Originally Posted by DJ Vision
I'm considering a jump to the 500m but wonder how dramatic the improvement will be coming from a Panny TH-50PHD6UY 768p panel. The HDMI inputs on the 500m would be nice since my current display only has component and DVI. My better half seemed fairly impressed with a Samsung 240Hz LCD and its motion tricks but I watch a lot of sports and prefer to stick with plasma. What do you guys think?
Funny you should ask. I had the panny TH-42PHD6UY, and thought it still looked pretty darn good. But then I saw the prices on the 500M and that they would soon be gone for ever, started reading some posts, and I just upgraded to the 500M. I also got a new pio elite receiver and pio elite BD player and had the 500M burned in and ISF calibrated before it was shipped to me (thanks again to D-Nice!).
The difference is extremely dramatic. The blacks are WAYYYYYYYYYY blacker, the colors are alot more accurate, and there is much more pop to the images. You will see alot more detail, some of the blurays are amazing to watch. Sports are so amazing on this, it will totally blow away any LCD and almost all of the plasmas. It even tops the most recent elites like the 111FD, apparently due to these sets being the last ones built by pio and getting some 10g tech. Take my advice, don't even consider a Sammy, this is way better and is a BIGGGGGG jump up from what you have now.
I highly recommend the ISFccc patch and calibration, the day and night modes are great, value electronics will do it ahead of time, or you could just get the display and always get the patch and calibration later. Many people like to tweak it themselves and even add the patch and calibrate themselves, I wanted to just buy it and watch.