Originally Posted by Orta
Like I mentioned on HDJ, I'm not sure it's fair to compare the ST30 to the S2. The MSRP's are quite a bit different with the ST being much more comparable to the G20/25's debut pricing. This is a year later and obviously prices are expected to come down a little in addition to new features being added (so 3D is a wash in that regard). I think the S30 is a better fit to the S2's.
Even ignoring that, were the 50" S2's limited to 37fL in Cinema last year? How do their Custom modes compare (particularly gamma)? Those aren't rhetorical, I'm honestly inquiring because I don't know. I think color is a clear improvement across the board Vs. the S2, but how many people are going to be happy with 37fL, especially for daytime use? It doesn't sound like Custom goes much higher without noticeable sacrifices.
My S2 58" hit higher fl's, but thats where the gamma comes in. That lower gamma allowed a brighter image, but at 1.9 it's bad. When calibrated with a VP, and an adjusted gamma of 2.2, my 58" only hit 36 with a contrast of 90.
Gamma in Custom is even worse than Cinema, both of which are worse than the ST. As said, color chart is better too. Only negative I can see is the black level at 0.013. But, IMO, for the price of the set it's not a big deal to me, YMMV.
My two biggest issues with the S2 outta the box were gamma and color, and they seem to be getting better.