Hello Everyone! Yes, I know, I'm gonna **** alot of people off by saying something blasphemous in this section BUT... I HATE PANASONIC! There I've said it! (Off with his head you cry, hang the bastard you shout, bhlasphemer some of you say!) but hang on a sec... I have a right to my opinion too! Well, folks, An ancient Indian saying states "Opinions are like assholes - everyone has one and at one time or another they all stink!) Why, you may ask do I hate Panasonic so much and risk incurring a wrath from you all the likes of which not seen since Salman Rushdie wrote the Satanic Verses? Is it cos I am an asshole - No! My Opinion Stinks? - Maybe. Cos I know f-all about anything? _ probably! What has Panasonic done to me - treated me badly? Burnt my house down? Slept with my wife? Killed my Children? Panasonic equipment used in catching me out sleeping around behind my wifes back? NO, Gentleman NO, None of the above. In fact, now that I've grown up, I realise that Panasonic have done nothing to me. So why hate them? Well, it goes like this: When I was about 6, met a guy who was kinda like connected to family so had to make friends with him. You know, the type who is like a dose of bad piles, is there to stay for life. Ever since we met, to this day, he was a mummys boy, a selfish, arrogant brat who always got his way by using other people, never bought a drink, always short of cash, never there when you needed him etc. Everything he has is better than yours, his house, his road, his models, his bike, his hifi and yes you guessed it - his TV. Any clues as to what make it was? He just kept going on and on about his TV and his things. Well folks, after 30 years of this ****, and ones brain, for the sake of self preservation, sanity and silent retribution just adapts itself to REJECTING anything associated with him or what he likes. If you do not, you become his Bitch syndrome! So, really, I had no say in the matter - psychological evolution decided things for me. But I never bought anything Panasonic! (OK, maybe a few AA batteries!) Its just one of those crazy things! Why am I telling you this? Well, I've been reading this plasma forum, and it certainly seems like there seems to be a legion of die hard Panasonic loyalists out there - and you gotta say say I had guts inviting your wrath then! So, you can imagine, when considering getting a Plasma - my brain would just reject Panasonic without question - it just will not compute. No probs I thought, there are a ton of other great makes out there (but I do not want to reminded of that fat bastard when everytime I see the Panasonic logo when watching my mega expensive plasma - it would be like having him there all the time, in my head, everytime I watched something - it would be too much for any sane person to bear (this guy was a real slimeball!). Knowing this now, even you all must understand. Imagine for half of you if, I did something that reminded you of your ex-wives 24/7. Ah, now you get the picture. Why have I told you this? Firstly, to say SORRY to PANASONIC! It was not their fault that **** attached it self to their name! AND, After reading an American Test of Plasma Screens and looking at their results - I THINK I'M CURED!!!! Check this out: I came across a great & really informative site called: http://www.plasmatvbuyingguide.com and guess what? Of all the very many plasma screens they tested, they complied a TOP 10 plasma screen list. RESULTS? PANASONIC VOTED 1, 2 & 3!! See for yourself if you dont believe me!: http://www.plasmatvbuyingguide.com/plasmatv/top10.html To get the top 3 spots is no mean feat. After reading that, I thought, thats it, I'm gonna excorcise that swine and be free of him once and for all and not deprive myself anymore. At least now, when I do buy a Plasma, and I cant guarantee it will be a Panasonic (as I will always go with my eyes and unfortunately my budget) but it will definetely be one of the top makes to consider depending on things at the time. It also serves to reinforce what you panny lovers have stated for a while and make you feel even better about what you have bought! So, there you have it, sorry about the long story but be glad for me - I'm free, saved from all your wrath and maybe just be a panny owner too! For those, who are thinking, yes, I will keep on taking my medication! Suave! PS: I hear very little on about some other makes hear like Fujitsu, NEC, Sony & Philips? I know the Sony sets are very expensive but I thought that Sony with their very cool looks and need to be top of the pack have some mega good Plasma screens? As for Philips, they strike me as being a fantastic company when it comes to innovation and developing new technology (They have had so many best buys and 5 star ratings) but to me, I just dont feel good about Philips reliability or build quality - is that what most folks believe?