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Panasonic GT30 vs GT50

Looking for a 55" or larger plasma to replace my 42" Pioneer 4270. I've stumbled on some used Panasonics, both are roughly the same price, the 60 is about 100 more. One is a 55gt30 with all the accessories and stand. The other is a 60gt50 with no stand only the remote. I plan on looking very closely at both soon, give me some opinions on which way I should be leaning. Thanks
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I have 3 friends with ST30s (42", 50", 60") and i have a 50" GT50. The GT50 has better contrast and seems a little brighter and black levels seem a little deeper, but the biggest difference is the ST60's picture is much crisper and more detailed than the GT50 which looks noticeably softer and less detailed (when watching HD content over antenna and cable) but it's not as apparent when watching a 1080p Blu-Ray movie. This "softness" was a big complaint in the various ST50/GT50/VT50 threads and is my only real complaint with my otherwise excellent GT50. I even bought a Darbee Darblet to get around this issue and it helped a lot and made the TV a lot more tolerable.

Some people say they don't see this softness issue, but every T50 model i've seen has it and i do not like it one bit. It's the primary reason why i "upgraded" to an ST60 a year after buying the GT50, it was that big of a deal to me. My 55" ST60 (with no Darbee) is still much crisper and more detailed than my smaller 50" GT50 is with the Darbee. YMMV.

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Looking for a 55" or larger plasma to replace my 42" Pioneer 4270. I've stumbled on some used Panasonics, both are roughly the same price, the 60 is about 100 more. One is a 55gt30 with all the accessories and stand. The other is a 60gt50 with no stand only the remote. I plan on looking very closely at both soon, give me some opinions on which way I should be leaning. Thanks
2011 vs 2012 model, 2012 was a major redesign year for Panasonic from the ground up. Go with the GT50.

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As Chunon said, better upgrades and refining were done in 2012, the GT50 all the way.

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Definitely will take the long hard look at the GT50. I was leaning that way too, just my only concern was the lack of a stand on the GT50. But it could be a good bargaining tool to get the price down a bit by asking them to cut the cost on what it would cost to mount it to the wall.
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Definitely will take the long hard look at the GT50. I was leaning that way too, just my only concern was the lack of a stand on the GT50. But it could be a good bargaining tool to get the price down a bit by asking them to cut the cost on what it would cost to mount it to the wall.
It looks so much better mounted on the wall anyways I never used the stand on my setup. Wall mounts are really cheap & you can do it yourself.

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I have a 60GT30 which is calibrated and still love the picture quality. But, I do agree with others, I would go for 2012 models just because they are newer, especially buying used.
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Ended up finding a 55VT50 with a stand. I'm very happy so far with it.
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