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Great TV except for the buzz
on November 26, 2008
I've had this TV since 9/25/08. [...].
PICTURE - I've only watched upscaled standard DVDs (via HDMI from a very fine Oppo player) on it and the picture has been outstanding. I am seeing details in movies that I've never seen though I've watched them several times. I use CNET's settings in THX mode, toned down while the screen is breaking in (the first 100-200 hours).
AUDIO - Is good for TV speakers.
INSTALL - Make sure that you don't set the TV down when you first open the box unless you're setting it on the stand. There were no directions on this so I was (unpleasantly) surprised when the 100 pound set wouldn't balance on the bottom edge and nearly crushed the lower "lip"!
NOISE - There is a buzzing noise that comes from the circuit boards in back, below the fans. The noise varies depending on what's on screen, it's loudest when the screen is bright. I called Panasonic and a technician examined the set and said the noise was normal for a plasma. He said LCDs are quieter. I welcome any solutions anyone might have to this problem.
I can only give this otherwise excellent TV three stars because such an expensive and high quality AV device should not emit a background noise that interferes with its normal use. If I had known about "plasma noise" I would have bought a high-end LCD but now I am stuck with this TV. Beware of plasma's dirty little secret.