Hey everyone, I just finished the beloved first day of owning a new TV. I got the PN58A550. The only thing I can really say is that you have to see the picture in person to fully appreciate the 1080p Full HD resolution. This is an upgrade from a 57" Hitachi Rear Projection TV and even though that was 1080i, with this size you truly can see the difference when viewing 1080p. As for overall picture when compared to my old RPTV, the difference in color, contrast, and clarity is amazing. No more bulb means no more picture darkening when moving to the side. The uniform brightness and color consistency really slapped me in the face for having rear projection for the last 2 years. But hey I'm a college student, so I can't really complain.
The biggest difference I noticed right off the bat was how clear logos are on the digital channels (i.e. the score ticker of an NBA game in HD, the digital cable's guide, and any HD commercial or show that uses digital graphics. I then watched some Blu-ray discs, like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Simpsons Movie, and a few more, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue on the Playstation 3, and my MacBook Pro connected to the TV thru DVI-HDMI. In all of those cases, I just cannot say enough about how great this picture looks. But beware, I am not the person who has seen/reviewed tons of TVs and who is saying this is better than any other Plasma out there, I am simply saying how great it is compared to what I'm used to. And if any of you have yet to jump on the flat panel bandwagon, the 550 series is going to amaze you for the price. (I got this for 2,765 thru Amazon last week, that price was active for maybe a few hours over the weekend and I had them give me some money back
, oh and their white glove delivery service thru CEVA was outstanding.) Ok, back to the pseudo review. The plasma is such a different technology from rear projection and it feels like a whole new kind of thing. I am so pleased, and the only downsides so far are the 150 pound weight and the easily attracted fingerprints, but you have to deal with those kinds of things with this kind of tech. I promised photos, so here's a link to a flickr slideshow which has one video at the end, my camera records a lot of digital noise so you won't be able to see anywhere near how clear the picture is in the video. I apologize in advance for my horrible cable management. I'm trying to figure that one out...I am in an apartment so I don't have a ton of customization options, especially since I am moving out in a few months...enjoy! PS You can see in some photos that I have been running the break in DVD, its actually running right now!http://www.flickr.com/photos/8196239...86585382/show/