Hey guys, could you all help me make a decision in regards to which plasma to get? I recently returned my second defective Samsung pn51d550 and the sales guys at best buy have been recommending I go with Panasonic if I'm going to go with Plasma.
So with that in mind, I play games on my ps3(fifa, battlefield bad company etc...) and watch the occasional blu ray and I'd like to have the 3d option.
The Best Buy guy came up with some options. He showed me the 2011 midrange/lowend Panasonic TC-P50ST30. Pretty nice looking tv, pictures pretty good. I was surprised to see the motion smoothing option actually gave it the soap opera effect(which is usually only found on 120hz-240hz led/lcd tv's. This is something I wouldn't mind having. I know it's not a popular option but I dig it). Anyways he told me about all the internet widgets etc... although that stuff is pretty cool, I have a macbook pro so I could live without. He mentioned it wasn't THX certified.
Then he showed me the last TC-P50VT25 they had in stock. The ST30 does have a nicer bezel, but what's more important is the picture of the tv. Told me it is THX certified(at that point I didn't really know or care too much about that), it had motion smoothing as well, but wasn't sure if it was as noticeable or as soap operish as the st30. Pretty nice picture, 3D Avatar looked great. That is what originally caught my attention about this tv. He told me this tv lacked any internet features, but online Ive read that you can access youtube etc through it?
So those are my 2 options. He can sell me each tv for $1200.00 canadian. He added the psp yesterday and total came out to $1750.00. That is about 250 dollars over what i wanted to spend. He could knock off $100.00 off the psp and give me a 2 year instead of 4 year protection. In regards to psp is it worth it? Ive read a few horror stories and don't want to shoot myself in the foot. Can he work the price down even more or is that as low as he can get? He said he was basically selling the vt25 at cost.
Aside from that, which tv would be the best one for me? Ive read the horror stories about the fixable? st30 brightness fluctuation. Then Ive read horror stories about the non fixable vt25 floating blacks. Keep in mind I had no idea what these terms were before my first plasma tv. So would I even notice them? The fluctuation probably... the floating, not so sure. Which is better for gaming?
Top of the line 2010 vt25 or midrange/lowend st30. What exactly is the difference? Is the st30 worse than the vt25 or at least equal? To be honest, I would have gone with the st30 simply because it was a pretty sweet looking tv. Then in the back of my head, I thought but this is only a midrange/lowend versus the not so good looking top of the line 2010 vt25 lol.
I gotta make up my mind today, What do you guys think?