Well by the sounds of it, the ST30's only real downside is the color. I don't know if I could handle those Purple and yellow hue-ish skin tones and the fact that the colors
aren't quite as rich or vibrant as the VT25 kind of sucks as well. I'm really curious to see if the Samsung D450 and D550 series will have panasonic beat regarding color accuracy.
Panny always seems to win in the Black level department, but Samsung always has them beat with color.
Personally, I'd always go for superior color while taking a slight hit in the black level department. My current CRT has brilliant colors, but the black levels aren't exactly 'black' black.