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The Samsung B590 will have a noticeably darker filter than the S1, if you have a lot of windows and view much during the day, and in my opinion better SD processing, which helps when you are viewing non-HD on such a large screen. Depends on whether you will be watching many blu rays or SD/HD cable or DVD's or what have you. Of course the Panasonic has the advantage of being 2 inches larger and better shadow detail and a bit smoother motion. Of course the Sammy will have better colors, better styling, better menus, swivel stand, will be an inch thinner etc.
If you do go with the Sammy, be sure and register your TV online right away so you can get an extra 3 months extension on the warranty. You might very well need it with Samsung!
If I didn't dislike Samsung as a company so much I would probably go with the Sammy over the Panny. I think it's a bit better. But I really don't like to support Samsung if I can help it, and make sure you have no problems returning it if it ends up being a buzzer.