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post #1 of 8 Old 04-03-2012, 11:48 AM - Thread Starter
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Please give me your thoughts on this...

Per a lot of raving input here and other places- I decided to go with Panasonic and I am ordering through Amazon (only have 2 hours to get it delivered by Saturday). No tax, no shipping. Good deal all around.


Which would you guys go with... bigger and pretty highly rated TV, but last years model... or this years model with some picture improvements for $100 less and 5" smaller?
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They show a pic at the bottom comparing the black levels of the 2012 and 2011 models and it looks significant.

There were certainly improvements from 2011 to 2012 - but please, never think that a promotional side-by-side picture is EVER going to be reflective of reality.
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I would definitely go with a 2012 model (ST50, GT50, or VT50). Improvements seem significant from last year. Even the ST50 will be a step up from the GT30.
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By all accounts it seems the 2012s are the way to go. It also seems that the GT50 is not a significant improvement over the ST50. Why not go for the 60ST50?
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I decided to pass on the GT50 and placed an order for the 60ST50 based on input on this site that the extra coin for the GT won't really do anything for the picture quality (unless you are into the THX mode, which I'm not).

If 3D is your thing, you can pick up the glasses รก la carte.
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I thought I had read that the black levels were not as good on the ST50 vs GT50?

So I figured last years GT would be about as good as this years ST
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I thought I had read that the black levels were not as good on the ST50 vs GT50?

So I figured last years GT would be about as good as this years ST

Some websites (Cnet I think) say the ST50 is better overall than last years VT30, which was the top of the line model. I think you should just get the p60st50. You can wait for reviews for the gt50, but it doesn't sound like there's much reason to pay for the gt50 over the st50.
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Some websites (Cnet I think) say the ST50 is better overall than last years VT30, which was the top of the line model. I think you should just get the p60st50. You can wait for reviews for the gt50, but it doesn't sound like there's much reason to pay for the gt50 over the st50.

Agreed. The only real reason to get the gt50 over the st50 is for the additional calibration (so if you plan on spending $$$ for a professional calibration it may be worth getting the gt50). While the gt50 does have the 24,000 gradients or whatever, my guess is that is mainly marketing and will not have a noticeable impact.
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