1. The "Model" you have.
42PX60U Panasonic 42" Plasma HDTV
2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
The prices were being cut big-time after Thanksgiving, and most everything I heard about this set was positive.
3. What you like best about your Plasma.
The picture quality, and the fact that it doesn't have motion blur on fast moving scenes (and sports) like my old LCD.
4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
The stand, plus feeling like I have to babysit it to prevent burn-in.
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Hmm, not sure. Guaranteed no burn-in? Or burn-in being covered by the warranty?
6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Change the stand. I want to angle my TV a bit, and part of the stand leans off the table.
7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
Hmm. That it doesn't seem to be as big as I thought. I had just upgraded from a 37" Westinghouse LCD, and going up to 42" I was a little worried that it would dominate the room, but it really doesn't seem that much bigger than the 37" Westinghouse. It seems taller, but not necessarily wider? Oh yeah. Also, the set doesn't seem to run as hot as I thought it would. I see a bunch of fans in the back, but when I feel along the set, it doesn't feel hot at all. Not really even all that warm. My LCD seemed to run hotter. Maybe I'm not feeling in the right place?
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
Well, when I first did the auto-scan for channels, it took awhile, and I noticed what I thought was burn-in from the progress bar. It took awhile to go away (maybe 3-4hrs), but it looks like it's just about gone away, if not completely gone. That worried me a little bit, since I was following all the instructions, but I hadn't yet changed the settings from Vivid since the manual said to do the auto-scan first. Also, I'm about 16hrs in the break-in period, and I don't notice very much IR at all now, so that's good.
9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Hmm, not sure. I would say not, even though I got a great price on this set. The HDTV looks great. The size is great. But normal cable stations don't look as good as they do on CRTs. That, plus the fact that ALL these sets have some sort of issues (LCDs with motion blur, picture quality, Plasmas with burn-in, etc) and you would think that the prices would be even lower. If none of these issues were issues, then sure, I could maybe see charging the prices they do.
10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Not sure of any yet. I was a little worried when that progress bar stayed on the screen for a few hours, but it seems to have mostly faded. The screen is pretty reflective, so if that is a problem in your room, you may have to rearrange things or look for a different set. Overall, so far I'm pleased. The break-in seems to be going well now. The next big thing will be seeing how it reacts when I turn the settings up a bit (right now, picture/brightness/sharpness are all -15), and when I try to game on it. If there are no major problems with it then, then I will be pleased.