Originally Posted by cryfreedom66
Looking for a new hdtv and 1200 is my limit. I've heard nothing but good things about Panasonic Plasmas and this one seems to be very well reviewed. Also at 1200$ it is the same price as the ST model with more features (THX). Basically just wondering if you guys think this is the best choice for my budget.
Is the GT50's THX mode important to you? Most of the GT50 and VT50 owners actually use Custom mode where they can then get access to the extended Pro Settings mode that enables much more fine tuning of the picture. I used the THX Bright Room mode a lot at first, but quickly gravitated to the more advanced Custom picture mode and i like it a lot better so it turned out that i didn't really need the THX modes after all.
And a big complaint among GT50/ST50/VT50 owners was it's poor processing and relative soft image on 720p content and signals and even a little with 1080i content - it's my only real big complaint about my GT50 and it bothers me every minute that i watch it, even after 8 months of owning it. My older G10 is WAY more crisp and detailed than my GT50 - huge difference. This is something to seriously think about when considering a 2012 model. I really hope they've improved this problem on the 2013 models because it has put a bit of a damper on my enjoyment of my GT50.
About that $1200 price, i've seen it for much lower at Amazon but there probably aren't many left if at all. I paid $1,299 for my 50GT50 at Magnolia back in June. But the MSRP (list price) on the new 50" ST60 is only $1,149 which is $50 less than what BB is selling that 50GT50 for, and with discounts and price drops that usually appear soon after release it will be even lower.
Another thing to consider that If you can do without the THX modes, the new ST60 has more picture adjustments than the GT50 and more features and i think the ST60 will be a better TV. AVJ said the ST60 will have a slight picture quality improvement via a slightly revised filter and improved firmware.
If my GT50 were to go bad and i were given the choice to either have Panasonic replace it with a GT50 or ST60, i'd opt for the ST60.