From looking at this forum, it appears that Panasonic and Pioneer (6th generation) models produce the best black levels (and by this I mean black levels during very dark scenes and little to no lighting in your viewing environment). Is this correct and how do other brands of plasmas compare to Panasonic and Pioneer when it comes to black levels? I'm after a 50" plasma and my budget just about stretches to the Pioneer 506XDE (the latest Panasonics seems to cost a little when you factor in the additional equipment required). Black levels during dark scenes are very important to me. DLP TVs were reputed to have very good black levels, so I thought that I would try them. However, having sampled a Samsung and Sagem DLP, I can honestly say that the black levels during dark scenes on them were awful. Therefore, I have now switched my attention to plasma in the hopes of achieving better results.