Originally Posted by Dunedain
Road2Show: Thanks for all the info. So I see you really like your GT30 plasma tv.
It's nice that you got one that doesn't seem to have the fluctuating brightness problem, as it's been said to generally be more pronounced on the GT30's.
Apparently the issue with the gamma on the GT30's is that even when set for 2.2 gamma, the tv delivers an actual value that is off by quite a bit, making the picture too light (unless the set is ISF calibrated by a pro). Have you noticed any washed out colors or that are too bright when watching movies with dark scenes?
What size model GT30 did you get? What about the aesthetics are much better on the GT30?
I'll ask about the Panasonic 110, sounds like a good deal on a nice player. Does it output 1080/24p perfectly? I'd like to get an Oppo BR player, but for now there are other priorities.
Do the GT30 and ST30 tv's have side mounted speakers, or speakers mounted under the screen of the tv?
I noticed on the Panasonic site that the 50 inch GT30 is one inch less wide ( 46.4 inches) than the 50 inch ST30 ( 47.4 inches ). Is that because the ST30 has a thicker bezel on the sides than the GT30, or because the ST30 has side mounted speakers and the GT30 has speakers mounted under the screen? If it is a thicker bezel on the ST30, is it thicker because it uses a different type of glass panel than the GT30 has?
Thanks very much for any info. All opinions and comments from anyone are quite welcome and are really helpful in making this decision. I'm excited about getting my first ever HDTV!
Yes, I do like the TV. Let me also say that this was my first Plasma and it replaced an 8 y/o Hitachi 50v500 LCD rear-projection. It was good in its time but this just (of course) blows it away. I will also qualify my comments as one coming from a consumer, not a videophile. I know what I like but I do not understand all of the settings and the impacts of each.
It is interesting what you say about the gamma setting. I just assumed it was/is 2.2 because; well, because that's what it says. I have noticed colors that are too bright at times with dark scenes. I've also found that as I've had it I have been slowly but surely turning down brightness and contrast. I am SO glad we didn't decide to get the LED. I will look for more of this effect now that you mention it .I can't say I've really noticed light or washed out colors.
I got the 55. As far as the looks of the unit, I much prefer the smaller bezel. Hard to describe something that is very subjective, but it just looked cleaner, more professional. The ST bezel seemed a bit bulky in comparison. I think my wife noticed this more than I at first because we were also looking at LED units which had almost nothing in regard to a bezel.
The speaker is located at the bottom of the screen (I think) Certainly not audiophile quality, but acceptable in a quiet room for casual viewing/listening. I don't think there are any speakers on the side. My previous Hitachi had very good sound from the TV and this one sucks in comparison, but like I said it will work.
The ST is wider because of the bezel. Nothing else as far as I am aware.
I can't say one way or another if the 110 plays 24p perfectly. I've not used it much yet and this is my first BRD besides the one on my PC. I certainly couldn't beat the price and for what I have done so far it works just fine.
Hope this helps. Good luck with your decision.