Originally Posted by Barana2080
...What are the equivalent 2012 plasmas from LG and Samsung that match quality with similar price as an 50 or 55 inch ST50.
The most likely LG would be the PM6700 - it also offers 3D, and has a much larger array of user controls than the ST50, including LG's "Picture Wizard," and user accessible ISFccc modes.
Unfortunately, have not seen any "professional" reviews of the 6700 yet, but the 2D only PA6500 looks impressively bright in person, although apparent black levels varied widely on the examples we've seen.
Based upon a single calibration report - of the 6500 - would expect the LG to give you better Color, OOTB, than the ST50, but the black level on the Pan clearly trumps the 6500, and presumably that advantage would also apply against the 6700. And the LGs tend to have very reflective screens - the 6500 seemed on about the same level as Pans UT50.
Still, the excellent color, user controls, & feature set - at very competitive pricing - makes the LG panels worth taking a peek at.