I have an ST30 (bedroom set) and a friend of mine has the S30. The ST30 is CLEARLY a better image. Especially the blacks. Much better filter too.[/QUOTE]
Thanks! Now at BB, (who holds my $700 in their hands), I have two options and time is running out
1. A 2012 UT50 50" @999.00 or
2. A 2011 ST30 55" @1199.00
I know that nobody can directly compare these two sets because they are different sizes, model and year. However, I am hoping DNICE can speculate based on what he has seen of the new ST50.
I cannot deal with the FBr levels that my S30 has and would also like a set that has more accurate colors out of the box. Can you guys help me with which might be a better choice? I calibrate all of my tv's with DVE and watch only in Cinema mode, as I prefer natural, realistic colors and the sharpest picture possible. I do not intend to invest in a professional calibration unless the set proves to not exhibit other nasty flawes like horizontal banding and FBr. I have found the AR level acceptable on my S30, as I have a fairly well controlled environment if that will help you steer me in the right direction.
Bottom line, I cannot afford a dime more than the $1200 for the 55" ST30 and the extra 5" in screen size is not a motivating factor for me. I am concerned strictly with the performance of the tv.
Thank You very much for your time.