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.
L. Ekker "Guiding Directors through the Visua..., 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 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.
Summary: This plasma is awesome! I compared all the 50" plasma out there and the picture on the Panasonic is by far superior. The blacks are true black, no green or red haze as on some models. Keep in mind there is no tuner or speakers, but if you cannot get over the air reception or are always going to use cable or satellite and have surround sound, who cares! I recommend purchasing the optional HDMI input card for the ultimate picture. You can't go wrong with this one!!!
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: I'm incredibly pleased with the purchase. The only thing I wasn't really aware of is how much heat the plasma TV produces. One quirky thing is that the component video in uses BNC connectors, not RCA-style connectors. Additionally: this item is too large to ship via UPS, it was shipped via freight. Getting status information via the web was not possible, but the freight company delivered the HDTV on the earliest estimated delivery date.
Summary: Compared to other plasma television (42" & 50"), this unit stands head and shoulders above the rest. The picture resolution is clear and crisp. I opted not to purchase the attachable speakers because I have surround sound. My experience with those speakers is disappointment. The true effect of a movie is the combination of sight and sound. I recommend an upgraded/updated remote control unit. Very basic. A universal RCU would be ideal. Probably in the newer units.
Summary: ABOUT WHERE I PURCHASED THE TV FROM: I bought this TV (technically a monitor) from Butterfly Photo. Although they weren't the cheapest (still got a great price), it was an online store I've bought from in the past and I knew they had a physical location if I needed to get in there face about something. Turned out to be one of my best shopping experiences which is very comforting for such a large purchase.