A practical review from a techie who appreciates quality
18 June 2013
Summary: If you are looking for a TV for ~1k, look no further. My wife and I debated the merits of plasma vs. LCD's and ended up diving into the plasma arena. After a good week of viewing a lot of different content and playing some games, I can say that we are truly happy that we chose plasma over LCD. Sure you may be able to find an LCD that performs near these Panasonic plasmas but, they will be far more expensive, especially for the size.
Summary: Received the TV in less than a week. Delivery guys brought it in the house, unwrapped & placed it on the stand. It was cold out so they couldn't turn it on. It has been running for 6 weeks. Beautiful picture after I set it up (after the 100 hour break-in) to the custom specs from CNET. I couldn't be more satisfied. I know it was a 2012 TV when I bought it in 2013, but I got a good deal.
Summary: A beautiful television set with almost everything you need in today's HiTech world. It's plasma, it's Smart and it shows 3D. In fact it's even able to convert 2D media to 3D (with the push of a button on the remote). I tried this feature on a HD movie I had recorded on my DVR, using my new Samsung 3D glasses (they work fine with the Panasonic and are less than 1/2 the price of the Panasonic glasses and are available on Amazon) and the 3D picture was really good even...
Summary: If you're anything like me you have taken a lot (see days) of time reading reviews to make a decision. I read every review I could read on the first 10 pages of a "best HDTV under 1000" Google search. I finally narrowed my decision down to the Vizio 601I-A3, the Samsung 51E550, and the Panasonic P50ST50. All three seem to get really good reviews, and the choice for me came down to one consistent theme... best picture quality.
Summary: If you dont know about tv technology let me tell you plasma trounces led in almost every circumstance. Black levels refresh rate and color accuracy are all dramatically superior. The best part is that plasma is cheaper than led as well. Youd have to spend 5000 on a sharp elite led with local dimming to achieve these kinds of blacks. And even that premium model lacks the uniformity and viewing angles of plasma. ST50 is one of the best tech buys on the market.