Originally Posted by mgrotel
Most important for me is the picture quality, hands down. I will be using the room for home theater and watching sports.
I would like to stay under $2000, but I can go over that to get a good plasma......
Hard to argue against the ST50 - with the best (reasonably priced) alternatives being the GT50 or the Samsung E6500.
There are any number of plasma sets now that offer "perfectly acceptable" PQ - however none that are BOTH "Better," & Less Expensive, than these three.
The UT50 could be an interesting "bargain" option, particularly in a dark viewing environment - but, then, same could be said for other Samsung & LG models as well.
"Full Disclosure" - our newest set is a 60ST50, and we find the PQ somewhere between "Excellent" and "Outstanding" - GIVEN a high-quality input (!)..... That is: Most Blu-rays, but only SOME "HD TV" broadcasts.
This particular panel required several hundred hours to fully "settle in" (and around 400 hours for its Quick Onset IR to come under control!) - but we are very happy campers right now.