I am torn, don't know what I want to do. I still have the Samsung un55b8500 which is still Samsung's best LCD TV ever made and its a 2009 model. It also has deeper blacks .006cd/m2 ANSI vs .011 cd/m2 but it has blooming which is a problem with most local dimmers and the motion is of course not as smooth as plasma. Higher input lag as well.
If the vt50 can beat .006cd/m2 ANSI then I will upgrade. I wanted to give my father my un46b8500, move the un55b8500 to bedroom and replace un55b8500 that was just moved with a top end plasma that can at least equal the deep .006 black level of the b8500. So far only the pioneer's can beat it and I think sadly the vt50 will be slightly grayer in blacks as well. Might have to wait for the xx60 line and hope the st60,gt60, or vt60 can beat .006 cd/m2 ANSI black level.
My dad needs a new TV so badly he has this 32 (might even be 30) inch ln32a300 series basically the lowest end LCD you can possibly get from samsung in 2008 not even 1080p. But he might have to wait another year if the vt50 cannot surpass the 55b8500. Hopefully the vt50's PQ will be a big enough upgrade to get me to finally change out my b8500 and get the 46b8500 over to my dad so he can actually get a good quality pic and then I'll have 2 55" sets instead of 1 46 and 1 55 and i'll have one of the best LCD's ever made in 1 room and 1 of the best plasmas ever made in 1 room.