Originally Posted by nucl3arboNg
The the looks of the ST are a major turnoff for me as well. I think i'm leaning towards the GT even though things like the extra connections don't really mean anything to me as i'm running everything through an AVR. Will I need to get new HDMI cables or is that just a myth?
If you have a light controlled room and only need one really good setting then the ST50 may not disappoint you and you can try out D-Nice or Cnet's settings since you don't want to have it calibrated. If you want more options for different environments that look awesome out of the box then go with the GT50. Personally, I love the looks of the GT50 on and off, I love it even more at 60", so much so that I returned a 55VT50 to get the 60GT50 back. IMO, where the VT excels most is in blocking reflections but not by much, and all else is so close that it's not worthy of the cost difference when comparing sets of the equal size.
Also, the GT's image was so good that I wasn't so sure that a professional calibration was necessary for me to be happy (and I am picky) but with the VT I always felt that I would need to. All three models seem to share the same problems, however, so far there are more complaints about stubborn IR by ST owners than GT, however it could just be due to there being more owners.
BTW, if you have hdmi 1.3 they will work with this tv but you will need an optical cable to get sound to your avr, or if you want to take advantage of arc you'll need to upgrade to high speed 1.4.