Got my PN64E7000 and set it up. At first I was impressed. Better colors, way better blacks, and way more detail in everything than my 52" CCFL LCD (comparing with a high quality HDMI splitter). Then I noticed the HORRIBLE judder. Insane levels of judder in my video games, and insane levels of judder in my 24p BluRays even with CinemaSmooth on in Movie mode and confirmed 24p source. In fact, CinemaSmooth seems to do almost nothing when turned for movies? How do I confirm the TV is running in 96Hz for 24p movies, maybe that will help? With Auto Motion Plus 120Hz set to LOW on my old TV, the judder totally goes away in 24p movies, and is dramatically reduced in games. But nothing seems to help the plasma! Literally everything has a flickering ghost image before and after the object itself that vibrates quickly back and forth if I am turning in a game, or if a movie is panning quickly. How can you guys live with this? I'll take SOE any day over this. The same silky smooth pan scene on my LCD is a mess on the plasma next to it. Very easy to notice when both screens are running the same material (Night at the Museum BluRay) simultaneously.
I'm also displeased at the intense amount of ABL. I knew going in that this was a plasma limitation, but I didn't think it would be quite this bad. Impossible to get an all white screen. Best I can hope for is medium gray. Tested with Disney WOW. Compared to my old Samsung LCD running on an HDMI splitter right next to it, the difference is night and day. The LCD is brilliant white, the plasma is medium gray, even after I tried raising Cell Light, Brightness, Contrast etc. to MAX, or changing picture modes. Makes no difference because once ABL kicks in to clip the white intensity, that's it. It's not just annoying on white scenes. Gladiiator BluRay also has some bright partial sky shots. I calibrated so all other scenes look equally bright between both TVs (my LCD backlight is only HALF way up, btw, and the plasma Brightness is only on 50 in Movie mode), but when there's a big area of brightness like sky or sand, the ABL just kills it!
I do hear a slight buzz if I stand up a turn my ear towards TV, but seated I can't hear it.
And I do see the very subtle plasma flicker on bright areas of the same color, but I can't say its bad enough to bother me, I could get used to it.
I also have a minor issue of a purple splotch/strip running vertically down the screen about a third of the way from the left, but I only notice it bright blue skies or all white (it's not there on the LCD), but again not really a big deal.
So the two issues I was most worried about (buzz, flicker) are not a big deal, but the judder is the absolute deal breaker, with ABL running close behind. I did not expect to see any judder in 60Hz sources running 60FPS, because I thought plasma had so much faster response. I guess it does, because the image doesn't "blur", but wow that judder is bad! I think I will have to return it and exchange for an LED with insane amounts of motion interpolation, like the ES8000.
I've had Panny plasmas in the past, but I think my Samsung LCD with motion interpolation ruined me.