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I've been watching the 65ST30 for some time now, but I see at Amazon that the 65GT30 is at an amazing price. It is another $800 to go up to the 65VT30. And I am told that the GT series is definitely a step up in picture from the ST series.

I am also aware of the fluctuating brightness problems of the 2011 Pannys, but I understand there is a "fix" for that, so I don't know if that should hold me back, nor do I know if the GT50/ST50 models have completely eliminated the FBL problems. Any thoughts on if there is a better overall choice than the 65GT30 right now? Thanks!

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What do you expect or need from your tv?

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Not sure what you are asking? Best value? Well, that is very subjective. IMO, the 2012 models are superior to the 2011 models (no more of the fluctuating brightness issue you mention). I'd recommend the ST50 as a better choice of those you mention.
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What I am asking is, what is the best overall 65" Panny option now, balancing image quality and price? Now, if they have truly eliminated the fluctuating brightness in the 2012 ST models, then that is a huge plus.

My only other concern is that I thought I read that they are now using a darker matte screen, which I don't need because I don't have any reflection problems to speak of in my room. Hence, I wondered if the 2011 models might actually have an edge.

Also, I would like to know if the greater amount of gradations of black which the GT series offer makes it worth it to go for the GT over the ST, or is there effectively not that much difference?

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Chances are you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the ST50 & GT50 panel. They're damn near the same.

The aesthetics of the GT50 are far nicer in my opinion though. Also has a few other picture settings if that makes a difference, THX Dark Room/Bright Room.

I'd say run with the 65GT50.
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The 2012 models perform significantly better than the 2011 models (they’re brighter, have better color tracking, and no significant FBr). If you are going to get the display professionally calibrated, then I would say that the 65ST50 is your best choice. Otherwise, I'd go with the 65GT50, which has THX Cinema and THX Bright Room modes that by most reports are reasonably accurate without any calibration.
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I saw the price on Amazon which was excellent, but I think I would still wait a few months for the price to come down on the 65ST50 if you don't want to pay what it's going for right now. I wouldn't bother with the GT50 unless it was within $100 of the ST, and even then I would probably still choose the ST (have no need for THX mode, would calibrate myself in custom).
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OK, it seems the general consensus is that the 2012 Panny models have eliminated or significantly reduced the FB issues, and that there may be other improvements as well, right?

If so, I think I will forgo trying to pick up one of the 2011 models on close out pricing, because the 2012s will no doubt drop in price over the next months, and also because I do not really want to have to mess with getting that FB modification done on a 2011 model.

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