I picked up the PDP4273M at CC in Santa Barbara last night.
I hung out there for a good while watching some different HD programming. It was side by side with a panasonic (double the price of the Akai). As someone mentioned earlier, the Akai looks great for pretty much all viewing, but clearly is not as nice for very dark scenes, it's still good, but not great like the panasonic and samsungs that surrounded it. But again, during normal programming, football, discovery channel type stuff, etc.. It looked 90% as good as the other HD plasmas around it, for 50% the price.
I have been in the market for a tv of this size for a while and when this model popped up, i could not believe how good it looked for the price. That and i did the circuit city finance, 0% interest for 24-months..
I have not yet hooked up my HD cable box (am going to do that later today). But it looks pretty darn good using my regular cable box.. An amazing bargain IMO.. I do agree the remote is pretty lame, but hey - i bought it for the price and the picture.
Looking at tons of different sets, i have never seen anything this nice Plasma/LCD for this price or lower... of course there are similar size / priced DLP and Projection stuff, but i really do not like the viewing angle drawbacks.
I will post again once i have it hooked up through my HD Cable box.