I am curious about this Panasonic issue.
On the one hand, so many people like it, but on the other hand, it is not very often that professional reviews would put Panasonic products (I recently was researching for a plasma and before - a dvd-player, though most reviewers say that Panasonic's LCD projector 700U is one of the best) on the first place in a comparison test. By professional I mean published well-recognized in masses journals like Sound&Vision, Home Theater, HTGuide, Home theater Choice, PCWorld, or similar ... which are available (to me) as ``hard copies.'' I can be mistaken, though. I did not search for the reviews specifically.
At the same time many web reviewers really like it and regularly place Panasonic products as #1.
What is going on?
I recently read in the Home Theater magazine about an interesting observation comparing HD plasma (LG?) and the most recent Panasonic ED plasma. Except for two professionals (one may think they knew where to look) all other walk-in people preferred ED Panasonic as the sharpest one from a distance of 17'. However, at 10' everyone chose an HD set as a better one.
The reviewer belives that a human eye perceives contrast as sharpness. So, if you dial more contrast (or have some edge enhancement) on a lower resolution set, some people may think it is a better set.
But I am not professional myself, so I am rather trying to relay what I read and don't have a professional opinion here.