I jumped on the 50hp95 today, after months waiting for a Panny at a good price. Fry's put it on sale today, I drove down there and they had 3 in house. I've only used it for a few hours before having to go back to work but here are my initial impressions:
1. This this is really heavy, having had at one time or another 2 42" Pannys and 1 50" Maxent this thing is a rock.
2. A lot of inputs: vga, 2 compenent, 3 composite/s-video, 1 hdmi, 2 coax, and memory card slots to boot. This thing rocks.
3. I love the stretch options, it has a comperable one to Panasonic's "Just" and it even works on 720P and 1080i inputs where the Pannys do not (*don't know for sure if the new 60u series do though)
4. As the Panny it comes from the factory in "tourch" mode known as "sports" in Toshiba land. Didn't have any time yet to play with it so I just changed every thing to "standard"
5. I like the "Auto" feature with the stretch modes. This was something my commercial Panny had but my consumer Panny did not.
6. Speakers are a little better than my Panny 50u.
7. Takes a little longer to power up than my Panny, but not that terrible.
8. The stand is huge compared to the Panny's duck feet model. both front and back stick out much farther than the panny. This makes the set much more stable than the Panny but this might be necessary due to it weighing more.
9. Remote is really wide and not very user friendly. It has a nicer blue backlight compared to the Panny's red. This isn't a huge concern because I was planning to buy a Harmony remote anyway.
10. TV guide looks interesting, jury still out on this one. It can program your VCR for you, but I don't even own a VCR anymore
11. I did a quick test of SD and HD and both preformed quite good compared to my Panasonic.
12. My take on it is that it's has the features of Panny's 600u series at a 60u price.
more to come.