|Originally posted by PPatla
My wife picked one up for me this morning when CostCo opened. They were all gone by 11:00am.
Can't wait to open my "birthday" present,
Your post scared me. :) I went to our closest Costco in San Diego and took a look at the set. They had sold 2 this morning by noon. They still had 10 more in stock, but they were not sure they would be there after today.
The setting on the set was not right, they were running a feed from HDTV satellite. It looked great, but the sides were cut off. Not sure what mode that would be. I tried playing with the menu from the buttons under the set, but they were less than intuitive. I would guess setting things will be easier with a remote (and a manual). The problem with their setup maybe from the receiver? Not sure.
Still, for many things I watched on it, the picture was excellent. Black levels were very good, specially compared to the other HDTV RPTV next to it that looked washed out. The colors popped out. There was an obvious screendoor effect at 4 feet or less. I would guess that is typically for any plasma at this resolution. This would not be an issue for me, since I don't watch TV that close. At 10-12 feet away, it was stunning. Not all the time, but on certain visual shots, I would find myself in awe.
I would have loved to have seen it with a proper aspect feed, I am not sure if that had any impact. I would have also liked to have seen a SD feed, but that was not possible.
For me, it looks like a great value.
1. Great picture/contrast.
2. Excellent Costco return policy.
3. Included wall mount.
4. No shipping or potential return shipping. It's down the street from me.
1. No DVI, no HDCP
2. No built in tuner or speakers
3. No table mount included
4. Not as common brand as Pio/Panny so more risk
5. Not as common brand as Pio/Panny so less aftermarket support. Less community info for service menu things, etc.
If I wait until July, Panasonic new 42" model arrives with presumably the awesome picture quality and 3000:1 contrast, built in tuners, built in speakers, DVi/HDCP. But I have to wait until July. It will cost more, maybe over $1000 more. I will probably have to buy it online to get that good of a price, so there is shipping costs and some potential hassles if it arrives with dead/stuck pixels.
The value of the "no questions asked" return policy of Costco is quite a lot when measured financially. Even a simple in home replacement guarantee for the same time frame would cost many hundreds of dollars.
I don't believe it is ethical for me to buy the set, with the intention of returning it later to upgrade. That is just me. So that is not part of my equation here.
I am leaning to pulling the trigger. Biting the bullet. Stepping off the curb.