just went thru this a couple of months ago. I first purchased the Sharp LED 60 inch but while some pictures were just wow I hated the soap opera effect, I hated the motion blur and within 2 weeks was just hated it. I brought it back and replaced it with the Panasonic Plasma GT Series 60 inch-My only regret is I did not get the 65 inch. Wow what TV. It is as close to perfection as you can get.
I will calibrating it pretty soon but even without tweaking, the picture is just perfect. I am so glad I switched. The 50 inch should be within shooting distance of your price range. I thougth I would miss the brightness of the LED but after getting the Plasma, it is nice to watch a TV with true color and without Reds and Blues blowing up all over the screen. LEDs cannot touch the black levels or the richness of the colors that are in a Plasma.
Best Tv on the market without a doubt. The plasma has about 100,000 hours of life or the way I watch TV. And even if I watch TV four hours every day which I don't and I got 30,000 hours, I would have about 20 years of watching. By that time I figure I will be too old to care. Ten years from now TVs will be so different anyway. But until then, this one will be just fine.
If you buy online and don't like it, I am not sure if you have an option to replace it. I paid $200 more for this Tv than I could buy it online for and decided it was worth it for the abiliity to get my money back or replace it if I did not like it. Bought it at BestBuy.
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