Do casual folks or guests notice? Ive seen 4 sets and first 3 I just thought the color tint was miscalibrated the 4th I noticed immediately.
Sounds about right, although in our case - of the 4 60" Panels we've have In House - 2 were Immediately Visibly WRONG, while the other two looked pretty good OOTB, at least on "bright" program material.
Our current 60" ST30 - a Dec Build, FWIW - is easily the best of the 4 panels we've "owned," yet I can still find Green / Pink (Magenta) during normal content.
But I am also now "Sensitized" to the problems: I would be willing to bet that if we found 10 friends who were otherwise NOT aware of the Green / Magenta issues, used this newest set, AND chose the "Correct" program material (say a Mostly Bright Blu-ray movie), that probably no more than 1 of them would think that there was any "problem" with the color of the set. And would not be shocked if we managed to "fool" all 10 of them.
HOWEVER, would also be willing to bet that I could take the same 10 people, still unaware of color issue, and BY SELECTING THE "WRONG" MOVIE, the Majority of them would
see Green and/or Pink - but that most of them, even then, would not consider it a Flaw of the Panel.
So how critical of a viewer are you? How much of your viewing is "difficult" material? (B&W movies; movies with fog, mist, medium-dark clouds, light- to medium-gray scenes, shadowy beige or dirty snow....)
Beyond that, it is luck of the draw.
Example: could not resist picking up a copy of the Ext Ed of LOTR, on Blu-ray. Already own it on SD DVD, but at 60" screen size & 9 ft viewing distance, the Flaws of Upconversion make themselves all too evident.
Skimmed through the two main "Fellowship" disks - always like to test a new DVD upon buying - and found the PQ EXCELLENT & the sound even better than remembered. Perhaps a bit of unwanted color in some of the scenes checked, but nothing OBVIOUS - that is, even I would want a Reference to check against to be certain whether "flaw" really existed in the panel, or was simply part of the program.
Then came the Crossing the River Pursued by the Nine Riders Scene: when the river became a torrent that crashed down on the Riders, the water / mist was the Right Shade & seemed to reveal the hidden green / magenta inherent in the panel.
Again, MOST PEOPLE probably would not have noticed - or would have assumed Green/Pink were simply part of the scene. And, again, I would PREFER to check that scene against our older Plasmas (50" & 42", both Pans) before Definitely Declaring it a "Perfect Example" of Green Blobs / Magenta Tint.
Have read a review of the Blu-ray set that claimed a Green Hue was present ON THE DISKS, in certain scenes - and must admit that I have THOUGHT I saw Green/Pink that was being added by a panel, only to discover - upon comparison with one of our other sets - that the miss-colorization was inherent in the programming.....
Perplexing Problem, then, on a number of levels.
Unfortunately, once you "see" Green Blobs and/or Pink/Magenta Tint, you do tend to SEE THEM better than other viewers will....
Beyond this false-color flaw, the 60" ST30s seem to provide a remarkable value given current pricing.... (Although see that prices have fluctuated wildly of late!)