We'll see how I feel after my first REAL audition with my dad's 60ST50 tonight!
Going to watch MI:GP which I just watched this week on my 50S30 so, while it won't be a head-to-head, it'll still be fresh in my mind. Not comparing the two, per se, as the ST is literally twice the price of my S-- but I am interested to see how much of an improvement the ST50 is. No offense to either my dad or dbreen, I really didn't see any PQ difference between the S and the ST outside of the custom picture mode and the STs superior light rejection; and as I've stated many times my interest is in a 'dumb' monitor-- I do not wish to pay for a plethora of features I will not use or I already have in the variety of boxes beneath my set. For that reason the S was a nice set as it offered all the picture quality and most of the features I WOULD use on the highly regarded ST30 without having to pay for those features I won't use (as well as getting a sexier bezel, IMO).
Cnet's David K said as much in a recent article calling for more manufacturers to offer their best PQ in scaled down 'dumb monitors' with a reduced price tag for those of us whose concern is PQ first and foremost. Not that we don't want features... But the simple fact is between my Xbox 360, ps3, oppo 980h, wii and the onkyo 509 that pulls it all together I have every feature I could ever want! TVs with built in streaming are nice-- but as I already have that capability why not offer me a set without? And no, I don't want your scaled back, cheaped out, poor picture quality set! I hated that Panasonic isn't offering an S this year-- the PQ of the ST without the 3d, etc..