I don't get what Panasonic is doing with regards to number of inputs at all!...they made lower end plasmas years ago that have more inputs than their newer models due! Samsclub has the 65" Panasonic S64 plasma for $1300 I would jump on that in a heart beat except for the fact that it only has 2 HDMI's and 1 component, and having a receiver and all that doesn't work for me. I personally refuse to buy anything Samsung if I can help it due to anything of theirs I've owned ends up having issues or breaks, and I like LG however I don't care for their tiny selection this year. Which unfortunately means I have to look at LED/LCD sets.
In my theater room my projector only has one HDMI input and my av receiver has none. I like being able to display a different image from the sound (like NFL is on the screen, but have music playing) so I don't replace my av receiver with a new one with HDMI inputs. So, I use a high quality HDMI switcher from Belkin. I've done three theater set ups like this now with the Belkin switcher and they all work flawlessly.
I know, I know. It still is no excuse for the manufacturers to not give us more HDMI inputs, but I just wanted to give you another option. A guy on the Vizio thread had mentioned that I could just buy a cheap BD player to access my Netflix app instead of paying $600 more for this Sony. He's correct and I would if I had any faith that the Vizio would not break after the warranty.
And while we're at it, why don't ALL the flat panels have down facing connections? Really? They make a display designed to fit on a wall and then they give you connections that face straight back instead of down? Engineers; we love 'em almost as much as we hate 'em.
Also, I absolutely love my Panasonic plasma. But plasmas create too much heat for my particular situation and I need a 70 inch screen without breaking the bank.
Heat is unlikely an issue any longer---seriously, that's not wishful thinking. They're not 600 watt lightbulbs any longer. Take a look at the average wattage draw. That's more or less the bottom line on heat.