Just bought one on Monday and set it up for the Bolton V sporting Lisbon match last night. Great picture- rubbish match!
I'll tell you why I bought this telly in short form (it took me months of agonising in reality).
I dont need a telly bigger than 40".
All current 40" units are LCD and to my eyes (forget the specs) the LCD's dont handle motion anywhere near as well as plasma.
There is only one 37"/40" Plasma available and that's the Panny.
To be sure I went to an Empire store and they had the PX70, PX80 and the 37" full HD LCD.
The two plasmas both easily outperformed the LCD in every area I could measure by eye (motion, contrast, colour quality).
The PX 70 was reduced to £600 and would have been a great buy. However I got them to price match Dixons at £729 (after £20 online voucher) for the PX80 and the improved contrast, 3 xHDMI and the "comfort" of having the latest model was easilly worth the extra £130.
Also to back up what I am saying WHF did a group test of 37"/40" full HD sets this month in which the Panny 37" LCD won however the reviewers stated that that they still prefered the PX70 plasma overall.
So in conclusdion the Panny 37 LCD is the best 37/40 full HD set out there, the PX70 plasma is better than that and the PX80 is better than that. Ergo the TH37- PX80 is the best 37/40" TV out there irrespective of the specs.
And I challenge anyone to spot the difference (at a normal viewing distance from the screen) on a 40" TV between a good 720P picture and a 1080P one.
Also dont forget that currently most over air or DVD material is only SD anyway and therefore a 1080P set needs to "stretch" SD pictures to a factor of almost 2X which can't be a good thing!
Thanks for such a good 'review'.
I am seriously considering getting a Panasonic Plasma as I am fed up with backlight bleed on my LCD. Not sure though whether Panasonic would exchange a 32" LCD for a 37" Plasma though?
Would you be kind enough to let me know the measurements (with stand) so I can see whether it will fit in the space I have?
What is the SD picture like, as this is what I will be watching, and DVDs?
Also, do you have to keep Plasmas on 'lower' settings for a while and so have reduced picture quality or is this another Plasma myth?
The only two things bothering me about getting Plasma is the screen reflection, especially since my Tv is near a window (I hated seeing myself 'on telly' on my CRT) and the power consumption since I watch at least six hours of TV per day!