Originally Posted by RandyWalters
I don't know what you read but the ST30/GT30 did not use the 2010 VT25 panel - they were new for 2011. Also, the VT20 is the exact same TV as the VT25 - it was a BB exclusive that had the exact same panel but with a different bezel color to differentiate it from the mainstream VT25.
ISF Calibrator D-Nice aquired an early ST30 last year and reported that it's picture quality was "comparable" to that of the VT25 which is actually high praise for the ST30.
As to the ST30 vs S30, i spent a lot of time with both models side by side at Paul's TV last year when both models debuted and due to the ST30's additional color temp settings i was able to get the skin tones much more accurate looking on the ST30 and the S30 was unable to match it. PQ on the ST30 is further improved by using the additional Pro Settings menu that the S30 does not have at all. Also, the ST30 has a much better AR Filter than the S30 - the S30's outer screen is kinda plasticky looking and the reflections in the AR Filter have a sort of "kaleidoscope" effect that is simply not present on the ST30. No contest there. The S30 does look good, but the ST30 is definitely better as it should be.
Agree with everything you say.. Also the ST series is only at most 300 more then the S30 and its a obvious choice. However people seem to think that the S30 is just as good as a ST30 gets me thinking where they got their knowledge or how they research TVs. Right now the 60 S30 was going for 900+ Tax on sale, the 60 ST30 i have seen as low as 1099+Tax or 1149.00 shipped to the house through amazon price match with no tax...
Well worth the extra 200-300 more to get the ST series.
The 2012 models performance difference between the ST50 and GT50 will be alot different one being the 24,576 Equivalent Steps of Gradation in the GT50.. 2012 , this interests me alot.. However i might still go VT50 and keep it for 2 years just because i would like to use the spectracal software to calibrate thats my option right now. Also i think you are better off probably buying the best bang for your buck TV i.e. ST30 and selling it and buying the next big thing the following year since TV tech gets better every year unless you plan on keeping your tv several years. ..
Craigs list is a good thing
Doing increment upgrades at 500-600.00 every year is a more logical way of doing things instead of paying 1200-1500 dollars more on a set i.e. flagship model the might only be slightly better and barely noticeable to the naked eye when watching the tv.
I am sure i can get 900.00 for my 60 ST30 in 3-5 months from now. Thick bezels are old news for 2012 though so i might sell it off right when the GT50 comes out. I am sure the GT50 will perform better then the VT30 minus having the 72hz option for blu-ray...