First of all - hello, I am a newbie
I am about to buy a 50" plasma. The two I seem to have narrowed it down to are either a Panasonic TH50PX600 or the Pioneer PDP507XD. I would really welcome peoples oinions or suggestions for a better choice.
If you are going for external sound, you need a plasma without speakers I'd suggest. They are physically a whole lot smaller than the ones with elephant's ears on the side, and 3" bezel all the way round, and usually much thinner too. Look so much better wall mounted, and there may well be performance benefits, as with TH50PH9, or Fujitsu XHA58, which incidentally looks gorgeous as well as having the best PQ out there.
I'm a bit surprised that the Panny owners aren't fighting their corner,so to speak.I have the Panny 42PX600 and am very happy with it.I chose this model over a Pioneer based on looks and the fact that nobody seemed to be mentioning issues with screen burn/image retention as they were with the Pioneer.I was a fan of the piano black surround though,until I realised how much of a dust magnet it is and the fact that it doesn't look anything special (IMHO).
Having said all this,I do believe that they are so closely matched that whichever you choose you will be happy with.Good luck.
Many thanks for all the replies - i am ashhamed to say that the look is a factor and i think i will go the pioneer route - partly because it also has a PC input and i intend to get a windows media centre PC. I will start a new thread on this bit