Originally Posted by anikun07
I know this isn't the PDP forum, but why is the ST50 so much better than the UT50? By reading the UT50 Discussion Forum they make it sound like it's just as good as the ST50. I've considered the ST50, too, but didn't know that I needed the filter. I was mostly just worried that the PDP wouldn't look as sharp and crisp as LCD for still frames as mentioned by some of the ST/UT owners have commented. That would be due to the dithering of the pixels. The still frames look quite good on my 32" and it's only 720p - I know I would have to sit a little closer than the 10' that I sit at in order to have the acuity to see 1080p, but as I said, I was concerned the still shots wouldn't be as crisp.
Since you mention that James Bond movies looks amazing on your PDP, I assume you would say that all movies will look better on it compared to LCD. My favorite movies to watch are Star Wars and James Bond. I can't wait for the Bond 50 box to come out next month. But how do you like the LG compared to Panasonic? That's one brand I haven't looked at much but only because it feels like the general consensus of PDP owners seem very partial to Panasonic.
Thanks for you help, I really appreciate it. I wasn't getting the suggestions I needed in the individual panel or the "What Should I Buy?" forums, too much bombardment of questions.
The dark screen filter is one important difference as it overcomes a common issue with plasmas screens: glare and washout of blacks/contrast ratio under direct ambient light. With the dark screen filter, the ST50 holds CR and black levels as well as any glossy LED/LCD on the market today. Only matte screen LEDs/LCDs will be more suited for bright room viewing. Furthermore, the ST50 is a mid-range set with PQ very close to the GT50 and VT50. The UT50 is an entry-level 1080p set, which provides lesser picture quality across the board.
from CNET's review
of the UT50:
The good: In pure dollar/performance terms the Panasonic TC-P50UT50 is one of the best TVs we've seen, with astounding picture quality for the money. Black levels are the equal of Panasonic's ST50 series in a darkened room, shadow detail is very good, and colors are accurate. Unlike an LCD, as a plasma TV it has superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics. Despite the low price, the UT50 is still studded with the latest features, including 3D and Smart TV.The bad: The UT50 series doesn't perform very well in a lit room, with blacks becoming muddy and indistinct. The performance of 3D is only passable, with quite distinct ghosting effects. The TV lacks advanced setup controls, which makes tweaking a better picture almost impossible. With only three video inputs it's not suited to users with lots of gear.
The bottom line: The Panasonic TC-P50UT50 plasma TV nearly matches the world-beating picture quality of the ST50 series, at an even lower price.
from CNET's review
of the ST50:
The good: The affordable Panasonic TC-PST50 series exhibited outstanding overall picture quality, characterized by exceedingly deep black levels with great shadow detail, accurate colors, and solid bright-room performance. Unlike LCDs, as a plasma it has superb off-angle and uniformity characteristics. The styling is attractive and the feature set well-chosen, including excellent onscreen help options.
The bad: The ST50 uses more power than competing LCD TVs, and doesn't perform as well in bright rooms as those with matte screens. It doesn't come with 3D glasses, and it showed more crosstalk in 3D than some competing TVs. The ST50 is only available in 50-inch and larger sizes. Three HDMI inputs is one fewer than most midrange TVs offer.
The bottom line: With flagship-level picture quality for a midlevel price, the Panasonic ST50 series sets the value standard among videophile-grade TVs.