Originally Posted by slksc
Just wanted to post my extremely positive experience with my new 58PX600U, in case somebody out there is still on the fence about this set.
I ordered my set from Cleveland Plasma. Good price, easy order, no problems, delivery was pretty much as scheduled. It was supposed to be a curbside delivery, but I paid the man $20 to move it around to the back of the house. He even helped me slide it through the door. Flipped the plastic handles, and inspected the screen: everything's OK, no cracks!
While I'm waiting for TimeWarner to bring a CableCard, I'm taking HD off the QAM tuner. Interestingly, when I first programmed the channels, it picked up only analog channels, no digital channels. So I turned the set off and on again, then re-programmed the channels, and the local HD channels now showed up as expected. Go figure.
For break-in, I set picture settings to zero down the line. Even then, HD quality was spectacular. Even my wife (a tough critic) remarked on the 3D-like quality of the image. At this size, sitting from 11 feet away, the panel provides a truly different video experience. I was watching the baseball playoffs, and the detail on the players' faces, the uniforms, even the ball itself, was remarkable. Since the break-in settings make the picture a little dim, turning out the room lights makes a huge improvement in PQ.
SD ranges from OK to awful, depending on the source from TimeWarner. You shouldn't sit too close to this set with SD: the picture just gets too soft. The main advantage is that at this size, the distortion of a 4:3 image in JUST mode was not as noticeable than I've seen in smaller sets. But, honestly, I don't really care about SD with this set; I didn't buy it for that.
Audio quality is adequate, not great. Would probably be fine for a bedroom, but not to be confused for genuine hi-fi. The main positive is that with this size, the L-R speakers are set so far apart that you do hear a good stereo separation. But personally I would not upgrade from a 60U to a 600U based on audio alone. I'll be using external speakers anyway.
In summary, my 58PX600U is a great success, everything I could ask for in an HDTV. I never thought I could afford anything over 50", but the recent price drops on this set made it irresistible. I'm glad I went with it.