As you all know, i have owned 3 hdtvs in the past month (samsung lcd 850 and panasonic 50pz850u plasma). I have finally settled to stay with the samsung B560 unit.
So far this is what i have noticed so far:
Sound quality is decent which you would expect from a very thin plasma. Many HDTV owners know that the thinner you go, the worse the sound gets because the smaller the speakers have to be.
Picture quality: well, this has been beaten to death in a previous thread. In my opinion, the samsung B560 is definetely way better in color accuracy when compared to panasonic units. As far as black colors, i continue to stand by what i had said earlier which was that the samsung does a much better job at keeping dark images looking dark during daytime viewing. This was a huge issue with the panasonic because i almost couldnt stand watching tv during the day on the panasonic 850u.
Also, the samsung DOES NOT have flicker at all. I also noticed this past week that the samsung unit changes images much faster than the panasonic unit does. (this could be due to its 600hz) It handles moving images much smoother and without any artifacts. As far as its external appearance goes, well i think that the samsung is still miles ahead of panasonic units. It's a much slimmer cabinet and it has a ash TOC instead of the former red color.
So far, the only thing i DID notice is that the samsung seems to suffer a little more of image rentention. I have watched movies and if i leave still images for only a little bit, it causes IR. However, i have not broken in the unit so i am thinking this is due to the fact that the tv is more prone to this problem during its early life.
In brief, the samsung is much easier on my eyes even with the lights off. It has amazing colors and dark colors are dark. It all comes with a very reasonable price tag and it will be a very tough unit to beat. I have tried the g10 units and they still do not impress me. You still have flicker and its colors are still behind the samsung. Yes, its black colors are outstanding, but overall it is not a much better unit than the samsung b560.
If you are looking for an amazing 58 inch plasma that won't rape your bank account then do not look anywhere else..