Originally Posted by vinnie97
Be brave, sirh. I'm anxious to hear it as a ZT60 owner.
The ZT60 is better no doubt about it. The question for most people: is the price difference justified?
Keep in mind neither tv is calibrated. The ZT60 is running THX cinema. The ST60 is running cadett 300 hr settings . I'm planning on a calibration in the october timeframe.
The ZT60 has a better picture that looks clearer -- less dithering than the ST60. Both TVs produce a beautiful picture. Avatar looks stunning on both, but just somewhat better on the ZT60. The ZT60 seems to have better 3d. Friends and family of mine that have seen things on both TVs do recognize the ZT as looking better without being prompted and without even having any knowledge of the TVs themselves (whether they're plasma or lcd, etc).
Also, the ZT60's 96hz mode works better for 24p sources than the ST does. I find that the ST requires 60hz as 96hz introduces shimmering and halos. The ZT's picture is more accurate as I perceive it reproduces (without motion smoothing) more of the artifacts you would see in a movie theatre . This is a pro or a con depending on the person.
The big question on everyone's mind is the price difference of the high-end plasma vs something like the ST60. The price difference between my ZT and ST is about $1300. Got the ZT on sale when they did the big price drop at BB (Hey I didn't say pulled the trigger...) . MOST PEOPLE (non avs people) would not see $1300 of difference in the PQ. Sorry, I just don't think they would. They would see a difference, but wouldn't pay that much for it. This does not mean the ZT stinks, it just means the ST is very good in comparison. Hats off to Panasonic. The 60ST60 is one incredible buy.
Do I regret my purchase after seeing the difference? Nope. If so, I would have returned the TV and bought another ST. I wanted a top end Plasma this year. Not next year - this year. The price difference was worth it to me. But, I am an AVSer so that is to be expected
True videophiles will see even more value in the ZT. But the average person won't.
The thing is the price doesn't indicate scale of PQ improvement seen via the naked eye. Sometimes you have to pay a multiplier to get that last 15-20% of real world performance. There's always that segment of buyer for any product that will pay extra for top performance even if that performance difference is in the 10-30% range as opposed to 200%+ range.
HOWEVER. Once calibration is done I suspect the difference in the two sets will become more pronounced. Both sets are worthy and one cannot go wrong with either. I love both of mine.. though the ZT does get more of my time