Originally Posted by newplasmasoon
Hi iaHawkeye. How do you like the new panny? I am actually looking at getting the 50px600u (if it ever comes out). Hows the picture on yours??
The TH-42PX60U it great, I love it and I consider myself fairly critical. But it's my first HDTV, so it's not like I'm an expert on the differences from one brand over another.
My biggest surprises so far:
1) That local HDTV signals have all of the issues mentioned in this thread. There have been several times when I have had to switch back to the analog channel because of audio dropouts or picture problems. These are the kind of early adopter problems I would have expected the first six months of DTV, not years into it. In spite of that, HDTV is really, really nice most of the time. Don't know who to blame, the local TV station or Mediacom.
2) I'm surprised how well the Panasonic stretches SD channels over the 16:9 screen. I really thought it would drive my crazy but the "Just" mode isn't that bad. On the 42" screen, a good quality signal from an SD cable channel isn't painful at all.
3) The most pleasant surprise was how great widescreen DVDs look on the Panasonic. It's really like seeing them for the first time. From my seating distance (10-12') standard DVDs look great and are plenty good enough for me. At this point I have no interest whatsoever in high-def DVDs. It's interesting how much better some DVDs look than others. If Hollywood can't even get decent prints or take the time to do the transfers well on standard DVDs I don't hold out much hope for HD-DVD formats being that great anyway.
So far no regrets. I signed up for Netflix to exercise the new Panny and was pleasantly surprised that Netflix has a distribution center in Cedar Rapids as the movies arrive overnight.