2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Generally good reviews (Consumer Reports, Sound & Vision, here). Checked it out in the store and was pretty impressed. Had been looking at 26-37" LCD screens and decided that there might be too much eyestrain since I stare at those all day long at work and they appeared (if possible) too sharp and bright in the store. Plasma, which I had never considered, looked closer to CRT to me, in general, and I was able to convince myself that a 42" screen was the ideal size (9-10 ft. viewing distance) and I could somehow afford it.
3. What you like best about your Plasma.
HDTV looks stunning. I've hardly been a TV watcher for years now and I find myself fascinated by total crap just because it looks so good. Love the size (I used to have a 26/27" Sony Trinitron from the '80s), widescreen, optical digital out, multiple video inputs.
4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Concerned about a visible division between the upper and lower panels, not sure if this is something that needs to be serviced. It usually only shows up in full screens of solid color, especially blue and lighter shades like tan. Knew that it didn't have different picture settings for different inputs but didn't realize exactly what that would mean. Oh, well.
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Er, see above.
6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacturer" about your Plasma.
7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
How totally natural 42" suddenly becomes after years of less.
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
See number four. Also, "Just" and "Full" mode don't seem noticably different. DVD playback has been really varied, too, which is disappointing. I have a Pioneer 563a and have been slogging through pages and pages on this forum trying to determine if an upconverting player would make a difference. So far, Return of the Jedi looks stunning, Fellowship of the Ring suddenly looks less than great, "Angel" the series a bit soft, too, and whites seem off. I've done a little calibrating with DVE but I'm new to this stuff.
Oh, and one more: the buzzing sound. I've read elsewhere, some people seem to have this and some not, but I get the impression Panasonic won't service it, so I may have to live with it. Not noticable most of the time, usually just at low volumes.
9. Do you really think that today's "Prices" are worth it.
For the money I'm a little bit dismayed about a couple of the problems, especially that panel division-- horizontal line through the middle of the screen that is occasionally noticable.