Summary: Paid $500 delivered to the door over 2 years ago and it's been great the entire time. I read some previous reviews stating theirs had died fairly young. Could be a heat issue. I have never forgotten what my electrician brother told me 30 years ago, "heat is the enemy of all electronics". I made it a point to provide good ventilation behind the TV and have even added a small quiet fan to move heat away from the TV.
If this dies, I would buy another without question or doubt. Amazing.
6 October 2011
Summary: Understandably, being my first HDTV purchase I was a little overwhelmed by all the information out there - I basically wanted to know how long it would last, how to calibrate it for the best picture quality - and all that good stuff. Assembly and setup was a breeze, it took me less than 10 minutes to put it on its stands to watching TV.
Summary: I have had the same old TV for a long time. So old, it only had a single jack in the back. Can you imagine my utter amazement when I fired this baby up and put in my favorite DVD? I'm glad I was sitting down because I was knocked aback by the utter new world of viewing before me. Watching Life in the Undergrowth Starring David Attenborough (2006) Had always been a pleasure but now. . .I WAS THERE WITH HIM.
Summary: I have 2 42 inch Panasonic 720P Viera Plasmas and one 50 inch. I have also owned 3 LG LCD's and a Samsung over the last 4 years. The Panasonic Plasmas are incredible. My dad and brother spent over a $1000 dollars on a Samsung 1080P that looks no better than the 720P Panasonic plasma. I watch a ton of sports and it is awesome compared to the 2 LCD tv's I have. This was the first TV I have bought online.
Summary: Without question, the Panasonic 42" plasma was the best $399 I've spent in recent memory. The Best Buy sale last Friday was either a 1-day thing, or a mistake, because the prices were marked back up to $499 when I revisited the website -- and were never marked down at all in the store. If you are considering this set *do not* rely on the degraded signal quality in Best Buy stores as a measure of picture quality.
Summary: We purchased the 42" Panasonic plasma tv for our guest room. This product is the real deal it is advertised as being able to do. We were particularly pleased with the tv sound system quality, not needing additional speakers.
Summary: This TV was purchased to go in an entertainment center in our living room. So far, I am very pleased with the performance of this set. I researched 42" TV's extensively before settling on the Panasonic and LG. The Panny won out due to price and reputation. You will need to tweak your picture settings when you receive your TV for the best picture quality.