Pros Amazing Picture in Dim and Brighter Rooms
True motion handling for blu-rays (no judder or flicker)
Extensive picture options
Perfect for gaming (no phosphorus trails!)
Quiet, Attractive Set/like the red, and outstanding PQ
Cons May have slightly lighter blacks then the Panny's/Kuros on paper (doesnt bother me at all)
Not as cheap as the same sized Panasonic (but I prefered this picture)
Plasmas are heavy!
Remote is garbage
Summary First off, my main uses for the TV are HD content (movies) and gaming. Standard def cable channels were secondary to me (but still look good). That being said, like most people on this forum, as well as the rest of the internet, I was stuck between the Panasonic G10 series and the Sammy B650. Went to a couple of stores with a PS3, to test each out. Immediately the Samsungs caught my eye for a slightly sharper and more vibrant picture (kindof reminiscent of an LCD). Both pictures were nice, but the overall PQ nod in both bright lighting, and dim lighting (good for me since I dont often watch tv in perfect darkness) went to the Samsung set.
Next i tried out a little Call of Duty, and while neither sets had ghosting (lcd problem) or noticeable input lag, I did see green phosphorus trails on the panasonic unit. Another mark for the Samsung.
Overall, im glad I went home with the B650 in the end. (good price on it too!) If your not looking for the absolute best blacks or flawless colors but instead want an all around beautiful set, you cant go wrong here! Friends still say "wow" when they see it.
Daytime PQ - 5/5
Nighttime PQ - 4.5/5
Motion Handling/Movies - 4.5/5
Gaming - 5/5
Style - 4/5
Controls - 3/5
Pros HDMIs everywhere. Vibrant (I know its a stupid word, sorry) colors, DLNA equipped right out of the box means movies, tv shows, pictures and music on your networked computers are on your TV.
Cons Frame not as pretty as last years model. Swivel stand a little wobbly
Summary I got this set as a replacement for the PN50A650 from Best Buy. I really liked the styling on the previous model better but the most important part of the television is the picture and in that area the PN50B650 equals or betters every other television I have ever seen.
The picture settings menu is extensive and easy to understand so customization to individual preferences is simple and there are presets that will satisfy the layman.
There are a pile of widgets and content and blah blah blah added to this tv but the only one that catches my eye is the ability to connect to computer networked content. Basically if you have a router in your house wired or wireless this tv gives you access to all of your media.
I am not sure if there is a reason but this television also pulls in more of my local antenna based channels better than any of my other televisions hooked to the same antenna.
I have read complaints that there is no s-video connection on this television which makes me wonder who is trying to get the best picture they possibly can from their laser disc player. Its not needed
The only people that should look in another direction for an HDTV are heavy gamers, or those with habits that would encourage burn in (stock tickers, computer monitor...) or if you are a fan of dejudder processing (found mostly in LCDs).
I have read a lot about people with tvs that buzz or with pink blotches on the screen, mine does not and is in every way perfect. I would encourage anybody that gets one of the flawed models to stick with it and return it until you get one the way it is supposed to be. Also, if you live at high altitude stop complaining everybody knows plasmas buzz above 7000ft
Buy this tv
"Excellent value"on by gtaylor12
Pros you can stream content from computer, easy menu, incredible picture
Cons speakers, speakers, speakers
Summary Overall highly recommend. Not the most expensive or cheapest but I believe best plasma for the money. I purchased this 50 inch for $1029 from Best Buy (salesperson told me they did not carry it anymore, but had a few in stock. It was NOT listed on their website, so call the store if you are interested.)
Of course incredible picture, but speakers are awful. There is a equalizer you can adjust and I was able to make it liveable. I bought and returned the samsung sound bar. It was not worth the $350. But I would recommend planning on alternative audio.
What I didn't realize is you can stream video, music, and pictures from your PC. So, we are watching home videos on the TV from the computer (if connected to the network of course.) It works very well.
The Yahoo widgets are useless as they are painfully slow. Do not let those influence your decision to buy this TV. I have used them twice and both times I clicked out as it took too long to load.
Overall, i would recommend if you can buy it for around $1000.
Pros Spectacular color richness and accuracy; very, very good - almost great - blacks. Great looking, on balance I like the touch of color - and the stand with clear stalk is very cool. Overall, easy to use and truly astonishing, cinematic image quality
Cons Wish the remote had a matte/non shiny finish, and it also has a slightly weird, sloping design. The blacks are truly excellent, but there is still room for improvement.
Summary I upgraded from a Samsung PN 4250, which was a 42" model from a couple of years ago. I expected an improvement, but the upgrade is truly remarkable. By far the best value (I got it for $1099 with no tax and free shipping) I've seen out there, since the Panasonic 46G10 is slightly more than this, and smaller. For just over $1000, this is a spectacular piece of equipment.
Pros 50" size is perfect, lower price than comparable sized LCD TVs. Samsung quality. Nice picture quality. Four v1.3 HDMIs, usb input
Cons the screen is tinted pink/rose.
remote isn't universal and is relatively long & big. Still eats a bit more power than other TVs its size. The top rear corners kick off some heat. No SD card input. Lacks 2 tuner PIP.
Summary I don't mind that they chose to give the frame a "touch of color" with the red tint, but I wish they didnt need to tint the screen itself. This doesnt really effect the colors when watching TV but you can definitely notice it during the day in the reflections. Daytime viewing can be difficult if you don't darken the room. I got a great deal on this set, sub 1K tag w/ free delivery so I cant complain too much. I expect the TV to last me 10-15 years until I decide to jump into a more affordable LED backlit LCD or possibly OLED.