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baseballmaven's Avatar baseballmaven 08:16 PM 01-13-2012
I'm hoping to get some advice--I had a 2010 Panasonic 720 resolution (base model) that got stolen--I was given $750 to spend from insurance--sooo, trying to decide whether to go to the S30 or ST30...each is more than I have to spend, but seems like 1080i is the way to go. I watch movies and sports, don't play games on it...don't need 3D, but some reviews seem to say that the ST series has a better screen...advice?

mailiang's Avatar mailiang 10:49 PM 01-13-2012
Here is are some comments on these two sets from Scott Wilkinson, online editor of Ultimate AV Mag.com and Home Theater Mag.com, who also interviews the leaders and pioneers behind today's Home Theater technology. He is also a regular and occasional host on The Tech Guy with Leo Laporte, (Emmy award winning, American technology broadcaster) where each week they explore and answer questions about the latest technologies of video:

http://www.hometheater.com/content/p...ic-st30-vs-s30


Also, FWIW, if you shop around you may be able to find an ST30 for about the same price or just slightly more then a S30.


Ian
thewayout2217's Avatar thewayout2217 10:59 PM 01-13-2012
Contrary to what you think, 1080i is not what you want for sports or any fast moving images for that matter. 720p is superior for fast motion compared to 1080i. a 720p tv also is able to display 1080i, but not 1080p.

What you want is a 1080p tv it sounds like and the ST30 is far superior to the S30. You should also look at samsung however. The D6500 is a great tv and i personally like samsung better. Either way, you will be happy with whatever you decide if it is either 720p or 1080p.
mailiang's Avatar mailiang 10:23 AM 01-14-2012
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Originally Posted by thewayout2217 View Post

Contrary to what you think, 1080i is not what you want for sports or any fast moving images for that matter. 720p is superior for fast motion compared to 1080i. a 720p tv also is able to display 1080i, but not 1080p.


True, 720p offers better motion performance, but it really isn't a major issue with most PDP's. Many 1080i sports broadcasts look just as good and often better then those broadcast in 720p. Bandwidth compression and scaling also have an effect on over all picture quality.



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ST30 is far superior to the S30.


I disagree and apparently so does Scott, who spend some time evaluating both TV's.


Ian
baseballmaven's Avatar baseballmaven 12:15 PM 01-14-2012
Thank you so much for the input--especially the home theater article...
Dierkdr's Avatar Dierkdr 01:00 PM 01-14-2012
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-I was given $750 to spend from insurance

At about that price range, would probably opt for a 50" Pan S30.
If like 3D, might opt for same size in the ST30, or consider a Samsung.

If, and only IF, pricing differential was Favorable, would consider a Samsung 50" "720p" set. These still offer 1366x768 resolution, unlike the 720p Panasonics, which have moved to only 1024x768 in the 50" size.


At 42", 1024x768 is Acceptable. At 50", the SDE becomes obvious at 1024x768, and at appreciably farther distance than on a 1366x768 set.

FWIW, we own 3 Pan Plasmas: 42" 1024x768, 50" 1366x768, and a new 60" 1080p set... Numerous Pan Plasmas in family - but for past 2 years have recommended Samsung 50" 720p sets over the 720p Panasonics.
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