Conclusion: At around $2399 for a top end 55” TV with possibly the best picture of the year we feel the TC-P55VT50 certainly deserves a good long look. LG's top end plasma, the 60” 60PM9700 at $2000 deserves some attention. Samsung makes a top end plasma in 60” as well the PN60E8000 for $2290. While Samsung has the better feature set, Panasonic carries the day in picture quality this year.
Excerpt: Panasonic’s TC-P55PVT50 is one of, if not the, best televisions on the planet. The plasma flat-panel is a steal compared to the pricier OLEDs and luxury LEDs on the market, but there’s nothing cheap about its deep black levels, accurate colors and beautiful design. Achieving brightness that competing plasmas could only dream of, its eye popping 2D/3D picture performs outstanding in well-lit rooms.
Conclusion: Panasonic VT50 is a Smart Viera TV with Panasonic’s entire suite of TV apps and media features, powered by a dual-core processor. It runs smoother than in 2011 but the platform still lacks content, quality TV apps and vision. The new media sharing features that allow you to stream content from a smartphone/tablet onto the TV screen are pretty good but limited by the fact that you have to do everything from within the smartphone/tablet app.
Pros: SD & HD picture quality, Black depth, Fast response time and low input lag, Color accuracy, 3D picture quality, New media sharing features promising, No audible buzzing on our sample
Cons: Daytime performance still not great, Still some color banding, Color dithering, Smart Viera lacks content, vision, Active 3D glasses costly, flicker