Originally Posted by Ace1965
I see very little improvement in any in panny's 2011 to 2012 models. I saw them side by side (st) and I tried to see improvements but Sorry , not there! @ best buy !
Green & Pink problems aside, the ST30 was a nice set - we had 3 of them in the 60" size, along with 1 (working) S30.
If it had not been for the Persistent Pink Tint, would have been happy to have kept the last ST30 we had.
Still, now have a 60" ST50, and the overall PQ clearly beats the ST30 - blacks are distinctly "blacker," the panel is brighter, and colors seem more vibrant overall (judging both on Cinema) - although suppose that could simply be a side effect of the increased contrast ratio.
If you were comparing the sets at Best Buy, their viewing environment may have masked the difference in PQ.
Toss in somewhat improved sound (not a major factor for most users), arguably better styling, and impressive "professional" reviews, and it would take a Significant Discount to make a ST30 seem a "better buy" than the 2012 panel,,,,