Summary: This was my first major online purchase, and I was nervous about it. I researched plasmas to the point that it was becoming a joke in my family. It was difficult to find my choices in one store for side-by-side comparisons. I had it narrowed down to the Panasonic th50pz85u, th50pz800u, Samsung pn50a550 and pn50a650.One store had 3 of them, so after I found the remotes, I stayed an hour and played with the picture and audio settings.
Summary: I had high expectations when I bought this Panasonic. After reading about every possible candidate plasma & LCD, I took the plunge on this newly released 800U. It exceeded my expectations and they were pretty high expectations. This has a great picture, great color and is totally adjustable - both with preset options or manually.
Summary: Set was delivered quickly by Amazon and unpacked, but delivery man could not help lift it up on TV stand (liability problems). After my son helped me lift set to TV - not really all that heavy - the set worked perfectly and the picture with all input sources was beautiful. I used PC Mag web hints on setting up controls for best picture, though I did not thoroughly calibrate it.
Panasonic 800 Series HDTV Review & Configuration Help
Sean C. Stephens "Sean The HD Guy", Amazon
20 December 2010
Summary: My hope is that this review will come across as credible after a brief introduction revealing my technical background. I have been a home theater enthusiast since 1995 and ran a small video and independent film business from 1996 - 2001. This review and check list are based on both personal research and professional experience.
TH-50PZ800U - review from an engineer's perspective
Phacops Trilobite, Amazon
20 December 2010
Summary: Update 4/1/2011 --- Still loving this TV! It's been flawless and still looks as good as the day I hung it up. --------------- Panasonic Viera TH-50PZ800U 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV Reviewed June 28, 2008 - Owned for 45 days Updated November 2008 - still lovin this TV and haven't seen anything in the price range that beats it. About to buy one for my dad. PICTURE QUALITY I can not say anything negative about the picture quality... it's a ten for today's technology.
Summary: I was one of the folks who jumped on the "pre-order" sale back in early spring, before Panny was actually shipping product. I had narrowly missed the amazing Panasonic Plasma/Blu-Ray deal a few weeks earlier, so I was determined not to miss out. As soon as I saw the price I jumped. First things first: as many others have reported it was not until late May before Amazon received units from Panasonic.
Summary: Finally recieved this TV this week, and man was it worth the wait. But let me make this simple. Lets ignore that it is rating the one of the top 2 plasmas in the world (yet again), and lets ignore all the other TV's with different bragging rights for whatever features for the moment and call it all equal. What truely sets this unit aside is its new frame design. No other TV on the market (YET) has an all glass front surface and is nearly FRAMELESS.
Summary: Very happy customer. Briefly here are my comments: PROS: A) Good Price on Amazon B) Great quality set C) THX is great quality D) Very usable set. Controls and menus very well laid out E) Remote control is best thought out i ever used F) Sound is very good on this set too G) Image viewer is good. H) On screen sound change only lasts 1 second. Just right amount of time of a visual cue.
Summary: Ok, I did the usual research to death routine, then the CNET review sealed the deal. This was too easy. Get online, order from Amazon, set gets delivered 2 days early way out in the boonies of western Colorado at a price about $600 less than the local Best Buy and Circuit City. The delivery guys open it up and make sure it works and you're set. The picture is incredible, even in standard def, and the set is very easy to use and intuitive.