Summary: I purchased this unit a little over a month ago. Through painstaking research over type, manufacturer, and size, smart not smart etc. I found this excellent bang for your buck plasma. I felt that smart tvs aren't up to snuff yet so I decided a dumb tv with an accompanying roku or wd tv unit would be excellent and a lot smarter. that way I can replace a ~$90.00 unit when new tech came out, instead of replacing a new television. Anyway, I decided plasma was the way to go.
Summary: Plasma has the best picture quality out of all the HDTV types, I've tried them all. If you don't care about 3D, wifiTV, etc, and think picture quality is the MOST important part of a TV, then this is the TV to get. Football and Golf are stunning on this TV. In addition, if you are into gaming, the high refresh rate is a definite plus.
Summary: I just got this TV delivered five days ago and love it. Pros: - The screen is huge. - Colors are realistic. - Resolution is top-notch. - The set was CHEAPER than anything else this size. - It turns on almost instantly when you hit the power button. That's actually a huge plus to me because the Toshiba it replaced in my TV room seemed to take ages to click on, like it had to warm up or something. This Panasonic is blazingly fast by comparison.
Summary: I'm giving it 4-stars because I've only had this set for 3-days but I am initially very pleased. I ordered this set ($720 at the time from Amazon) for my basement recreation room so the added mask filter of the more expensive models was not needed - plus my Blue-Ray player already had the internet connection. Note: I have recessed ceiling lightning fixtures in the room, so I simply unscrewed the flood light nearest this TV to reduce ambient light - this worked fine.
Summary: I've only had the tv for 3 days, but so far very pleased. Great picture right out of the box. I put it in vivid mode, because I was used to a brighter picture, but have since put it back to standard because of all the hype of break in period for plasma tv's. To my suprise, after getting used to the darker picture I quite like it. Sound is ok for what you can get for speakers in such a slim profile tv. Will get a sound bar in the near future. Hook up was painless.