A set delivered intact.
Here's my first impressions. This is my first really big TV, first plasma and the first time having HD broadcast television in MY house.
Let the TV do the scaling if you own an HR22 receiver. I watched an episode of Big Bang Theory on a local CW channel. It was in SD. With "Native On", it was so much better when I zoomed to get rid of the black bars. I'll deal with the slowness.
Blacks are not awe inspiring, but more than satisfactory. Faith Hill's leather catsuit looked sufficiently black on SNF.
Shadow detail on my unit is just as good as the one I viewed in store, and every bit as good as the Pana 55PGT30 sitting next to it.
Colors, regardless of mode are realistic and amazing. A major deciding factor for me.
I used the break-in slides to check for dead/stuck pixels, DSE and even brightness. 100% on the pixels, but some slight pinkish DSE in a small band along the right side with a bright white screen. DSE and line bleed are the main reasons I didn't get a PX last year. Line bleed is barely perceptible, regardless of source, and then only with white text on a black background, AFAICT. I forgot to check the MPAA rating screen that is a common source for line bleed, though.
No buzzing at startup or anytime thereafter.
Motion is flawless. As a sports fan, I couldn't settle for the blur from even the best LEDs I checked out, especially when camera panning is added to the equation.
Less glare than I expected.
Aesthetically, it is very handsome, but the base seems a bit flimsy. The part that is inserted in the slot on the bottom of the TV is probably good enough, but I would put it on a wall mount if I could.