Summary: Have owned a 50 Pioneer Kuro for a few years. That is the best set (picture) I think that will ever be made. But, I wanted a bigger set. This uses Pioneer technology, and does not disappoint. I'm happy with the picture and the set overall. Would purchase again. I wanted a Plasma set before they possibly disappear.
Summary: I'm in the movie biz. I know picture quality. I obsess about it and live for it and need to deal with it in everything I do for my work in post production. We are always after the best quality picture. This TV beats them all. Now Panasonic has the new models out on this line and I hear they are even better. So why question it. If you want to save money I'm sure this 2012 model is still available and at a discount. How much better are the new ones?
Summary: What a tv! Natural colors, smooth motion, deep blacks. Perfect for a room with low/no light. Very good in a room with higher ambient light. I eventually returned it for the promise of better things to come from Panny (grass is always greener, right?), but have been second guessing myself ever since.
Summary: After owning the Pioneer Kuro for about 4 yrs, I've hesitated to purchase a plasma for fear of disappointment. While the VT50 doesn't quite match the Kuro's black levels or anti-reflective properties, it does not disappoint.
Summary: Keeping it simple. Replaces my older 42" TH-42PX60U, which had excellent picture quality for a 720P/1080i TV. Picture quality is excellent! Movies, Sports, Nightly programming, Cartoons and even non-HD channels all display nicely. Much better TV than the previous year's ST30, which is used in our basement in the kid's room - and I am not disappointed with that TV either.
Summary: I chose this TV based on all the 3rd party ratings...and believe me, I did my homework on this purchase. They were right. It's a great TV. Amazing colors and clarity. Packaging was great and protected the TV during shipping/handling. Only 2 issues to mention is the "advertisements" on the bottom on the screen when the TV boots up. They disappear quickly but I don't want them there at all. Probably a setting I can change to get rid of them??
Summary: For the price, the picture quality, and the features...this TV is an incredible masterpiece. Although just missing the Pioneer Kuro in picture quality, you'll see that it comes quite close, just read the professional reviews out there. 3D looks amazing, Blu Rays look just as incredible, and HD programs are just as crisp depending on the signal being broadcast from your cable provider. Very impressed with this plasma so far.