Originally Posted by mrkdilkington
Is the 2012 TC-P42UT50 supposed to be an upgrade from the TC-P42ST30? Or are only the ST50's truly upgrades from the ST30 models?
From Panasonic's press release, it seems the ST50s (and GT50s) will have a new "Infinite Black Pro" panel which is the successor to the "Infinite Black 2" panel found in the ST30s (and GT30s) and is presumably an upgrade. It's not clear whether this is the same as the "Infinite Black Pro 2" panel found in the VT30s (the VT50s have an "Infinite Black Ultra" panel).
It also doesn't say what the UT50 will have, but it's pretty clear it's not the "Pro". If the UT50 has the Infinite Black 2 panel (as ARTICLE ONE below says), then I would imagine the UT50 should be more or less the same as the ST30 in terms of PQ.
But it's not clear where that article is getting its info, as another article on the same site (ARTICLE TWO below) says the UT50 will have the same "Infinite Black" panel as the S30. It's not clear if that's a typo and they mean "Infinite Black 2
" and ST
30 (Panasonic's materials for the S30 make no mention of any Infinite Black panel, FWIW), or if the UT50 will really have the same black level performance as the S30, in which case it's a downgrade from the ST30 and we 42" buyers should be running out to snap up an ST30 before they're gone.
Edited to add:
It seems AVS Forum won't let me link to this site, so you'll have to take out the spaces in the URLs below manually:
ARTICLE ONE: http:// reviews.plasma tv buying guide.com/panasonic-plasma-tv/panasonic-ut50-features.html
ARTICLE TWO: http:// reviews.plasma tv buying guide.com/panasonic-plasma-tv/panasonic-tcp42ut50.html