Well, after reading all 26 pages of this thread, I order a 55UT50 on Saturday from Abt Electronics out of Chicago, IL. They ship to KY for free and there's no sales tax on my purchases. I also order a new Sony 3-D Blu-ray player. Ordering this TV was a hard decision for me. I was actually checking it out at BestBuy for a friend of mine who calls me when ever he needs something in home entertainment. He knows I'm all "into" this stuff (always has been.) Anyway, I have a 4/5 year old Sammy LN40A550 LCD with a matt screen. I used settings from an AVS member name Clicq to "calibrate" my set. With the Sammy you could set everything on your own. Very good custom menu. So once I "calibrated" my set the PQ was fantastic! I have Dish HD, but even the SD channels had a great PQ. I received many compliments from Dish techs and Insight techs (local cable company before I switched to Dish.)
But we needed a second TV because my wife has been driving me crazy watching all those damn "reality shows" on Bravo. But I didn't know what to do...I been wanting a larger TV, but I just love my Sammy. I debated about just keeping my Sammy and buying a 32" Vizio for her to watch, except I really, really, wanted a larger TV. So after seeing the 55UT50 at BB, and reading through this forum, I decide to move the Sammy to the front room for the wife to watch, and get the 55UT50 for my TV room. This will be my first plasma, and I'm really looking forward to it. If it's half the TV my Sammy is I'll be very satisfied.
Oh, BTW, my buddy got the 55UT50 last week and is thinking of returning it because it doesn't have that "pop" like an LCD! I know his taste, and that he's "technology challenged" and I had told him to in the beginning to get this Sammy that was an LED, but the salesman at Abt was telling him how much better the UT50 was, and also it was $100.00 cheaper. He wanted to know which set I felt was a better set, and I told him that the UT50 was IMO, but I still told him I think he would prefer Sammy because he likes that LCD "brightness" and that the plasma offers more of a true picture look that many people find "dull". (Using the settings from Clicq on my Sammy, my picture had this natural look, not the "in your eye" artificial "pop" look.)
I fill you all in when I get my UT50, which should be by Friday!