Just got my panasonic tc-p42s2 yesterday. Bought it on Black Friday via Amazon.com for $549, what a steal! The delivery date was missed and the shippers knew from the get go, so complained to Amazon and also to the shipper, got a nice rebate and changed shippers and am now enjoying this great plasma. My first HD and I know I made the right decision. Beautiful picture after some tweaks(thanks to all for the help on the settings). It's on Cinema, 50 contrast 50 Brightness and on Cool setting amongst others. No problems what so ever. The sound is fair to good, after coming from a small tube tv, I'm enjoying it. Next step, is to buy a 5.1 surround sound system. For those complaining about the grainy picture on many channels, if it's not in HD, all the TV's regardless of type are grainy. HD picture just outstanding. I also discovered that since I wear eyeglasses(nearsighted), even the quality of the lens makes a difference. i threw on another newer pair of eyeglasses that were NOT High Index lenses, and my vision clarity increased, I almost freaked, i could not believe it, I kept going back and forth checking and rechecking and it's a definite, for those of you myopic and spent a lot of $$$ on ultra thin High index lens, be aware the light transmission to your eyes is reduced!! Just the nature of the beast. My newer pair of glasses, i chose a slightly thicker, non High index lens. So, that being said, be aware even that will affect your viewing pleasure of the plasma. LED/LCD NEVER!!! Plasma is the way to go!