Just picked up the 42PZ77 here in Tampa for 800.00 off the box price and I must say I haven't even tweaked the thing yet (will get to that in a minute) and it is ALREADY the best TV I have *EVER* demoed! Almost *EVERY SINGLE TIME* I bring a TV home or have one delivered I immediately have complaints. My last acquisition, the Sharp 46" 62U Series had the infamous "clouds" right out of the box, and wasn't that impressive. *This* thing however, almost gives Pioneer's PRO-FHD1 a serious run for it's money despite the size difference, and that was the tv I was originally going to buy. Only the Deep Encased Cell Structure of the Pio's (read crispness) can not be matched by the Pana sets. So in other words, the additional cost, size, and WEIGHT for a tiny apartment dweller like me, makes the 50" Pio unable to compete with the phenomenal value in this Panasonic.
Anyhow, I was curious if there was any way to access the menus from the set itself? I don't understand WHY manufacturers keep going back and forth on this stupid and obvious feature. Sony for the longest time never put the menu controls on the front panel and then they started doing it on EVERY model back in the day, now manufacturers are going back to practically no controls on the front.
I have a universal remote that almost works everything except for the "ENTER" button of the normal Menu. I can get into the menu, but I cant advance forward in it. As my TV was missing the remote, I guess I'll have to track one down.