I had a Panny 50ST30 for several years and while it was a good set, it suffered from serious IR almost to the point of mild burn-in and as time went by, its black levels suffered. Late last year I decided to try Sony's 55W900, its top of the line non-4K set. It had a lovely image but its viewing angles were very disappointing, even from one side of the couch to the other. My viewing area has some angled seating so that wasn't going to work. Back it went. Despite my experience with my old plasma set, I ordered a Panny 55VT60 from Amazon ad got it just after new years. It was probably one of the last sets available at a good price point so I was lucky to get it when I did. After around 90 hours of running continuous 1.78:1 aspect ratio movies, I put it up on my AV stand and haven't looked back since. The set is remarkable. I was using a modified version of CNET's video settings which produced a very good picture. Last month, I was fortunate to be one of the folks that Chad B. visited during his San Francisco Bay Area tour. Chad came in and did his thing and 4 1/2 hours later, my VT60 produced an image that was as good as anything out there. As I told Chad, the picture is so good that I no longer have to think about how good it is. I just watch and enjoy. For me, plasma technology is still highly viable and I mourn the fact that Panasonic is out of it and Samsung will be after the 8500 series is eventually discontinued. Plasma's cinema like picture gives me what I consider to be a more realistic viewing experience and its pristine viewing angles cannot yet be matched any of the competing technologies except, perhaps, for OLED. Maybe that's what we'll all have in few years but until then, I'm a plasma guy.