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Get the st30, better picture quality, more picture adjustments , better blacks, faster phosphors, 3d, and has a good anti reflective filter

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Images are not as sharp on the S30 as the video processing is not as good and it is not quite the full 1080 lines of resolution. ST30 is the better choice. If budget is a concern, look at Samsung 51D530 or LG 50450. Or perhaps even Insignia 680 which is a Samsung panel.

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Yes. There is a noticeable picture quality difference. The ST30 basically uses the same top of the line panel as all the models above it. The S30 uses a panel that's a level below top of the line.

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Panasonic TC-P46S30 Review

46" VIERA 3D Plasma TV

The replacement for the ever popular 1080p S2 series from last years batch of Panasonic plasma offerings is the S30 series. The main upgrade from last year is that this plasma uses the same new phosphor technologies used in the higher end 3D compatible models.

The new fast switching phospor technology is mainly to help with fast processing needs related to 3D viewing, but it should help slighly on normal 2D viewing as well.

Picture and Viewing Feaures

The TC-P46S30 uses the Infinite Black panel, we noted it's impressive brightness and saturated colors in our reviews last year and for the most part found it to have excellent picture quality. All of Panasonic's 3D plasmas feature Full HD 3D sending all 1080 lines of resolution to each eye as a product of the 600Hz sub field drive.


The TC-P46S30 continues with the same large bezel 3" depth clunky appearance as the S2. The bezel frame is about 2.5" in width in gloss black.

The S30 will sell at extremely attractive price points, taking on all comers in the value category for those that are not concerned with 3D compatibility, sleek appearance, or Internet TV connectivity.

Internet Applications and Connectivity

The S30 does not have Internet Connectivity

-Jack Burden, Contributor


46" screen class (46.0" diagonal screen size)

16:9 native aspect ratio with 5 aspect ratio correction modes

Fast-switching phosphors for incredibly smooth action

3 HDMI inputs (2 rear, 1 side) with 1 Audio Return Channel

SD slot for VIERA Image Viewer, 2 USB ports, 1 composite AV input, 1 component audio with L/R audio, PC input

Analog audio input for HDMI; Digital optical audio output

Two 20W speakers built-in

Includes tabletop stand; Wall-mount sold separately

Remote control included; LAN and RS-232c ports

Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution with Super Resolution (artificial picture upscaling)

6144 equivalent shades of gradation

600Hz maximum sub-field drive

Deep Color; x.v.Color

24p playback (2:3)



Easy IPTV streaming



Game Mode

Pixel orbiter (Anti-Image retention)

Trilingual menu (English, Spanish, French)

Built-in Closed Caption decoder

Off timers

ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuners built in

Dimensions (with/without stand): 44.0"/44.0" W x 28.8"/27.4" H x 12.8"/2.8" D

Weight (with/without stand): 57.4 lbs/48.5 lbs

Hope this is helpfull to you

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