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post #1051 of 1640
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Originally Posted by pdhdtv View Post

Look at panasonic's website. The VT's are ISFccc. Someone already posted the website link:

Here's a comparison of the VT, GT, and ST from Panasonic's web site
http://shop.panasonic.com/compare/?i...Nbr=TC-P65ST50

Yes, the VT's are ISF capable. You have to hire a calibrator to unlock the modes.

" * This function is exclusively for installer use. It is not intended for use by ordinary consumers."
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post #1053 of 1640
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Originally Posted by 6SpeedTA95 View Post


I believe the panels are completely different between the two. If you bought it through Amazon why not return it and get an ST50?

The poster says they already did get the ST50, that they went to get theST30 but clicked on the link for the "newer model" saw the same price and got it instead figuring it would be better. So they are saying the ST50 is dim.
post #1054 of 1640
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Originally Posted by whipit View Post


Yes, the VT's are ISF capable. You have to hire a calibrator to unlock the modes.

" * This function is exclusively for installer use. It is not intended for use by ordinary consumers."

I think this has been asked before, but i never got back to see the answer and i dont remember what thread and forum it was asked in...

Anyway. So if i buy my own calibration equipment, as i had planned to do since no good calibrators come through iowa, will i be able to unlock the ISFccc modes?
post #1055 of 1640
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Originally Posted by Citivas View Post

The poster says they already did get the ST50, that they went to get theST30 but clicked on the link for the "newer model" saw the same price and got it instead figuring it would be better. So they are saying the ST50 is dim.

No, he clearly said UT50 not ST50. The UT and ST are different panels
post #1056 of 1640
I don't think there is clear information indicating that they are different panels. The UT50 clearly lacks the infinite black filter, and the ST50 may have somewhat different drive characteristics, but light output should be very similar, although there are no reviews out to verify this. At least one poster has pictures up of the UT50 next to a ST30 in store-light conditions and the UT50 is significantly brighter, supporting the possibility that the UT50 shares the same panel redesign as the rest of the lineup.
post #1057 of 1640
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Originally Posted by plctoo View Post

I'm new to all this, and possibly did something stupid, but bear with me. In Consumer Reports, I saw that the Panasonic VIERA TC-P42ST30 was a recommended buy, and had rave reviews on the picture: color, brightness, vividness, gorgeous, etc. I also had read (and I can't remember where), that the pricing on big ticket items was changing, and that beginning in April, MSRP's were going to be "enforced" by the manufacturer's so that brick and mortar stores pricing would be more competitive with e retailers, and that if you wanted to buy you should do so before April. (April fools?) I was out of the country 'til March 30, so when I got back and found a P42ST30 on Amazon for $719, I decided to take the plunge (sight unseen...I know, I know). When I clicked the link, no st30's were available, but it said "there is a newer model of this TV", same price, and the link took me to the P42UT50. Great, newer model, must have all the same advantages and then some (including the "brightness dimming" that had apparently been an issue with the st30), right? Bought it...it's here, and I'm just flabbergasted by the dimness of the picture. Granted, I'm watching SD programming mostly, and the HD movies etc. I stream thru Netflix are much better, but can't believe that after all the oohs and ahs over the brilliance of the picture described by CR and many other ST30 owners, that this is the same TV (of course, it's not...UT,not ST, but could it really be that different?). This is the first non-CRT I've owned, and don't buy TV's that often, so don't have much to compare it to, but am SERIOUSLY disappointed in the picture's brightness. Everything else seems to be OK, nice colors and black levels, etc, but SO dim. And that's with both the Brightness and Contrast cranked up to 100. So, I don't know if that's just the way plasma's are, or if I got a lemon, or if it's the difference between an ST and a UT, (no infinite black) or or? Know I should have never bought sight unseen, but have ALWAYS been able to trust CR and can't believe that this TV could have been the one they were referring to with their superlative adjectives describing it's picture. Anyone else out there have a 42UT50, or any UT50, and have any similar disappointments, or am I just crazy/stupid/unlucky? (Alright, I know what I did was stupid). Really don't want to have to return it via UPS, etc., but am extremely disappointed. Any fixes thru level adjustments, or any comments advice, commiseration, beration? Thanks.

What mode are you in?
post #1058 of 1640
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Originally Posted by 6SpeedTA95 View Post

No, he clearly said UT50 not ST50. The UT and ST are different panels

The only problem with your recommendation is there is no ST50 in a 42" size. He would need to step up to at least the 50" size TV in order to get a ST50
post #1059 of 1640
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Originally Posted by pakotlar View Post

I don't think there is clear information indicating that they are different panels. The UT50 clearly lacks the infinite black filter, and the ST50 may have somewhat different drive characteristics, but light output should be very similar, although there are no reviews out to verify this. At least one poster has pictures up of the UT50 next to a ST30 in store-light conditions and the UT50 is significantly brighter, supporting the possibility that the UT50 shares the same panel redesign as the rest of the lineup.

Are you sure about that? I could definitely be wrong but I thought when I read last year (helping my inlaws get a set) that the UT line and the ST line were significantly different in the way they produced the picture? You could be onto something with the different drive technology though.
post #1060 of 1640
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Originally Posted by plctoo View Post

I'm new to all this, and possibly did something stupid, but bear with me. In Consumer Reports, I saw that the Panasonic VIERA TC-P42ST30 was a recommended buy, and had rave reviews on the picture: color, brightness, vividness, gorgeous, etc. I also had read (and I can't remember where)

The ST30 was widely regarded as "the best bang for the buck" for most of 2011 and performed almost as well as the flagship models from Samsung and Panasonic. Four of my friends have ST30s and they all love it.


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When I clicked the link, no st30's were available, but it said "there is a newer model of this TV", same price, and the link took me to the P42UT50. Great, newer model, must have all the same advantages and then some (including the "brightness dimming" that had apparently been an issue with the st30), right?

Nope. The UT50 is not a newer model of the ST30, the ST50 is the newer model of the ST30. The UT series is an entry level model and is a big step down from an ST50. The ST series has a superior panel module, more picture adjustability including a screen brightness setting, and an AR Filter. UT50 lacks these.


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Bought it...it's here..I'm just flabbergasted by the dimness of the picture. Granted, I'm watching SD programming mostly, and the HD movies etc. I stream thru Netflix are much better, but can't believe that after all the oohs and ahs over the brilliance of the picture described by CR and many other ST30 owners, that this is the same TV (of course, it's not...UT,not ST, but could it really be that different?).

Yes it's that different. But early reports from some UT50 owners here on AVS are positive about the TV and it should be plenty bright enough, unless someone has an abnormally high expectation of how bright a TV should be. The one i played with at Fry's was plenty bright enough, but i hate the super-reflective screen (it doesn't have an AR Filter).


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This is the first non-CRT I've owned, and don't buy TV's that often, so don't have much to compare it to, but am SERIOUSLY disappointed in the picture's brightness. Everything else seems to be OK, nice colors and black levels, etc, but SO dim. And that's with both the Brightness and Contrast cranked up to 100.

You didn't say what Picture Mode you have the TV in. Is it still in Standard mode by any chance? Standard is the default mode to help the TV get Energy Star ratings and is too dim. Nobody uses Standard.

Have you tried the Custom mode yet ? And setting the Brightness to 100 is totally wrong, and the 100 Contrast setting is too high too. Contrast adjusts the overall screen brightness, and the Brightness adjusts the black levels. Setting the Brightness too high washes the TV out and ruins contrast.


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So, I don't know if that's just the way plasma's are, or if I got a lemon, or if it's the difference between an ST and a UT, (no infinite black) or or?

It's more likely your incorrect settings as well as your poor source. For now, put the TV in Custom mode, then try maybe 90+ Contrast to get the screen brighter, then set the Brightness to around 50. Go into the additional settings and set Black Level to Light, and HD Size to 2, and temp to maybe Warm 1. Turn the Brightness setting down until you can no longer see details on black items like the pinstripes or buttonholes on a news anchorman's black suit, then bump it up a click or two until it looks right. Adjust the color and tint to your taste. Tweak everything as neccessary.
post #1061 of 1640
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Originally Posted by 6SpeedTA95 View Post

Are you sure about that? I could definitely be wrong but I thought when I read last year (helping my inlaws get a set) that the UT line and the ST line were significantly different in the way they produced the picture? You could be onto something with the different drive technology though.

No I'm not sure about it, because Panasonic's spec sheets are marketing materials aimed to upsell the more expensive sets.

I don't think the Panasonic UT50 uses a different panel than the ST50 for the reasons outlined below:

The G15 NeoPlasma panel is stated as employed in the high and mid end products (ST50 up). The greatest expense associated with the development of a plasma panel is probably the design and manufacture of the phosphors & cell cavities (along with the correct power delivery characteristics, which should be determined by the tolerances of the phosphor and the geometry/materials used in the cell). These are also the aspects that dictate the major performance characteristics. Therefore any significant changes to the G15 NeoPlasma panel design would require a redesign of these components, or recycling of older panels. Panasonic has stated that the UT50 employs the same faster phosphors used by the ST50 and above, and these panels have been demonstrated as having significantly higher brightness than the ST30's at the same brightness settings, suggesting that both the phosphors and cells have been conserved across the lineup, and that the UT50 is not re-using 2011 panels.

Replicating the same features (phosphors and cells structure) across two separate panel designs would seem an unnecessary waste of resources, since the additional cost provides no differentiation benefits across these features, and takes away production capacity from the models your advertising focuses on. Special designs for low-end models usually do not happen without the use of modular production, by including units in the high-performance part that are disabled in the low-end models, allowing one to use scrapped high-end parts to increasing manufacturing efficiency. Semiconductor companies often use this production model. This requires modular components, which plasma panels do not have, unless you're talking about some characteristics of the power delivery system, software, and any additions (like light filters, AG coatings) employed.

Therefore I doubt the upstream features affect major performance aspects in a dramatic way (brightness, phosphor decay, basal excitement level), as these components seem to set by the characteristics of the phosphors, and the design of the cells holding them. It is likely therefore that the upgrades afforded to higher end models would be those that can be added on top of the foundation created by the G15 panel shared across the U50/ST50/GT50/VT50, like black filters, additional cpus, and software features.

Of course Panasonic could take a 2012 model and just arbitrarily impose some performance limitations to help sell the higher end models. I doubt they would cripple contrast much, given the competitive pressure around the ~1100USD price point. They certainly wouldn't degrade motion handling or brightness, so unless Panasonic decided to artificially restrict black levels beyond last year's ST30/S30 (~.008-.02 fl, doubtful because the price point directly intersects the ST30), there isn't much reason to be concerned with the performance of the UT50.

edit: Lastly, it seems probable that black level improvements afforded by tweaks to the G15 panel will come at some expense, since contrast performance should be a characteristic limited by the cell/phosphor design, which if true would make the decrease of pre-discharge emittence zero-sum with some other aspect of emittence. It's possible that something like the VT50 really does have lower minimum light output, but if it does I wonder if peak brightness or phosphor response times are affected. These may be non-issues, but I would be curious to see how the VT50 achieves lower black levels in a dark environment (if it does at all).
post #1062 of 1640
A VT50 vs ST50 question.

While I'm not in theory a fan of Apps on a TV, I was wondering if Panasonic will make the touchpad remote of the VT50 available separately (and if it would work on an ST50).

Also, is there a thread with a comparison of compatible 3D glasses? Be nice to know who makes the best quality/priced ones.

I'm not planning on doing much if any 3D, but I'm considering getting a single pair of glasses to play with and see how I like the technology.
post #1063 of 1640
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Originally Posted by pakotlar View Post

No I'm not sure about it, because Panasonic's spec sheets are marketing materials aimed to upsell the more expensive sets.

I don't think the Panasonic UT50 uses a different panel than the ST50 for a few reasons.
1) The G15 panel is employed in the high and mid end products (up to ST50). Any significant changes to this panel design are going to be costly to produce and manufacture, taking away resources for the heavily advertised products, so if you're going to do this you want to make sure your modifications are cheap to employ. This requires modular components, which plasma panels do not have, unless you're talking about some characteristics of the power delivery system, software, and any additions (like light filters, AG coatings) employed. So if you're going to make a separate product design, you'll do it for big-volume, highly advertised products, not the low-end, (likely) low-margin bargain hunter models.

2) The G15 panel employed on the UT50 retains many of the same characteristics as the higher end models. This includes the redesign that enables higher brightness levels and faster decay speeds (which may factor in to 2500ffd, although that seems at least partially a software enhancement). These are the components that Panasonic has stated to be dependent on the new phosphors and cells employed in the 2012 NeoPlasma.

I doubt the upstream features affect major performance aspects in a dramatic way (brightness, phosphor decay, basal excitement level), as these components seem to set by the characteristics of the phosphors, and the design of the cells holding them. Since we know the phosphors are the same across UT50/ST50 and up, the cells holding them are also likely the same (otherwise you would need to create two designs for the same phosphor, waste of money). Most of the feature additions should be anything that can be added on top of the foundation, like black filters, and software.

Of course Panasonic could take a 2012 model and just arbitrarily put some limitations to help sell the higher end models. The only reason I could see for them not to do this would be competitive pressure around the ~1100USD price point. It certainly wouldn't be motion handling or brightness, so unless Panasonic decided to artificially restrict black levels beyond last years ST30/S30 (~.008-.02 fl, doubtful because the price point directly intersects the ST30), there isn't much reason to be concerned with the performance of the UT50.

I've been wondering how different the viewing experience might be between the ST50 and the UT50. It seems to me that it is possible that the only difference might be very similar to comparing the GT30 and the VT30, FBr not considered, since the UT's filter is very much like that of the GT30 and it's been said that the ST50 is similar to the VT30.
post #1064 of 1640
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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post


I've been wondering how different the viewing experience might be between the ST50 and the UT50. It seems to me that it is possible that the only difference might be very similar to comparing the GT30 and the VT30, FBr not considered, since the UT's filter is very much like that of the GT30 and it's been said that the ST50 is similar to the VT30.

I'd be surprised if it's substantial. Still, the "U" series has traditionally been last-years tech so it's hard to say. No one seems to want to post anything about the UT50 and reviewers seem to be avoiding it as a big-box-store special. The S30 I ended up with got the same treatment last year despite several respected reviewers pointing out that it was essentially a feature stripped ST with 9/10s of the PQ.

I wish they still made an S panel... An S50 which, like last year, would be an ST50 quality picture and chassis with all the extraneous nonsense omitted. Some people want apps and 3d and all that crap but I just want a monitor.
post #1065 of 1640
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

I've been wondering how different the viewing experience might be between the ST50 and the UT50. It seems to me that it is possible that the only difference might be very similar to comparing the GT30 and the VT30, FBr not considered, since the UT's filter is very much like that of the GT30 and it's been said that the ST50 is similar to the VT30.

By Filter are you talking about the Anti-Reflective Louver Filter found on the ST/GT/VT? The UT50 does not have one and is reflective like a mirror.
post #1066 of 1640
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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

By Filter are you talking about the Anti-Reflective Louver Filter found on the ST/GT/VT? The UT50 does not have one and is reflective like a mirror.

Stealth edit: Some attenuation of reflected light on the UT50 is visible, but reflections are not blue shifted, suggesting no AR. I'm puzzled as to why Panasonic would want to forego the AR coating on these sets; they must really need to differentiate between this and the ST50.

What it does not have is that infinite black filter; the visible portion of the panel is a dark grey in daylight.
post #1067 of 1640
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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

Yes. Eww. SDE FTL.

What?
post #1068 of 1640
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Originally Posted by pakotlar View Post

I think you should be careful with the information you post. People probably take you as an authority, so your information should be accurate. I have one sitting in front of me and it definitely has an AR treatment. Regular glass does not phase-shift white light to blue, AR does, and the UT displays this behavior.

What it does not have is that infinite black filter; the visible portion of the panel is a dark grey in daylight.

Of course that doesn't preclude the UT50 from having a lower-end AR treatment than the ST50 and above.


That's what I heard and that's what I thought I saw at BB. However, the panel was situated above my head. It didn't look like a mirror from that position either. Our BB isn't overly bright though.
post #1069 of 1640
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Originally Posted by QuiGonJosh View Post

What?

I think he meant "DSE", in which case, he means:

"Dirty Screen Effect: for the loss".
post #1070 of 1640
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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

Our BB isn't overly bright though.

I find BB overly dim in the way they present their displays.
post #1071 of 1640
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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

That's what I heard and that's what I thought I saw at BB. However, the panel was situated above my head. It didn't look like a mirror from that position either. Our BB isn't overly bright though.

Actually I think I'm wrong. There is definitely some attenuation, but it isn't blue shifted. So either no AR coating and the panel is absorbing the rest of the light, or there is some AR coating, but cheap. It is certainly a pretty reflective panel, does not look to be tolerant of direct light sources.
post #1072 of 1640
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Originally Posted by Tempest261 View Post

I think he meant "DSE", in which case, he means: "Dirty Screen Effect: for the loss".

SDE: "Screen Door Effect". I can see it from 12 feet away on the 768p models and it ruins the PQ for me.
post #1073 of 1640
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Originally Posted by pakotlar View Post

I'm puzzled as to why Panasonic would want to forego the AR coating on these sets; they must really need to differentiate between this and the ST50.

They forego it to save cost and make the TV more competitive in the entry level market. It's an expensive process to apply the AR coating to the glass so they save a lot of money. And their competition is also eliminating the AR Filter on lower models so they have to be competitive, and we all lose.

Glossy reflective screens have been getting more and more common on Plasmas and LCDs (and even on laptop computers) the last few years and i'm afraid of it becoming more prevalent in the future. I returned a nice new laptop because i couldn't see the screen in the daytime, and i recently bought a small LED LCD TV that has a reflective screen and it's very irritating to watch during the day or with the lights on.
post #1074 of 1640
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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

Glossy reflective screens have been getting more and more common on Plasmas and LCDs (and even on laptop computers) the last few years and i'm afraid of it becoming more prevalent in the future. .

Apple will destroy the all-in-one PC market later this year if the rumored anti-reflective iMac revision comes to market.

Please no follow-on comments since I do not want this to be a thread hijacking.
post #1075 of 1640
@ Jason Bourne, great then delete your post. Doesnt belong here anyway.
post #1076 of 1640
I think it is important to note there is a UT50 (1080p 42" thru 60") AND a U50 (1080p 50" only) series. The U50 is priced like the 42UT50 and seems to be a bare bones model (no 3D even), so there is a lower model. I wonder if anyone is going to check that one out, I know some people were looking for a no frills set.

The UT50 is 3D capable and the low end models from 2011 were not. If it is an updated 2011 model (I doubt it), it would make sense that it is an ST30 or above which would still make it worth looking into.
post #1077 of 1640
Comparing the ST and GT models on the Panasonic website the only significant differences I noted are that the GT has the following specs lacking on the ST:

- 24,576 Equivalent steps of gradation
- 1080p Pure Direct
- Pure Image Creation
- THX 3D Certified Display

The question then is how much these "extra" features have on PQ. Experts please feel free to chime in. Thanks.
post #1078 of 1640
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Originally Posted by dsmith901 View Post

Comparing the ST and GT models on the Panasonic website the only significant differences I noted are that the GT has the following specs lacking on the ST:

- 24,576 Equivalent steps of gradation
- 1080p Pure Direct
- Pure Image Creation
- THX 3D Certified Display

The question then is how much these "extra" features have on PQ. Experts please feel free to chime in. Thanks.

From those bullet points, you'd think that would make a big difference, but the "expert" is saying that it'll be the same as the ST- I do wish the first two on that list made a difference, though
post #1079 of 1640
You forgot the dual core processor in the GT vs ST.
post #1080 of 1640
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Originally Posted by weedeater View Post

You forgot the dual core processor in the GT vs ST.

... which probably has no effect on picture quality.
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