Originally Posted by Mandrake
I can't wait for serious reviews to examine differences between the VT, GT, and ST. As is, there have been a few serious views of some models, but even these few data points generate a 'sense of the forum' that is echoed by many, but known by few.
For example, what will the 96khz mean for the VT? (seemingly the only substantive image quality difference for those of us who HTs are in the basement - the remote and aesthetics might still be worth it, but still....)
Like Aqua said above: "Does anybody know if the VT50 is worth the upgrade from the GT? Is the IQ much better? Does 96khz 1080p make much of a difference over 60hz? Is the screen much less reflective in sunlight than the GT?"
What do the specific differences mean between models? Plenty of them posted in threads (different louvers, dual vs not processors, thx mode, etc). Seems like thx is quite a bump up, so why do people ID the ST as the sweet spot for budgets and not the GT? I know the sets aren't out there yet, but to me, these are the questions I'm asking before I buy.
96Hz sampling of 24Hz material matters only in that it's a multiple of 24, so to some people it'll give a more "film-like look", but this only matters for 24p Blu-rays really. With television and video games, it's a complete non-factor. 48 Hz doesn't work well, at least with Plasmas, as they induce a very noticeable flicker due to the way Plasma works (vs. LCD, which one could say "updates" an image vs "refreshes" as Plasmas/CRTs do). Therefore, 48 Hz is a rather useless mode in the GT. Kind of silly for them to even include it, or not include 96 Hz.
But even with that, is 96 Hz really a big deal? No. The TV can handle the film cadences and convert to 60 Hz fine. Most reviewers at least seem to claim that they don't notice a big difference.
As for ST vs GT, I think people eye the ST as the better bang for the buck since the panels are more or less identical and the features that the GT adds are not all that great. If the GT had 10p WB and CMS adjustments, that might be a different story, but you need to go all the way to the VT for those.
Honestly, I wish Panasonic began to cut down on the number of variants. We had 4 this year in plasma alone, when I think they really needed only two (ST and VT).