Samsung sucks in general... their reliability rate isnt exactly the best in the industry. Tons of crappy stories from customers dealing with customer service, failed products, lack of reliability and inconsistency in products and product failures. Samsung likes to brag about putting the first beta pet project on the market every year - but fails on reliability. Not to mention that little class action lawsuit they settled (in fine print no less) in regards to faulty tv's, just sayin... which is akin to false advertising imo. Not saying Panasonic or any manufacturer is 110% perfect but Samsung has a rep for this kind of sh*t. I was in the same position as you in choosing between Panny and Samsung. After doing tons of research/analysis, Panny came on top. No regrets one bit, lol. Besides, been to several large Samsung dealers in my area and when asked between choosing a Panny ST50 and it's Samsung equivalent, they ALL said get the Panasonic hands down. A large Sony dealer who used to sell Samsung stopped last yr cause he kept getting failed products on arrival from the distributor. Samsung has a larger profit margin (more cheaply made) and therefore more retailers like to stock more of them over Panasonic, not that they are better quality. Also, Samsung has a rep for buzzing on their sets over competitors. It's been revealed on certain models it was because of a design flaw issue than basic electric power supply sound you hear on Panny's.