Originally Posted by thmetalhed
I just received mine yesterday--32LZ800--and just let me say WOW! Of course that was after one week of patience, as I ordered it on 7/14, and worrying about it getting stuck in Hodgkins, IL, via the brown delivery co and their 3-day shipping from theEgg's vendors (they don't carry this TV in their warehouses). Here are some of my initial impressions of my first HDTV.
I bought this TV so I could play MGS4 on the PS3, which I purchased on the worldwide release date. Because I was limited to using a standard 480 set, it was impossible to read the fine orange text on the screen. Once it started up on my new Panny, I WAS IN HEAVEN! Everything is so much clearer.
Don't even get me started on COD4... On my other tv, you would look down your gun's sights and could not see ANYTHING. Now when I do that, I can actually see where I am aiming!
The only trouble I had was going from a square screen to widescreen. Both my brother and my dad commented on how it felt... different.
I watched a full summer league basketball game last night (which unfortunately only broadcast in SD) of the Utah Jazz vs the Iranian National Team. I was a little concerned about how standard channels would look on this set, but I was pleased. However, it had a "fisheye" look to it on the ends (my guess would be some sort of post processing from SD to widescreen by the station).
My lappy looked excellent hooked up via HDMI cable into slot #1. However, while the PS3 did not appear to have any lag issues, my pc did. In Halo 2, I could hear the click of my mouse... and then it would fire the weapon on the screen. While I am still looking into this issue, my guess is that it has more to do with my lappy.
Currently I have the set hanging on my wall. I did run into an issue installing the wall mount I purchased--Ergotron Neo-Flex--as it the screws that attach the mount to the back of the set were too large for the holes in the Panny. So I had to put some different ones in to make it work.
As for the "buzzing" sound coming off of these sets... I would say that there isn't much, if any. The only sound I can hear is if I put my ear near the back of the set; there is a slight hum almost like a fan. In terms of loudness, I would say the sound is a littler louder than the sound my mp3 player makes when it is reading the flash drive or the digital camera I used to own. Yet it is much quieter than the sound my fan on my lappy makes or my PS3. Unless you have hearing like your dog... this "sound" is not an issue. If there is this "buzzing" I would say your unit is defective and you need to send it in.
Yes this Panny may not have the "features" that others have--PiP and all of the other fancy software--but for the price and picture quality (the audio is decent, good at best) this set can't be beat. I was really turned off by similar models by Samsung and Sony. They either did not handle motion very well, or you could NOT move around without having the screen darken/change colors, or the picture was dark and unsaturated, which, for me, really turned me off. I love the glossy screen (there is not a bad seat in the house). I can literally look at the TV from the side and there is no darkening or discoloration on the screen! My room is in the basement, so I don't get as much ambient light, which with a glossy screen, really makes it look fantastic.
My bedroom has been transformed from just a place to sleep, game, and do homework to a place to sleep, an office, and a home theater!
Thanks to all who have donated their thoughts to this set and help me purchase a well rounded TV without actually seeing it in person
! Which, I admit, was a little scary!
Now I just need to get me a HTiB to make everything complete! Any suggestions... I really like the Onkyo HT-S3100 or the Logitech Z-5500.