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: 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: 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.
Summary: I went from a 27" CRT to this and WOW! I am so happy with this TV. It works great with my Marantz home theater receiver. I have yet to find a review that says this wasn't the best TV of 2012. I am happy to echo those sentiments.
Summary: VT50 arrived from Amazon in perfect condition. Driver delivered it to my media room, unboxed it and demonstrated proper function. I dialed in a custom picture setting using calibration settings I found online, then tweaked to my preference. THX picture options are very good too, right out of the box. I will have a professional calibration performed when a reasonable break-in period has passed, because this set is capable of producing the best picture currently available.
Summary: First, What a great TV!!!!! I could not be happier. Plenty of hook ups and works perfect. It had a surface scratch on the screen which is the reason it was sold at a discount through the warehouse program. I can not see the scratch unless the TV is turned OFF and you look at it at an exact angle.