Originally Posted by b_rad4
Is there a G30 model or is it only GT and VT? I'm not really interested in 3d.
No, there isn't. Just because a tv is capable of 3D, doesn't mean you need to purposely steer clear of a "3D tv". Don't think that these 3D tv's are "3D tv's". Think of them as 2D tv's that can also produce 3D. It's just the way the manufacturers are marketing the tv's. They could have marketed them as 600hz tv's, or internet tv's, or hdmi tv's, or sd card slot tv's, or super duper really thin tv's, etc.... you get it?
The truth is, as each year passes, more and more tv's will be made with the ability to do 3D. And so for those people who aren't educated, they think they should purposely steer clear of a 3D tv because "they don't want a 3D tv". But if you want a quality 2D
tv, you're going to be getting a tv that can also do 3D. Make sense?
If you end up buying a 2011 non-3D plasma, then you're going to be getting an inferior product. For instance, Panasonic makes an X3, S30, ST30, GT30, and VT30. The X3 is a 720p non 3D plasma. It's garbage... don't even think about buying it. The S30 is a 1080p non 3D plasma. It's mediocre, but if you don't have a lot of money to spend on a plasma and just want "a tv", then I guess it could be ok. The ST30 is a 1080p 3D plasma that is superior to the S30 is many ways, AND
it's only a few hundred dollars more... definitely worth it. The GT30 is a 1080p 3D plasma that is slightly better than the ST30 for a bit more money. And the VT30 is the top of the line 1080p 3D plasma that could end up being the best tv of 2011, but it will cost a pretty penny.
The best bang for your buck is the ST30. It's not that expensive for what you get, PLUS you get the added benefit of having 3D at your disposal if you ever feel like going down that road in the future.
So, if you steer clear of a plasma that doesn't have 3D, you're going to not spend as much, but you're getting a tv that's just not as good as it could be. Trust me, I'm not the only one who will tell you this.
Hope that helps.