"A really great Plasma and for the money, Outstanding!!!"5.0 starson by ccheiser001
Pros: Great picture, even out of the box.
Easy to and many picture tweaks.
Great looking, touch of color.... real class!
Burn-in function and scrolling.
Beautiful colors and deep blacks.
Definition is outstanding.
Excellent refresh rate.
Cons: Cons: Putting the set in the stand a little demanding, but of course, I'm an old man. Put the panel on two chairs with a large gap in the center and have a third person slip the stand on and tighten down.
Summary: I've owned a 50" Panasonic Plasma since 2005, it was CNet's Editors Choice. Gave it to my son. I wanted to check out the 1080p, Cinema Smooth, Internet Widgets and I wasn't disappointed..
I've been building computers since 1988 and I do my homework when it comes to electronics and attention to detail. I've read all the reviews by customers, CNet, Consumer Report on all three brands. They all have their issues, but in my opinion, Samsung wins out in every respect and for the money, Panasonic doesn't have a chance.
First issue I want to address is buzzing. No buzzing at all! Once again, no buzzing at all!! I know Samsung addresses the issue on their website, but it's a non-issue. If you put your ear to the top of the vent, you can hear the fan. The folks who have complained about the loud buzzing, you need to return the unit for another, you have a lemon. But if you check, there are a heck of a lot of people with not issue compared to those who have.
Now to another issue, Burn-in. The first thing you do with any plasma set is TURN DOWN THE CONTRAST. No matter what mode you select the contrast is in the 90s. I cut the contrast down to 45/55, brightness 55/65, color 45, and turn on Burn Protection. You can brings those up as hours accumalate. The other tweaks to your liking. After the burn-in period, knock yourself out!
The Cinema Smooth 1080p/24, no glitches I have noticed. Blu-ray is outstanding and SD is very good. The Internet feature works great with plenty of Widgets, etc. What you do need, unless you hardwire is the Samsung WIS-08BG2X Wireless Link stick, plug it in the USB port on the side, go to the Internet option, select wireless, type in the WEP ID off your modem and your are ready to surf. But if you are looking for some serious surfing, use your computer/laptop. Believe me, you will love this plasma! Hope this helps in your decision, take care.