Originally Posted by Muddeprived
Mind sharing to me what you like more about the ST50 over the ST30?
MAJOR CONSIDERATION: There are NO Green Blobs, Visible Green-for-Gray Substitutions, OR PINK TINT on the ST50. We experienced ALL of these on the 2011 panels... Multiple Times...
Beyond that: Black level is better than on the ST30 - even though the ST30 was easily the best panel we had in that regard prior to picking up a 50.
The panel itself is Brighter, colors seem more natural (although lack of green / pink tints alone would account for much of that!), and we THINK it is even better with Lights On than the 30 - but admittedly did not run the two side-by-side, so that could be debated (limited experience running in a well-lit room makes Comparison By Memory on this point that much more difficult!).
"Styling" is a matter of personal taste, but - silly translucent plastic edging aside - the ST50 does cut a finer profile than the 30. Even the speakers are a bit better, although not dramatically so.
UNWANTED Green & Pink Tinting aside, the ST30 was a Very Nice HDTV - although do understand that the 60" size produced better blacks than smaller sizes did - but the ST50 simply feels like a Step Up. Perhaps not dramatic enough to warrant dumping a working 30, but Given The Opportunity for a low-cost exchange....