I've been seeing the P50U50 go to $499 at times, and that is kind of my ceiling in regards to price. Everything looks great. I don't think I would be getting the motion issues I have with LEDs (something like the Lion King tends to look awful, especially in dark scenes). Input lag seems great. I'm just tired of having to feel like I'm rolling the dice with LED TVs and the many issues I've come across (clouding, bad motion, viewing angle, input lag, etc).
The only thing that worries me about this TV is its brightness. We have a 5 year old Phillips Plasma in our living room that seems PLENTY bright enough to me, but reviews I've read about the P50U50 indicate that it doesn't get very bright. I don't know if that Phillips is comparable though, as I think when we bought it, it was around $1,700.
TL;DR: How bright does this TV actually get? Is it comparable to other plasmas? I can keep my bedroom dark when watching content or playing games. Do the settings on the TV allow for me to brighten the TV up without greatly sacrificing its deep black levels?
Thanks a lot and hopefully these aren't too noobish of me to ask.