I have been reading these forums for several years now. I got the settings here for my PT50-LC13 LCD projection a few years ago. That set looks like an antique now.
Anyway for the past few years I have been wanting a Panasonic plasma. Well, I finally broke down and bought a TC-P42S1 this weekend. I don't usually buy something so new, but I felt like I needed to do my part in stimulating the economy.
I always like to read the impressions of posters here on the new tv's, so I thought I would return the favor and leave mine, non-technical though they may be.
The picture looks great right out of the box. My eyes told me to go with Cinema and Standard color (I hear some of you muttering 'warm'). The blacks look great and I am impressed with the details that are visible even in the darker scenes of a movie. That's a big improvement from my lcd projection. I have also been pleased with the absence of glare on the screen. The set is placed in a bright living area and while there is some reflection from the shiny black bezel, there is little or none from the screen itself. I find the design of the set to be understated and classic. The thing even looks good when it's turned off.
Again I very much like the picture, although I must confess that to me it somewhat favors the color green. Not enough that it bothers me, but on some scenes I notice it. I'm sure in time I will find the information here on how to tweak the settings to improve it. I changed the color setting to 'warm' and was surprised to find that it made the picture look greener to my eyes. Let me be clear that I'm nitpicking the color here. Please don't think everyone looks like the Joker or anything. I think 99% of people wouldn't even notice it.
-- I like to put in an SD card and look at photos. Even on the 'very fast' setting they scroll very very slowly though. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? If it's always going to be this slow though I'll just use my computer slide show instead.
-- The screen itself puts off some heat. No big deal, but I was initially surprised by it.
-- The remote layout could be better, but I don't get too hung up on remotes. I've used far worse remotes successfully.
-- I think the sound is great for on-board tv sound. I like the hidden speaker design.
-- I don't have a BDP yet (no money left) so I can't comment on that.
-- Directv HD looks fantastic.
Overall I am very pleased with this display so far. If anyone is here just shopping for a set, I can't imagine you will be displeased by this one. I really had to move in close and tilt my head and squint to find any faults to write about. Mostly my family and I just watch it and occasionally smile about how stunning the picture looks.