Originally Posted by jephdood
Yeah, after about 5 minutes of watching any 3d flick, I'm wishing the 2d version is playing. It's cool for a bit, then distracting. But, I've learned in researching for the past few hours that 3d TV's generally produce better 2d images. The less added costly "frills", though, the better.
Yup, 2D content on the non-3D models will not look nearly as good as they do on the 3D models. The ST30 is the minimum Panasonic i ever recommend.
Just want the best picture possible, with good 24p performance,
I'm not sure if the Panasonic ST30 has good 24p performance or not (since i don't watch many movies) so you might want to look into this vs the Samsungs and LGs.
and none of the 'issues' that some models seem to be having (peeling anti-glare coating, floating blacks, etc)
Floating Blacks (FB) was an issue with the 2010 Panasonic's, not the 2011s. This year's issue is Fluctuating Brightness (FBr) which as you probably know by now Panasonic has a fix for. And the ST30 seems to exhibit this issue less than the GT30.
Might eek my budget up just a little bit. What would you choose between a Sharp LC-60LE835U, LG 60PZ950, Panasonic TC-P60ST30, and Samsung PN59D7000? And why?
The LCD TVs have more performance issues and their overall picture quality isn't as good as it is on the Plasmas.
Keeping in mind, immediate issues that might involve a service call right out of the box would be the LEAST of my desires when shelling out ~$2k on a new TV.
Well since Samsung has to send a tech to your house to replace the peeling plasma panel and Panasonic has to send a tech to flash your TV's firmware or install an updated A-Board, that leaves LG which doesn't seem to have such design flaws, other than poor black levels and being more prone to IR and Burn-In. I don't know if Samsung has sone so yet, but Panasonic just started incorporating the fix into TVs at the factory (August build) but their regional distribution centers are stocked up with older inventory.
Of the ones you listed, my first choice would be the ST30, 2nd would be the PND7000.