My first post in 7 years!
I'm buying one of these bad larrys tomorrow. I was pretty it impressed with it in the store, and I'd be setting one up now if it fit into my car.
In 2005 this site was a tremendous help in steering me towards my first HDTV. I ultimately bought a Sammy 46" DLP (HLP model, I believe) and absolutely loved it b/c it did what I expected (based on the tons of research I did here) and it's picture might've exceeded my expectations. Well, I think the color wheel just went out on old Sammy. Its the 2nd wheel, and I'm on my 3rd bulb, so I think I'm moving on.
I dont have quite the time or inclination to research as much as I did back then, so I just checked out a few basics (meaning, where the technologies now stand relative to 2005). I walked in Sams today, thinking I'd just buy a set that looked good in a brand I could trust (essentially I was aiming at a Sammy, likely an LED), and just return it if I hated it. After some pretty quick but intense scrutiny, the U54 just blew away everything that I looked at (around this size). I'm certainly no expert, and I never fully trust the look of a set (or comparing sets) in the store, b/c I have no idea what settings they're using, or what their sources are, etc. But, money aside, this t/v was VERY impressive. When you factor in the low price ($693 after tax) it seemed like a no-brainer. I was almost skeptical b/c it looked so much better than several higher priced models. Even my wife thought it was clear cut..
I'm a little concerned about glare, b/c my DLP had virtually none (one big reason I loved it) so I'm almost certain that I'll notice any and all glare w/ a plasma. And I do have a window on the opposite wall from my TV, but we have blinds and a curtain, so I'm hoping those will help. I figure (or hope) if glare is my only reason to not go plasma, then I should just go plasma (I can't believe how cheap they are now. Why would you buy an LCD for almost the same money as a plasma?).
Anyway, sorry for the long-winded BS, but I'm officially pumped now that I've read this thread and all the high praise, confirming what my eyes seemed to be telling me in the store. I'm borrowing a friends vehicle tomorrow so I can go grab a U54. I'll try to get back in here and let you know what I think. I was very much in love w/ my old Sammy, so I'm slightly worried that I might miss it. But I suspect the jump to 1080, and plasma, will have me praising a Panny.