Originally Posted by MYHOMETHEATER
Just curious why you think the ST is so special? Is it because of the panel? They are the same. Is it because of the processing? 3D is the only additional hardware, all the other boards are the same. Or is it the AR filter? The ST does have a different one, but ambient light control is pretty much free. So please tell me, since im not a sheep that needs or wants 3D why spend the extra money on a ST( in my case an additional $600). Is it just to brag to S owners ( I can't think if who else you could) about having an extra letter in your model number? Please enlighten me.
I will speak only for myself in this case: I did exactly what you have been advised to do. I returned my S30 for an ST30, strictly because of the FBr issue that Panasonic will not fix on the S30. It drove me crazy. Being that they fixed it with ST,GT, VT series, I paid the extra money. In my case, it cost me $300 to go from a 50" S30 to 55" ST30. I figured 5" increase and 3D capability were not things I was after, but a welcome bonus. The sole reason was for FBr.
That being said, I am very happy with the ST, for two reasons: Improved picture (it really does have an overall better picture,) and no more FBr. I also now have the ability, if I decide to, purchase insanely priced glasses and watch 3D content. I have not made this step yet. As far as the AR filter is concerned, I really can't tell you that I have noticed much difference. I would hate to see you upgrade for that reason and expect a big difference.
I will say though, that the pink/green blob issue, color banding, etc... is still present with my ST30. I believe that these issues cannot be avoided, as they seem to be present in all models of Plasma by Panasonic. We will call them features to be nice about it. I believe all 2011 Panasonic plasmas have these "features", it just depends on how sensitive you are to them.