Originally Posted by Alan K
I am also considering the TV and am waiting until the 31st to place an order. The warehouses in Tucson are filled with this set but they are too big for me to handle without delivery. Note that the "free shipping" is not white glove, that costs an extra $27. Are you pleased with the TV?
Ah yes, I'd forgotten that Costco's standard shipping was threshold delivery (which isn't the end of the world if you're able to move the thing inside yourself). That was another reason we went with Best Buy... not only did they do inside delivery for free, but they took away our old set for recycling at no additional cost. I wish I could have kept the old set, but we really didn't have the room for it elsewhere in the house. If it really does drop down to 749.99, even with $27 for white glove delivery, it's still a great deal for the 55" set.
We've been pretty happy so far. I was leaning towards this set before we stepped foot in Best Buy, mostly because I thought it provided the best bang for the buck. We could have gone with a Vizio or LG LCD, but after we compared them side by side in the store (admittedly, not the best environment for it), the plasma had the best contrast and colors, hands down. I read about the issues other folks reported (hum, image retention, line bleed) and got concerned, so much so that we kept the box, just in case. We've had the set for about 2 weeks now, and thus far I've noticed no hum at all. I managed to notice a tiny ghost of image retention... I watched a couple of episodes of History's "The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents" and the history channel "H" bug got burned in. You only notice it when bright solid colors are on the screen, and even then, it's gotten to the point where you really need to look for it. I think it'll fade away soon enough. I've also noticed the line bleed a bit, but that doesn't bother me at all. I've come to a plasma from a 32" Panasonic HD-ready CRT, so it's something I'm used to seeing (and I realize it's just one of those quirks of plasma). For what it's worth, I didn't have the patience to try doing a proper burn-in on this set, so we started watching lots of tv right away.