Originally Posted by aman74
Are you going to be gaming? The ST60 apparently has some lag. What features make the ST worth it for you? Just curious as I'm looking hard at the S64.
Do you think there will be a 100 dollar coupon anytime soon? I hadn't heard of that too often on new models.
I'm still waiting for my Costco to get the S64 in.
I am not going to be playing games on it... at least not on a regular basis, so I don't care about the input lag.
The reason I am getting the ST60 is because - simply put - it's a better model. S64 belongs to the S60 family and it only comes in 65" and 50". The ideal size for me (for my TV stand I should say) is 60". A 65" might actually not fit my TV stand (AX3N1CGT Bayside Furnishings, bought from Costco store - not online). Also, the ST60 has - presumably - less reflections (extremely important aspect for me as I will be using it in a bright room), better black levels, more settings and more inputs. As for the "smart" content, I don't care too much about it but my wife convinced me to get one that has it, who knows, we might start using/liking it in the future when 3D becomes the new standard. Another good reason was the very good review that the ST60 got from CNet and Consumer Reports. The S64 was just an unknown model with only 5 user reviews on the Panasonic website and Costco website and a few more on this site. But, the main reason why I ultimately clicked the "Complete Order" on the ST60 was the price. At that time, the final price was the exact same as for the S64 (including warranties). I was outraged by the fact that buyng the S64 model from Costco would cost me $200 in shipping and tax and raise the out-of-pocket to the same amount as the ST60 from Amazon where it was $0 shipping and $0 tax. Sure, Costco reduced the shipping now, but is it still worth it? My wife said no
. We just got too used with the idea that we're getting an ST60 so we might not back down on it now.
I have no clue if Costco will ever give discounts on this TV. It was wishful thinking. Maybe for Black Friday, maybe next year before the FIFA 2014 World Cup, or before the Super Bowl or maybe soon after the next batch of ST60s comes out and they have too many S64s in stock or maybe never. For how long are you willing to wait?
If you're looking hard at the S64 you must have your reasons. I would guess one of them is that this is probably the cheapest brand-name, decent, 65" plasma with hassle-free return policy and solid warranty (speaking about Costco here). Better input lag? If you care about it, it might weight more for you. There are pluses and minuses on both of these TVs, put them all down and decide. In the end, it's only a TV.