1. The "Model" you have.
2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Nothing really. First I was planning on getting the F4505 model, for some reason (well...money...bah) I bought an LG instead. Anyway, realised after I had put the order that the LG probably was a stupid choice. And just when I was about to cancle the order, but then they called me up just before that and told me that they didn't have the LG and that they would send me a Samsung 43". I asked if it was the F4505 and they said yes. Obviously, it wasn't cause I got the E455. But I don't want to hassle around with returning it. The picture is great, it was like $50 more expensive then the LG that I ordered, and they gave it to me without having to pay extra those $50 extra. And, from what I understand, the E450/E455 and F4500/F4505 are basically the same.
3. What you like best about your Plasma.
The black level (?)! It has this great CRT feeling about it. When the screen is black or mostly black, it's...well, more CRT dark grey, but it doesn't look wierd like the LCD that I had. And, hey, it's way bigger then the small 32" I had!
4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
The sound! I'm not picky when it comes to sound, but just like the 32F5005 I had I think it sounds like **** out of the box, and only "it works" when I changed the EQ settings. Had to lower the higher frequencies and vice versa on the EQ.
Add: Changed to "Movie" instead of "Standard" with changed EQ. Sounds OK, nothing more. But then...alot of flatscreens can sound really really bad.
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Havn't tried retro games yet, but from the manual I don't think it has 720p/240p mode. Guess it won't look as good as the F4500 when it comes to retro games. PS3 thru HDMI in 480p looks blurry, so guess retro games gonna look the same.
6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Include a better manua! It pretty much only covers how to plug the set in and tuning in the channels. And, it's a shame that they're stopping to make plasmas.
7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
The "CRT feeling" it has. I've never used a plasma before. Maybe it's because of the lower resolution, I don't know.
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
For some reason, the first 1-2 hours, the screen flickered for like 1 frame, and then the sound dissapeared for around 3sek. Don't know why. :/
Maybe it was the PS3 that was acting wierd, but don't think so. It has never done that before. I hope that thing won't come back again. *holding my thumbs*
9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Now without doubt, yes! Now I havn't tried a LCD with local dimming, but I would absolutely buy this cheaper plasma over a cheaper LCD. I was a bit worried over the SDE effect and stuff like that, but I don't have any problems with that at all. But like I said, I like CRTs. I think the picture on this set is great!
10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
If someone else gonna buy the F4500, E450 or their nordic or european counterparts the low resolution isn't a problem. BUT they picture is different from a LCD. If someone doesn't like the special "feeling" that a CRT picture gives, then stay away. Atleast from those models. The "screen door effect" "problem" is really blown way out of proportions, and the 1024x768 resolution compared to 1360x768 is nothing to worry about. Atleast not on 43". Both PS3 games and movies looks really great from 7-8ft. Sitting closer then that still looks really good, but a little bit pixelated.
(Wow, my English is terrible! >.< I hope that it's possible to understand what i'm trying to say. ^^)