Darthbimmer, this is a PM that i sent to Ross who was also looking into getting a 7UY and it basically says how I feel about it.
Hi Ross, I see that you're looking at getting one of the 7UYs. I am currently an owner of a 42"PHD7UY and am honestly not satisfied with the purchase because it just doesn't work like it should. The black level problem on my unit which is discussed in this thread http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/show...threadid=473893
really makes watching tv and movies distracting. Now that I know there's a problem it is hard for me to enjoy watching movies because now I'm sensitive to the brightness change and notice it every time it happens. Since you said you'd be watching SD tv most of the time over composite and S-video I don't see how the problems described on John's page at http://www.lakemercedcoc.org/plasma/
can be overlooked. I am really particular about the way the picture looks and personally want it to be as close to flawless as possible. The only way I would recommend one of these units to you is if you wouldn't be bothered by these (big, in my opinion) problems. I would not advise making a huge $3500 dollar purchase if you know that there are problems with what you are going to receive. Panasonic has been unresponsive to the problem and have been a hassle to work with, and visual apex has just said over and over again "we'll pass it on to panasonic" I don't believe either deserve your business at the moment. It has been two months since i got my plasma and reported the problems and I am still on square 1 when it comes to getting things resolved. My suggestion to you is to buy a NEC plasma display which has also gotten great reviews on this forum and have been said to have much more vibrant colors than the Panasonic but slightly worse blacks or to not buy the Panasonic until these problems are resolved. I must admit that the picture quality of the Panasonic is good but it is in my view over shadowed by these problems. Well... that's my take. I hope it helps