Before I begin, the observations below are purely my own and have not been influenced by the countless threads on various faults, annoyances etc. (you see I haven't mentioned a faint horizontal line coz it didnt bother me - even tho I knew it was there somewhere). Right so now thats off my chest... had my TH42PV500 6 weeks now, just asked Panny to collect it and refund me which they have authorised. Please don't let this influence your decision on whether or not to buy one. I would have loved to keep it but I felt there were too many small issues to ignore, especially the amount of use the unit would get. Sooo... Agin: 1) Lack of direct input selection on native remote - not even the possibility of using a programmable one in the absence of discreet codes for each input (yes I have tried very hard). 2) Built-in Freeview is adequate, but picture accross all channels is fuzzier in comparison to even a very basic Daewoo set-top which I used on my previous Sony CRT. 3) Cannot view TV programmes while viewing the Freeview guide. In other words the picture is replaced entirely by the menu instead of being tranlucently overlayed on the TV prog underneath (once again the Daewoo allows this). 4) Freeview recording to DVD/HD/VCR requires TV to remain on standby - not awful but for more than day or so I'd prefer to switch the TV off, but still allow enough power through the circuitry to keep freeview alive (not rocket-science). 5) Flimsy (annoying) flap on the remote over VCR/DVD which is used frequently due to Picture in Picture button being placed under it too. 6) Remote is too directional - must be pointing directly at bottom left hand corner of the screen (ir sensor) to work. Even pointing to the middle, let alone the right hand side doesnt work. 3rd party remotes didnt have this problem and could be bounced off the floor walls or ceiling with ease. 7) The aspect ratio 'flickers' when certain programmes on certain channels cut to commercials. TV appears to quickly cycle through 3 or 4 aspect ratios before 'settling' on the correct one. 8) Solarisation on skin tones has become very distracting. No combination of filters, modes or enhancements (whether turned on or off) seems to help this. Admittedly all plasmas might suffer from this. 9) The high gloss black strips on either side of the screen reflect light, unevenly at that, from ceiling and side lamps which can be distracting. 10) The cabinet stand looks great and is well balanced and solid, but ultimately too cramped to be sufficient. Although cable management shelves do keep cables very tidy. 11) Built in speakers are loud but can sound a bit woolly making dialogue seem muted. 12) Picture & Picture (PiP, PbyP) etc. could easily have offered separate audio through the headphone socket, which even has separate volume control built-in so a glaring ommision in my view. For: 1) Great picture in general, from any well cabled, clean signal. 2) XBOX games and Media Center look fantastic even without Hi Def. 3) Excellent build quality overall. 4) Good connectivity, although more HDMI slots would have been easy and relatively cheap to include. 5) SD recording is nice if you have a suitable PDA to watch it on. 6) PCcard slot works well (using my CF-pcmcia adapter). 7) Good solid remote in general though too long for smaller hands (mine are huge so np). 8) Looks stunning, though aesthetics are very subjective.