Originally Posted by blstanle
I returned the UN55C8000 which is the LED, not the plasma. So, no there was not a buzz. Like I mentioned, I really like it, I just did not love it for the price. My biggest complaint was off-anlge viewing and the 3-D crosstalk. I know the VT25 will have a better 3D picture from what I have seen. I do have a major concern about the VT25 in my bright room - we never watch TV in the dark and watch a lot of sports during the day on the weekends. The Samsung was stellar in this area and I may end up going back to it if the plasma can not hold up in the bright env.
My 58VT25 came in sooner than expected and I was able to pick it up Sunday. I got everything setup and spent some good time with it Sunday evening and all day Monday (thanks to the holiday). Here are my initial impressions:
Look and Feel:
-TV itself - I actually prefer the Panasonic because the black/bronze bezel goes way better with my room than the aluminum Samsung bezel. Granted, Panasonic could have made the bezel smaller, but overall I am ok with it. However, the Panny base is significantly bigger than the 4 legged Samsung and as a result, I will end up wall mounting the Panny if I keep it. My entertainment center has a narrow base and the Panny base comes right up to the edge which does not look too great.
-Remote - Panasonic remote looks and feels like a cheap toy compared to the Samsung remote. My wife asked me to remind her how much we paid while looking at the Panny remote.
-3D Glasses - Again, Panasonic falls well short here. The glasses are absolutely horrid. My wife, daughter, and I all took turns with the Panasonic glasses making adjustments as needed and all came to the same conclusion; we will not be watching any 3D unless we can get some different glasses.
Bright Light Performance:
-I was actually suprised that the Panny held its own during daytime viewing. The blacks were no where near as inky as the Samsung LED, but not unwatchable. The screen did not completely wash out like I have seen with previous plasmas. Drawing the curtains made it better, but the LED still wins here. I did not mess with the setting much and I am sure I could have cranked up the brightness a little more and it would have helped with the overall picture in the bright light.
Low Light Performance:
-Panny wins hands down. We watched Avatar on BluRay and were blown away. We were pleased with the picture on the Samsung LED, but loved it on the Panny.
-It was really hard to get past the horrid glasses on the Panny, but I will say that the overall depth and crispness of the picture was far better on the Panny than the Samsung LED. Since I did not have the same content (Monsters vs Aliens on the Samsung vs 3d demo disc on the Panny), it is hard to draw concrete conclusions. However, I was impressed with the 3d on the Panny - minus the awful glasses (they were really bad if you have not figured that out yet).
-The Panny has a noticeable buzz to it that was obviously not there on the LED. I could here the high pitch buzz from my main seat which is 12' away when there was no other noise in the room and the current scene had people talking - ie no background music etc. I am going to keep a close eye on this over the next couple of days, to make sure I can live with it.
-The Panny gets extremely hot - radiating from the screen and around the vents on the rear. I have a fairley good size room and can say for sure that the room temp raised 1 degree last night after 5 hours of the Panny running. Now you might argue 1 degree is not a big deal, but here in Phoenix, any extra heat in some is not very welcomed. Again, I am going to monitor this over next couple days to see how much the extra heats bothers us.
As it stands right now, I really liked the overall performance of the Panny. However, I need to figure out if the cons I listed (horrible glasses and not sure when xPand glasses will be available, buzzing, and heat) are enough of a distraction to make me return the set and either try the Samsung plasma (PN58C8000) or go back to the LED. I will keep you posted.