I am also interested in buying the Panasonic 52 model, but after reading this thread I am not so sure. The main reason for me buying a new DVD is because I need a new DVD player to go with my LCD Tv, which is Panasonic 32LX600. I'm not sure but I think I need an upconverting DVD player to maximize the functionality of this TV. The price point of the 52 is what attracted me, and is also what concerns me. I have also been looking at the Oppo970, and I think I am leaning towards that one. I just wanted to ask for some opinions. Is this a fair comparison, or is it apples and oranges? Is expensive or cheaper always better? In terms of video quality and audio quality alone (not considering other features like playback formats), which one is better? Are there others at similar price points?
By the way, I watch only DVDs, and I have a pretty solid home theater in a box. I intend to connect via HDMI, with optical audio output. I cannot call myself a videophile, but I can tell the difference between crappy signals and good signals, not necessarily good signals and fantastic signals.
Any reply is appreciated. Thanks in advanced.