Originally Posted by XxHoosierdaddy
Panny haters? Stir up trouble?
They are the same panel. The GT30 isn't going to magically give much better blacks. If you want to believe it will then fine, but don't call people haters and wanting to stir trouble, we are only using common sense. Same panel = same blacks.
The fact that CNEt was told by Panasonic the same thing reinforces this.
HDGuru is a unreliable site anyways. Saying the meter Chad was using isn't reliable is a joke.
Like I said before, same glass doesn't necessarily mean the same blacks.
The DSP software doing the driving has a lot to do with the picture you see (read up on PDP panel driving). Your making the assumption all of the TVs (ST,GT,VT) are using the same driving method. You just can't know that yet without insider info. It's a quite common practice to have the same chips in lots of products but just simply disable/enable features based on the level of the product. Happens all the time in microprocessors they use "fuses" to do this. So even though you have a low end chip if it's in the same series as the high end chip it could be identical to the high end chip yet some of the fuses are blown to limit the features. Since these are DSP's were talking about here it's possible different TVs have different versions of the driving code. I can tell you from a manufacturing/design perspective It's a LOT cheaper to use the same components and enable/disable features in software/hardware.
All the while it is possible all of the series will have the same driving method, thus the same blacks. But you just can't know this yet without insider info or until the sets come out and they get tested.
As a good example of this... A lot of CRT TV's (many manufacturers) at one time used "Sony Trinitron" tubes because they were arguably the best out there. Now did all of the TVs perform exactly the same because they all had the same tube? No...
Anyway. all of the panels this year are basically the same between ST,GT,VT from my understanding; only the filters really set them apart.