Greetings, this is my first post to AVS Forum. I have been looking at 50" plasma TVs for several weeks now, and spent a couple of hours this afternoon at BB and UE. I've been to every b&m electronics store in Phoenix, as well as Costco, so I've seen quite a number of different sets. Today was the first time I ever noticed the MX-50PX3. In fact, what caught my eye was the shelf tag - WOW. The set was shelved next to several other 50" PDPs, so I spent some time staring at them all.
Given the environment (subject TV sitting at knee height on the bottom shelf of a display rack in an electronics store) and source material (the store's HD demo loop), it's hard to draw any detailed conclusions. But what I can say is that the color and movement on the Maxent looked very comparable to the neighboring sets (a Philips 50PF9630A, a Toshiba 50HP95, an LG 50PX4DR, and a Samsung HPR5052). One thing I did notice was that the Maxent's picture seemed to be a bit more "crisp" than the Philips directly above it. In a segment of the loop that contained fine lines or small text, the Philips picture was blurry. but I think it may have been over-adjusted WRT brightness, contrast, etc.
The Maxent is a nice looking set. The speakers and stand are removable, which is cool. I looked around for the remote, with no joy. The menu system can be driven using the front panel buttons, and works well.
Up until now I thought I wanted a fully-integrated plasma television (HD tuners, CableCard, TV Guide, etc.). I have given some thought to going the commercial monitor route, but by the time I buy interface blades, speakers (I have a decent 5.1 system, but I don't like my kids having to fire it up just to watch Sponge Bob), and a stand/mount, it just seems like less hassle to by a full-on TV. The Maxent, though, with its removable speakers and stand and full complement of inputs might be a decent alternative, and at a price that's hard not to like.