First and formost, I want to thank all of you for your assistance in helping me choose between proj vs flat panel, lcd vs plasma, 40" vs 50" vs 65", hdmi vs composite, sams club vs. costco, BB, CC, HH Gregg, panisonic vs samsung vs Visio, deep blacks vs grays, pixel shifting, image retention, HD DVD vs. Blu Ray, SD cards, Cable Cards, lol, etc., the list goes on and on.
Yesterday, I purchased my first flat panel PLASMA TV! I bought a Panisonic TH-50PX6U from Sams Club. After putting it on the pedistal, I hooked up the cable, scanned the stations, OTA also, and saw what I saw in the stores in my house...only better!
First, that was all to setting it up! Yes, I did tweek the contrast, brightness, and picture so as to not deal with burn in the first 100 hours+. Second, an optical cable to the receiver gave me digital output and sound in 5.1 (yes the receiver has 5.1, dts, etc). Third, Sams said that if the price changes at all in the next 30-45 days, I can get a rebate! They said that if I am ever dissatisfied wwith the set, to just bring it back (with the receipt and remote) and they would make sure I am satisfied. Fourth, I had 4 friends stop by to "check it out" yesterday and all were amazed, and I am "hosting" the football game (IN HD!!!!!!) today. GO COLTS!!!!!
As you can tell, I am new to this, but as it appears, I love the new PLASMA. It is truely the way to go (IMHO).
Again, I cannot express my appreciation to all on this forum for your thoughts, ideas, experiences, opinions, etc. If I can be of assistance to any other "newbies" or anyone else, please let me know. I will be a regular member here on the forum.