Thought I'd finally quit lurking and join the fun here.
Got my 60ST50 back around Thanksgiving. After reading HDTV reviews and related material for the past few years, the 2012 ST, GT and VT appeared to be examples of a mature, reliable technology while offering enough bang for the buck to get me to jump (R.I.P. my Mitsubishi RPTV!).
Of course, which one? With CE, I normally aim for the next-to-top-of-the-line, with much success and satisfaction without emptying my bank account. That would mean the GT. And the VT was actually less than what I shelled out for my RPTV way back when.
However, it appeared that the ST had PQ that was awfully close to its siblings. Which opened the door to something I've had my eye on for years but never bought into due to its steep price: a good colorimeter and software. Enter Tom Huffman's ChromaPure/Display 3 Pro bundle, and that and the ST was just a little more than the GT alone. Sold.
After 500 hours of viewing, alternately playing with DVE and Spears & Munsil, and then using D-Nice's settings for those of us who didn't burn-in with the slides, I finally got around to putting the calibration package through its paces.
Here are a few before-and-afters. Not bad for the first try, also with no diddling in the service menu. The PQ is unbelievable now. Man, did I make the right decision!