This Samsung 58 inch plasma television was our first flat screen television purchase. We were hesitant to spend a lot of money, but this model was worth the cost. Picture Quality The picture quality of this television is great, especially for the HD channels. However, if an image stays on the screen too long, it becomes 'burned' there for a period of time. I was concerned the first time this happened, when I was watching the news and the logo was in the corner for an extended period of time; but it eventually disappears and doesn't affect the picture. Sound Quality We don't have this connected to a sound system and it still sounds really good. There is a weird tone that plays when you turn the tv on and off, which annoys me when I wake up very early because it's sort of loud and disruptive. Durability We've owned this television for two years, and it's still working well. Design We have this television sitting on a rather narrow mantle over our fireplace. The unit is slender and the base is sturdy enough so that it didn't require us to go to the trouble and expense to mount it on the wall.