Originally Posted by bcarroll01
My dad and I went looking for a new TV for him and we are a little confused on what to get. We are looking for a 65 inch plasma with a budget of about $2,500 and these both fit in the price range. I checked the owners threads and it mainly seems to be about calibrating the TV's. The most important feature will be being able to stream amazon video and netflix through the TV's. The viewing will mainly be HD sports such as hockey and bluray DVD's. Is the GT50 that much better of a TV for the around $500 more it costs?
It depends on what you mean by "that much better of a TV". The differences between the GT50 and ST50 are listed in post #2 (or #1) in the Official GT50 thread so see if there are enough advantages to justify you spending more for one. Some people don't think the extra features are worth it, while others think they are worth it. I paid more to get the much nicer looking bezel, the extra HDMI input, and the THX picture modes.
Points that you should consider:
Streaming: The GT50's Dual Core Processor helps the TV's internet apps perform better. Advantage: GT50.
Blu-Ray: The GT50's THX Picture Modes will make Blu-Rays and DVDs look better. Advantage: GT50.
Sports: If you watch in the Custom (or Cinema) picture mode the GT50 will perform IDENTICALLY to the ST50. But if like me you would be watching daytime movies or even sports in THX Bright daytime mode then the advantage goes to the GT50.
Disclaimer: If instead of the THX modes you want to use Custom picture mode so that you can access the more extensive Pro Settings menu to adjust WB and Gamma and Panel Brigthness etc, then the ST50 will perform IDENTICALLY to the GT50. Basically if you completely throw out the GT50's THX modes, the ST50 picture quality is identical to the GT50 in all the other non-THX picture modes.
I've watched extreme snow skiing programs and saw very little ABL dimming during full-screen white-out scenes and it didn't detract from the viewing experience one bit. And it rarely happened anyway. It NEVER happens on regular content, and if it is happening i can't see it.
I've watched hockey games and ABL dimming is rare and even then it's minimal. The bigger problem was "hockey flashes" that some people started reporting around June but several of us checked into it further and discovered that the same thing happens on all of our other older TVs including LCDs and DLPs so it's not something that was happening just on the 2012 Panasonics.