few minutes. This seems really ridiculous and almost not achievable for both kids and adults. The burn in effects are not covered by warranty even after 6 weeks. I'm not sure if all modern plasmas would have this problem but I know that older plasmas used to have this issue. I would exercise caution when buying a new plasma tv, especially Samsung. While the product was great when we first opened the box, this experience and the after effects have ruined this purchase. Perhaps this is why LCD televisions are taking over. I would also recommend purchasing a tv from a store where you have more than 30 days for a return policy. Some of the wholesale stores offer 90 days which would have solved this problem. I hope this information helps other consumers.
Pros Nice picture - can't tell the difference between my 46 Samsung LCD that was twice the price. We have it in the bedroom hooked into a Dish DVR and it works fine in thisroom where sun/glare is never an issue.
Cons None - menu isn't as rich as the newer models, but that is it.
Summary For the money - as a second TV - no complaints.
Pros Eye popping colors, great QAM Tuner
Cons So many picture controls, you almost can't quit playing with them.
Summary Please do not let my "cons" comment steer you away from this TV. I am absolutely thrilled with it. The picture quality is tremendous, and I tend to mess with settings a little too much for a couple of months until I get one setting that I really like. I think I'm at the end of my two-month settings mission. Now that I'm there, I'm even more thrilled with the picture.
I am a game watcher. I love watching football, baseball, and basketball on my TVs, and this TV is wonderful for that. There is no motion blur at all, as is the case with most plasmas. Colors are bright and vibrant, and the black levels are terrific. There are a slew of settings that you can use to adjust those as well.
The sound from the TV is what you expect from the TV itself - kind of average. You certainly can't base your decision on the sound of any TV.
It is a standard looking, black glossy TV, and it fits any room.
It has a QAM tuner on board, and this TV does a great job with off-air signals as well. The display puts a lot of information about the current program and shows what's coming on after the current program.
I looked at this TV vs. the comparably priced LG 42PQ30 and the Panasonic TC-P42X1, and I'm happy that I went with the Samsung. I thought the LG was an outstanding picture as well, but it didn't have as many settings as the Samsung did. Plus, I have several friends that own Samsungs, and any of them that have dealt with Samsung customer service have been more than happy. I have not read as good of things about LG's service. I also thought this Samsung's picture was much brighter and vibrant than the Panasonic TC-P42X1. I spent a couple of hours tweaking settings in the store of these three TVs side-by-side, and I'm more than happy with this choice.
All three TVs are 720p, but considering that there are virtually no 1080p broadcasts out there, this was not a big loss. I have a 1080p LCD, and for regular satellite TV, there is no difference in picture quality between my 1080p and this 720p Samsung. Also, this TV will accept 1080p signals (i.e. 1080p PPV from satellite or Blu-ray) and it will convert them into 1080i or 720p, and it still looks amazing.
FYI, if you're in Georgia or Florida, I got this TV from Brandsmart for $499 + tax.
Pros Excellent picture via HDMI on HD Cable and DVD.
Cons Speaker quality and sound.
Summary For the low price ($599 HHGregg in OH)I am completely satisfied with this unit. Replaced my Toshiba 52DLP with this for everyday viewing. Excellent picture. Upconverting DVD just fine. I do not use Blue Ray. No need for higher level model, bells and whistles of network, etc.
Pros Excellent for bedroom-already have 2 top of the line expensive lcd & plasma so wanted budget price but great quality & found it-compared it to the other on sale tvs at best buy & agree that in 42" or smaller it really compares very well to 108
Cons nothing so far
Summary I thought I would never go down to a 720p but after reading cnet a number of times & found they think 1080p not very important in 42" or less finally decided on this model-went to Best Buy with a list of the best quality tvs on sale in 32 to 42 sizes & after arriving & comparing price & quality I started looking at the others & zeroed in on this model as as only $669 & looked better than the others-got it home & it looks as good as my 50 in panasonic top of the line & xbr 40 lcd sony and it looks better on the standard def channels from dishnetwork-so needless to say mission accomplished also blue ray looks stunning on it-I am very pleased I finally spent a lot less & got a great picture-as I don't need any of the fancy stuff like internet connections etc this was the perfect choice for me