Pros: slim as an LED, but picture quality of a top plasma, external design
Cons: slight buzz in the speakers
I have been researching which 3DTV I was going to install in my new home for about 6 months and let me tell you, after settling on this Samsung 58", I am so impressed with the picture quality of this TV, even when it's not displaying a 3D image, the images are so clear and crisp that the images seem to pop off the screen. I've had several comments about that on my TV that it looks like real life. After I mounted the TV, it's even more beautiful. I was trying to decide between this and the Panasonic V25 but decided to go with this because although the Panasonic slightly beat this in all the reviews, I couldn't get past that it was a plasma but as thin as most LEDs. The Panasonic is great and all, but after all the reports of the black levels fading over time and the unsightly design of the TV, I had to choose the Samsung. The only thing about this Samsung is that it does have a slight buzz in the speakers when the volume is off or low. I even hooked it up to a surround sound system and it does buzz from the TV still. I read reports about it before I purchased it but was told that if I hooked it to a proper surge protector that it would filter out that noise. Well I bought the $699 Panamax surge protector and it still buzzes. I'm not too bothered by it though because when you have the volume up (which is always) you can't hear it at all. (plus the TV is such an excellent performer visually that it makes up for a little buzz here and there) I would definitely recommend this TV over the Panasonic as well as any LED or LCD out there. Plasma is still king when it comes to picture quality, viewing angles and I forgot to mention that this I have 3 walls in my room that are full of windows and this baby reduces the glare big time, so all those LCD people who want to reduce glare, get this plasma because it has a better picture than a LCD/LED and it reduces the glare too.