Summary: This TV died with the blinking 10 times LED issue and it has no obvious blown parts. We had this set for only 26 months when it died. I've checked several websites and Forums to find out this is a very common problem and fixing it will only lead to it happening again most likely. Bad design will not buy a panny again.
Summary: Having bought a Panasonic TC-P46C2 46-Inch 720p Plasma HDTV and very pleased with it, I had no problem choosing this TV. It has a full 1080p panel. Compared with the "C2", the "U2" has 3 HDMI inputs versus 2 and it delivers a slightly sharper picture with slightly better rendition of subtle colors. Also, viewers can sit as close as 4' from the screen and not notice pixelation (with the C2 viewers need to be seated at least 7' away from the screen).
Summary: That was my thoughts when I went shopping for this. When I was television shopping, I was expecting to get a 35"-45" television, then I saw this one at an affordable price, and I was sold. I am wonderfully pleased with tv. Like many others, I got it at the amazing black Friday price. I've had it for the past 3 days, and haven't had a single issue. I'm going to address some of the complaints I've been reading on here. First the sound.
Summary: I bought this tv on the Thanksgiving day because of the one day deal from best buy for [...]. The reason why i opted for the Plasma is that I heard and read that there is almost no motion blur and flickering. I watched several action scenes through my Blu ray and I can clearly see motion flicker. Overall the Picture is brilliant if there isn't a whole lot of motion going on. 1080P is nice. That "Game Mode" doesn't do anything.
Summary: As plasma sets have come down in price I have been looking at the 50 inch Viera and similar models of Samsung. I own two other Panasonics, and a Sony. The overall quality of the Panasonic TC-P50U2 for the price, and my own satisfaction with the others I own factored into my decision. The plastic around the screen is shiny black, and I can see how others would prefer a matte finish. The screen has some reflection, but neither of these really bothers me..
Summary: I bought this as a secondary TV in the house. I also have a 50" Samsung plasma that is three years old and a Projector in my media room for serious movie/football watching. I was not looking for the absolute best picture/features etc. I wanted something at least 50", 1080P (old Samsung is only 720P), brand name, and cheap. I have a friend who has had two Vizio's die within 18 months of purchase, and to me that's basically a generic Walmart brand anyways.
Summary: 2 of the last 4 issues of Consumer Reports have reviewed LCD & Plasma televisions. The Panasonic TCP50U2 has not only been a value buy on there, but also their coveted recommended buy. Picture quality is amazing for the price. Sound could be a little better, but in no way bad. Fantastic TV for the price.
Summary: I really dislike negative reviews that tell you what features the TV doesn't have. It doesn't make sense to negatively rate something that wasn't on the TV in the first place? Yes, compared to other TVs, this definitely does have fewer connectors, but I knew that before I bought it, and if it was an issue, I would have bought something else. So with what this tv does have, it does really well.
Summary: Just picked up my second Panasonic plasma and couldn't be happier. This TV has great picture and just enough bells and whistles for my needs: 3 HDMI inputs and an SD card reader for viewing photos. This TV does not have anti-reflective glare (not needed in a dark home theater room), USB ports (who cares), LAN connection (I already have streaming Netflix through Roku and Wii), 3D capable (I personally don't want that, you may), or a fourth HDMI input (don't need it, you...