diesel, on Oct 31 2011, 08:08 PM, said:
Other than black levels, is there anything else that the Sammy does that the Panasonic doesn't that you may miss??
The Samsung is supposed to have slightly better colours, but I doubt I'll notice that much. It's also supposed to be brighter, but again I don't think I'll care as I don't view the set in bright conditions, and the difference is likely to be marginal.
One thing I've read is that the US model ST30 flickers a bit when playing blu-rays at 48hz - I have no idea if the Australian models are identical in this behavior, but I have no reason to expect otherwise. Inputs are very similar, although it's down one component input - but I'm only using one at the moment anyway, so I should be able to survive on that.
I've grown to like the look of the Samsung, so I'll have to adjust to the average look of the ST30. The sound is also fairly decent - it's no home theatre, but I expected much less.
I wont miss the buzzing - which isn't too bad, but can be slightly annoying depending on where I sit. I also wont be missing the average blacks - although bright content is fine, but if a scene is heavy on the blacks it starts to look washed out. There are some weird 'brightness pops' but I've barely noticed them on my set, unlike others, so it will likely be an even tradeoff for some of the Panasonic's fluctuations.