Originally Posted by stash64
First, I have a real "buzzer". If I have volume set lower than 25, I can clearly hear a buzz from 10 feet away when there is a bright image on the screen... and that's with panel brightness set to low. In fact, the buzz can overwhelm the TV volume at a 10 or lower setting.
I don't own a Panasonic plasma, but you are the only one who can evaluate whether or not the buzzing is tolerable.
Second, the sound quality is really poor (tinny) no matter what audio settings I try. I guess it's a by-product of these ever thinner panels.
You are right and there is no TV that's any better than yours. There are all kinds of solutions for external audio that you can choose from. If you enjoy movies from a DVD or Blu-ray player, then external sound makes a vast difference.
Lastly, it really bugs me that the image for 16:9 content (and TV set to "Full" wide) comes up almost 1/4" short of the bezel on all sides.
There are no pixels in that area. There is no reason for there to be pixels that close to the bezel. It's normal.
I also noticed that the image shifts intermittently to the point where the gap on one side is even wider. (I'm guessing this is the pixel orbiter).
It's a combination of the pixel orbiter and the picture mode that you're using. You seem to be paying a lot of attention to the edges of your display.
I've read a little bit about the buzzing issue and it almost seems that some level of buzzing is now considered "normal" and most members with this problem seem to be working on their own fixes. Has anyone been able to get some kind of satisfactory resolution from Panasonic service ?
Theoretically all plasmas buzz to a certain extent. A lot of us have plasma's with no buzzing that we can hear. Some times the worst cases are caused by a defective power supply or a vibrating board. In my case I heard buzzing two inches from the screen when the set was new. I don't get that close, so I haven't heard it in the past five years.
Each and every display, no matter the manufacturer or model, will be less than perfect. The trick is to find one with faults that you can live with. When you sit in your normal locations, and you have the volume where you like it, and you're watching something that interests you, are you bothered be the buzzing? Or, are you bothered by the knowledge that there is buzzing present?