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post #331 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
Maxent MX-50X3

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Input from Forum members, Picture Quality, Attractive Price, Store's return policy

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Compared to my old 27" CRT, it blows it away on everything. I even enjoy SD since it is just plain bigger! I like the silver look and the side detachable speakers are a plus (although they are attached right now).

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Only has one HDMI input. No tuner. Some Macroblocking - but working on fixing that.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
More inputs!

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
See above.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
How bad DVDs really are. 480i looked so good on a CRT, but not on a 50" Plasma.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
None so far.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Definitely a luxury item. I blame this forum for infecting me with the HDTV bug.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
I was deciding between this PDP and the Vizio P50 and it just "looked" better, PQ and appearance of the set. Just my personal preference. Highly recommended.
post #332 of 2123
Just got a new display? Post it here ONLY: please do not start a new thread

Tell me the following:

1. The "Model" you have.
Toshiba 50HPX95
2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Great design, picture quality and features

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Ability to connect and select channels from antenna and cable from remote


4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Love it

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
one more analog Audio Output from the current 2

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Individual select buttons on the remote for "Mode" eliminating scrolling.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
I was able to get around the QAM tuner not tuning some channels, by adding a simple indoor/outdoor antenna which tunes them in. Other sets with only one source connection, will not allow simultaneous antenna/cable cinnections. I can select either cable or OTA channels from my remote, or from the TV Guide screen. No selecting a different source or swapping connections on the TV.
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
In the case of my TV, it is worth it because of the many features and availability.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
My TV has all the features that Panasonic does not, features that Samsung and LG offer combined. I love the peace of mind that the built-in pixel shift feature and white screen give to avoid and remove any burn-in problem. Thanks.

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post #333 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
Toshiba 42HPX95

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Features + Panasonic glass + best performance in store (after testing a huge variety of plasmas with my own equipment). Decided on Plasma technology due to its lack of various flaws with LCD and DLP technology that I could not deal with.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Color performance + sharpness

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Black levels in a dark room + grain in the low end of the gray scale (both are problems with plasma technology in general, unfortunately).

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Ability to tone down the entire brightness of the screen to produce a darker picture overall in dark environments (perhaps not even possible)

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Perhaps offer more control options via the user menu

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
Realization that the burn-in issue was blown COMPLETELY out of proportion. It is nearly a non-issue, provided you don't abuse it.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
Black levels. I knew they weren't going to be CRT quality, but completely dark content (such as the Silent Hill series of games) in a dark room is just awful looking. I didn't expect it to be so similar to LCD and DLP in this regard (both suffer from the same issue - perhaps more so).

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Not quite. The fact of the matter is, whether you buy LCD, DLP, or Plasma, you are simply trying to match as closely as possible the quality of a great CRT in order to experience a larger size with less mass. Only when displaying fine, still images do these display types excel over CRT. Plasma comes close to matching the CRT in many areas and exceeds it in a few areas, but it doesn't do everything.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Bring your own test equipment to the stores when looking at these. I could have chosen the Hitachi 42 (HDT, or whatever the higher end 42 model is) and may have done so had I not properly tested. There were significant display anomalies present that would have absolutely killed me had I taken it home instead. Only the Panny, Toshiba, and Pioneer displays performed to my likingbut I could not have determined that without careful testing. I also was able to confirm once and for all that LCD and DLP would not work for me.
post #334 of 2123
The "Model" you have.

Philips 42PF7320A/3742HPX95 Plasma

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Saw it in a store, looked just fine compared to 42" Samsung and Panasonics, and cost significantly less. I searched for 3 weeks to find the model as it was sold out of major stores before Christmas.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
My first Hi-Def TV...picture is great. Also, lots of inputs including 2 HDMI. Also takes USB card to display pictures (haven't tried it out yet).

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Nothing I have found so far.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Nothing I can think of at moment.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Include a "Starter" page in instructions on how to tune all the settings. Include a "basic user" setting and then advice for the more advanced users.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

I was unaware of how to deal with normal TV being extended to wide-screen. My current choice is to automatically invoke stretching to wide screen, rather than black borders staying around normal TV broadcast.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

I have to use 2 remote controls - one for cable box/DVR and one for TV. Old TV ran fine off the cable box/DVR remote control.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Absolutely. Basically, CRT is dead and the convenience of wide-screen (DLP, LCD, Plasma) HDTVs with their great looks and less space make them a great purchase (consider that MP3 is not the same quality as CD-Audio, but the convenience is awesome and music sound is good enough for most people). I found my Plasma for $1897 which matched a good 42" DLP, so no brainer decision.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Plasma and LCD buyers need to be aware that wall-mounting is not for the faint of heart. I found this to be the hardest part of my purchase. Major wall surgery, lucky to have a creative, good friend to assist, and hiding cables and surge protector not trivial.
post #335 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.

Panasonic TH-42PV500A

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

brand reputation of Panasonic, generally regarded as "best bang for your buck" and it looked great in store

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

excellent picture quality, decent amount of inputs, inbuilt speakers as well as woofers

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

a heavy tv and the bezel is quite large

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

an extra HDMI input and it would be perfect

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

include that extra HDMI input (which they seem to have done for the new model) and reduce the bezel size

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

setting it up was a breeze compared to my previous Plasma (Sony PFM42V1).... and i didnt think i would see such a PQ difference between the Pana and the Sony but i did and i was blown away by the HD broadcasts that i watched

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

i have no idea...but if you can afford it, i say buy it
post #336 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.

Panasonic TH-5OPM5OU

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

The reviews on this site, in store displays, and reputation.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

PQ, stretch modes, natural colors.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

The fear of burn and the break in period.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

More Screen protection features (maybe I just worry to much.)

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Better Documentation

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

SD picture quality, I read so many negative things about SD content.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Not really, but when you want the technology a little ahead of the mainstream, you have to pay for it.
post #337 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.

TH-42PWD8UK

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Value for the dollar - great reviews, slim with black bezel, no crappy speakers I don't need... and not having to pay for a tuner when I have one with my satellite.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Picture, and it's classy look in the room.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

The big bill I have to pay. No closed caption with this model. No tuner, no captions. Anybody have that Guardian device used for closed captioning? Does it hurt the picture output?

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

Closed captioning.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

I'm a big fan of Panasonic - cameras, drills and TV's.. they provide great quality and don't need any suggestions from me.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

How very far out of whack the settings are, as shipped. I was a little disappointed the first day till I whipped out my new copy of Avia and tuned her up. As somebody who has done some occcasional picture editing, I should have known that a sharpen setting of 5, combined with a "stretched" picture would increase artifacting. When I turned that sharpen setting down to 0 and put brightness at a reasonable setting of -12, things improved alot!

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

Nothing.. it's been great.. Mostly just trying to work out the various inputs for the equipment and get them co-ordinated with the remote.. that's been the only work.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

It's a lot of money to spend- but I like to keep up with the technologies. I learned with my computers not to get out in front, lag back, buy good qualilty and catch the bargains. This Panasonic seems to be a real bargain as plasmas go.. or at least that's my perception.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

The 32 bucks for Avia was worth it.. and Visual Apex was a great vendor to buy from. And a thank you to Bruzzi for all his valuable effort.
post #338 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
Pioneer PDP-5060HD

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
PQ, Reviews, Media Box, Appearance, Detachable speakers, Light weight, Features (i.e. stretch modes, 2 HDMIs) ANDPQ!!

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Media Box, Appearance, Detachable speakers, Light weight, Features (i.e. stretch modes) ANDPQ!!

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
So far, nothing

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Seems to have just about everything, including 2 HDMIs.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Maybe an upgrade pathfirmware and/or cards for the media box. I don't want my 5K investment to be obsolete in 10 years. Also--a calibration disc would be nice.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
Amazing PQ with SD DVDs on a 10-year-old (not progressive) DVD player.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
Nonebut it's only been a week.

9. Do you really think that today's "Prices" are worth it.
No, but I still love my plasma!

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Was waiting for a Panny 500U. Glad it never came. The Pio is awesome!
post #339 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
th-42phd8uk

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
best for the money... i really wanted the th-42px50u, but it is just not available. in the end, i am running this TV with an HD-DVR from the cable company


3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Picture quality! simply stunning... looks way better than in the stores

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
needs more inputs... i just have to buy the HDMI card now...

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
i knew what i was getting with this plasma, no surprises here

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
make a remote that isn't as ugly. also, what's the point of having numbers on the remote? there is no tuner!

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
heavier than i thought

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
none
9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
a little too high if you want quality stuff... sure you can get a plasma for cheaper, but i would rather spend a few extra hundred and get quality

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
This plasma is really nice right out of the box. SD looks good through the STB, and HD is stunning... i knew once my wife saw this in the house she would really like it. and she does!
post #340 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
TH-42PWD8UK

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Picture quality (from multiple reviews) along with the simple black picture frame besel. Plus, I don't plan on receiving an HD signal any time soon, so the SD resolutions I'll be watching along with the DVD's (less conversion with the ED) is what I was looking for.

Oh yeah....can't beat the price!


3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Picture quality on SD and DVD sources, look, and light weight. Plus no ugly attched speakers. And it's still capabable of displaying an HD feed, although not at the full resolution.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Don't know yet. More inputs would be nice, but since I don't have any digital components right now it doesn't really matter. Currently I am running the component from my STB and DVD through the JVC reciever, my VCR through the S, and my computer through the RGB. If I do get a DVI/HDMI component later, I can pay $130.00 and get the DVI module.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
I knew what i was getting with this plasma, no surprises here

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Nothing I can think of right now. Perfectly content.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
Lighter than i thought and SD was actually better than I thought it was going to be.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
none

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Depends on what you're looking for. For someone like me (see question 2) it's a great product for the price. However, if you're going to be subscribing to the max HD package you can find and need a bigger TV, then I'd pass.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
As for the ED vs. HD debate, it can't be said enough that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I've seen an HD feed to an ED TV (Not this model) and I couldn't tell the difference between the HD feeds on the HD TV's I've seen. I'm sure some can, but if it's there, it's minimal. So if I do end up getting an HD signal, I can't wait to see how great
post #341 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.

Pioneer Elite 930HD

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

The picture quality and looks of the set, the fact that it fit perfectly into the space that my prior TV occupied.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Picture quality is AMAZING!

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Price (ouch)

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

More than 2 HDMI inputs

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

More HDMI inputs.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

Great looking SD (though it is stretched to protect it)

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None yet

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

I think that this and most other plasmas are still overpriced. The LCDs are even worse, however. I have stayed away from plasma until now (have 2 DLPs) and thought that prices would have come down by now. Unfortunately, the price of admission is the price of admission.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

I was placing this TV in a very well lit room. It seems that many on this forum were recommending flat LCD TVs for this application. I was not impressed with the PQ of TVs like the 45" Sharp. The Pioneer does a great job in this environment. If anyone is contemplating this scenario, with the current TVs, I recommend plasma.
post #342 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
Panny Th42px50u
2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
PQ and Price
3. What you like best about your Plasma.
PQ and QAM tuner
4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
The remote, how hard it is to fine tune the picture from Manf. settings from SM, one hdmi port
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
1080p and another hdmi port
6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
see 4 and 5
7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
The way it looks on my wall, and PQ on both analog and SD
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
none yet and hopefully none at all

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
haha yes...got it under cost, company still made money with the Extended Warranty
10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Get an awesome surround sound system to go with the awesome picture.
If you don't have surround sound you're only getting half the experience.
post #343 of 2123
Tell me the following:

1. The "Model" you have.
Philips 42" Plasma 1024x768 42PF7220A (not Ambilight)

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Price! Good blacks. Consumer Reports.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Good blacks. 2 HDMI iinputs. Tuner. USB port for photos and mp3s.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
I can't take off the lousy built-in speakers (built in speakers on all plasmas seem to be junk).

If I had more money I would have bought more pixels.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
I wish I could set it to never distort the aspect ratio. I really can't stand looking at people stretched wide or tall.

I wish it had different picture settings for each input.

I wish all audio inputs would be routed out through the digital coax out. That way I wouldn't have to switch the receiver when I change the input. Switching the receiver is fine for myself, but it confuses my family.

I wish the stand could position the tv closer to the wall. It's about 2.5 inches away with the stand against the wall.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Detachable speakers. The built-in ones really belong in the garbage.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

The PRICE for HDMI CABLES!!! More than a hundred bucks for a cable to connect a $90 upconvert DVD player. I went to six stores trying to avoid paying for "premium" cables such as Monster. I KNOW this is a DATA cable, so "signal lose" is not an issue. In my quest I encountered a "premium" power cord that was over a hundred dollars. Premium cables make me distrust the retailer; shields up!

I was surprised by the amount of free HTDV programming available with a table top UHF antenna

The USB input for browsing photos and playing mp3s.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
none.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
I am sure that in two years there will be much better sets for less money. But the waiting game never ends.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
At first I bought the Westinghouse 37" 1920x1080 LCD. But the black level was not good enough so I returned it. After that I would no longer consider LCD's; I had to have a Plasma - I expected I would only be happy with Panasonic's black levels. But the Philips looked much better than any LCD and nearly as good as the more expensive Panasonics and Poineers.

This Philips Plasma replaces a 36" Sony Trinitron WEGA CRT. The Sony CRT has a great picture - I was AFRAID to compare it to the Plasma so I made a rule that they could never be turned on at the same time. It would drive me crazy if the Sony CRT looked brighter or had better blacks (it probably does!) .

(The Sony had now been sold).
post #344 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.

Maxent 50x3

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

The picture quality is on par or exceeds more expensive sets.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.

PQ and size.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Price, and I wish SD displayed better (but I don't blame this set for that).

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

n/a, only because it was such a huge upgrade from my old set, at this moment I couldn't ask for anything more.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Spice up the bezel a little bit, and make the stand a little sleaker and less noticeable without increasing the cost.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

DVD's are off the hook, and SD sucked worse than I thought it would.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

Rarely, SD audio will cut out. I have to change the channel on my cable box for the audio to turn back on. I have swapped out cable boxes with my provider, and after a solid 5 days of not doing it, it just did it again, so I'm thinking it may be the tv? Still haven't sorted that out.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Plasmas are still too expensive, in my honsest opinion. I am very happy with my set though, no regrets.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

The detachable speakers that come with the set SUCK! My little $30 computer speakers rock the house, and the big speakers that come with the set sound like a bad clock radio. Moot point if you have a different audio source.
post #345 of 2123
Just purchased a new plasma, it was delivered yesterday and mounted flush on the wall.

1.What model did you purchase
Hitachi Director Series 55 inch (55hdx62)
2.What caused you to purchase this particular model
Personal evaluation at the store, comments on this forum, consumer reports reviews
3.What do you like best about your plasma.
its sheer size and awesome overall performance with Standard Def programming
4.What dont you like about your plasma
Nothing, so far.
5.What feature(s) do you wish your plasma had
detachable speakers
6.What suggestions would you make to the manufacturer of your plasma
make detachable speakers available
7.What was your biggest "Surprise" you received after getting your plasma
Its sheer size realative to my living room. it takes up a sizable fraction of the enitre wall. wow !
8.What problems or issues have you experienced with your plamsa
none so far. no flickering that seemed to be evident with earlier generations of the 55HDX62
9.Do yo think todays prices are "worth it"
Yes definatly, considering this same size tv was twice as much 2-3 years ago
post #346 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
Panasonic TH-50PHD8UK

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
black levels, PQ, didn't need a tuner or speakers

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
PQ, sleek look, customizable inputs, size

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
blades should work in all slots, some are slot specific

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
none so far, completely satisfied

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
make all baldes work in any slot

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
the PQ for DVDs and HD TV..just amazing

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
none other than a blade I wanted to use wouldn't work in slot 3, no biggie

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
yep...one of the best things I've ever bought no doubt

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
If you don't need a tuner or speakers (I had D* and a HT receiver already) then the commercial model really makes a ton of sense vs. the consumer IMO. Only had the set about a week, but I am blown away by everything I've seen so far.
post #347 of 2123
nice one!
post #348 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
Pioneer Elite 1130 (50" plasma)

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Actually bought a panny 50px500u, but then Magnolia HT couldn't get delivery from Panasonic, so they gave me the Pioneer Elite for the same price. It was part of a pretty expensive homet theatre set up I purchased, so i guess they didn't want me to cancel the whole thing.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Spectacular colors, definition, etc. It looks cool too.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Too many video adjustment options. I am probably going to drive myself nuts fine-tuning.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
An auto perfect calibrate button.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Better info on video set up.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
I was surprised that i enjoy watching bugs crawl over leafs on Discovery Channel Hi Def Thetre.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
None so far.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Yes. The difference between a normal tv and a plasma with hi def programming is night and day.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
post #349 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
NEC 50MX5A

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Actually, I was looking to buy a 42" for our bedroom. Was going to get the 42HDT52 Hitachi, since I have the 55" hitachi, but after talking with Chris at Cleveland Plasma, I decided to get the NEC because I could get it for just a few hundred more than the 42" and I didn't need speakers or tuner, and the footprint of the NEC is just a couple inches larger than the 42" hitachi with its speakers.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Bright beautiful picture, great black levels, thin bezel, cool looking heavy base.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
The only thing I can think of is the Image Retention (IR) which is not a big deal since it only happens when playing Xbox, or pausing the DVR, and goes away after a few minutes of watching full screen tv.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
I really can't think of anything I'd add to it.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Market it better.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
How nice the "Stadium" stretch mode works for viewing 4:3 material, almost makes it look HD.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
One dead pixel, which is unobservable from more than a couple feet away.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Yes, the prices are coming down nicely, and making them more affordable. I can't wait to get a 103"... after I get out of the hospital when my wife beats me for suggesting it.
post #350 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
Panasonic TH-42PX60U, a 9th generation 42-inch plasma.

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Picture quality; deep blacks, shadow and highlight detail, purity of blacks & whites, smooth gray scale, natural colors, sharpness.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Picture quality, slim profile, good price.

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Insufficient inputs and outputs; only one coaxial cable input, no variable analog audio output; no headphone output; no subwoofer output. Bezel and and duck feet stand are unattractive.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
The bezel should be glossy piano black like the Pioneer's. Inputs and outputs as described in #4. Ability to use the built-in speakers as the center channel when using external speakers. Back-lit remote. Ability to access some menu items directly from the remote, such as brightness, contrast, color, and hue.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacturer" about your Plasma.
See #4 and #5, and continue to lower the price.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
The ability to receive local HD channels without a STB!

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
SD definition channels vary in quality. This is primarily the responsibility of the broadcaster, but SD is easier to watch on an old SD set like the Sony XBR CRT's.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Yes, finally, this year of 2006.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
We placed the TV at the foot of the bed on two stereo shelves placed side-by-side. Hence, we watch this 42-inch plasma from about 6 feet away. It is the perfect size! The DVD player is on a shelf under the TV, facing away from the bed. We can still operate its remote by bouncing the infrared signal off the opposite wall!
post #351 of 2123
1. The "Models" you have.
Fujitsu P55XHAUS, Panasonic 50" and 42" (not sure of model numbers)

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Viewing the monitors at Magnolia Audio/Video

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Picture quality followed by size

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Nothing comes to mind!

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
I wish the fuji had a black bezel.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
Bring down the price so everyone can enjoy the technology.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
Several of my neighbors and friends had to suddenly upgrade.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
None

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Probably not, but life is too short to worry about it.
post #352 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
Pioneer PDP4214HD Plasma

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Price. Seemed like a good deal for the Pioneer quality. I was also thinking of getting the Panasonic 42 inch EDTV plasma


3. What you like best about your Plasma.

Nice colors on some channels

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Remote control seems sluggish. Some colors seem muted (perhaps I need to adjust better)

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

Better imaging with dark scenes

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.

Not sure but see above.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

No manual. I was told to download it off the internet (display model)

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

Too dark

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.

Getting there!

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post #353 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.

Panasonic TH-42PD50

Just got it today and I love it already!

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

It was between this and the Samsung for me, both in my price range at $700 off MSRP. Went with the panasonic based on what I read here.

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Everything. Im still in awe. i dont even have HD signals coming in yet, and just Standard Cable looks amazing. DVDs look beautiful too,

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
The grey case. Would have prefered black.

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
None so far.

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
New stand - make it a swivel.

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
the difference in a regular signal. Granted my previous TV is a 12 y/o 27" JVC.

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
none yet.

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
If I didnt I wouldnt have bought it.

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
post #354 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
Hitachi 42HDS52

2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
SD PQ, HD PQ, excellent finish and power swivel

3. What you like best about your Plasma.
a) SD PQ & HD PQ
b) power swivel
c) Has 2 settings (day/night video settings) that can be set through a timer to
switch automatically depending on the time of the day
d) The screen is pretty good to cut most of the day night glares

4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Not anything that I could think of now may better sound quality

5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Monitor input

6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your
Plasma.
Better audio quality

7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
Definitely the SD picture quality

8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
Had a horizontal bar running through the screen, turned out to be a cable
issue

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Could be a bit cheaper definitely under $2000, so more people could enjoy

10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Even though there is not much hype about Hitachi plasma makers, I am just
totally blown by their plasm quality so far.
post #355 of 2123
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1. The "Model" you have.

NEC 50XR5

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2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".

Information/advice from this forum, seeing the NEC 42XR4 in person.

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3. What you like best about your Plasma.

It's big, it's flat, it's changing the way my family watches TV. Great PQ. Support for 1080p input, even though it isn't a native 1080p display. Let's face it, the coolness factor is still very high even though LCDs and Plasmas are moving into more homes.

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4. What you don't like about your Plasma.

Lack of upgradeable inputs (a la Panny blades). Fear of burn-in and image retention.

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5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.

1900x1080p native resolution. Upgradeable inputs (a la Panny blades).

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6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacturer" about your Plasma.

I'm not sure if it is a bad thing or not, but NEC really needs more exposure. Maybe their lack of sales in big box stores is a calculated tactic, but had I not come here, I probably wouldn't have seriously considered it. Luckily I saw the 24XR4 at a local boutique A/V store.

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7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.

How big and heavy (relative term - the 50XR5 w/ stand (130lbs) is still 100 lbs lighter than my 30" CRT WS HDTV Sony (250lbs)) it really is. They look smaller and lighter in the showrooms.

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8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.

None yet except for going through the break-in process (hour 24 and counting!).

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9. Do you really think that today's "Prices" are worth it.

Worth is such a subjective and relative term. Without getting into specifics on pricing, the logical side of my brain says it is asinine to spend over $3K on a TV, but I believe in living life the way you want to, so in that way I am very content.

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10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.

Thanks AVS for all the info and support! Additional kudos to Chris at Cleveland Plasma, great guy, great price, great service!
post #356 of 2123
1. LG 50PC3D

2. Already have LG products and some what loyal. Have not had any problems. Went to CC and demo'ed it and fell in love with it. I realize that it's very much subjective, but I felt I really couldn't go wrong. Also my budget was limited to 3500 USD.

3. It fits well on top of my fireplace (I do not use the FP)

4. Clarity, brightness and I just had to have one. I've been pretty much LCD all the way, but with new features to help limit burns sold me.

5. More connectivity. Firelire, USB, Ethernet and resolution that can work with various laptops. More fromt lanel connectivities would be nice, like the new HP's

6. Better built-in speakers, more sound fields, better remote and thinner form factor.

7. I moved up from a 37 to 50. Once I placed it on the tv nook, it looked much bigger than I first anticipated. No harm. I love it more.

8. None yet. Waiting on buddies to come by this evening so that I can connect all the cables.

9. In my eyes, No, but what is? Just have to bite the bullt one some products.

10. NA
post #357 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
Hitachi 42HDS52
2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
Months of research, looking at every tv out there from plasma to dlp to lcd, etc etc.
3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Stunning PQ, outstanding value. Check it out on Circuit City online.
4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
Scrolling through inputs to change from DVD to Cable.
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Can't think of any it doesn't have.
6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
See #4 above.
7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
How much better the PQ was at home than at the store.
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
None

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Yes
10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Some posters say that the Panny is better (sharper picture/deeper black levels). I just don't agree with this. The Hitachi is noticeably better, sharper in PQ. It's not even close IMHO.
post #358 of 2123
A few days ago, I moved from Florida to Knoxville, tn and decided that this would be the start of my hi-def life! I'm going to get "in" to watching college football in a real football town (Tennessee Volunteers)!

After reading this past post, I went to CC and took a look at the 42" Hitachi. I bought it. Was it "better" than the others. Well, it's hard to tell. If it was better (or worse), we're talking subtleties that I can't discern.

For those of you worried about all the complexities of TV set-up mentioned within these forums, it's not a big deal. You can easily just plug the TV into the wall, hook it to the HD cable and enjoy. The fine tuning you can do later, but it's immediately impressive right out of the box.

No matter what, the PQ you get at home will far outshine the PQ you saw at CC or bestbuy.
LCD TVs, to me, look too "digital" or "electric", so I decided to risk the burn-in worries and go with Plasma. Plasma just looks more like a real photographic image.

At first, I thought the power swivel was gimmicky but I have already used it numerous times....and I've only had the TV for a few days.

I tired of reading the posts in this forum regarding the obsessive concerns of the videophiles (it was making ME obsessive too!), so I just bought this model without fretting.
I have calibrated nothing. Just turned the TV on and started watching.
It looks fantastic!

I have now turned many of the pic settings way down (brightness/contrast etc.), and the PQ is still impressive.

Nothing about this TV feels or looks cheap.
Given that the Panasonics are well reviewed, I took a look at them. It was hard to get past the cheap plastic look of the TV. I couldn't see a difference in PQ, but the TV itself looks like an off-brand model. I just couldn't put such a big item in my livingroom given it's cheesey looks.
The LG was of interest as well.

Is the Hitachi the best choice? I have no idea, but I'm loving it!

Good luck,
Kelton
post #359 of 2123
1. The "Model" you have.
LG 50PX1d
2. What convinced you to purchase this particular "Model".
$1800 off at Best buy
3. What you like best about your Plasma.
Looks and price!!
4. What you don't like about your Plasma.
The speakers sound funny - bass wise
5. What "Feature(s)" you wish your Plasma had.
Can't think of any it doesn't have.
6. What advice or suggestion would you make to the "Manufacture" about your Plasma.
See #4 above.
7. What was your biggest "Surprise" after you received your Plasma.
How much bigger it looked in my house!!
8. What "Problems or Issues" have you had with your Plasma.
#4

9. Do you really think that todays "Prices" are worth it.
Yes
10. Any additional information that you want to add is encouraged.
Nope
post #360 of 2123
1. Vizio P50HDM 50" Plasma Monitor

2. Amazing price for it's size.

3. Great picture. Quiet. Did I mention great price?

4. So far, there's nothing I don't like.

5. I wouldn't mind if it had a tuner or cable card input. But not necessary.

6. Provide a better remote; since it's not one of the "major" brands, not all other components have codes to allow for controls of this unit.

7. biggest "Surprise" = ease of setup.

8. No problems.

9. This is absolutely the best value out there. At the price I paid, this thing could self destruct and I could get another one the day after the warranty expires.

10. Only had the unit for about 10 days. I'll check back in if there are any issues.
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