Okay, since my last post I've read the entire thread. Didn't want to because I've read so many already, but really glad I did.
I'm coming from LEDs, but find something so pleasant about the plasma image. I briefly owned a 50st30 and really appreciated it, except for one thing: the dimness.
I didn't expect it to be as bright as an LCD/LED but its light output was a bit challenging, save pure dark environments.
All I wanted was just bit more brightness and punch. I considered the Sammys, but they still haven't solved the brightness pops yet (although a firmware update appears to be in the works).
After reading everything here I'm convinced the new 2.1 patch with Dave Os settings will give me that little extra something I was looking for.
So I went to BB last night and ordered one. They had a pretty good deal on the 65". Just 100 more than the 65st30. Plus free delivery. It arrives on Monday. Can't wait.
I just hope it's a post August build. The previous st30 I got in-store was a Nov build. This 65gt30 is shipping from the warehouse, so keeping my fingers crossed.