Here is a link and excerpt to Chad B's review of the VT50 and it's comparison to some of the other top tv's out now.https://clevelandplasma.com/store/20...nic_tc_pxxvt50
Excerpt from review:
How does the 65VT50 stack up against this year's best high performance sets?
Samsung's PN-E8000 is the only worthy plasma contender. While it has very natural color and other excellent traits, it's black level remains pretty close to last year's model with cable and satellite sources, whereas the VT50's black level has significantly improved. That leaves the E8000 falling behind the VT50 in dynamic range and contrast, with other areas very close.
The Sharp Elite, which remains unchanged this year, has the VT50 beat in black levels and contrast; but it's off axis deterioration and the Dirty Screen Effect can be crippling. The Elite's color can be made pleasant enough with a good calibration, but it's color can never be accurate across all saturation and brightness levels.
Sony's HX929, also unchanged from last year, remains my favorite current LED LCD, with excellent color and overall picture quality. As with the Elite, the HX929's black levels and contrast can beat the VT50, though the HX929's blooming and off axis degradation are enough to at least even the score.
LG has plans to roll out new full local dimming and OLED sets soon, but these will be limited to smaller screen sizes when they become available.
The VT50 has some serious Wow! factor. When you get that rare combination of accuracy and excitement, it makes being called a nerd by your friends (or maybe even your wife) worth it after all.
Keep us posted on your decision although I am sure there is no wrong choice. I have two panny plasmas that I have been very satisfied with but switching over to a Samsung for a plus 60" screen entices me if for no other reason to get something different and I've heard the Sammy's picture have a WOW factor. I saw the VT50 at BB and liked it but spending around $4k on a tv (65") is a bit taboo for me, I'd probably wait til next year's models come out to get one. In that respect, the E7000 is much more affordable now.
Bottom line, tough choice. For me it's a value to price type of decision.