Originally Posted by theaf1don
I have an older 42" 720p Panasonic plasma tv that I want to replace for my apartment. I'm thinking of getting newer 60". I'm looking to spend around $1k-1.5k. I really don't care about any apps or wifi or anything since I already have an Apple TV that handles all that. I'm going with plasma because all my tvs have been plasma and the every time I buy an LCD, I feel like the blacks aren't dark enough and the picture isn't as vibrant. Any ideas?
If you don't care to drop in size then you can snatch the 55st50 for around your budget. Normally, I wouldn't recommend a new model especially considering that I bought a Panasonic plasma for the last 3 years an S1, S2, and the ST30 and the picture quality was minimal between the 3. (S2 and 2010 models have floating blacks, and this flaw I feel can be spotted by even the average viewer, therefore, I strongly recommend staying away from them.)
Now back to the point, I going to recommend the ST50 blindly because the hype seems really good from ISF calibrators D-nice and Chadb, not just some internet jargon article trying to make a sell. These guys are pretty good at telling it how it really is. D-nice quoting the ST50 as a beast and so forth. I'm not even going to mention black levels but supposely color accurary got a pretty good makeover and these sets are a quite a bit brighter. My st30 (2011) is a little on the dim side unless i run uncalibrated settings. I hope this helps.