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post #901 of 2131 Old 01-01-2008, 02:50 PM
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1. The model you have.
Pioneer Elite PRO-1150HD

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular model.
Glowing reviews about the Kuros steered me towards it. The reviews are right.

3. What you like best about your plasma.
Blacks, overall color depth. Tweakability.

4. What you don't like about your plasma.
Slight SDE if you sit too close. Price was a bit steep.

5. What features you wish your plasma had.
1080P

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the manufacturer about your plasma.
Keep up the good work.

7. What was your biggest surprise after you received your plasma.
How large it looks in the room with the side speakers attached.

8. What problems or issues have you had with your plasma.
None.

9. Do you really think that it's worth the price.
Yes - MSRP just came down $1000 to $3499 - for one of the best TVs around.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Very happy with the PQ. Major "wow" factor.
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1. The model you have.
Pioneer PDP-5080HD.


2. What convinced you to purchase this particular model.
Direct comparison to competitors' models - the 5080 blew them away.


3. What you like best about your plasma.
Picture quality is stunning.


4. What you don't like about your plasma.
Bass-ackwards volume/channel controls on remote.


5. What features you wish your plasma had.
RBG color control as opposed to red-green tint only, but I knew ahead of time that such features were available only on the Elites.


6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the manufacturer about your plasma.
Put the channel/volume controls where they belong on models sold in the USA! And direct control of RBG would be nice too - keeping other features such as the vaunted Pure mode exclusive to the Elites would maintain sufficient feature differential to justify the increased pricing.


7. What was your biggest surprise after you received your plasma.
How much better the set looked at home, after already thinking it looked great at the B&M store where I observed it.


8. What problems or issues have you had with your plasma.
Absolutely none.


9. Do you really think that it's worth the price.
Yes, absolutely. I got a great price from Roman at Invison, but given the picture quality that is markedly superior to everything else out there, even the B&M prices that are a few hundred higher than what I paid would be worth it.


10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
A truly excellent display. I can't wait for my break-in to pass so I can play around with the picture a little more. Football in HD is incredible on this set, which provides almost as great a picture as seeing the game live from my Boston College season ticket location.
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1. The "Model" you have.

Philips 42PFP5332D

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Price, Brand, Size, Picture Quality

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

The picture quality.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

The menu screens cover a good portion of the screen which makes it difficult to make adjustments.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

The ability to edit the channels lists to give them more descriptive labels.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacturer" about your Plasma.

Nothing comes immediately to mind.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

The picture quality. After adjusting the contrast/brightness/color to more normal levels, I was blown away by the quality of the picture.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

none.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Yes.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

This plasma is my first foray into flat panel (and HDTV). Other than a Toshiba HD DVD player (A3), I have no other AV equip. The combination of the player and the Philips plasma is a good way to get my feet wet.


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1. The "Model" you have.

Samsung HPT-5054.

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Price:PQ ratio and it looks sexy.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

The picture quality and finishing.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Flickering (doesn't happen often but still a minor gripe)

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

1080p for the same price lol.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacturer" about your Plasma.

Fix problems via firmware.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

The picture quality for the price. TV and games never looked so good.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

Flicker.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Some.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.


Get this TV if you think 1080p is not needed yet. Great buy.
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1. The "Model" you have.

Panasonic TH-58PZ750U

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Great reviews, looks great in person, biggest one that'll fit in the space available, and made by the largest maker of Plasma sets. Consumer reports also has the Panasonic brand listed as the most reliable brand of plasmas for which they've sufficient data to compare (and Plasmas more reliable than most other technologies that I recall). [I pay little attention to their reviews, but their stat collection should be good]. Got the slight premium "750" version because it was only 10% more for the slightly greater features and if paying this kind of money for a set, I'll not skimp to save 10%. Also got a deal locally for about the same discount percentage as the less expensive "700U" version (December sales...).

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

PQ is incredible. Image is HUGE and nice at the same time.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Weighs 141 lbs w/o stand. Sanus articulating wall mount (for my corner mounting requirement) weighs 60 lbs. Pretty heavy overall. On the other hand, I can "turn" the TV nearly perpendicular to wall and walk behind it to hook up the rear cables. Despite it being 57" wide.

Old XBR CRT set was 156 lbs w/o its stand, so I suppose my complaint isn't very strongly held.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

Can't think of any. Maybe the new wirelessHD spec interface that was just voted on a few days ago. :-)
Free recycling would be good (hopefully only needed ten to fifteen years from now). I dropped off that old heavy Sony for free at a recycling place setup by Sony and their Green program.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Include a "technical" user's guide that explains each feature and what it does and why/when/how to use them much like the OPPO 981HD manual does to some extent. Not just "what" but why/when. Not everybody knows what a 3:2 pulldown does and when/why to turn the option on or off (can be looked up here in AVSforum but all of that should be in perhaps a secondary nerd-version of manual, even if just a URL is supplied for its download).

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

It's H-U-G-E!!!! Much larger in person at home than in the store and seems larger than expected even if I had it's location and space taken up calculated down to the last fraction of an inch. It's not a TV, it's a theater. Wonderful!

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None so far

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Must be, I paid it (and had a lot of much cheaper choices). I can only hope I still think so ten years from now.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

I like the remote except that the power button on the remote is a toggle type (push on, push off). The rest of the remote including input-selection-mode all seem to have "absolute" commands, making it very Logitech harmony remote control friendly. A couple other smaller TV's we we have don't even have input mode direct addressing so I'm not complaining. Don't think I've ever seen a TV remote with separate on and off buttons. Anyway, it's harmony friendly which is a good thing.

Panasonic also upped the half-brightness spec on the TV to 100,000 hours. A good thing because we try to buy the best we can and then keep it forever until it falls apart (or loses its green channel as the Sony XBR did).
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1. The "Model" you have.
Panasonic 50PZ700u

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Price, seeing it, reviews
3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Amazing picture

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Could use more inputs, low res on pc input

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
More contrast, true black

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Thinner bezel

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
SD picture better than expected.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
None

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Yes

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
I love this TV!
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1. The "Model" you have.

Panny 50PX75U

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Viewability from side angles, size and price and PQ.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Clarity of picture. The great job it does upscaling 480p DVDs.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Nothing yet. I've only had it for 4 days.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

A user manual that didn't jump around so much.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Add more HDMI inputs. Add another "Quick Set-up" for Non-tech'ies to watch SatTV or DVD with just 1 remote. Make it wife friendly.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

How much bigger it seemed compared to my 27 crt".

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

This year "YES", next year I'm sure it will be a lot less.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

None.

Have a Great Day,
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1. The "Model" you have.

42 inch hitachi p42h401


2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Price, Price oh did I mention how low the price was 2 weeks before black friday! >7!

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Image quality, black levels, ability to enjoy sd, dvd and hdtv
Also has the ability to lower power level to save on electricity bills

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Remote menus have a 2 second lag. Remote does not have many dvd brands pre-programmed (in other words no Denon wtf!)

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

1080p, pc input, usb input for usb flash memory

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Speed up response time of user menus, allow remote to "learn" from other remotes. Include usb flash input- its 2008!

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

How big it was when I put it in living room. Thought 42 looked smallish in stores but, at home is pretty good size.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

none. yet...

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

The price I paid, though the cheapest one of the year, is still too high. A tv should not cost more than 500!

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Plasma burn in is really over-hyped by lcd fanboys! Bottom line (IMO) plasmas display superior pictures compared to lcds...

Very Truly Yours,

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Nicecabinet, where did you get it?

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Pioneer Kuro Elite Pro-111FD
Pioneer Kuro BDP-320

Displays are like 100% cotton t-shirts. Always buy a size larger than you think you'll need, as they tend to shrink over time.
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What this thread needs is a question about where you purchased your flat panel. Did you get it online? If so, where? Was it a good experience. I am trying to get a Panasonic 58PZ700/750, but I have never bought such a thing online, which has better prices. So posters, please give that information if it is allowed.

TV - Panasonic 58PZ700U plasma
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I am trying to get a Panasonic 58PZ700/750, but I have never bought such a thing online, which has better prices. So posters, please give that information if it is allowed.

It is not that is why no one is posting it
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It is not that is why no one is posting it

Roman could you PM me with that information (shipped)?
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1. The model you have.
Pioneer PDP-5080HD.


2. What convinced you to purchase this particular model.
Friend of mine did some researching for our family on HDTV's and ended up with this and taught us how black levels were darker on this TV than anybody else. My parents were amazed at this model.


3. What you like best about your plasma.
Picture quality is amazing, especially in HD. I have a new love for Laker games on FSNHD.


4. What you don't like about your plasma.
Refer to #3.


5. What features you wish your plasma had.
Still trying to figure how to turn off the darn thing without it going to standby mode?


6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the manufacturer about your plasma.
The black panel outlining the TV should be plastic coated so that the dust won't accumulate and cause scratches after wiping it down. But hey, the finish on the black panel is sleek


7. What was your biggest surprise after you received your plasma.
The first thing we watched was a Laker game on FSNHD and wow I almost died.

8. What problems or issues have you had with your plasma.
Absolutely none.


9. Do you really think that it's worth the price.
Bit pricy but I think it should be worth it.


10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Nope.
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Hi all, new to Plasma's, therefore signed up to this formative site. I already had a Toshiba Projector however that is nearer 3yr & could cost a bit as we used it as the TV.

So, here are the details

1. The "Model" you have.
Panasonic TH 37PV70AZ

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Baby size, but mid range option model with a front AV panel in case you mount on the wall, so total of 4 x AV input, including s-video and component + 2 x HDMI

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
The vivid picture quality and watching movies during the day is now possible.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
I now notice 4:3 input all the time and have to adjust aspect for fear of burn-in

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
1080p

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
ummm, none as yet

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
Picture quality

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
Have to purchase upscaling DVD, BIG difference to SD DVD

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
yes

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
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1. The "Model" you have.
Pioneer PDP-5080HD

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
A lot of research, reading reviews, and there are 3 other Pioneer Elites (plasmas) in the family. Not to mention I'm replacing a 12+ year old Pioneer Elite projection tv with it.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
The fact I'm still breaking it in, configuring it, and I'm already impressed with it.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Wow, it can attract some dust. And I thought I had a relatively clean house.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
I'll get back to this...

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
I'll get back to this...

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
How much information there was to learn on these forums.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
I'll let you know when I encounter them...

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Definitely!

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Purchased my 5080 on 1/15/08. This is my first HD TV.
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1. The model you have.
Pioneer PDP-5080HD.


2. What convinced you to purchase this particular model.
Reviews, and in-store image comparison.


3. What you like best about your plasma.
Picture quality for SD content.


4. What you don't like about your plasma.
dead pixel, dust attracting frame.


5. What features you wish your plasma had.
RGB color control.


6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the manufacturer about your plasma.
Better QC, matte screen, non dust attracting frame/border. If break-in is recommended, take care of it at the factory.


7. What was your biggest surprise after you received your plasma.
SD picture quality.


8. What problems or issues have you had with your plasma.
dead pixel.


9. Do you really think that it's worth the price.
Yes.
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1. The model you have.
Pioneer PDP-5080HD.


2. What convinced you to purchase this particular model.
Reviews, and in-store image comparison.


3. What you like best about your plasma.
Picture quality for SD content.


4. What you don't like about your plasma.
dead pixel, dust attracting frame.


5. What features you wish your plasma had.
RGB color control.


6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the manufacturer about your plasma.
Better QC, matte screen, non dust attracting frame/border. If break-in is recommended, take care of it at the factory.


7. What was your biggest surprise after you received your plasma.
SD picture quality.


8. What problems or issues have you had with your plasma.
dead pixel.


9. Do you really think that it's worth the price.
Yes.

Thanks for yours (and all others) analysis. One question, what color (grey, light grey, black) are the side bars when watching 4:3 SD? My current Sony LCD has black bars with no worry of burn in. In addition, black bars blend into the set and are therefore NOT a visual distraction.
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Thanks for yours (and all others) analysis. One question, what color (grey, light grey, black) are the side bars when watching 4:3 SD? My current Sony LCD has black bars with no worry of burn in. In addition, black bars blend into the set and are therefore NOT a visual distraction.


My set a Hitachi P42H401 and I have an option between black and gray side bars. I have used both and I know what you mean. The gray bars are more of a distraction for sure. So to answer you question it depends on the TV I guess.

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1. The "Model" you have.

Pioneer PDP-6010FD

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model"?

Decided to try a plasma display after having several DLP & LCD displays. None of those displays really satisfied me and I became interested in the Pioneer after much reading/listening/looking (especially on this forum). Since service personnel had recently messed up my HP 5880n (one of the better DLP's) I decided it was time to make the move.

3. What you like best about your Plasma?

Fantastic picture quality, lots of connectivity and the size is right.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma?

Probably the way it shows up all the problems in standard definition programming. Bezel around the perimeter of the display seems a bit wide. Bezel distracts slightly from the clean look of the display. Doesn't remember aspect ratio between inputs. And, is really heavy.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had?

Less screen reflectivity. Memory for settings on each input. Ethernet connectivity for firmware upgrades (wi-fi connectivity would be even better). Less weight and perhaps less fragile.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacturer" about your Plasma?

Possibly a brighter screen... better whites, especially as LCD's get better and offer more competition to plasma. Illuminate the remote. Online connectivity for firmware upgrades. Improve service and support for the customer. Address issues such as the buzz problem that seems to plague these displays. Pioneer seems to be going for "thinness"... I'd really prefer to see less weight/bulk and more attention to quality control & service.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma?

The weight and the packaging of the display... impressive packaging. Trying to figure out how to assemble the stand without laying the display on it's face.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma?

First display did nothing but buzz very loudly. No picture, no sound (except loud buzz). Shipping box and display looked perfect... w/no visible damage. Pioneer engineering decided that the panel must be cracked. No gas, no display I guess. Display number 2 also looked great and, so far, has worked perfectly. No buzz (yet) and absolutely no complaints.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it?

Kuro's are priced a bit high... even as prices in general are coming down. I can see many, perhaps less discerning consumers, who will back away from this super product just because of the price. For my own use I kept asking myself if this display was really worth the extra $1k or so over other contenders (especially after the first display problems). A few visitors have already been impressed with the picture on this display but most have stated that they would not pay the going price for it.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged?

As stated above, I have no issues with this display (so far). I am kinda holding my breath when I turn it on... thinking that the dreaded buzz will be there eventually. So far I have been unable to hear any buzz... even when standing right in front of the display. I am using a Monster AVS-2000 Voltage Stabilizer and HTPS-7000 HT Reference Powersource in front of the display however, have no idea if this would have any effect on the buzz problem. I do have a concern over reliable service on this display. I live a long ways from a big city and have not been impressed with Pioneer support thus far (reinforced by many forum posts). After all, this is not something I can easily ship back to a service facility and it seems that obtaining qualified service is becoming more and more difficult especially as all things become higher-tech. Jury is still out on this one as well as the question of the realistic value of the extended warranty.
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1. The model you have.

Panasonic TH-42PZ77U

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular model.

Reviews and it was on sale at BB, and I got a free Blu-ray player with it

3. What you like best about your plasma.

SD quality, overall image quality, anti-glare screen

4. What you don't like about your plasma.

Blacks don't knock me off my feet, picture is very good but doesn't have the pop as many people complain

5. What features you wish your plasma had.

Ability to tweak the picture a little more, more connectivity.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the manufacturer about your plasma.

Take a page from the Canadian division and break in the plasma at the factory, throw a few more inputs on it

7. What was your biggest surprise after you received your plasma.

The size of it when it was in my living room, the first time I watched football on it. PQ was stunning, but perhaps I should be praising my cable box...

8. What problems or issues have you had with your plasma.

None so far, a lack of pop on the PQ but still so good that it's not worth taking back

9. Do you really think that it's worth the price.

I wouldn't have gotten this model if I didn't get a couple hundred off and and a free Blu-ray player and 10 free BDs. With that deal, absolutely. At full MSRP, look at the 700U. I couldn't afford it, although overall I am happy with my purchase.

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1. The "Model" you have.

Panasonic TH-58PZ700U

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

CNET and Consumer Reports rated it very high. Was very impressed with the picture. Was able to get 0% financing for 36 months

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Awesome picture, both HD and SD

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Aspect ratio doesn't stay to what you set it at after powering set off.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

I wish the factory would perform the 100 hrs break-in before shipping the unit.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Supply a better understanding of what all the settings actually do.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
How beautiful this monster looks mounted on my wall. It looks like artwork.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None


9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Yes, paid $3369 for this beauty.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Don't judge the set in the showroom. It looks 100x better at home.

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1. Samsung HPT 5054 - 720p - paid $1350 at CC.

2. I was convinced to buy this for the following reasons:
2a. Several articles (CNET, etc) that indicate you cannot see the difference between 1080p and 720p if your screen is 50 inches or less and you are 15 feet away. Don't spend the extra $$.
2b. Simply watching TV after TV for several hours at several stores. The picture quality seemed superior to others. Sharper, better blacks, no blurring on fast action.

3. Love the picture quality, physical attractiveness of the cabinet, narrow depth....looks very good hung on the wall. Also like the control buttons on the side of the cabinet. I use my set with a DirecTV DVR and the picture quality on HD movies recorded off HBO etc, is stunning. Am also plesantly surprised with the DVR after using Tivo's for years. Not quite as good but damn close....

4. There is nothing I do not like. It performs flawlessly with every input source.

5. There are no features I am aware of that I would like for it to have.

6. My advice to the manufacturer would to keep making these great sets. The wheel ain't broke and don't go about fixing it.

7. My biggest surprise was discovering what an absolute ripoff FireDog is. They charged $350 to hang the unit and it took less than an hour. If you have any reasonable handyman skills, a level, a studfinder, a decent cordless drill and a willing friend - DO NOT pay Firedog or the Eggmen or any of those other people to hang your set. Hanging them is a breeze....but remember that a 50 inch plasma weighs 100 pounds, so it's heavy.

8. I haven't had any problems with the Samsung HPT 5054. I've had it six weeks and it performs like a champ.

9. I think at $1350, this set is worth every penny.

10. I also bought a wall bracket for this set at CC for $140. I am not convinced that you can't buy a good wall bracket for considerably less. Frankly the entire issue of hanging it intimidated me....if there is a next time, I will not hesitate to do it myself and save a lot of $$. I paid $1350 for the TV and $500 just to get it on the wall. Not a good value prop in my estimation.
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1. The "Model" you have.
Samsung FP-T5084

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Price, Brand, Size, Picture Quality

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
The picture quality.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
RBG color control as opposed to red-green tint only.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Input & Output(Original Total)
HDMI 3
composite (AV) 2
S-Video 2
Headphone 1
PC input (D-sub) 1
Component(Y/Pb/Pr) 2

Input & Output(Wanted)
HDMI 4
composite (AV) 3
S-Video 3
Headphone 1
PC input (D-sub) 1 (DVI) 1
Component(Y/Pb/Pr) 3

This will be used as part of a Media Center. (PS3 / XBOX 360 / HTPC / STB) So the additional inputs preclude the need to have a HDMI switch.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacturer" about your Plasma.
Change the design of the speakers (better speakers and remove the chrome trim).

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
The picture quality. Out of the box, I was blown away by the quality of the picture. It’s going through the break-in process right now and the PQ / color is getting better all the time.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
None so far.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Yes. The prices are now starting to hit realistic price levels.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Panel is centered perfectly and there is no tilt to the screen on the base. No dead pixels. Awaiting completion of break-in before calibrating
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1. The "Model" you have.

Panny TH-58PZ700U

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".


Size, 1080p, value, pix. Great pricing to seal it.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.


Size, great improvement over my current 1st gen Pio PDP, sleep timer (should use it more)

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Weight, very large bezel

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

Able to display current resolution

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

OPTION OF INCLUDED WALL MOUNT OR STAND

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

How HUGE it was, dwarfed my 50" now.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Uhm let's see... $3150 after selling bundled Panny BR player, $200 rebate for installation, 24 mos/0% financing. Selling old one for $450 so bottom line is $2500 or about $100/mon next 2 yrs.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Get one of these for yourself. :-)

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1. The "Model" you have.

Pioneer 6010FD

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Reviews. AVSForum. Incredible price and return policy through Amazon.com.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

The picture is simply breathtaking, especially with the HD-DVD version of Planet Earth playing through my Toshiba XA2. It's jaw dropping. Oh, I also appreciate the 4 hdmi inputs - all panels should really have at least 3.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Only thing so far, and it's nitpicking, is slight buzzing when i'm within 6 feet during a quiet scene, but frankly my XA2 makes a slight fan noise and my Verizon FIOS cable box makes somes noises too, none really louder than the other, but if you are looking for 'pure' quiet you might have an issue. I have none - I can't hear it from my seating position 10 feet away. The picture is perfect - no streaks, blobs, or pixel issues - that was most important to me.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

Can't imagine any improvement - really!

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Try to eliminate the buzzing then it is perfection.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

The sound quality from the below panel mounted speaker. It kicks A$$! I was amazed.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None so far - keeping fingers crossed.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Absolutely for the price I paid, but not so sure about what best buy wants. I could barely justify spending the online price.
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1. The "Model" you have.

Pioneer PDP-5080HD

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Excellent sale at BB (I still can't beleive they actually had the "Best" buy) + 100 bones off any hddvd/bd player.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

It's absolutely beutiful! Both in picture and in style. No dead/stuck pixels, no buzz!!!!!!!!

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

It's not the 5010. If it's price drops at all in the next 30 days I will probably replace it.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

1080P. Although it wont be thay noticable from where we sit, it would be nice for PC use.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

I dont mean to suggest that their practices are financially unsound, but if they matched or even came closer to panasonic in price, there would only be one upper teir brand. IMO

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

I was doubting that 50" would be big enough. After seeing it in the stores for so long, on the wall next to tons of other tvs, It started to seem kid of small. It is NOT!

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

I'm now a very annoying conversationalist.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

I know this thread was started in '04, but, OF COARSE!

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

This forum has been the greatest tool EVER in deciding on a tv!
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1. The "Model" you have.

Pioneer PDP-5080HD

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Excellent sale at BB (I still can't beleive they actually had the "Best" buy) + 100 bones off any hddvd/bd player.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

It's absolutely beutiful! Both in picture and in style. No dead/stuck pixels, no buzz!!!!!!!!

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

It's not the 5010. If it's price drops at all in the next 30 days I will probably replace it.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

1080P. Although it wont be thay noticable from where we sit, it would be nice for PC use.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

I dont mean to suggest that their practices are financially unsound, but if they matched or even came closer to panasonic in price, there would only be one upper teir brand. IMO

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

I was doubting that 50" would be big enough. After seeing it in the stores for so long, on the wall next to tons of other tvs, It started to seem kid of small. It is NOT!

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

I'm now a very annoying conversationalist.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

I know this thread was started in '04, but, OF COARSE!

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

This forum has been the greatest tool EVER in deciding on a tv!

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1. The "Model" you have.
-- PDP-5080HD

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
-- Advice from Will and Roman had me on the 4280... But a great deal got me into the 5080!

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
-- The color accuracy and the contrast, the sharpness too. Also, the multitude of HDMI inputs.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
-- The fact that the stand looks U-G-L-Y without the speaker attached.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
-- I guess 1080p would be nice, but it's not a necessity by any means...

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
-- None, so far...

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
-- The color was OUTSTANDING!

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
-- None so far; no buzzing

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
-- It's definitely the best set out there given the price.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
-- This is a HUGE step forward compared to my crummy old CRT sitting on the floor right now! If you are on the fence at all about this TV it's time to pick a side; we're at war! And by pick a side I mean go buy one from Roman, now.

Ps, Many thanks to all of the people who have contributed so much valuable information to this forum.
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1. The "Model" you have.

Pioneer 5080.

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

I had been totally sold on 1080p and was about to get a 77U when BestBuy dropped the price on the 5080. I went back to the store yet again and although the coupons didn't work to make it even cheaper, I still pulled the trigger even though I wondered if it might be a mistake considering how jacked the TVs look in-store.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Everything: PQ, design, the remote is fantastic, the four HDMI inputs, auto aspect ratio detection, scaling 1080p down to 768p...

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Nothing, well perhaps the amount of energy it uses.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

Temporal shifting and scaling of the 1080p to 768p so that all of the information in a 1080p/24 would be conveyed during a 1 second interval. I don't mean the absolutely rediculous frame interpolation of Samsung LCDs--thats barfable.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

None--this is a slam dunk.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

That I don't mind that I've gone from a 720p HDTV to a 768p HDTV while still watching BluRay content. 2nd biggest surprise was how good SDTV looks even when streched.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None--no whacked out pixels. There is a buzz when the TV is off which is weird considering I'm not at a high elevation. However, its only noticeable when you are really close. Makes me wonder what its idle wattage rating is though...

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

I was thinking of saying no, but honestly I haven't been this happy since I bought my last CRT some eight or nine years ago. This is really a slam dunk product that lives up to all the hype.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

I really really really thought I wanted 1080p. But the ISF or whatever is right on. The way this set handles contrast is unreal and I was happy with the colors out of the box. I've only fiddled with the brightness and contrast. If you want an HDTV that is reasonably affordable and be able to watch twilight HD scenes like on the Discovery channel this will do it as if you are right there filming.
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I purchased my HD set on December 17 at Best Buy on sale for $1049. It was $350 dollars off and with the four year service plan, out the door it was $1377dollars.

The picture is incredible. The sound is decent. I do not have a home theatre system, so I can make do with the speakers for now. I am not a gamer, just a regular TV watcher. Sports look incredible. The contrast ratio is 15,000x1 so it is indeed a dynamic viewing experience. I waffled back and forth about getting a 720p vs. a 1080p and settled on this one because the price was so good. I also heard through many people that Samsung was a great product, and it has not disapponted.

HOWEVER, I have one concern that just popped up in the last few days, and it is something I have feared about since I bought the set: image retention. Here is where I am hoping to get some guidance because I am still in my 30 day return window.

On Saturday, I watched ESPN pretty much all day. On Sunday morning, I started noticing that the ESPN HD logo was "ghosting" in the bottom right corner of the screen every time a commercial came on that had a pure white image as it's background. This was also true if I turned on a hockey game, as another example, and the screen was filled predominantly with the ice surface. The same faint ghosting occurred. The strange thing is that it is not there over any other picture or image. Only when the screen is white or a very light color.

I have run my burn protection software almost to the point of overkill. In fact, I was away on business for two days this week returning last evening. My wife left the TV off for the two days that I was gone. I was beyond frustrated to notice that the same ghosting condition still existed after I had ESPN on my set for no more than ten minutes.

I ran the burn in software overnight for seven hours. I have not turned the TV on yet, but I am afraid the same issue will be there. Please tell me this is not burn in. I would be sick to my stomach knowing that I just bought this less than one month ago. The weird thing is, Best Buy told me they don't protect and fix burn in because they consider this a "physical damage user" problem. It would have been nice if they told me this when I bought the set.

I am stuck in limbo here because if it is burn in, I want to take it back. If it isn't, and I am worrying for nothing, I want to know before January 31. My wife doesn't see it, but trust me when I tell you, I work for ESPN and video production is what I do. I see it. Any thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated.

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