Summary: I purchased this in 2006 and had to buy the HDMI module to plug into it. This is a monitor without the ability to connect directly to cable because it doesn't have a tuner. Since I've always had a cable box, I was able to put more money into the picture, rather than paying for a tuner I would never use. Total cost at the time was close to $3,000. That said, people still look at my TV and ask if it's new because the color is so clear and vibrant.
Summary: I have had this product for three years, and have never been more pleased with a video display. The viewing is exceptional even from a considerable angle (as opposed to most other types of display), and the colors are rich and vibrant. With the replaceable connection modules, you can connect nearly any type of modern video output. Remember, this is a monitor, not a TV, so you'll want a separate sound system that will match this tremendous viewing experience.
Summary: I'd like to understand those of us that have no idea what a monitor is, but so be it. I've enjoyed my 508UK going on 5 years with no problems, nothing to complain about... period. Friends invite me over to see there new flat panels and to date, I have yet to see anything that is a better viewing experience. When I asked Panasonic if they were going to come up with a 1080P driver, they of course, fed me a line of pablum.
Lek "Guiding Directors through the Visual Effects minefield.", Amazon
12 January 2008
Summary: I work in Visual Effects at a top shop. We have ten "Flame" compositing systems, and we use this screen in every suite. The reason? They are THE BEST. Period. End of story. I am in teh Motion Picture Academy (the "Oscars" folks) and so I get movies from the studios to watch before I vote. This means I need what I call a "critical viewing" setup at home. When the time came two years ago for us to go big and flat at home, the coice of a screen was a no-brainer.
Summary: I've had experience with several HDTVs and this one is the best especially at this price. This is actually a commercial model TV which is a good thing. You don't have to pay for extra speakers and a tuner you won't use and its a generation ahead of consumer models in display tech. Forget having to tweak the settings all day using a setup DVD to get the best picture, this thing looked amazing out of the box. I barely had to change anything to get a perfect picture.
Summary: We priced this TV at several different places. Amazon had the lowest price... and no sales tax to pay either! Shipping fees weren't much more then stores in town were going to charge. The picture is BEAUTIFUL. Sound is GREAT. Set up is SIMPLE. We just plugged in the power cord and connected our cable and it was ready to go. No other accessories were needed. We did purchase a wall mounting bracket in town.
Summary: The TV is awesome. DVD's playing through the HDMI port produces an incredible picture! Some older DVD's and standard definition broadcasts don't look as good, but is fine for everyday viewing. The biggest thing to worry about when buying any large TV on-line, is delivery and warrantee. Amazon uses a 3rd party delivery service which was not that great. First, they did not even call me to schedule the delivery per schedule, so I had to call them to do it.
Summary: I bought a Dell 42" plasma. It had so many problems it wasn't funny. Matter of fact Dell knew it and continued to ship them. Found the Pansonic on Amazon $1500 cheaper than buying it locally. Shipping was fast even though they wouldn't set it up as advertised but what a deal and tv. I keep waiting for problems and they aren't there. HDTV is high quality, remote is feature packed and the picture is very adjustable to your own taste.
Summary: Initally purchased the Panasonic from Amazon. I received it damaged, so I had to send it back. They didn't have any left in stock, so I decided to purchase a 50" plasma from a local dealer. None of the locals had the Panasonic that I wanted, so I went with the Samsung HP-R5072. I had the Samsung for 20 days before I returned it and purchased the Panasonic TH50PX500.
Summary: I purchased this model based on the other reviews and haven't regreted my decision at all. The monitor works perfectly adjusting the picture when the HD locals drop out of the HD format, sports have regained my interest, although now I can see the replays and judge how accurate the NFL refs have the call (they have a lot of improvement ahead). For anyone buying a HD TV check out the internet sites as to what to expect from content providers (DBS talk is good for sat.