Saint of Killers wrote:
Is the difference between the D7000 & D8000 enough to warrant the extra dosh?
You get a fancier frame (some say it's worse as the Samsung logo lights up and also breaks the flow of the design as it sticks out a bit on the 8000) and slightly less cross-talk on the 3D.
A guy I worked with who is a massive Panasonic fan and detests the Samsungs described the 8000 as looking like a tacky picture frame and ever since then I can't unsee the image from my head.
Oblomov Boblomov wrote:
Think I'm going with this bad boy: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004TFDTMS
Any reason why I should steer well clear/any better alternatives for the same price or cheaper?
That's my favourite TV of 2011, it hits price:performance ratio so well. The GT30 and VT30 are ever so slightly better but most of what you're paying for are secondary features; freesat hd, THX picture mode, ISF advanced picture editing tools, DLNA, USB HDD recording etc. The other options besides the better plasmas from Panasonic are going to be Samsung and Sony LED screens, neither of which can match any plasma for black levels and motion response, so they're other options, but worse options.
The other similar option would be the G30 Panasonic plasma. It's Panasonic's best 2D only plasma. Has Freesat HD, has THX, has USB HDD recording, has DLNA. Looks cooler than the ST30 with a sleeker better frame. It's usually a very similar price too. The picture difference is between the ST30 having "infinite black pro" contrast rating vs "infinite black" on the G30. Which just about edges the ST30 for me even though I'd never use 3D but would quite like DLNA and THX picture mode.