I have to put my hands up now and say that I am sure that I may well be asking a very similar question to many others already posted, but my question is short and sweet so any short and sweet advice you can offer would be very much appreciated!
My situation is this – I am usually seated circa 8’ from the screen and currently have a 36” CRT that I have been very happy with but I am looking for a new TV while the sales are on, and from what I can tell, the Panasonic ST/GT/VT Plasmas are pretty much some of the best you can get.
I have found 4 possible options in the shops/online:
TX-P50ST50B for £900
TX-P50GT50B for £1000
TX-P55ST50B for £1300
TX-P50VT50B for £1500(ish)
The guy in the Panasonic shop was pushing me towards the VT but, realistically, I don’t have the equipment to get the best out of it and I doubt I will be able to get it calibrated in the near- to mid-future. Oh, and I can’t really afford it…
Therefore, out of all of those I am most tempted by the 50GT50 or the 55ST50, so it is the usual trade-off of quality versus quantity! lol
Going from the Amazon comparison:
and the Panasonic website
the only differences in PQ between the ST, GT and VT that I can see are:
- the GT and VT have 24,576 Shades of Gradation whereas the ST has 12,288;
- the GT and VT have 2,500 Hz Field Drive whereas the ST has 2,000Hz
- the VT has an Infinite Black Ultra filter whereas the GT and ST have Infinite Black Pro;
- the GT and VT have THX Mode and can be THX calibrated fully (I think?) whereas the ST doesn’t and can’t;
So… I think the questions I am asking are:
Does the PQ on the 50GT50 win over the desire for a 55” screen that may not be quite as good but, hey, look at the size!!
And is that extra 5” worth an extra £300-£400 at the expense of PQ?
(I am ignoring for the moment the potential issues with IR and buzzing that I have read about… lol)
Your considered opinion would be very gratefully received, thank you very much in advance!